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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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[574] Birthstones and Anniversary Stones
At the time of Moses twelve gemstones comprised the Jewish High-Priest's Breastplate of Aaron; each stone represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel. In ancient India, gems were associated with planets and astrological signs. From these early origins we have derived the idea of "birthstones". In the first century, A.D., writings indicate a particular stone was to be worn during each astrological sign in order to be harmonious with the ruling planet. Not until the eighteenth century were stones worn as natal amulets. Now this is a great idea if you love your "birthstone". If you are not happy with the stone currently accepted for your month you can always consult another list and find one that you like. Today's commercial list includes.... (1999)
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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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[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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