Calcite, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Charoite, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Coral, Corundum
Commonly found formed in limestones and marbles, Calcite is a lovely transparent or translucent, pearlescent stone when polished and can be found in a rainbow of varieties. It is a relative of rhodochrosite from the calcite group. Calcite is a relatively soft mineral and should be treated with care, even weak acids such as household vinegar can damage the composition of the stone.
A chalcedony family stone, carnelian's firey translucent - transparent tones range across the brown-orange spectrum, most often recognised for it's deep reddish oranges. Semi-transparent, it's varieties have been used in jewellery thnroughout antiquity, the red-orange clearest stones are the rarest.
The name chalcedony refers to solid colored cryptocrystalline quartz, especially of a light color. The patterned varieties tend to have their own names. The most famous of these include agate, which is distinguished by its bands of color; black and white layered material known as onyx (this is usually dyed to produce a uniform black); carnelian, which is yellow-orange to reddish-orange and is colored by iron; and chrysocolla, a rare type of vivid blue-green cryptocrystalline quartz that is colored by copper.
Charoite is a new gem on the market, first appearing in 1978. It is found only in one location in Siberia, Russia. The swirling shapes of lavender and violet are quite unique.
Also known as Alexandrite, discovered as it was on Tsar Alexander II's birthday. It has no fire in it's depths,
Chrysocolla is hydrous copper silicate. Often confused with turquoise, chrysocolla is found in unusual multicolor combinations as well as blue or green.
Chrysoprase is a gemstone variety of chalcedony or cryptocrystalline quartz, colored by trace amounts of nickel. Its color varies from apple-green to deep green
Named after the French word for lemon, citrine is yellow, gold or orange-brown transparent quartz.
We stock a variety of coral jewellery. Nepali modern pieces feature coral and turquoise harvested from antique jewellery and refashioned by uniquely talented silversmiths.
Corumdum comes in many guises: ruby, sapphire, Papporadsda, colourless sapphire, green, pink and yellow varieties. Iron and titanium compounds alter the appearance.