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Two Moons Hye Jewelry: GEMSTONES (T-U)
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Gemstones A-B C D-I J L-O P-S T-U  

Tigereye – Tigereye is a quartz with rich yellow and brown stripes and a fine golden luster resembling a tiger’s eye. When viewed from the opposite direction, the colors are reversed. Other "eye" quartzes exist, too...their names depend only on their background colors and reflections. Green-gray stones are called cat's eye; blue-gray to bluish varieties are called hawk’s eye and deep brown stones are called bull's eye or ox-eye. Traditionally, tiger-eye has been used as a gift between lovers to ease sexual tension and help partners tune into each other in a psychic or telepathic way. Also said to pull one into a more positive and flexible attitude...especially effective for stubborn people! Conversely, many wear the stone to strengthen convictions, and to acquire courage and confidence. Found mainly in South Africa but also in Australia, Myanmar, Namibia and California.

Tiger Iron – This ironstone rock is a natural mixture of hematite, jasper and tiger-eye. Tiger iron is a great example of a metamorphosed gemstone. More than two billion years ago, deposits of these three materials were slowly mashed together as tectonic plates shifted. The tremendous pressures on the original crystals resulted in the intricate, banded designs of tiger iron. Each stone can be seen distinctly in layers of gold, silver, brown and red, drawing unique vertical and horizontal patterns. While the stone is many millennia old, it only recently has become known on the market. This unusual trinity stone is believed to carry the energies of its three parents. Said to stimulate vitality, strengthen force of will and courage and breathe a new spiritual life into creative efforts. Some say it helps with multi-tasking, and that wearing tiger iron or keeping near your desk will help you stay focused on your goal as you plow through work. Tiger iron is found largely in Australia, England, Mexico, Brazil and the Lake Superior region of the US.

Tourmaline – Tourmaline is a complex crystalline silicate containing aluminum, boron and other elements. Its name is derived from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word tura mali meaning "stone of mixed colors." Indeed, tourmaline appears in blue, yellow, pink, red, black, green and clear. Said to dispel fear, negativity and grief, many say it induces a tranquil sleep and protects the wearer against many dangers and misfortunes. It’s mined around the world but mainly in Brazil, Sri Lanka and southern Africa.

Turquoise – Probably one of the most recognized semiprecious gemstones in existence, turquoise has been popular since prehistoric times. This stone is a hydrated aluminum copper phosphate that often contains iron. It occurs naturally in shades ranging from sky blue to grey-green, usually in locations where copper is hidden in the soil in high concentrations. The blue color is caused by copper, while the green color is caused by iron or chromium. Because color varies depending on the surrounding soil makeup, many turquoise references include the name of the country, state or mine where they were found. Reference like this may include Arizona turquoise, because many mines in Arizona, Nevada and Northern Mexico have the proper mineral conditions to produce a light, bright-blue turquoise, with small to medium amounts of matrix. The famed Sleeping Beauty Mine is in Globe, AZ. Most turquoise on the market today is stabilized.

Considered a stone of wholeness, turquoise promotes a sense of unity of the self and oneness with all that surrounds us. Said to make one feel at home in both the physical and spiritual worlds and to open all charkas, permitting the attributes of love, completeness and communication to flow through out the body and increasing spiritual bonding. Turquoise is mined in the US, China, Peru, Mexico, Iran, Tibet, Siberia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

Natural Turquoise (formerly called "AA Grade") isn't treated, enhanced or stabilized. Natural turquoise comes from mines in the US, Mexico and China. Sky blue natural turquoise usually from the Sleeping Beauty mine in AZ is usually processed into beads in India, China or Vietnam.

Stabilized Turquoise (formerly called "A to B Grade" is a commercial quality turquoise from various sources. Mostly from China, Mexico or the US. It's stabilized with a resin to harden the stone.

Chalk Turquoise is a softer, lower grade turquoise that must be stabilized to be used in jewelry. However, most items advertised as "chalk turquoise" are not turquoise. It is dyed magnesite.

Chinese Turquoise is mostly enhanced.

Mexican Turquoise has good color and usually a light matrix.

White Turquoise is a misleading term that usually describes magnesite. The faddish pink, pale greens and white turquoise on the market now is usually dyed magnesite, dolomite or howlite.

Unakite – This granite gemstone could almost be called unique-ite! The rock is an interesting mix of red/pink feldspar, white/gray quartz and epidote (a pistachio-colored gemstone). It’s coloring and compact hard structure makes it a nice stone for jewelry. Named for the Unaka Mountains in the Southeastern US where it was first discovered. Unakite is considered a balancing stone. Said to help unify the motional, mental and spiritual aspects of self, making it an excellent stone for those seeking a well-rounded existence. Also said to help us release the mental or emotional blocks that stop us from moving forward. This gemstone is mainly found in the US but also in South Africa, Brazil and China.

Above Information Courtesy of Rings-N-Things (www.rings-things.com)

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