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GEMS, CARATS, PEARLS and NUGGETS
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Usman's Latest Creation
 
This just came off Usman's bench a few days ago. Do you have a diamond that you would like to make into a pendant?
 
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Thank You!

We had a wonderful time last month celebrating Gemstone Creations' 25th Anniversary. Thank you to everyone who has made these 25 years possible. Without you there would be no us. It was great seeing everyone who stopped in during our event.
 
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Happy Halloween!

We hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! We will be participating in Treats on the Streets again this year. Downtown will be filled with ghosts, witches, superheros, princesses and everything imaginable from 11:00 - 2:00 on Saturday October 28th.
 
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Kimberly's Carats

Many cultures have credited Opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed Opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity and truth.

In Brazil in the 1500s a Spanish conquistador washed dirt from a green Tourmaline crystal and confused the vibrant gem with emerald. His confusion lived on until scientists recognized Tourmaline as a distinct mineral species in the 1800s. People have probably used Tourmaline as a gem for centuries, but they identified it as some other stone (ruby, sapphire, emerald, and so forth) based on its coloring.
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900 Year Old Crusader Jewelry
 
In Israel 2,500 schoolkids have been participating since summer in the excavation of a Crusader fortress on Tittora Hill, 20 miles northwest of Jerusalem. They have uncovered some amazing artifacts — rings, bracelets, earrings and hairpins — among the ancient clay ovens, cooking pots, jars, serving dishes and a table in the medieval fortress’ kitchen. 

“The students and volunteers have exposed the inner courtyard of the Crusader fortress,” said Avraham Tendler, excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority. “Here, the fortress’ occupants cooked and baked for hundreds of years during the Middle Ages, some 900 years ago. It seems that the cooks of the time were not sufficiently careful with the jewelry they wore while cooking and baking, since numerous pieces of jewelry have been found in the excavation, some made of bronze and silver.”
 
October Birthstones

October has two birthstones, Opal and Tourmaline.

Because opal has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all. The Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. When Australia’s mines began to produce opals commercially in the 1890s, it quickly became the world’s primary source for this gemstone.

Tourmaline can be found in many colors including pink, purplish red, blue and shades of green. It’s generally agreed that traces of iron, and possibly titanium, induce green and blue colors. Manganese produces reds and pinks, and possibly yellows while some pink and yellow Tourmalines might owe their color to radiation, which can be natural or laboratory-induced.
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October Trivia Game

Answer these trivia questions for your chance to win a $25 Gemstone Creations gift certificate!

1. Some states do not recognize Columbus Day but it was created as a federal holiday in:

A. 1937
B. 1938
C. 1939


2. In the U.S. we carve pumpkins for Halloween but in Ireland and Scotland what is traditionally carved?

A. Turnip
B. Rutabaga
C. Squash


Rules:
The Trivia Game winner will be determined by random drawing from everyone who posts the correct answers by Saturday October 7th.   

The answers must be posted on our Facebook wall.

The winner will be posted on Facebook and in our next month's eNewsletter.
 
Touch or click here to post your answers to our Facebook page. If you don't Facebook you can email your answers to gemcreationsplat@aol.com. Good Luck! Congratulations to PJ Hairston who won our September trivia game. 
 
Birthday or Anniversary in October? Save 15% OFF One Item 
Offer for all regular priced items only. Limited to one item per customer. Some exclusions may apply - see associate for details.
Expires 10/31/2017
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Gemstone Creations

606 Caroline Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 373-7847

http://www.gemstonecreations.org
Store Hours
Mon - Sat 10-5
Wed 10-6:30
& By Appointment
Sun Closed
Gemstone Creations has been satisfying the Fredericksburg, Virginia area’s fine jewelry needs since 1992. We’re “Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged”, and engagement rings are just where we begin. We are a full service jewelry store and can provide all your jewelry needs. We’re not the biggest jewelry store in Fredericksburg or the oldest, but we try our hardest to be the most friendly, welcoming and accommodating – and the most fun.
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