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This Gemstone Sounds Like An Evil Planet or Skin Disease, But It’s Really Quite Delightful

This green stone offers emerald-like beauty at a fraction of the price.

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ZIRCON, VARISCITE, AMMOLITE — some gemstones sound more like evil planets or skin diseases than something that could be turned into jewelry. I, too, suffer from a less than romantic name, although it’s probably a car polish that first comes to mind when you hear me mentioned. Still, what my over-literal namers lacked in inspiration I make up for with my emerald-like beauty. At a relatively low cost and readily available since Siberia’s mineral riches began flowing into the market, I make a great choice for earrings. I tend to be a little soft for ring duty — and no one is going to ask why you’re selling industrial agents as center stones.

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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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