Saturday, December 6, 2008

Green Quartz One Of The More Rare Quartzes

There are several kinds of Green Quartz on the market. Some are more rare, and uncommon than others. Prasiolite, which is a very soft, pale green, is the most common form in the market today. Prasiolite is not a natural gemstone, in the sense that the color is made by heat treating pale Amethyst, to get the minty green color. It does not occur naturally in nature. I do own some Prasiolite, as well, but do not have pics, as it has not been set in jewelry as of yet. This Green Quartz pictured, however, is natural in color, and even looks like a good quality Emerald. I had two of these, but one sold a few years ago. These were a gift to me, and I am told these are very rare, and not many are found anymore. It is small a 6mmx4mm oval, and does have some minor inclusions. It is set in a dainty sterling silver ring casting, and is available for sale it my Etsy store. It has a hardness of 7, on the Mohs Hardness scale. While that makes it a sturdy stone, it should be worn with care, and not worn for housework or other areas where it can get dinged.

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