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Gemstone Origin/Semi Precious Stone/ 天然石の由来

March 7, 2017

Gemstones or namely semi-precious stones are a product of the earth and formed by different ways:

 

 

1. like Diamond and Zircon, were formed deep in the earth over thousand or billion years and brought to the surface by explosions of molten rock.

2. like Topaz, Tourmaline and Aquamarine, crystallized slowly from hot fluids and gases as they cooled and solidified, far below the surface of the earth.

 3. Others formed from magma filtered into rock veins, like quartz.

During the crystallization process, if some minerals added, its color will be changed, otherwise, it would be transparent, like Amethyst, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Rutilated Quartz.

Also, with presence of undergroud water, full of SiO2, and pressure during the crystallization, Quartz natually form as Trigonal or Hexgonal system 

 

​​4. Some, like Garnet and Jade, formed when rocks were heated and pressurized by earth movements, and recombined to form new, different minerals.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
What is Gemstone inclusions ?
Gemstones, are formed below the Earth's surface and can sometimes show traces of other minerals, called inclusions.

Most minerals contain visible traces of their genesis - perhaps tiny crystals of other minerals that were caught up in the growth of the larger host crystal, or formed simultaneously as it grew, internal fractures that have been partially healed during growth, or traces of earlier growth stages, marked by zoning. Gemmologists use the word inclusions to describe these and other internal phenomena.

Inclusions in a gemstone, viewed through a microscope or a 10x power, can give information about the ancient environment in which the mineral was formed.

Inclusions can sometimes identify gemstones and they can prove whether the stone is natural or synthetic. Inclusions can also tell us where a gemstone comes from. For example, the hairs in an amber bead blew into the sticky resin from an oak tree flower in Spring or early Summer, in the Baltic Sea region, 20 - 40 million years ago.

 

Gemstone inclusions are beautiful and interesting.

Some gemstones rely on their inclusions for their effect, like aventurine quartz, or star sapphires. Green aventurine quartz is actually colourless quartzite, filled with tiny flakes of green fuchsite mica that lend it colour.

Star sapphires are filled with elongated crystals of rutile (often called 'silk') arranged in three directions parallel to the faces of the hexagonal prism. When such a stone is cut in a dome shape, with its base parallel to the basal plane of the crystal, a six-pointed star (or sometimes a twelve-pointed one) is seen in the reflected light of the sun or a spotlight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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