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“Birthstone for March”

Description from Granny Nancy: I've been toying with making things with aquamarine but its an expensive stone. The opaque ones are cheaper. Of course, its more affordable to go with amazonite like the roses I used in this pick. What's weird is that aquamarine is a very, very pale shade of blue yet most crystal (Czech, Swarovski, etc.) are much darker. What's up with that?

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  1. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Nancy, this is too spooky! I have a pick almost identical to this ready to post, down to the Gaea mermaid tail and Kylie Perry aqua bird. When I saw yours this morning, I thought that perhaps I had posted it before going to bed! As someone once said … Great minds …
    Re: aquamarine – most aqua is heat-treated to obtain colour, especially the clear gemstone quality stones. Natural deep colour aqua is hideously expensive and used in jewellery. Even the aquamarine one sees in jewellery stores is generally heat treated.
    I believe LB does not sell heat-treated stones, thus the lighter colour.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Pretty!

  3. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Lovely!

  4. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Such lovely shades of aqua – - a very pretty pick !

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I have found what Merilee said to be true, too. And I think Swarovski wants to make sure you are happy with the color. :) This pick is yummy!! and the opaque stones are still fascinating, beautiful, and organic looking. I love them!

  6. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Gorgeous. Love the color – makes me wish I was born in March. ;-)

  7. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    p.s. i have those aquamarine slabs from this pick. They are gorgeous!!

  8. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Lovely!

  9. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Wonderful blues and laminar is to drool for :)

  10. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Hey Frida and all, thanks. I actually love larimar but sadly, its not a birthstone. I wonder what its natural color is. Probably lighter blue that much of what we see out there.

    But I often lean toward deep aqua shades like the larimar crazy lace agate along with teal. Those are almost as gorgeous as my favorite purples.

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Almost forgot, please post yours Ms Chicky. I’ll be delighted to see it as I’m sure its gorgeous just different. There’s room for all – like at halloween and Christmas. We all have our own interpretation. I understand too about how stones are heated to bring out colors. I’m not clear on which are which.

  12. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    I was under the impression that companies selling treated stones are required to state that the stone is treated and by what method.
    Sapphires are usually heat-treated, along with a host of other gemstones.
    Fire Mountain Gems is a good source for treatment info.

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