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Fancy That!

The word, "fancy" has several dictionary definitions  and in the world of gemstones, fancy refers to something that is unusual or special, particularly, colors, cuts and shapes that are a little out of the ordinary. 

When it comes to colors, "fancy" is a color that is rare or unexpected. For example, fancy colored sapphires will not be cornflower blue and a fancy colored diamond is a diamond that is not on the traditional diamond color scale, such as a pink diamond or a vivid yellow diamond. The wide variety of gemstone types and colors allows for many fancy colored stones, including bi-colored tourmaline, color change gems and multicolored jasper gemstones.

Fancy Colored Sapphires from GemSelect
Fancy Colored Sapphires
Likewise, with regard to gemstone shapes, a fancy cut departs from the traditional. Standard shapes for cabochon-cut gems are round and ovals, where standard faceted shapes are rounds, rectangles and squares. Anything other than this may be described as "fancy", including pears, hearts and more inventive shapes, such as carvings, concave-cut gemstones and freeform shapes. 

Fancy Shaped Gemstones
Avant-garde styles push the possibilities for unique fancy gemstone jewelry even further. Thus, every gemstone and jewelry lover can easily afford to buy and wear fancy stones, whether they are non-standard colors, or cuts and shapes that depart from the traditional. It is merely a matter of personal choice rather than budget.

Natural Red, White and Blue Chalcedony - GemSelect

Rare Red, White and Blue Chalcedony Nodule - www.GemSelect.com

One of our valued customers wanted to share a discovery he made recently. The following is a write-up and photos we wanted to share with all of our GemSelect gemstone fans:

"This rare chalcedony nodule is a treasure unlike any other. This amazing creation reflects a very different world than the one we live in now, which can be seen through the geological conditions evident of the formation process

The stunning chalcedony stone exhibits a white fossil-like material on the outer shell, while the interior of the stone is dark-red on one end and zones into a pure dark-blue on the opposite end of the oblong-shaped stone. What happens in the center of this stone is truly fascinating; the blue and red come together, splitting a dime-sized circle exactly in half. Normally these inclusions would disburse throughout the stone, especially since it takes millions of years for each cryptocrystalline nodule to form. 

The origin of this stone is unknown, and the stone was acquired in a private auction this year. Our greatest hope is that this discovery will spur an interest among children all around the world. We hope this discovery will encourage others to just dig a hole in their backyard, or go down the river and kick around against the muddy banks and edges. A whole new world opens up when we engage in nature and discovery. I would like to share another one of a kind discovery with you, even though it is not a gemstone it is a gem of a discovery.

Note: The red, white and blue chalcedony stone has not been altered in any way, no treatments or enhancements at all.

P. T. Vlachos"

Here are some photos of the exciting discovery!





Gemstone Names and Variations - GemSelect

Gemstone Names and  Alias Variations

Gemstone names and terminology can be quite confusing. Often times you will come across many different gem names, just to find out later that they are one and the same.

Many names are trade names. Some are twisted by description and others have evolved from the root origins. Regardless, we thought it would be nice to compile a chart listing gemstones and the many names they are given.

Gem Type
Other Name Aliases
Mineral
Achroite
White Tourmaline
Tourmaline (Group of Silicates)
Agate
None Known
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Agate Geode
None Known
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Alexandrite
Tsar Stone, Color Change Chrysoberyl
Chrysoberyl
Almandine
Almandite
Garnet (Mineral Group)
Amazonite
Amazon Stone,  Amazonstone
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Amber
Succinite, ambrite, resinite
Organic
Amethyst
None Known
Quartz
Ametrine
Trystine, bolivianite
Quartz
Ammolite
Ammonite, korite
Organic 
Andasulite
Chiastolite
Andalusite
Andesine
Andesine Labadorite
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Apatite
Asparagus Stone
Apatite (Mineral Group)
Aquamarine
Blue Beryl
Beryl
Aventurine
Aventurine Quartz
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Azotic Topaz
Rainbow Topaz. Titanium Topaz, Mystic Topaz, Mystic Fire Topaz, Rainbow Fire Topaz
Topaz
Benitoite
None Known
Benitoite
Beryl
Precious Beryl (Other than Emerald & Aquamarine)
Beryl
Bixbite
Red Emerald, Red Beryl
Beryl
Black Opal
None Known
Opal Mineraloid
Bloodstone
Heliotrope, Blood Jasper
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Boulder Opal
None Known
Opal Mineraloid
Brazilianite
None Known
Brazilianite
Calcite
Limespar
Calcite
Carnelian
Cornelian
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Cassiterite
Tin Stone
Cassiterite
Cat’s Eye Apatite
None Known
Apatite (Mineral Group)
Cat’s Eye Aquamarine
None Known
Beryl
Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl
Cymophane, Cat’s Eye
Chrysoberyl
Cat’s Eye Scapolite
None Known
Scapolite
Cat’s Eye Tourmaline
None Known
Tourmaline (Group of Silicates)
Cat’s Eye Quartz
None Known
Quartz
Cat’s Eye Sillimanite
None Known
Sillimanite
Chalcedony
None Known (Bluish-White-Gray Variety)
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Charoite
None Known
Charoite
Chocolate Opal
None Known
Opal
Chrome Diopside
Russian Chrome Diopside, Green Diopside
Diopside
Chrome Tourmaline
Chrome dravite
Tourmaline
Chrysoberyl
Alumoberyl, Chrysberil, Chrysoberil, Chrysopal, Delam├ętherie, Crisoberilo, Krysoberril, Oriental Chrysolite Pacific
Chrysoberyl
Chrysocolla
None Known
Chrysocolla
Chrysoprase
Chrysophrase, chrysoprasus
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Citrine
Success stone, Merchant’s stone
Quartz
Clinohumite
None Known
Clinohumite
Color-Change Diaspore
None Known
Diaspore
Color-Change Garnet
None Known
Garnet Group
Color-Change Sapphire
None Known
Corundum
Coral
Precious Coral
Organic
Danburite
None Known
Danburite
Demantoid Garnet
Green Andradite
Andradite
Dendritic Agate
Mocha Stone
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Diamond
None Known
Diamond
Dumortierite Quartz
None Known
Quartz
Emerald
Green Beryl
Beryl
Fire Agate
None Known
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Fire Opal
Jelly Opal
Opal Mineraloid
Fluorite
Fluorspar
Fluorite
Goshenite
White Beryl, Colorless Beryl
Beryl
Grossular Garnet
Grossularite Garnet
Grossular
Hematite
Haematite
Hematite
Hemimorphite
Calamine
Hemimorphite
Hessonite Garnet
Cinnamon Stone
Grossular 
Hiddenite
Green Spodumene
Spodumene
Howlite
White Turquoise, White Buffalo Stone
Howlite
Idocrase
Vesuvianite
Idocrase
Imperial Topaz
None Known
Topaz
Iolite
Cordierite, Dichroite
Cordierite
Jade
Jadeite, Nephrite
Jadeite or Nephrite
Jasper
None Known
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Kunzite
Pink Spodumene
Spodumene
Kyanite
Disthene
Kyanite
Labradorite
None Known
Labradorite
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis
Lazurite
Larimar
Stefilia's Stone, Blue Pectolite
Pectolite
Lepidolite
Lilalite
Lepidolite
Malachite
None Known
Malachite
Malaya Garnet
Malaia
Pyrope / Spessartite
Mali Garnet
Grandite
Grossular / Andradite
Maw-sit-Sit
Jade Albite, Chloromelanite
Jade-Albite
Melanite
titanian andradite
Andradite
Moonstone
Hecatolite, selenite
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Morganite
Pink Beryl, Salmon Beryl
Beryl
Mystic Quartz
Mystic Fire Quartz, Azotic Quartz, Rainbow Mystic Quartz, Rainbow Fire Quartz
Quartz
Mystic Topaz
Fire Topaz, Mystic Fire Topaz, Rainbow Topaz, Rainbow Fire Topaz, Caribbean Topaz, Bermuda Topaz
Topaz
Obsidian
None Known
Obsidian (Mineraloid)
Onyx
None Known
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Opal
None Known
Opal (Mineraloid)
Opal Doublet
None Known
Opal (Mineraloid)
Pearl
Precious Pearl
Pearl
Peridot
Chrysolite, Olivine
Olivine
Pietersite
Tempest Stone
Riebeckite
Prehnite
None Known
Prehnite
Pyrite
Fool’s Gold
Pyrite
Pyrope Garnet
Bohemian Garnet, Chrome Pyrope
Pyrope
Quartz
None Known
Quartz
Rainbow Moonstone
Hecatolite, Selenite
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Rhodochrosite
Manganese Spar, Raspberry Spar
Rhodochrosite
Rhodolite Garnet
None Known
Almandine-Pyrope
Rock Crystal
Clear Quartz, Pure Quartz, Colorless Quartz
Quartz
Rose Quartz
Pink Quartz
Quartz
Ruby
Red Corrundum
Corundum
Ruby-Zoisite
Anyolite
Corrundum-Zoisite
Rutile Quartz
Sagenite, Venus-Hair Stone

Quartz-Rutile
Rutile Topaz
None Known
Topaz-Rutile
Sapphire
Corrundum
Corundum
Sardonyx
Sard
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Seraphinite
Clinochlore
Chlorite (Mineral Group)
Serpentine
Bastite, Bowenite, Connemara, Verd-Antique and Williamsite
Serpentine Group
Smithsonite
Bonamite
Smithsonite
Smoky Quartz
Brown Quartz, Smoky Quartz
Quartz
Snowflake Obsidian
None Known
Obsidian (Mineraloid)
Sodalite
None Known
Sodalite
Spessartite Garnet
Spessartine
Spessartite
Sphalerite
Zinc Blende
Sphalerite
Sphene
Titanite
Titanite
Spinel
None Known
Spinel
Spodumene
Yellow Kunzite
Spodumene
Star Diopside
Black Diopside, Black Star Diopside, Crying Stone
Diopside
Star Garnet
None Known
Garnet
Star Moonstone
None Known
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Star Rose Quartz
None Known
Quartz
Star Ruby
None Known
Corundum
Star Sapphire
None Known
Corundum
Star Sunstone
None Known
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Sugilite
Sugalite, Luvulite
Sugilite
Sunstone
Aventurine Feldspar, heliolite
Feldspar (Mineral Group)
Tanzanite
Blue Zoisite
Zoisite
Tiger’s Eye
Tiger Eye, Tigers Eye
Chalcedony (Variety of Quartz)
Topaz
Precious Topaz
Topaz
Tourmaline
None Known
Tourmaline Group
Tsavorite Garnet
Tsavolite
Grossularite
Turquoise
None Known
Turquoise
Variscite
Utahlite
Variscite
Zircon
Starlight, Jargon, Hyacinth, Matura Diamond
Zircon

This chart will likely be out of date over time, so if you have anything you would like us to add or update, please send us a message at help@gemselect.com.

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