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This Gem Is Like Quartz, but a Lot Wetter

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If it weren’t for my high water content (anywhere between 3-20 percent), they say I’d basically be quartz. Which to me is like saying that if Lake Superior didn’t have water it’d be a prairie. Huh! A lake is a lake and quartz I am not. What I am is a soft, delicate, HYDRATED silicate of a certain healthy hue that is sometimes referred to as quinzite (and which yes OK, under some conditions can look like quartz).
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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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This Gem’s Name Is a Tribute to Another Luscious Red Stone

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THERE’S AN EGYPTIAN legend that when my family made its way to the surface of the earth we passed over a rainbow and in doing so took on all the colors of the spectrum. That worked well for me because not only did I land red, but it’s a glorious lush strawberry red (at my best) that earned me my own moniker — a tribute of sorts to another fine gemstone. Of course, man being man, someone figured he could improve on nature, and I am now often irradiated, something that didn’t go down well in the market in the first few years.

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Cartoon: The Jeweler Expresses His True Feelings

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Gem Quiz: I’m a Gem That Comes Alive at Night

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I HAVE BEEN CALLED evening stone because of my intense dislike of sunlight — it does the most terrible things to my coloring, which is usually of a most tender and feminine pink hue. Discovered in 1902 in Southern California (a place that is really too warm for my liking), I was named after a particularly distinguished jeweler and mineralogist from Tiffany’s in New York (ah, New York, a much more pleasant clime). My perfect cleavage makes me a challenge for gem cutters, but if they know what they’re doing they can make my deepest colors shine. Yes, colors with an “s” — I am strongly pleochroic.

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