Blue Stone Jewelry

Blue Stone Jewelry

Blue topaz is the second most popular colored gemstone of all time (according to Colored Stone magazine, sapphire is number one). Blue topaz has a hardness rating of 8 on the Mohs scale and is considered to be one of the most affordable gemstones. Like many gemstones today, the radiant blue shades of topaz are obtained through an artificial irradiation and enhancement process. The colors of blue topaz are generally classed as three different ‘levels’ or shades; London blue topaz is a rich deep blue topaz, which is considered to be the most valuable and desirable shade of blue. A medium blue known as Swiss blue Topaz is second most popular, followed by a light sky-blue topaz. Blue topaz is also recognized as one of December’s official birthstones.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

Hemimorphite is one of two rare zinc silicates formerly referred to as calamine. Hemimorphite is closely associated with another blue to blue-green gemstone known as smithsonite. For many years, both hemimorphite and smithsonite were classed together as ‘calamine’ because of their close resemblance and gemological properties. Hemimorphite has a hardness of 5 on the Mohs scale and can occur in various tones of blue, green and white. Most hemimorphite is blue to blue-green with a color similar to chrysocolla. Sky to Swiss blue hemimorphite is most desirable, often exhibiting bands of blue with white streaks. Although it is more of a collector’s gem than a jewelry gem, with proper settings and care, hemimorphite can be used to make extraordinary gemstone jewelry. Hemimorphrite druzy is also very popular for jewelry, and is more durable owed to the hardness of its matrix rock.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

Larimar is the blue to green-blue gemstone variety of pectolite. The name ‘Larimar’ is a trademarked name. Larimar is found in only one location in the entire world – the Dominican Republic. Larimar’s distinct color is owed to calcium being replaced by copper impurities. Larimar is often mixed with calcite and hematite, which can lend it very interesting shades of blue, ranging from white-blue to light-blue, and medium sky-blue to volcanic-blue. Volcanic blue Larimar is considered to be the most valuable. Larimar is rather soft, rating just 4.5 to 5 on the Mohs scale, but its use in jewelry remains quite popular. Larimar is very popular in the Caribbean, but it is extremely hard to find in any other area of the world.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

For many centuries, blue and red spinel was mistaken for blue sapphire and red ruby. Spinel has very similar gemological properties to sapphire and ruby, which are both forms of corundum. Like corundum, spinel can also occur in a wide variety of colors. Some spinel colors are considered rarer and more valuable than others. In general, fine red spinel is considered to be the most valuable, followed by rare blue spinel. Cobalt-blue is the most desired shade of blue spinel. Like diamond, spinel is singly refractive, resulting in very pure color. The best blue spinel should have medium to medium dark color, similar to fine blue sapphire. Unlike sapphire, blue spinel is typically never treated in any way. Spinel is just slightly softer than sapphire, but it is still considered very hard and durable. Therefore it is perfectly suitable for any type of jewelry application.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

Turquoise is one of the best-known gemstones. In fact, the color ‘turquoise’ was named after the gemstone and not the other way around. Pure blue turquoise is quite rare. Like many blue gemstones, turquoise will typically have a noticeable touch of green. Many turquoise gemstones are greener than they are blue. A sky-blue turquoise with minimal veining is typically considered to be the most valuable, though in some countries, blue turquoise with black veins or complex matrix patterns are more desirable. The blue in turquoise comes from traces of copper, and green comes from traces of iron. Although turquoise is rather soft compared to many other jewelry gemstones (5 to 6 on the Mohs scale), it is very often used in jewelry. Turquoise is one of December’s birthstones. Untreated turquoise is becoming increasingly rare. Most turquoise today has been enhanced through dying, waxing, impregnation or stabilization.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

Sapphire is the best-known blue gemstone (though it also occurs in many other colors). Sapphire’s blue color can range from light-blue to deep-blue. Since sapphire is a gem-quality form of corundum, it is incredibly hard and durable, with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale. It is also considered to be one of the most precious of all gems available today. Some blue sapphires are known to exhibit phenomenal characteristics such as asterism (star) or color shift abilities. Today, blue sapphire from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is considered most desirable, but previously, finds from Kashmir and Mogok, Burma, were known to be the finest quality. Blue sapphire from Cambodia (Pailin) was also known to be of distinctive purity. Many even consider Pailin sapphire to be close in quality to Kashmir, Burmese and Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) sapphire. Sapphire can also be found with phenomenal traits, such as rare color change sapphire, as well as remarkable chatoyant star sapphire. Blue star sapphire is highly sought-after and especially valuable by collectors and jewelers alike. Sapphire is also one of September’s birthstones.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

Blue tourmaline is the general term applied to two rare varieties of tourmaline: Paraiba tourmaline and indicolite tourmaline. Pure blue tourmaline is exceptionally rare, since most blue tourmaline exhibits a noticeable secondary green hue. Paraiba tourmaline is considered to be the most valuable variety of tourmaline and was named after the locality of its original discovery in Brazil. Paraiba tourmaline obtains its neon green-blue color through traces of copper. Technically, the term ‘indicolite’ can be used to describe any other form of blue tourmaline. Indicolite’s color can range from light to deep-blue. Any blue tourmaline is considered to be very rare and anything over 1 carat is especially rare. Tourmaline is both hard (7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale) and durable. Tourmaline with cat’s eye chatoyancy isn’t all that rare, but they are difficult to find. Cat’s eye tourmaline is highly sought after by collectors. Tourmaline is also October’s birthstone.
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Blue Stone Jewelry

Lapis lazuli – or just ‘lapis’ as it is affectionately known – is one of the most popular blue gemstones of all time. Its use in decorative ornamental jewelry dates back thousands of years. The finest lapis is said to originate from Northern Afghanistan, where it has been mined for over 6,000 years. Technically, lapis lazuli is defined as a rock and not a mineral. Many lapis stones may contain as many as 15 different minerals in a single stone. With lapis, the primary constituents include lazurite, calcite and pyrite. Lazurite gives lapis its vivid blue color. Calcite is a white mineral responsible for its white marbling, and pyrite lends lapis its distinctive gold speckles and glitter. Lapis is considered to be fairly soft, rating just 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness, but it is still very popular in jewelry designs.
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My mom and I were up in the region on vacation and stopped by Truckee for the day. On a lark we popped into Bluestone Jewelry (I rarely go into jewelry stores, so luckily mom was with me and wanted to go in), and checked them out. Great variety of jewelry, and we ended up coming back later in the day so that my mom could buy one of their leather bracelets (she's been looking for that style for years and finally found something she loved). While she was paying for her bracelet, mom noticed the wine bar. Aaron was so enthusiastic, helpful, and genuinely nice that before long we found ourselves with 3 bottles of wine and some hard cider in addition to the bracelet we'd come in for. I think the business stands for itself based on the jewelry and wines they carry, but what really sealed the deal and made our experience so amazing was the customer service. It's so rare you run into someone like Aaron. At no point did we feel we were being pushed to buy something. Genuine enthusiasm and likability really made all the difference for us. Go here. Buy stuff. You will be happy you did.
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My mom and I were up in the region on vacation and stopped by Truckee for the day. On a lark we popped into Bluestone Jewelry (I rarely go into jewelry stores, so luckily mom was with me and wanted to go in), and checked them out.  Great variety of jewelry, and we ended up coming back later in the day so that my mom could buy one of their leather bracelets (she's been looking for that style for years and finally found something she loved).  While she was paying for her bracelet, mom noticed the wine bar.  Aaron was so enthusiastic, helpful, and genuinely nice that before long we found ourselves with 3 bottles of wine and some hard cider in addition to the bracelet we'd come in for. I think the business stands for itself based on the jewelry and wines they carry, but what really sealed the deal and made our experience so amazing was the customer service.  It's so rare you run into someone like Aaron.  At no point did we feel we were being pushed to buy something. Genuine enthusiasm and likability really made all the difference for us.  Go here.  Buy stuff.  You will be happy you did.

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