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GEMS, CARATS, PEARLS and NUGGETS
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Holiday Hours
 
During December in addition to our normal hours we will be open on Monday December 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday December 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Monday December 24th, Christmas Eve, we will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. 
 
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Shop Local
 
We hope that you will 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 and festive holiday season filled with friends, food and fun!
 
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2018 is Almost Over

Where did 2018 go? In retail it seems that this time of the year shoots by even faster than normal. Thank you for sharing part of 2018 with us. We always enjoy seeing everyone and we are very thankful for each of you and hope you all had a great 2018!
 
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Kimberly's Carats

Gemologist George Kunz 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.

 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. The result was Tanzanite!
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Ingrid and Karl
 
Our friends from Scandinavia have returned to help us during the holidays. Look for them on facebook and other social media with great holiday ideas. They'll be here until they head home before the big day.

Some of you have asked us about Ingrid and Karl. They are creatures from Nordic folklore and are often called Nisse (Norway) or Tomte (Sweden). They typically live in the houses and barns of the farmstead. If treated well they protect the family and animals. During the holidays Nisse/Tomte are often seen with the Christmas Goat or a pig and they hand out presents on Christmas Eve. It is traditional to leave out a bowl of porridge and butter for the Nisse/Tomte.
 
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. Lutefisk is a food that is commonly eaten around Christmas time, especially in Scandinavia the upper midwest and other places with large populations of Nowegian and Swedish descent. Lutefisk is dried 

A. Slamon
B. Herring
C. Cod


2. Lefse is a traditional Scandinavian flatbread. There are special tools used to make it like long turning sticks, rolling pins with grooves and a large, flat griddle. Lefse is made from 

A. Corn
B. Wheat
C. Potatoes


Rules:
The Trivia Game winner will be determined by random drawing from everyone who posts the correct answers by Friday 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 JoAnn Josemans
 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 12/31/2018
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Gemstone Creations

606 Caroline Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 373-7847

http://www.gemstonecreations.org
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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