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Gemstone Creations
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GEMS, CARATS, PEARLS and NUGGETS
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Ingrid & Karl
 
Ingrid & Karl have returned from Scandinavia to help us during the holidays. They kicked off Small Business Saturday and will be making frequent appearances on our Facebook page to help you with holiday ideas until they head home before the big day.
 
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Shop Local
 
Thank you to everyone who came out on Small Business Saturday to support downtown businesses. We hope that you will continue to shop local throughout the holiday season. Downtown stores like ours are full of surprises - you never know what you might find.
 
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4 Hour Parking
 
As you complete your holiday shopping don't forget that four hour parking has returned to downtown streets and lasts until January 31st!
 
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Have a Happy Holiday Season!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with friends, food and fun!
 
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Can 2017 be Over?

Can you believe that 2017 will be over in just a few short days? We are very thankful for all our great customers and friends and hope you had a great 2017!
 
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Kimberly's Carats

Gemologist George Kunz—Tiffany’s famed gem buyer—was a notable Zircon advocate. He once proposed the name “starlite” to promote the gem’s fiery nature. The name never caught on.

Archaeological excavations revealed that the rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with turquoise jewelry, and Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3,000 years ago.

 Tanzanite is relatively new to the colored stone galaxy. In 1967 a Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent, intense violet-to-blue crystals weathering out of the earth in Merelani, an area of northern Tanzania.
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Engraving
 
Sometimes a personalized engraved gift is just the thing for the holidays. We have a computerized engraving machine and can engrave or emboss on just about anything. There's still plenty of time to have your special item engraved for the holidays. Ask us about it next time you stop in.
 
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Holiday Hours
During December we will have some expanded hours. In addition to our normal hours we will be open on Mondays before Christmas from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday December 2nd due to the street closures associated with the annual Christmas Parade.

After much thought we have also decided to be closed on Sunday December 24th, Christmas Eve. In the past we have usually been open for a few hours on Christmas Eve but this year with it falling on a Sunday we have decided to be closed so that our staff can spend this day with their families. So, if you are a last minute shopper make sure you stop in by the 23rd!
 
December Birthstones

December has three birthstones, Blue Zircon, Turquoise and Tanzanite.

Zircon is found in a wide range of colors. For many years colorless Zircon was used to imitate diamonds. Folk wisdom grants Zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares. Major sources of Zircon are Thailand, Cambodia, and the southern part of Vietnam.

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin's egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Although its popularity fluctuates in fashion, it is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest.

Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found only there, Tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which it is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this color. Colors range from blue to purple, and Tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices.  
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December Trivia Game

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

1. Although originally celebrated on the winter solstice, St. Lucia Day is now celebrated on December:

A. 11th
B. 12th
C. 13th


2. Ingrid & Karl are Tomtes (Sweden) or Nisse (Norway), helpful elves or gift givers. To thank them for their work during the year and to get gifts in return, children usually leave out a bowl of:

A. Porridge
B. Cereal
C. Cookies


Rules:
The Trivia Game winner will be determined by random drawing from everyone who posts the correct answers by Thursday December 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 Astrid Schafer who won our November trivia game. 
 
Birthday or Anniversary in December? 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 12/31/2017
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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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