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.
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.
The Name: Ceylon
Ceylon was initially known as Ceilão, a name given to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese colony in 1505. The British then re-colonised the land in 1798, changing Ceilão into English as Ceylon. Sapphires found in Ceylon were originally famous because of the vibrant medium blue hues. However, there is more to the opinion of the populace and the demand of the people.
A Valuable Insight
As children we are all told that we should “learn something new every day”. Keep this in mind and read on as we provide you a lesson as well as an insight into sapphires.