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Lab Grown Diamonds – What Are They and Where Can I Buy Them?

Diamonds have long been a subject of wonder and study around the world. They are beautiful, nearly indestructible, and they have a shine that makes them ideal for jewelry. There are only so many diamonds in the world, however, and they are selling quickly. So, what about a lab grown diamond? What has the world so riveted by this new method? Read on to find out.

Real Diamonds

First of all, how is a true diamond made? Real diamonds are only found in mines in certain parts of the world. Popular areas include Brazil and some parts of Africa. They compose over a long period of years, under intense pressure and nearly unbearable heat. They’re made up mostly of carbon. Even though there is something to be said for owning a genuine diamond, they are hard to come by, and supply and demand is getting more out of balance. Real diamonds will become more and more scarce, and lab grown may push its way to the forefront of society. (more…)

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A Guide to Sunstone

Physical Healing Energy

This stone has a warming effect on the body, which in turn enhances blood circulation, metabolism, vitality, and other functions of the body. It strengthens the immune system as well and is helpful in treating throat problems, stomach problems, ulcers, cartilage problems, cramps, fever, athletic injuries, rheumatism, and all types of infections.

It is also considered an excellent stone for curing depression, anxiety, stress and warding off evil dreams and nightmares. It can harmonize the functions of all organs and improve the overall health of the body. (more…)

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Should I Worry About Feather Inclusions?

To worry or not to worry, that is the question.  Some gem enthusiasts have probably asked themselves this very question when speaking of feather inclusions in gemstones.  However, knowing what to look for can help to alleviate some of their concerns.

But first, for those that may not know, what exactly is a feather inclusion?  An inclusion is any material that is trapped inside a mineral while it is forming.  A good example is when you see a piece of amber that has an insect trapped inside.  The insect in this situation is the inclusion.  When speaking in terms of gems, an inclusion is a characteristic trapped inside the gem or possibly reaching its surface.  Feathers are small cracks that occur inside the gem itself.  So if we have a crack or “feather” “included” or inside the gem, we have a feather inclusion. (more…)