9 Light Blue Gemstones
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Blue and cyan stones are always in demand for a variety of jewelry. They resemble the ocean or the sky, and evoke the most harmonious of associations, calmness, and peace.
Blue gemstones resemble the ocean or the sky, and evoke the most harmonious of associations, calmness, and peace.
SWISS BLUE TOPAZ
Swiss blue topaz is an immensely popular blue stone. There are many factors that make it so famous; the presence of its beautiful colors is one of them. Many people prefer Swiss Blue Topaz because it looks brighter than an ordinary topaz. And it's also one of the most beautiful light blue gemstones. It is useful to know that in addition to its attractive hue, this stone has an 8 out of 10 Mohs grade, which means that it is also very hard.
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Lapis lazuli with its bright shades, is a stone with a history that goes back millennia. Lapis lazuli is still popular today, and some people like specimens with a solid blue color, but some are looking for stones with pyrite inclusions, which create the effect of a starry sky.
For a stone to be called "lapis lazuli," it must have a distinct blue color and contain at least 25% blue lapis lazuli. This is due to the fact that the stone usually includes pyrite, calcite, diopside, and other elements, besides lapis lazuli.
An interesting note, lapis lazuli is often found in many Egyptian archaeological excavations, which date back to about 3000 BC.
"Seawater" was the name given to the aquamarine, which was generally considered to be the stone that protects sailors. It is quite a common gemstone, usually in light tones, although deeper colors can lead to higher prices. The color range of an aquamarine varies from greenish blue to blue. Of course, the most valuable and rare are aquamarines of a rich blue color. Another fact that helps, is that an aquamarine is one of the strongest stones around with a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale.
Kyanite is a mineral that has an interesting property: its hardness depends on the length of the crystal, it was even called "disthene", i.e. "two forces". Kyanite is not often used in jewelry, probably because it is difficult to cut these crystals into smaller pieces, and as we have already said, different crystals of the mineral have different levels of hardness. It is worth saying that the most popular kyanite gemstones are transparent with a deep sapphire blue shade.
Iolite is a blue mineral, which is affordable and is rapidly gaining in popularity. This stone is unusual in that it usually has a purple hue, which is why the name comes from the Greek word “ios,” which means purple. Iolite is also interesting because it becomes duller and grayish-yellow if you look at it from a different angle. Also, when viewed from top to bottom, it may appear a light golden shade or even honey yellow.
Iolite is also known as the "Viking stone," because according to Norwegian legend, the Vikings used Iolite as a polarization filter to help them find the sun on cloudy days.
A sapphire is a strong and durable gemstone (9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale), and the only natural stone harder than a sapphire is diamond. It is one of the most popular gemstones and is widely used in jewelry. A deep blue colored sapphire with excellent transparency can reach several thousand dollars per carat.
The word itself is considered to be derived from the Latin and Greek terms for "blue," although some believe it comes from the Sanskrit word for Saturn.
Like most natural formed gemstones, sapphires almost always have small defects and inclusions. This is not a flaw; it proves the authenticity of a sapphire and makes each gem unique. If a sapphire seems flawless, it is most likely a sapphire created in a laboratory.
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A dazzling sky blue or blue-green stone, turquoise was very much valued back in Ancient Egypt around 6000 BC, where it was a protective amulet for Tutankhamun and Cleopatra.
As a rule, darker shades, and a lesser shade of green within the blue, make turquoise more attractive. Generally, turquoise is a matte stone; transparent samples are exceedingly rare. The most desirable of turquoise is semi-transparent, pure and without veins. However, sometimes turquoise with veins can achieve beautiful patterns that make it more desirable, for example, "spiders web turquoise", which has beautiful patterns similar to those of a spider’s web.
Moonstone is a transparent light stone with pale blue striations and the energy of the moon. The light and luminescence of the stone appears as if natural moonlight has been poured over the stone. The moonstone was used in jewelry as early as in ancient civilizations.
The Romans believed that the moonstone arose from the hardened rays of the moon. The Greeks associated moonstone with their lunar gods. During a modernist period in the beginning of 20 centuries the lunar stone became popular among artists and jewelers for the creation of jewelry.
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OPAL & BOULDER OPAL
Opal is the most colorful gemstone in the world, which has been used since ancient times because of its beauty, healing properties and advantages. The name "opal" comes from the Sanskrit word "upala", which means gemstone. Precious opals have a unique opalescence.
Depending upon the angle of view there are iridescent flashes of different colors caused by the reflection of light from small spherical minerals contained within.
Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
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