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Gemstone Creations
As we are sure you know, we were sad to learn in August that Kameleon jewelry has closed. Although a lot of our stock has gone out the door, to say goodbye all in-stock Kameleon jewelry items are 40% off. We enjoyed sharing this fun jewelry with you.
Treats on the Streets

We will be participating in Treats on the Streets on Saturday October 27th from 10 - Noon. Whether you are out that day or trick or treating on Halloween, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday!
Millennium Sapphire

A Chinese firm recently purchased the Millennium Sapphire. Recognized by the Guinness Book of records as the largest carved sapphire in the world it features 134 figures representing human achievement. The 61,500 carat stone sold for $50 million.
Kimberly's Carats

Traditionally, Somewhere in Brazil in the 1500s, a Spanish conquistador washed the 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. 

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. ​
Gold Mining in Virginia

A lot of people are surprised to find out that there was gold mining in Virginia. The earliest records of gold production in Virginia are reports of placer mining in 1804. At one time Virginia was the third largest gold producing state. Production declined after the California gold rush. Many mines were damaged during the Civil War although some low level production continued until World War II. You can find out more about gold mining and maybe even try your hand at panning at Monroe Park in Goldvein, off US 17, or Lake Anna State Park.
October Birthstones
October has two birthstones, Tourmaline and Opal.

Tourmaline has become a favorite among jewelry designers and gem collectors. Available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste. Tourmaline also is known for displaying several colors in many combinations in the same gemstone. One multi-color variety is watermelon tourmaline, and features green, pink and white color bands.

Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red and blue. Opal is a non-crystalline silica gel that through time and nature's heating and molding processes, hardened into the form of opals. The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.
October Trivia Game

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

1. Opals can be found in the US in the Virgin Valley opal fields in Humboldt County 

A. Idaho
B. Utah
C. Nevada

2. If you are in Ireland on Halloween you might eat a traditional dish called Colcannon made of kale or cabbage and 

A. Mashed Potatoes
B. Mashed Carrots
C. Mashed Green Beans

The Trivia Game winner will be determined by random drawing from everyone who posts the correct answers by Sunday 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 Rhonda Morris 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 10/31/2018
Gemstone Creations

606 Caroline Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 373-7847

Store Hours
Tues - Sat 10-5
Wed 10-6:30
& By Appointment
Sun & Mon 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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