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Is Citrine a Yellow Topaz?

Is Citrine a Yellow Topaz?

The yellow topaz and citrine are often confused, and even misidentified by amateur gem enthusiasts.  Although these two gemstones share the coveted spot as November’s birthstone, they are different gems. Each gemstone has different origins that derive from a completely different crystal system,  where they inherit different molecular, optical and physical properties.   Yellow citrine is a quartz crystal that is formed out of silicon dioxide. Topaz is a fluoro-silicate of aluminum.

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Birth of a Pearl

Birth of a Pearl

Pearls are the only gems on earth that form inside a living creature.  Both saltwater and freshwater pearls form inside mollusks –  such as oysters, clams, mussels and abalone.  A pearl forms when an irritant (like a parasite, or a tiny piece of coral) lodges itself within a mollusk’s mantle tissue. It gets so deep inside the shell the mollusk cannot expel it. 

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