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[116] Amber - Petrified Sunlight
Amber's warmth and rich glow convinced our earliest ancestors that it was petrified sunlight. Later, others believed it to be the hardened tears of a goddess. Those who were more earthy described amber as fossilized lynx urine.... (2002)
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[137] Beryllium - A bevy of brilliant cousins
Beryllium is a hard and shiny metallic element. Extremely rare, it's prized in industry for its high melting point and conductivity. Combined with other elements, it forms beautiful gemstones that are hard and brilliant.... (2001)
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[124] Blue Sapphire - Celestial Stone
Nature lavished her finest blues upon sapphires, the "Gem of the Heavens." Although the word "sapphire" itself means blue, the gem is found in nearly all the colors of the rainbow.... (2001)
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[9] Carats and Karats
Carat, karat, caret, and carrot are all pronounced the same, but each has a different meaning. Carat and karat, of course, have very specific meanings in jewelry. Misusing either word can be an embarrassing, if not an expensive, mistake. Spelling carats or karats as carets or carrots will make you look foolish and unprofessional.... (1996)
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[123] Chalcedony
Silicon dioxide, better known as quartz, is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth. Mineralogists divide quartz into two classifications: crystalline and cryptocrystalline, based on the size of its crystals. Cryptocrystalline is also called microcrystalline quartz.... (2001)
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