Henry B. Ball Jewelers Designer Jewelry Collections
Parle Lotus Garnet
Unearthed in the Mahenge Region of North Tanzania, Lotus Garnet was only recently discovered in late 2015. Found in alluvial mines, the amount of rough is unknown and each production is small and has a variation in color with every pocket produced.
The unique pinkish orange to orangey pink color of Lotus Garnet makes it an exceptional substitute to Padparascha Sapphire, Morganite and Imperial Topaz.
It is best viewed in sunlight and it has a slight red fluorescence which can give the appearance of color change.
Ruby: The glowing red of Ruby has been desired by many throughout the ages. Rich reds evoke emotions of desire and passion making Ruby one of the most romantic gemstones. Ruby is the most valuable variety of Corundum and is colored by the trace element Chromium. The world’s most renowned Rubies have come from Burma, now Myanmar, with sources like Mozambique and Madagascar gaining significance in recent years.
Sapphire: The velvety blues of Sapphire have created a strong desire for the gemstone throughout history. Prized by Nobility, Sapphire has been discovered on nearly every continent. Sapphire is a member of the Corundum family and is colored by the trace elements iron and titanium. The hardness and durability of Sapphire make it a desirable choice for jewelry.
Emerald: Cleopatra is said to have greeted the Romans on a bed of Emeralds to show her wealth and power, in fact the world’s first Emerald mine was believed to be in Egypt. Emerald is a member of the Beryl family and is colored by the trace element Chromium. It is common to see inclusions within an Emerald which are due to the growing conditions and crystal structure of the gemstone. The lush green of Emerald has symbolized growth and renewal throughout the ages.
Opal is prized for its dazzling play-of-color which exhibits the blues of Sapphire, the reds of Ruby and the greens of Emeralds in just one gemstone. Australian Opal was formed hundreds of millions of years ago in an ancient seabed and is the result of water seeping into silica rich soil. Opal’s kaleidoscope of color make it one of nature’s most vibrant treasures.