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      Abundant alexandrite deposits were first discovered in 1830 in the Sanarka River near the Ural Mountains of Russia. The gem was named after the young Alexander II, the then heir apparent to the throne. It caught the nation’s fancy because of its red and green colors mirroring the then national military colors of Russia. Alexandrite is a rare color-changing variant of the mineral chrysoberyl. It is the birthstone for June, and gift stone for 55th wedding anniversary. Besides colour change, it can also show cat’s eye phenomenon, a rare feat for any gem. Apart from Russia, the gem is also now found in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Tanzania & Madagascar.
    • AMBER

      Amber is fossilized tree resin, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. The English word amber derives from Arabic ‘anbar’. Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown that is associated with the color "amber", amber itself can range from a whitish color through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after, with only around 100 kg found per year. Amber is thought to dissipate negative energy, soothe the mind and calm emotions.

      Amethyst is a well-known mineral and gemstone. Its name is derived from the Greek word “Amethystos”which means “not drunken”. These stones slowly fade upon prolonged exposure to light. Amethyst is a very special Quartz, and although it occurs in many different forms, most amethysts share certain properties apart from the color.  

      Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. It derives its name due to its color resembling that of sea water. The ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Hebrews admired and valued aquamarine greatly. It was a symbol of happiness and everlasting youth for them. The majority of aquamarine gems are found in Brazil. The largest Aquamarine weighing around 110kgs was found in 1910, at Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Other important deposits of Aquamarine are in Madagascar, Nigeria and the Ural mountains of Russia. In ancient times, it was often worn by sailors as a talisman for good luck and protection, and they referred to it as the ‘treasure of mermaids’. Traditionally it as considered to enhance one’s oratorical skills and soothe breathing problems.

      Black Star gemstone is a member of the Diopside gemstone family. It is the birthstone for month of March. This star diopside is thought to re-energise one’s mind, body and spirit, and alleviate aggression and stubborn tendencies. Its strong magnetic force is believed to accelerate physical healing when held close against the skin of the injured part. It is also referred to as the ‘Crying Stone', because it is said to bring ‘catharsis’ in form of tears, to cleanse past emotional trauma, pain and negative baggage. It is often associated with the feelings of love, commitment & fidelity, as also with enhancing one’s creativity. Most of the quality Black Star diopside today comes from India, thereby earning it the colloquial name of ‘Indian Black Star’.

      Citrine crystal derives the name from the Greek word 'citron', as the crystal had a color similar to the citrus fruit. Citrine is traditionally associated with success, power and prosperity. As a result, it is also called ‘Success Stone’ or ‘Merchant Stone’ (owing to its association with the ideal of wealth & prosperity). It is deemed to clear up unwanted negative energies, and bring confidence and clarity. Citrine is considered to have beneficial effects with regard to problems of kidney, spleen, pancreas, and the digestive and blood circulatory systems. It is the birthstone for those born in November. Citrine occurs as a very pale yellow, in a range of shades of yellow upto a deep honey color. A naturally occurring combination of purple Amethyst and golden Citrine has been bestowed with name "Ametrine" and is found only in Bolivia.

      The name emerald derives from Greek "smaragdos" – or green stone. It is the most precious stone in the beryl group. Its green is incomparable, and is therefore called "emerald green". Emerald is highly valued for its deep bright green colour, transparency and high hardness. Along with diamond and ruby, it is one of the most precious gemstones among all since ancient times. The crystals are usually small with average length of 2 - 5 cm and width of 1 - 1.5 cm. Larger crystals are usually semi-transparent to opaque. Flawless faceted emeralds exceeding 5 carats are rather rare.
    • GARNET

      Garnet are considered as one of the most valued gemstones in semi-precious category due to their attractive brilliance and hardness. Garnet is the birth stone for the month of January. The name is derived from the Latin word “Granatus” meaning ‘like grain’. Garnet is commonly found to be red in colour, although they exist in many other different colors and chemical formulas. However, all the different varieties of garnets share one thing in common, their ingrain crystalline structure. One of the most recently discovered colors of garnet is the rare blue garnet which is discovered in late 1990’s in Madagascar. It has subsequently been found in many other places of the world including USA, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania and Turkey.

      The name of this gemstone is derived from the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning stone, and the Persian word ‘lazaward’, its name in Persian. It is prominently found in Afghanistan, the Andes Mountains, and near Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is usually deep blue and opaque in appearance, and should be handled with care owing to its delicate nature. Lapis lazuli has been traditionally been associated with the qualities of truth and enlightenment, and with opening of the ‘Third’ Eye. It is thought to clear up negative feelings such as anger & frustration, and bring about balance & harmony. It is associated with the planet Jupiter since times ancient. Lapis lazuli was a favoured stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs in ancient Egypt as well.

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