We all know and love Diamonds. Most of us are familiar with birthstones such as Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, Topaz, etc. But what I want to talk about today are alternative rocks. There may be some stones out there that you don’t know about but you should. They are all beautiful and you should be adding a few to your jewelry collection.
1. Chalcedony has translucent tones with a wax-like luster that can be found in array of colors such as pink, yellow, blue and almost any color of the rainbow. Some variations of Chalcedony are Onyx and Agate.
2. Prehnite was a very rare gemstone until recently where there have been recent finds in Australia and China. Lucky us! It ranges in hues of greens, yellow and brown is said to have healing powers.
3. Amber is a great a color for Fall wardrobe, most often found in yellow, red and brown tones. Amber which is basically fossilized tree resin, is quite unique because chances are you might find leaves, insects, air bubbles and other foreign objects in it making your Amber jewelry one of a kind.
4. Opal is known for its shifting play of color glistening hues of many different colors in one stone. Most often seen in white but one of our favorite colors of Opals is pink! October’s birthstone originates mostly from Australia. Show your love for those Aussies by sporting some Opals!
5. Rose de France Amethyst is more on the lilac side rather than the more vibrant purple you’re used to seeing in traditional Amethyst. It’s beautiful! That’s all you need to know!
6. Milky Aquamarine are opaque to translucent, not allowing light to pass through it completely like regular Aquamarines. A transparent Aquamarine is more valuable but the milky versions are just as beautiful. Set in sterling silver or white gold makes a stunning bold statement.
7. Tanzanite is a blue/purple stone that our Facebook fans go nuts for every time we mention it. This stone can be found in, you guessed it, Tanzania! You won’t find these stones anywhere else in the world so thank the lucky stars the nice people of Tanzania like to share.
8. Iolite is a transparent violet-blue stone that looks like different colors when looking from different angles. From certain angles it may also appear colorless. Iolites are a more affordable alternative that have a similar look to other blue stones such as Tanzanite and Sapphire.
9. Kyanite is another blue stone to keep on your radar. It is darker than Iolite, closer in color to Sapphire.
10. Morganite, my personal favorite alternative rock. Found in a pink to peachy color it looks absolutely gorgeous paired with Rose Gold. Love it! This stone is rare and not seen very often so when you find Morganite jewelry you love with it snatch it up quickly.
We’re put together a page at Ice of our favorite pieces featuring all the above gemstones.
Which alternative gemstone is your favorite?
We adore our Facebook fans, they are always fun to engage with. We took a look at this part week’s most popular posts and wanted to share with you our favorite moments of the week.
The most liked product from our Facebook was without a doubt our new Morganite & Diamond Rose Gold ring. I wanted to share it with our lovely blog readers. Now, I will admit I am hesitant to post this ring on the blog and on Facebook for very selfish reasons. I was afraid it would sell out in my size and I wouldn’t be able to order it. Ahhh I feel better now that I confessed that. I also feel better now that I ordered it and it will be safe on my hand very soon. :) Oh and one more thing, this ring is on sale until July 24th! Click here!!
Our most commented post really warmed my heart. We’re looking into a few causes to give back to and we asked our community what causes they normally donate to. We were really happy with the response and love hearing about all our kind customers who help those in need. I want to hear from you too. Which causes do you give back to when given the chance?
One of the best parts of being on Facebook is checking out pics of your friends, so naturally we love when our Facebook fans post pics of themselves with our jewelry. We received a handful of pics this week on our wall including Jasmine Hajibad’s diamond ring pic which you can see here. Because of her pic and her lovely comment we decided to choose her as Fan of the Week. If you’re interested in becoming a Facebook Fan of the Week, posting pics on our wall is a surefire way to land that title.
Those are the highlights from this week. Like us on Facebook to stay updated on what’s going on.