Harold Jewelry Staff Favorite Gemstones for 2018
We wanted to share some interesting facts about our favorite gemstones for 2018. Do we have reasons for naming these our faves? Aside from their beauty, there was no selection method to our madness, other than they were inspiration for jewelry designs and frequently admired by customers and jewelry design students alike. Learn more about their physical properties, lore and history here.
Moonstone – Representative of its name, this gem tends to favor some semblance of the moon with its typically luminescent, white/clear-bluish appearance. Moonstone does sometimes emerge in other colors such as brown, blue, yellow, orange, green, pink, and blue. The primary sources of moonstone are Sri Lanka and India. Other hot spots for this stone include – Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Burma, Madagascar, Switzerland, Mexico, Norway, Tanzania and the United States. It ranks 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Although it isn’t as hard as other gems, it’s maintained popularity as an adornment since ancient Greek and Roman times. It’s the birthstone for June.
Amethyst – According to Jennie Harding, author of the book, ‘Crystals’, this stone comes in a variety of shades – from deep purple to lilac. It ranks a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Amethyst is commonly found in Africa, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Russia and the USA. It is said to have healing properties for calming the nervous system, easing headaches and migraines and enhancing conscious awareness. It’s also February’s birthstone.
Turquoise – This gemstone is opaque and can be found in a range of gorgeous hues from blue, blue-green to green and yellow-green. It ranges between 3 and 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Turquoise found naturally is often very soft, and some specimen is treated so that it’s hard enough to make into jewelry. Dry climates favor turquoise growth. It’s commonly found throughout the desert southwest of the United States, Chile, Egypt, Iran, China and Mexico. This earliest record of this stone dates back 6000 years ago. It was discovered among royal Egyptian burial grounds. The earliest record of it in North America was 2000 years ago in the Chaco Canyon region in New Mexico. It’s one of the December birthstones.
Agate – According to GemsSelect.com, the first record of lace agate dates back to 3rd or 4th century B.C. It was found in and name after the Achates River (now known as the DIrillo River) in Italy. They were popularly worn as talisman and amulets in ancient times. It ranks between 6.5 and 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It’s commonly found in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Botswana, Austraila, USA, and India. It’s the birthstone of September.
You’ll find turquoise, moonstone and amethyst among some of the creations in the Harold Jewelry line. If you sign up for a jewelry class at Harold Studio, you’ll likely see a unique piece of agate among the tools and supplies for sale.