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is the state stone of Virginia. It was first discovered in the mountains of
North Carolina. An altered form of granite sometimes referred to as epidotized
granite, it is composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote and often
clear quartz. It is found in a variety of green, pink and orange peach shades,
usually with a mottled appearance. It takes a good polish and is often used
in jewelry and carvings. It is also found in South Africa, Brazil and
is a relatively rare phosphate mineral. Sometimes mislabeled as turquoise. It
has a distinctive color pattern and waxy luster. Color is light green to emerald
green, sometimes bluish-green or colorless. Found in Utah, Germany, Australia
and Brazil. Rare and beautiful this gemstone is inexpensive because it is not
Stone is a man made lapidary material that
was manufactured in Japan in the 1970's. It is no longer being produced
and the formula for itís creation has been lost since the death of itís creator.
It is difficult to find. It is chatoyant with fan shaped swirls across the stone.
It is a reconstructed stone similar to nephrite jade. It is laboratory
produced from natural minerals such as quartz, calcite, fluorspar, Magnesite,
and feldspar, etc. This is not a synthetic or imitation but a reconstructed
is actually nephrite jade discovered in Wyoming
in the early 1900s, where some very high quality jade has been found. It is
hard and tough and can vary in color from an opaque black to translucent
apple green.. The green color is caused by iron within the crystal lattice.
If no iron is present the result is an almost colorless or cloudy white variety
of jade. Other varieties of Wyoming jade include translucent, emerald-green;
apple- green, olive-green, leaf-green, black, and snowflake jade. The apple-green
and translucent varieties are rarer and more valuable.