A quick thank you!

First-Year-Anniversary.jpgWOW! It  has been one year since Victoria and Jess have started The Dazzling Duo and we could not be happier. Thank you to each and every one of our followers who have commented, liked and read our blog. We will continue to do our best to post interesting articles and of course, sparkly things!

Alexandrite Facts!

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SELL WITH A STORY: ALEXANDRITE

missing imageBy gemstone standards, alexandrite is a newcomer. What does it matter that it was formed 2 billion years ago? It didn’t exist for us until 1833, when emerald miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains found what looked like an emerald — but not quite. Count Lev Alekseevich Perovski, who managed the Imperial family’s estates (i.e. the mines), was a gemstone connoisseur and sent the “emerald” specimen to the famous Finnish mineralogist, Nils Gustav Nordenskjold (1792-1866).

The Double Take

Nordenskjold quickly realized the Perovski’s specimen was too hard to be emerald. That evening, he looked at it again and was astonished to see it was red like a ruby. After further studying its properties, he named it “diaphanite” which means “two unseen and shown” in reference to the color change. Continue reading

Birthstone Facts!

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AMETHYST:FEBRUARY

The word amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos meaning “sober”. It is a variety of quartz and comes in many shades of purple. The amethyst was once considered more valuable than diamonds. It is a very abundant gemstone and is available in many different shapes and sizes. The ancient Greeks believed that it had magical and medicinal properties. It’s said to prevent baldness, improve the complexion and protect from treason and deceit. If an amethyst is worn it will alleviate migraines and help to improve concentration. This stone also has a soothing and relaxing effect and promotes healthy sleep. It is also a symbol of peace, protection and tranquility. Amethysts are also used to treat swelling, insect bites and acne. It is found in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Western Australia and Morocco. The amethyst is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 6th year of marriage