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Citrine. Zitrino. Citrien. Citrinas. Sitrin. Zitrin. Cytryn. Цитрин סיטרין . 黃水晶. Cuarzo. Citrino!

November’s Birthstones are Full of Light! While Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November, today’s alternate birthstone, CITRINE, is the focus of today’s blog. The official stone of Virgo, It also stands the gift for the 13th wedding anniversary. Bottom line: Citrine is Quartz. What turns it from lustrous white to shades of yellow is Continue reading →

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September Beauty: Sapphires

The Lone Star Sapphire, after which our company is named, is nearly 10,000 carats. It was discovered in 1989 in North Carolina. As it is much bigger than the closest Sapphire, it is “out in front.” Hence the name Lone Star. ​Sapphire, in Greek, means “Precious Stone”!  And so they are.  The bluer the better Continue reading →

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Rose Quartz: The “Love Stone”

Rose quartz has, through history, been known as the “Love Stone” or the “Stone of Unconditional Love.” An old legend tells of Cupid and Eros bringing rose quartz to Earth to arouse love in people. The love of self and inner peace, the foundation to loving others, became the reputation from wearing this beautiful pink stone. Continue reading →

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Legends and Symbolism of Lapis Lazuli (reprinted from gemsociety.org)

Lapis Lazuli Symbolism by Fara Braid The beautiful blue stone lapis lazuli has been highly prized for thousands of years. Scholars believe many early historical references to sapphire may actual refer to samples of lapis lazuli. Jewelry made from this lazurite rich semi-precious rock has been found in prehistoric tombs in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Continue reading →

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Rockhound Stories That Rival Fish Tales – Episode 2

Red Jasper flourishes in Southern Arizona near the Mexican Border and west of Fort Huachuca, a very old Calvary Post, famous for the Buffalo Soldiers and housing Geronimo after his surrender. It was in the attached town, Sierra Vista, where I went to high school.   A friend and I were incurable rockhounds, spending just Continue reading →

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Rockhound Stories That Rival Fish Tales – Episode 1

Before leaving my boy-hood stories, I want to share more stupid things my friend and I did that could have prematurely ended our lives. Southern Arizona is well-known for a wealth of gypsum (Selenite) that grow in a rose formation (Desert Rose). We used to drive from Fort Huachuca to Saint David, turn west, and Continue reading →

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Southwestern Gem & Mineral Society Business of the Month!

During the next several months we will be loading more and more of our stock to the website and I hope to share my passion with you. And maybe, just maybe, convince you to take your general interest in Geology to the next level. I have veered into the gemologist side to go with my Continue reading →