A Family Affair

Quartz, Quartz, Quartz. Probably one of the most popular family of gemstones ever found. Ever heard of: Amethyst? Citrine? Lemon Quartz? Smoky Quartz… Jasper? Well, here’s a tiny surprise for you. Yes you may have guessed it they are all quartz. In fact, by definition Quartz is a chemical compound of silicon and oxygen, silicon dioxide SiO2. You may have heard this chemical formula in your days in high school; it is the same chemical formula as sand: the same sand which covers our beaches and the same sand which is used to make beautiful pieces of glassware.

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The Discovery

Morganite was founded and named by the world-famous gemologist George Frederick Kunz in honour of his good friend and avid gemstone collector, J. Pierpont Morgan. Popularly, Morgan was the founder of the now Financial Partnership Company J.P.Morgan Chase. As Kunz was undergoing an expedition in Madagascar in 1910, he discovered the rose-pink stone. His previous discovery of kunzite in 1902 came into his mind, due to the similarity of colour.

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The Name: Sea Water

The Gem of the Sea; the alluring aquamarine is a stunning gemstone from the beryl(Be3Al2Si6O18) family, with an ancient lineage. The name of this sparkling wonder is of Latin origin with, the Latin words for sea water, “mare aquam” directly translating into the sea water coloured aquamarine. The birthstone of March is also popular all around the world, with many famous pieces of jewellery adorning this beautiful aqua-coloured stone.

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The Misrepresented Zircon

Zircons, chemically known as ZrSiO4, is the oldest mineral of the earth originating from all three different rock types: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. Zircons also have an immense variety of facts such as: being in the tetragonal crystal system, being doubly refractive and having a high birefringence. Despite these facts, the most important piece of history concerning the Zircon was its use as an imitation of diamond in the 1900s. Some people’s brilliant cut diamonds in rings during those periods were, in fact, a colourless zircon, which has a profound sparkle similar to the diamond(caused by the high refractive index). It is unfortunate in the current day and age where the previous notoriety of the stone has overshadowed the beauty, colour range and value which the stone has. Therefore, aiming to build the reputation of Zircons in a new light, this publication presents the Zeal of Zircons.

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What are Garnets?

Garnets in the gem-world are the most under rated gemstone, with the general population’s perception skewing due to the use of garnets to imitate other gemstones, yet being not as valuable. However, Garnets also have a certain to the beauty to them, allowing them to don some of the world’s most famous pieces of jewellery such as The Winter Egg.

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