Sterling Canyon reports on a China which is a world supplier of purple Aquamarine. With so many men buying jewelry this Christmas season for their hunnies, its only fair to provide a little advice. Seems that many gemstones and particularly purple Amethyst are mined in China. Most items we buy comes from either China or Japan. However it seems that the Chinese prefer to mine their gemstones a little different than what Sterling Canyon and other fine jewelers are used to. The Chinese blast the gems out of the ground rather than dig them out. Now the Chinese are upset because their brand of Amethyst is inferior or low grade compared to the minimum world standard of medium grade. A medium grade Amethyst has a rich light purple tone. The Amethyst pictured above is a high grade Amethyst stone. Notice the deep rich color. Chinese Amethyst is pale light purple, perhaps similar to their polluted Beijing sky. The blasting of the gems also cracks the gems, creating fissures that can be seen with a magnifying glass. Sorry folks but those occlusions won’t do. When shopping for gemstone jewelry at your favorite Walmart, borrow the jewelers loop or magnifying glass. After you view the cracks in the gemstone, leave and shop at a legitimate jeweler. Look closely before you buy.
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