Prices range from $500 a carat for good colors with some inclusions, to $1,000 to $2,000 for clean larger stones with top color. Demantoid garnet is the rarest and most valuable of the garnets and is one of the rarest of all colored gemstones. It is remarkable for its brilliance and fire.
Subsequently, one may also ask, what is the difference between a ruby and garnet?
Garnets and rubies both are gemstones, but rubies are rarer and more valuable than garnets. Rubies, red corundums that contains aluminum oxide and chromium, generally are more valuable than red garnets, so it is important to be able to tell the difference between them when buying gemstones.
The versatile rhodolite garnet (a purplish-red stone) and the color-changing alexandrite were added to the June birthstone selection in the 1950s, possibly when mother's rings became popular.
Rhodonite is an uncommon mineral. It is found in a few small deposits across the world. Sources of rhodonite include: Russia, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Peru, and England. In the United States it has been found in North Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey, and has been named as the state gem of Massachusetts.
Rhodonite Emotional Healing Energy. Rhodonite is an ideal stone for processing and dispelling emotional pain. It clears away wounds and scars of the past, releasing abusive and self-destructive behaviors, feelings of hatred, anger or resentment, and allows one to see both sides of an issue.
Occurrence and discovery. Rhodochrosite occurs as a hydrothermal vein mineral along with other manganese minerals in low temperature ore deposits as in the silver mines of Romania where it was first found. Banded rhodochrosite is mined in Capillitas, Argentina.
Rhodochrosite is sometimes used as an ore of manganese but is rarely found in economic quantities. Specimens with a wonderful pink color are used to produce highly desirable gemstones. Rhodochrosite is rarely found as well-formed crystals, so crystals can be extremely valuable as mineral specimens.
Rhodochrosite Healing Properties. Rhodochrosite is a stone that integrates physical and spiritual energies, stimulating love and passion while energising the soul. Rhodochrosite opens the heart, lifting depression and encouraging a positive and cheerful outlook. It improves self worth and soothes emotional stress.
The Mineral rhodochrosite
|Composition||Manganese carbonate, sometimes containing some iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and cobalt.|
|Color||Bright red, hot pink, light pink, orange-red, brown, gray; may also be banded light and dark pink.|
The Mineral azurite
|Composition||Basic copper carbonate|
|Color||Blue to very dark blue|
|Hardness||3.5 - 4|
Azurite is a rare variety of gemstone-quality copper ore. Azurite is one of two basic copper carbonate minerals (malachite is the other). Azurite is rarer than malachite and is considered more valuable. In fact, since the Middle Ages, azurite has been used for the production of pigments and textile color dye.
Azurite is not a common or abundant mineral, but it is beautiful and its blue color attracts attention. It has been used by people in many parts of the world for thousands of years. Ancient people used it as an ore of copper, as a pigment, as a gemstone, and as an ornamental stone.
Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Chrysocolla. Chyrsocolla is first and foremost a Stone of Communication. Its very essence is devoted to expression, empowerment and teaching. The serenity of its turquoise-blue color discharges negative energies, calms, and allows truth and inner wisdom to surface and be heard.
Azurite is found in many locations in the world. The most famous sources are the USA (Utah, Arizona and New Mexico), Mexico, Namibia, the Congo, Morocco and Australia. At one time outstanding azurite specimens were found in Chessy near Lyon, France and French azurite was sometimes referred to as chessylite.
It is well known in the lapidary world that malachite dust is a health hazard and dust protection should be used when working the material. Extending this to mineral specimens appears to be a stretch and I would think that the potential for toxicity of raw malachite as a mineral display specimen would be quite low.
Azurite is a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It is also known as Chessylite after the type locality at Chessy-les-Mines near Lyon, France.
Azurite, a copper carbonate mineral, is a common secondary mineral. The host is usually a volcanic rock. Collector's azurite crystals mostly came from Chessy in France (the oldest mine since mid-1800s), Morenci and Bisbee in Arizona, Tsumeb in Namibia, and Touissit in Morocco.
90% of ore is mined by this method. Ores near the surface can be quarried after removal of the surface layers. The ore is treated with dilute sulphuric acid. This trickles slowly through the ore dissolving copper to form copper sulphate.
The discovery of copper dates from prehistoric times. There are reports of copper beads dating back to 9000BC found in Iraq. Methods for refining copper from its ores were discovered around 5000BC and a 1000 or so years later it was being used in pottery in North Africa.
Copper is useful because it is relatively soft, and transmits both heat and electricity well. Copper is an excellent electrical conductor and so it is used in electrical wiring and electronics. Copper is highly resistant to the damage of water and other elements, so it is frequently used in construction.
Real rubies glow with a deep, vivid, almost "stoplight" red. Fake gems are often dull: they are "light, but not bright." If the gem is more of a dark red, then it may be garnet instead of a ruby. If it is a real ruby, however, know that darker stones are usually worth more than lighter stones.
Ed., list a wide range of wholesale prices for faceted gem rubies. Prices are dependent on origin, color, size, and clarity: from a low of $100 to $15,000/ct. Myanmar or Burmese stones in ½ to 1 carat sizes with slightly purplish red color and light inclusions range from $300 to $3,000/ct., for example.