Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Famous Spinel Gemstones

Spinel is probably one of the most mistaken gemstones because of its similarity with precious gemstones. The Spinel Gemstones is seen in colors like red, pink, violet, purple, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, lavender, mauve, greenish blue and blue. The red Spinal used to be mistaken as Ruby for ages which also got this stone a lot of undeserved attention. The most popular and famous of all Spinals is perhaps the magnificent 170-carat red spinel Black Prince's Ruby which adorns the Imperial State Crown in the British Crown Jewels. Queen Elizabeth owned 352 carets Timur Ruby is also equally famous. Another spinel reputed because of its size is the Samarian Spinel weighing 500 carats which is part of the Iranian Crown Jewels. This gemstone has a hole in it and as per the legend this stone is believed to be adorned in the neck of the golden calf mentioned in the Bible which was made by the Israelites for worshiping while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments. What is great about the Spinels are even though they bear a close resemblance with other Precious Gemstones they are affordable. So if you are on a tight budget but want a good looking gem this may be the one for you.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Famous Tanzanite Gemstones

The Queen of Kilimanjaro White Gold Tiara Tanzanite
Tanzanite Gemstone is a very popular choice with woman as Gemstone Jewelry because of his beautiful bluish purple color and rarity. The property of Pleochroism of this stone makes it even more attractive when it is used for making gemstone jewelry. Despite of its high prize women love to wear this gem set on jewelry be it rings, necklace, earrings, pendant or bracelet. A wearer of the Tanzanite gemstones exudes elegance and class. After all Tanzanite Jewelry is much more a prized possession than Diamond. However, the most beautiful and magnificent of all is the famous 242 carets Queen of Kilimanjaro set in a Tiara along with diamonds and garnets now displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Another reputed one is the world's largest faceted tanzanite is said to be 737.81 carats.