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Jewelry Gemstones for July

Are you ready for summer? Well, too bad, because summer is already in peak. Break out the shorts and tank tops and most importantly, don't forget to sport summer colors with gemstone jewelry too.

Here is our list of recommended summer-time gems:

Labradorite
Labradorite is famed for its remarkable optical phenomenon. In fact, labradorite is so unique in the world of gems; its schiller (labradorescence) was named after the gemstone and not the other way around. Labradorite appears to have a cool metallic schiller effect and when viewed from different angles and lighting, it lights up in a range of colors. Labradorite is a perfect gemstone for pendants. It is often threaded or set onto unique materials such as rope, hemp or leather; which makes labradorite a popular choice for younger folks. You don't even need to have a passion for gems to wear something as unique as labradorite.

Topaz
Cool blue topaz is definitely the stone for summer. Blue topaz gems offer excellent clarity, durability, affordability, and they can be found in many colors, sizes and shapes. Blue topaz is most famous for the deep dark and highly desirable color known as London blue topaz, but it is also available in lighter colors such as Swiss blue topaz which is the medium blue topaz variety; and sky blue topaz, the cool, light-blue variety of topaz. Most people see topaz as being an 'affordable' stone, but it offers excellent hardness and durability and prices for quality blue topaz are not cheap. One of the rarest and most expensive gemstones in the world is the yellow to golden to reddish-pink variety known in the trade as imperial topaz.

Turquoise

Summer jewelry always sparks up thoughts of silver, for us anyway. One of the best gemstones for silver has got to be turquoise. There is something about its unique and distinct color that is prized by both men and women. Turquoise can be found ranging in color from cool blue to green color, often with black spider-webbing patterns. Traditionally, unicolored blue topaz was always considered to be the most desirable turquoise, but nowadays, many are leaning towards turquoise with spiderweb patterns; it's really just a matter of personal preference. Believe it or not, natural turquoise is actually quite rare, which is why you have to be careful of imitation gemstones being sold as natural. 

Generally, you can assume that all turquoise has been dyed or stabilized even if sellers claims it is untreated. Nevertheless, as long as it is turquoise and not an imitation, it is valuable. Large sizes are hard to find and most turquoise cabochons for gemstone rings won't be much bigger than a dime.