It was gemology, however, that really piqued my interest. So much so that I enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and eventually ended up with a Graduate Gemologist diploma (G.G.)
I love gemstones! Especially the colored stuff. I know that diamonds get all the press, and they really are fascinating once you get into them, but it's the colored stones that capture my attention. They are beautiful to look at in jewelry, can enhance and compliment your wardrobe, and are fascinating to view under a microscope. Seriously, the inclusions are varied and so beautiful. If your jeweler has a binocular microscope, ask him to demonstrate a couple of stones under magnification.
|L/R: Iolite rough specimen, cut stone|
Iolite is relatively hard (7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale) so is suitable for regular wear, but should be protected from blows as the crystal configuration makes the gemstone subject to cleaving. Readily available and surprisingly affordable, Iolite is mined in India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Australia, Canada, and Brazil, among other locations.
Definitely put this on your "check it out" list the next time you go looking for a new piece of jewelry.
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