New Designs Added – Silver Pearl Rings, White Gold Gemstone and Diamond Pendants and Earrings

We have just added a bunch of new items:

Sterling Silver Freshwater Pearl Rings Peora Jewelry

A set of Sterling Silver Freshwater Pearl Rings. We have quite a few more Pearl designs in the works – Pendants, Earrings and more Rings in about a month.

 

 

 

 

 

New Sterling Silver Emerald, Citrine, Alexandrite Gemstone Bracelets Peora Jewelry

We have re-made a few of our best selling Gemstone Bracelets now in Lab Emerald, Citrine and Lab Alexandrite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A huge batch of simple 14k White Gold Gemstone and Diamond Pendants and Stud Earrings.

Come check out the great new stuff at Peora.com!

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Morganite, A Beryl By Any Other Name

P8606 Morganite is a beautiful transparent pinkish peachy orange gemstone in the Beryl family. Its siblings include Aquamarine, Emerald and Heliodor. Morganite is also known as “pink Beryl,” “rose Beryl” or “pink Emerald.” Beryl is made up of the elements Beryllium(Be), Aluminum(Al), Silicon(Si) and Oxygen(O).The peachy pink color comes from trace amounts of Manganese(Mn) in the mineral makeup. Morganite’s color can range from a quite orange peach to pink, and even to a purplish pink. Like other Beryls, Morganite is very hard at 7.5 to 8 on mohs scale.

Morganite was first discovered in both Madagascar and California about the same time in the early 1900’s and was originally called “pink Beryl.” In 1911 the New York Academy of Sciences granted it its own gem status and renamed the pink Beryl “Morganite” after the well known banker and gem collector John Pierpont Morgan (J.P. Morgan).

Morganite is fairly rare, but is generally not in high demand so the prices tend to be reasonable compared to Emerald. In the recent years Morganite has been growing in popularity and is beginning to draw more attention. Unlike its green beryl relative, Emerald, Morganite is naturally pale and very clear with no inclusions much like its other relative Aquamarine. Emerald is the opposite; it almost always has noticeable inclusions and is very deep in color.

One of the largest cut faceted Morganite gems came from Madagascar and weighs 598 carats. One of the largest Morganite crystal roughs came from a quarry in Buckfield, Maine and is known as the “Rose of Maine.” It was about 9 inches by 12 inches and weighed about 50 pounds including its matrix base.

Morganite is usually heat treated to remove unwanted yellow or orange bands of color and is quite stable. The more pink hues tend to be the most desirable in jewelry. Gem collectors of untreated stones will generally prefer the unheated peach-salmon color. The extremely rare magenta Morganite is considered the most valuable. 

Peora 14k White Gold Morganite and Diamond Pendant

If you are interested in more specifics, here are a few links to additional information on Morganite and the Beryl family:
Gemdat
Mindat
Wikipedia

Rubellite, Ruby’s Cousin?

Rubellite: “Ruby” is basically in the name so the two must be related, right? Nope.

Ruby 14k White Gold Gemstone Ring PeoraRubellite is actually a Tourmaline. Tourmaline, like Sapphire (corundum), comes in a vast array of colors and even more so than Sapphire with bi-colors and multi-colors but is a completely different mineral. “Tourmaline” actually means “mixed parcel” or “a stone with mixed colors.” Tourmaline is quite hard, just below corundum at 7-7.5 on mohs scale. The trace elements involved in the crystallization process account for the various colors. Aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium present will affect the color outcome of the final crystal.

The majority of gem quality Tourmaline come from Brazil and several countries in Africa, but at one time California and Maine in the United States were the largest suppliers of Tourmaline. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan also produce gem quality Tourmaline. The world’s largest known cut Tourmaline of 191 carats comes from the Brazilian state of Paraiba.

Tourmaline’s large color variations allow it to mimic many much more expensive gems. In the sixteenth century, the Portuguese even mistook a Brazilian green Tourmaline for an Emerald, but was not discovered until three centuries later. Today, many Tourmaline are falsely sold as other gemstones like Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds.

Rubellite is a special variety of the Tourmaline species Elbaite. As you may have guessed, Rubellite and Ruby share similar origins of their names meaning “red” or “reddish.” What makes a Rubellite is not only the beautiful red color but a property that few gems have. Most gems’ colors shift depending on the color temperature of the light source, but Rubellite does not; it stays the same rich red in both natural and artificial light. Most pink or red Tourmaline secondary colors shift to a brownish tone under artificial light. They come in variations of purpleish red and red and are notorious for the prevalence of natural inclusions. The manganese that produces the rich red color causes inclusions to be more visible and the more saturated the red, the more inclusions tend to be present.

Tourmaline are known as the most dichoric gems, meaning their crystal structure actually reflects two colors simultaneously. In Rubellite, this is usually red and purple, with red being the main color and purple or pink being the undertone. Of course the more red the higher the value. Because of this dichoric nature and similar color to Ruby, it can be very difficult to distinguish between the two.

Tourmaline, like other gemstones can be treated by irradiation and heat to reduce inclusion visibility, increase color saturation or change colors. Irradiation is quite common and very difficult to detect, thus the treatment generally does not affect the value of the stone. Heat treatment can also be used to enhance the stone. Tourmaline which are strongly included like Rubellite are sometimes enhanced for clarity and this treatment significantly reduces the value of the stone.

Further information on Tourmaline and Rubellite can be found at the links below:
Gemstone.org
Rocks & Co.
Wikipedia