Saturday, March 03, 2007
I've just gotten access to a good supply of a beautiful new gem material! It's being called Paraiba Chalcedony. These are faceted, translucent stones with a vivid blue color. The natural chalcedony is treated with a special process that infuses them with, among other things, copper. The result is a stable, permanent color throughout the gemstone (not just the surface). They are gorgeous! The color is much bolder and brighter than any blue chalcedony that you've seen before. I have them available in two different shades of blue, in a variety of sizes and shapes. I'll have them posted soon at www.palmbeachgems. com
Labels: blue chalcedony, chalcedony, gemstones, paraiba chalcedony
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About the Paraiba Chalcedony being infused with copper. My understanding of this chalcedony is that the mine site is close to the original tourmaline site, and that the cooper is a natural trace element within the chalcedony that is brings out the "Paraiba" neon color during the heat treatment that most chalcedony are placed under.
My question is this really a new gem stone, or actually a form of chrysocola-in-chalcedony that needs a little help in showing its true color?
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