As we move forward through September the Autumn colours start to emerge.
Many beautiful gemstones reflect these hues such as Citrine – a semi precious form of Quartz which occurs in warm cognac and orangey tones and fiery golden yellows. Madeira Citrine refers to specimens with a reddish orange body colour, reminiscent of the fortifed wine produced on the island of the same name.
Golden or the rarer Imperial Topaz originally came from the Urals and was desired by the Russian tsars. Today it is mined in Ouro Preto, Brazil (literally black gold in Portuguese) in a sumptuous assortment of golden shades. The particular pinkish orange tone has been described rather romantically as the colour of the setting sun – it is rare in Nature and has a lustrous sheen. The ancient Egyptians associated this gemstone with the Sun God Ra and in ancient Indian philosophy Topaz is said to unlock the throat chakra allowing ease of communication and aid to self expression.
The gem most likely to evoke these rich warm tones of the season is Amber – a gem which has been prized for centuries and is ever popular today- is a solidified form of tree resin (usually Coniferous Forest origin), much of which forms in the Baltic zones. As Amber is not technically a ‘stone’, we refer to it as an ‘organic gem’.
Diamonds too – do not always manifest as colourless gems – they can occur in vibrant natural colours – rich Canary yellow, tobacco and sepia. This rare phenomenon in nature results from a particular combination of pressure, heat and specific chemical elements present in the Earth’s crust at the time the gems form. Naturally coloured ‘fancy’ diamonds as we refer to them; are precious due to their rarity and command exceptionally high price tags.
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