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Pronounced "vermay," vermeil is an electroplating process in which 14K gold or higher is coated over sterling silver. Officially designated by the jewelry industry, items may only be sold as vermeil if they have a minimum thickness of 100 millionths of an inch (2.5 microns) of gold over the silver. Regular gold plating is less than 2.5 microns.
The "vermeil" technique of plating sterling silver with gold originated in France in the 1750s. It differs from "gold filled" or "gold plated" in terms of the thickness or thinness of the microns over sterling silver. "Gold filled" pieces have a much thicker layer, between 15 and 45 microns, which is mechanically bonded to the base metal with heat and pressure. Vermeil is a more expensive version of "gold plated". It does not wear off as quickly as gold plating does. However, over time, vermeil wears off and therefore will require re-plating.
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Ametrine is a variety of quartz that exhibits the best aspects of both purple amethyst and yellow citrine within the same crystal. These bicolor yellow and purple quartz gemstones have a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs Scale and are ideally suited for a variety of jewelry uses.
Ametrine is most typically faceted in a rectangular shape with a 50/50 pairing of amethyst and citrine. When cut into emerald and pear shapes, the color distinction is most notable. Sometimes a checkerboard pattern of facets is added to the top to increase light reflection. Ametrine can also be cut to blend the two colors so that the resulting stone is a mix of yellow, purple and peach tones throughout the stone. When ametrine is fashioned as the less-common brilliant round shape, its colors reflect and blend together to create the peach-like color.
Ametrine is especially popular among artistic cutters and carvers who can play with the colors, creating landscapes in the stone. Amethyst's purple and citrine's yellow are opposite each other on the color wheel. They are called complementary colors, meaning that they enhance each other, and are considered by artists to be excellent colors to use together. Because its beauty lies in the coexistence of the two colors, ametrine is usually recovered in larger sizes; over five carats is most popular, which allows for the appreciation of the pronounced color contrast.
The Anahi Mine in Bolivia is the major world producer of ametrine. The mine first became famous in the seventeenth century when a Spanish conquistador received it as a dowry upon marrying a princess from the Ayoreos tribe, named Anahi. Ametrine was introduced to Europe through the conquistador's gifts to the Spanish queen. The stone is relatively inexpensive, considering that it comes from only a few mines in the world, including Bolivia and Brazil. Several suppliers have indicated that the ametrine mines have run out, and therefore quality material is now very difficult to obtain.
As a newcomer, ametrine does not yet have folklore or historical significance attached to it, as do amethyst and citrine. Some sources believe, however, that the best aspects of amethyst and citrine lore should be attributed to ametrine since it is a combination of both gems.
Fluorite earns the reputation as the most colorful mineral in the world. A rich purple color is its most famous and popular color, but its range of colors can be extremely variable with hues of blue, green, yellow, colorless, brown, red, pink, black and reddish orange. Intermediate pastels are also possible. Fluorite’s colorless variety is a rare find that makes it highly sought-after by collectors. Its brown variety features a distinctive iridescence and the more rare colors of rose and black are very attractive and in high demand. Most fluorites have a single color, but some have multiple colors that are arranged in bands or zones corresponding to the shapes of their crystals. A single crystal of fluorite could potentially have four or five different colors. Prized for its glassy luster, its crystals range from transparent to translucent.
Fluorite is strongly fluorescent with extremely variable colors. Typically it fluoresces blue or violet, but other fluorescent colors include yellow, green, red and white. It has a hardness of 4.0 on the Mohs Scale and has been known to fade in the sunlight. The mineral is found throughout the world, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Morocco, South Africa, Europe, Mongolia, China and Russia. In the United States, the states in the Mississippi Valley, especially Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio, have historically contained the largest deposits, but Colorado also has ample deposits of fluorite, as well.
The word fluorite comes from the Latin word meaning “to flow.” For centuries, the ancient Egyptians and Chinese used fluorite in carvings. Carved ornaments were even recovered from the ruins of Pompeii. Fluorite today is believed to be a spiritual stone that excels at calming the spirit and mind. Used as flux in the smelting of metallic ores , fluorite was originally referred to as “fluorspar” by miners and is still called that today.