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The Science of Gemstones

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Crisp, cool fall weather is here and the trees are almost bare here in the mid-western USA, which means a lot of us who live in cool winter climates will be spending more time indoors.  Many of us are baking cookies and other yummy delicacies to share with our holiday visitors or to serve at family gatherings.    Winter is also a good time to study and learn about our varied interests.  Gemstones have always been a passion for me and I'm always hungry for more knowledge about them.  I spend many hours researching different precious and semi-precious stones for the Gemstone Forum I moderate at http://wirejewelrybootcamp.com.  Providing valuable content for the members there has been a huge learning experience for me.  Last week, as I was researching an unusual gemstone, I found a sweet treat that I want to share with you.

Barbara Smigel, who is an Emeritus Professor at College of Southern Nevada, is offering a series of her college lessons online and the entire course is absolutel…

Swarovski Crystal Color Charts and Other Options

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Welcome, readers!

This blog post will actually be a reference page where SilverTrove customers can come to select the Swarovski Crystal colors they would like on their jewelry.   As of this writing, my Sterling Silver Calligraphy Script Name Necklaces come with the option to choose Swarovski Elements crystal beads on each side of the name where it is attached to the chain, adding extra sparkle and color.  The other option would be to order an all sterling silver necklace without the crystals.

Below are two partial Swarovski Crystal color charts. You can view a complete Swarovski Crystal color chart with close-ups of each crystal here:  Swarovski Color Chart 2012   You'll find several new colors that aren't shown on the charts below.
Pearls are another option.  Swarovski makes beautiful crystal pearls in several sizes an many colors too. You can view the Swarovski Crystal Pearl color chart here: Swarovski Crystal Pearl Color Chart




All of these colors come in the bicone-shaped …