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Rare Yet Affordable, I Am The First Gemstone Ever Named After A Person

My apple-green color will tempt you.




Rare Yet Affordable, I Am The First Gemstone Ever Named After A Person

I HAVE LONG BEEN associated more with collectors than designers (could it be because I am both rare and cheap?) and take my name from the amateur rockhound who found me — a Dutch military commander stationed in South Africa in the second half of the 18th century. It was actually the first time a mineral had been named after someone (Ruby? Amber? Beryl? — no, the rocks came first) but it hardly made me — a humble silicate of calcium and aluminum — a household name. In recent times I have found a certain popularity with jewelry designers who became enchanted with my translucent green world and the way I seem to quickly establish a rapport with women looking for something understated to accompany their fashion choices.

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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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