Minerals with perfect cleavage will cleave leaving no rough surface; a full, smooth plane is formed where the crystal breaks. Minerals with good cleavage also leave smooth surfaces, but often leave over minor residual rough surfaces. On minerals with poor cleavage, the smooth crystal edge is not very visible, since the rough surface is dominant.… Continue reading Cleavage Qualities
In terms of minerals, the word cleavage explains how a crystal breaks when subject to stress on a particular plane. If part of a crystal breaks due to stress and the broken piece retains a smooth plane or crystal shape, the mineral has cleavage. A mineral that never produces any crystallized fragments when broken off… Continue reading Cleavage of a Gemstone
Birthstones provide with several different interpretations. Different cultures and civilizations have interpreted different meanings and metaphysical energies and powers to various precious stones, minerals and crystals. Thereby, the ancient people simultaneously defined different classifications of birthstones. At present, we know about the two widely accepted list: The traditional list The modern birthstone list Although being… Continue reading The Traditional and Modern Association of Birthstones by Month
Going back to the Bible, birth gemstones have been believed to bring prosperity, good health, richness and luck to their wearers. When it comes to avowed precious advantages like those, it’s no astonishment that the birth gemstones still continue to be the most prominent, popular, prevailing and adorned jewelry pieces which one would find in… Continue reading Know your Birthstones by Time and Season
Stones that are created in laboratories are chemically, optically, physically and optimally identical to those that are mined underground — but they have quite a fewer flaws, a lighter carbon footprint and cost less, too. Gemstones in jewelry are colorful, romantic and personal. They mean something different to each wearer. To a few, they are… Continue reading Things You Should Know About Lab-Created Gemstones
Coloured gemstones are ranked as per their hue, tonal quality and colour saturation. The hue is the type of color and the tonal quality is how light or dark they are. Coloured birthstones need good amount of saturation in order to look vibrant otherwise they might look dull and lifeless regardless of how light or… Continue reading Colors Associated with Birthstones & Their Durability
Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history. Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty. Each gemstone is unique with a special color, birthplace and story. Gemstones come in every color of the rainbow and are… Continue reading The Breastplate of Aaron: The First Piece of Birthstone Jewelry?