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Coloured Gems

Farrah Fine Jewellers carries a beautiful selection of dazzling coloured gemstone jewellery. From pendants to rings, earrings to bracelets there is a colored stone for every taste and budget.

Browse the “Introduction” information about colored stones; their long and storied history, and the beautiful varieties of color, luster and brilliance. Find that special “birthstone”, and learn more about its history, its color and its special meaning.

There are over 130 types of minerals that have been used as gemstones. Some of the most common and popular are: agate, alexandrite, aquamarine, amethyst, chalcedony, citrine, diamond, emerald, feldspar (including amazonite, labradorite, moonstone and sunstone), garnet, jade, jadeite, jasper, kunzite, lapis lazuli, malachite, onyx, opal, peridot, pyrite, quartz, ruby, sapphire, spinel, tiger’s eye, tanzanite, tsavorite, topaz, turquoise, tourmaline, zeolite and zircon.

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October - Opal

The name opal derives from the Greek Oppalos, meaning “to see a change (of color).” Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal’s beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background. Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature’s heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals. The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

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