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Huge Grandidierite Gemstones at GemSelect - Top 10 Rarest Gemstones!


Grandidierite is a very rare collector's gemstone often referred to as one of the top 10 rarest gemstones in the world! It was named in honor of the French naturalist and an explorer of Madagascar, Alfred Grandidier. Grandidierite was first discovered in Madagascar in 1902 and then later in small quantities in other parts  of the world. Grandidierite gemstones are highly sought after after by collectors. It is rarely found in gem-quality, and faceted gemstones command extremely high prices. In fact, even abochons can fetch hundreds of dollars per carat, and for those with excellent color and clarity, it is not unheard of for cabochons to command thousands per carat.

Grandidierite gems are typically greenish-blue, blue-green or blue, with the most highly saturated neon color being the most valuable. Being a trichroic gem, grandidierite can display yellow, colorless, greenish-blue and blue under polarized light, depending on the viewing angle. The blue color is due to traces of iron, so specimens with more iron content have a higher saturation of blue.

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Derek Lee

Gemstone Iridescence and Shininess - Where Does it Come From?

Where Does The Magic of Iridescence Come From?

Some gemstones are known to exhibit an interesting optical phenomena known as "iridescence"; a wonderful effect that can result in a rainbow of colors caused by light diffraction and light interference. 

To learn more about iridescence, watch the wonder video below: 

We woud like to send a special thank you to our friends at Business Insider for letting us be a part of this wonder chromatic science video!

If you are interested in gemstones with iridesence, we have thousands of gems to choose from at GemSelect -- click here to view details!

GemSelect Review by Vivalatina Jewelry - TRANCHANT NICOLAS

GemSelect Customer Review and Beautiful Jewelry Designs by TRANCHANT NICOLAS

As a professional jeweler running my own online jewelry at, I am always looking for beautiful stones with strong colours for the jewels I propose to my clients.

I have been a client of GemSelect for years now and appreciate the quality of the stones they propose and the consideration they gave to me when I needed advice or asked for additional information.

I started working with GemSelect in September of 2013 (4 years now), so I have been able to make quite a lot of jewelry with GemSelect's stones as you can check below:

Men's Silver Bracelet with Natural Stabilized Turquoise - Sourced from GemSelect

Silver Pendant Presented with 8 Different Varieties of Gemstones - Sourced from GemSelect

Silver/Gold Ring with 9 mm Round Amethyst in Prong Setting - Sourced from GemSelect

Gold Engagement Ring with Topaz and Amethyst - Sourced from GemSelect

White Gold Ring set with two Round Blue Sapphires - Sourced from GemSelect

Silver Ring with a Turquoise Cabochon - Sourced from GemSelect

Heart Shape Red Garnets Mounted in Circular Pendants - Sourced from GemSelect

With four years working with Gemselect, I am 100% satisfied with their quality of stones and service provided. I can strongly recommend other jewelers to try working with them.

Moreover, I once had trouble with a stone that got lost in customs here in mexico, so they sent me another identical stone with no questions asked. You can't beat this kind of support.

The main assets of GemSelect for me are:
  • They offer a large range of different stones
  • For each type of gem, I can choose through a great amount of stones
  • The shipping is fast or cheap, so I can adapt the shipping cost depending on my needs
  • The support service is fast to answer when their help is required
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Turquoise Meanings, History and Lore - GemSelect

Turquoise: Popular Blue Green Gemstones

Turquoise is a popular colored stone often worn in gemstone cabochon rings. It has long been known by people from all over the world, from the Americas to China, from Persia to Southeast Asia. Many of the Arab countries are renowned for fine turquoise, especially the Persian region. Turquoise is also widely produced from mining areas of the Nishapur region. In Indonesia, turquoise stone is often worn by scholars. This is because the stones have origins that relate to the first state of where Islam emerged.

In addition to the Persian region, turquoise is also mined from Israel, Afghanistan, Sinai and the United States, including Nevada, California, New Mexico and Arizona. The name “Turquoise” is derived from the Hebrew word “Fairuz” and is a copper-bearing stone composed of campuran aluminum, phosphate, iron and sometimes gold. It is not the typical gemstone valued for brilliance or fire, and it lacks the shiny luster of transparent gems. However, it is the unique turquoise sky blue color that makes this stone so attractive. Turquoise exhibits a beautiful sky blue color and often forms with black spider-like webs and veins.

Turquoise can vary in color from green to blue and while some may be uni-color, others may be multicolor with unique and interesting patterns. Turquoise symbolism and lore typically involves predicting and protection against danger. Some believe turquoise can warn their owners of danger by breaking. Like malachite, turquoise can supposedly protect its wearer from falls. Changes in color of a stone presumably warn owners of an impending illness that can be prevented.

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Jewelry Styles That Senior Fashion Influencers Love

Jewelry Styles That Senior Fashion Influencers Love

Style knows no age, and when it comes to clothing and accessories, the right ones can amp up your look, no matter if you’re 20 or 75. In recent years, the fashion world has taken notice of savvy seniors who are making bold statements with their sartorial picks, and some notable older women have even been asked to star in the latest fashion campaigns. Earlier this year, 63-year-old New York university professor Lyn Slater, known as "Accidental Icon" on Instagram, has been tapped as the face of Mango’s marketing campaign “A Story of Uniqueness”. Meanwhile, 60-year-old Gillean McLeod has been asked to model swimwear for H&M.

Older women are now getting tons of attention for the way that they style themselves as they show the world their individuality and creativity through their dress sense. Some of the most famous senior fashion influencers are also getting noticed for their jewelry, as these women have chosen to show off their collections in a unique way. These are the types of jewelry that senior fashion influencers can’t get enough of.

Chunky Turquoise Necklaces
Iris Apfel, the 95-year-old fashion icon who is well-known for her trademark oversized glasses and maximalist jewelry, has often been spotted wearing several layers of turquoise necklaces. Some of the stones are no bigger than a marble, while some are about as large as a chicken egg. Apfel recently told the UK's "The Telegraph" that her accessories help her create a variety of looks. Turquoise is a timeless gemstone that never seems to go out of fashion. Not only does turquoise make for fabulous necklaces, but it's also especially eye-catching in rings, earrings and pendants too.

Silver Earrings and Gold Wrist Cuffs
Dorrie Jacobson, an 82-year-old former Playboy Bunny turned fashion blogger, favors sharp looks that can only be described as “cool”. She complements her short, choppy haircut with a pair of thin, silver hoop earrings and a gold wrist cuff, as seen on some of her Instagram feeds. Jacobson once told "The Huffington Post" that there is no reason why older women can’t look “fabulous and contemporary”. In addition to hoop earrings, other dangling earring styles, including drop earrings and pendant earrings, are often seen in the fashion spotlight.

Oversized Earrings
Slater’s platinum bob is complemented by her favorite accessory - oversized earrings. The 63-year-old is often seen wearing red dangle earrings or shoulder-grazing hoops in a variety of colors. In one of Slater's many popular blog articles, she mentions, "I use my hair, my signature huge earrings, sunglasses, dark lips and grey hair to add an element of boldness". Although oversized earrings may be considered a bold fashion accessory, they don't always have to be over-the-top. Earrings set with large gemstones, such as black agate or onyx, can be very sleek and stylish, while remaining simple in appearance. Through clever design, oversized gemstone earrings can give a minimalist vibe while boasting a bold statement through clever design.

Most senior fashion icons love wearing bracelets, as seen on 74-year-old fashion blogger, Judith Boyd, also known as "Style Crone". The Colorado-based blogger has a penchant for hats and often completes her look with a few bangles on one arm. Bangles are a rigid type of bracelet composed of a single material, not only in gold or silver, but also various types of gemstone materials too. Gemstone bangles are frequently made out of chalcedony or agate (quartz), but the most precious bangles are those carved from jade (nephrite or jadeite).

These senior fashion influencers believe that it is important to feel good and to wear what you like in order to look good. Though their styles are different from one another, the one thing that they have in common is their unapologetic fondness for jewelry, which they all use to great effect. Take a cue from these fashion icons and pile on the accessories the next time you dress to impress.