There are many varieties of quartz but the most popular one, Pure Quartz (aka Clear Quartz, Rock Quartz), is colorless and translucent, and has often been used for hard stone carving. It is similar to glass, but the softness of glass usually lends it to scratches and is rarely cut into small facets ( it usually is not a concern of confusion to other colorless gems such as White Topaz, White Sapphire, or Diamond). Other common colored varieties include citrine, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz and Milky Quartz.
Milky Quartz (aka Milk Quartz, Snow Quartz or White Quartz) is an excellent gemstone, translucent to opaque, – very hard and durable, used frequently used to handcraft beautiful jewelry, especily in Europe and Middel East. It is the most common variety of crystalline quartz. The white color is caused by minute fluid inclussion of gas, liquid, or both, trapped during crystal formation.
Milky ( Milk) Quartz is believed to help, promote mental clarity. It has the same healing properties as Pure Quartz but with a gentler effect. It is a calming stone, which is said to enhance meditation by allowing you to link to deep inner wisdom.
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Onyx is a gemstone whose description can have several connotations. Its most accepted gemstone definition describes a solid black Chaledony, or a banded or layered black and white Chalcedony. The term Onyx is occasionally used to described any engraved stone with a solid color base, or it may describe any banded gemstone with parallel banding. In its solid black form, Onyx is the most traditional black gemstone.
Chalcedony is the form of Quartz that is compact and microcrystalline. It occurs in many different forms, colors, and patterns, and many varieties have been used as gemstones since antiquity. In the gemstone trade, the term Chalcedony is often used specifically to describe the white, gray, or blue translucent type of Chalcedony, but its technical term includes all additional varieties.
Onyx is an ancient gemstone, having been used in jewelry and as an ornamental gemstone for carvings since antiquity. It has traditionally been one of the most important engraving and cameo gemstones, where its most common form was a black base with a white upper layer. Although still used a minor gemstone today, the significance and value of Onyx has been diminished as compared to ancient times. When Onyx is banded black and white, it can be jointly classified as both Agate and Onyx. However, many require Onyx to have banding in roughly parallel lines, whereas other forms of Agate can have wavy or concentric forms of banding.
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Swarovski crystals are not natural crystals found in caves, but are man-made gems manufactured in Austria. In the late 1800’s, Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956) discovered a formula for making beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals. Since then, the Swarovski family has continued the tradition of making the most recognized crystals in the world out of their factory in Wattens, a market community in Austria. They perfected the art of cutting the crystal and developed a polishing technique that gives their crystals a transparent and bright reflective quality to the finished product.
Originally, crystal was produced for chandeliers and later stemware. Artisan realized that the beauty and elegance of crystal could be crafted into jewelry such as pendants and earrings. This was the forefront to the industry today where crystal is used to create exquisite jewelry, and Swarovski jewelry it the leader in the market. Waterford, Baccarat Orrefors, Murano Ravenscroft and Hoya are among the most recognized names in crystal. Fine crystal contains lead oxide; twentyfour percent is the highest it can contain and still ensure the brilliance that has made them sought after all over the world. The artisans of the time experimented by adding lead to the glass to be able to change its characteristics. They were able to produce a silvery item that with careful cutting became beautiful crystal.
Crystal dates back to Mesopotamia. Its intended use was for jewelry, pottery, and decorations. It was in its native state and only the aristocracy of the time.
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