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Chakra Gemstone Drop Jewelry Set
Item #45875S
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Handmade by Nepalese artisans, the color of each gemstone in this Chakra Gemstone Drop Jewelry Set is said to restore balance—purple amethyst (energy), indigo lolite (focus), blue topaz (communication), green peridot (joy), yellow citrine (confidence), orange carnelian (pleasure), and red garnet (strength). Sterling silver. Natural variations will occur.
This Chakra Gemstone Drop Jewelry Set celebrates amethyst, iolite, topaz, peridot, citrine, carnelian, and garnet gems curated by our National Gem and Mineral Collection at our National Museum of Natural History. One of the greatest collections of its kind, its over 375,000 individual specimens include many treasured gems and jewelry pieces.
Necklace: 17.5"l. with 2"l. drop. Pierced Earrings: 2"l.
The most valuable gem variety of crystalline quartz, amethyst ranges in color from pale lilac to deep reddish purple. The official birthstone for those born in February, amethyst is said to guard against drunkenness. A gem variety of the mineral cordierite, transparent to translucent iolite can be light to deep blue, usually with a purplish tinge. Named for the Greek work for violet, iolite is known as the gemstone for clear vision.

Until the 1950s, topaz was known as a yellow to golden gemstone. Since that time, routine radiation and heat treatment of pale topaz to turn it shades of blue has made it a more appealing and more affordable gem.

An ancient gemstone, peridot has adorned jewelry pieces as long ago as the time of the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt. One of the few semiprecious gemstones found only in shades of green, peridot is the gem-quality subset of the mineral olivine, is an official birthstone for those born in the month of August.

A gem variety of crystalline quartz, citrine ranges in color from golden yellow to orange. Closely related to amethyst, sometimes the two minerals are found growing together in the same crystal. An alternate birthstone for those born in November, some wearers believe that citrine can help improve personal clarity and eliminate self-destructive tendencies.

Carnelian is a variety of semiprecious quartz with a brownish red to orange color. One of the oldest known gemstones, carnelian was prized by nobility throughout antiquity. Carnelian is believed to bring good luck to its wearer.

Most often reddish in color, garnets (rock-forming minerals with a crystal structure) are actually a family of 15 distinct minerals in colors of every shade with the exception of blue. Five are commonly used as gemstones. The most popular garnets are pyrope (usually dark red) and rhodolite (raspberry red or purplish-red). Garnet is the official birthstone for January.

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