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A to Z challenge: T is for Triplite April 29, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Gemstones, Rocks, minerals — Cynthia @ 12:27 am

Triplite is an orange-pink gemstone in it’s rare form. Because of its brittleness, good cleavage, and lack of hardness, it is difficult to cut and facet.  Most triplite are brown and opaque.

A to Z Challenge: I is for Iolite April 17, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Gemstones, Rocks, minerals — Cynthia @ 10:47 pm

Iolite is a gemstone that get it’s name from a greek word meaning “violet”. It varies in color from blue to violet-purple and may even be found a yellowish-grey.

It has also been called “water-sapphire” and “Vikings’ Compass” because of the Vikings using it to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days.

Although it is a lovely color, it is not very popular and is not widely found in jewelry.




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