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Gemstone Creations
World's Largest Pearl?
We recently posted this on our Facebook page and thought we should repeat it here. Found in 1959, the "Giga Pearl" weighs 61 pounds and could be worth up to $90 million. It has been certified by the Gemological Institute of America as the largest natural blister pearl in the world. The pearl was recently shown off in Ontario by the owner.
Memorial Day

Memorial Day will soon be here along with the start of summer and vacation season. No matter how you are celebrating the day we hope that you will take a moment during your celebration to pause and remember people who have died while serving in our country's armed forces.
Before we know it graduations will be starting up at area colleges and high schools. Congratulations to everyone who is graduating and best wishes. A special congrats to Kimberly who will be heading to the University of Lynchburg in the fall to continue her education and be a member of the field hockey team. It seems like only yesterday that she had her first day of pre-K.  Where did the time go?
Kimberly's Carats

There are other green gems but emerald is the one that’s always associated with the lushest landscapes and the richest greens. Ireland is the Emerald Isle. Seattle is the Emerald City. Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald as “…nothing greens greener”. He further said that early lapidaries restored their eyes by looking at emeralds. The color green is known to relieve stress and eye strain.
Is that Carrot or Carat?
Did you see this? In 2017 a rather lumpy carrot was pulled up on a farm in Alberta. The carrot had its lumpy shape in part because it had grown through an engagement ring. The ring's owner had been weeding in 2004 when she lost her ring. Embarrassed she went out an bought a similar, cheaper version of the ring rather than tell her husband. As can be seen the carrot grew straight through the ring which allowed it to be found. The ring also still fit. As strange as this might sound, a similar carrot with a ring attached was found in Sweden in 2011.
May Birthstone
May's birthstone is Emerald. Emeralds, symbols of rebirth, are believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune and youth. Emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. It was attributed such great power that it was often used in powdered form to prevent epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure dysentery and fever and avert panic. In addition, emerald was thought to make its owner eloquent and persuasive, bring joy, give the ability to foretell the future and improve memory. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emerald is limited; consequently, treatments to improve clarity are performed regularly.
May Trivia Game

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

1. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory on May 5, 1862 by the Mexican army over the army of

A. France
B. Germany
C. England

2. Memorial Day is typically the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. One week earlier which Canadian holiday also celebrates the start of summer?

A. Victoria Day
B. Canada Day
C. Elizabeth Day

The Trivia Game winner will be determined by random drawing from everyone who posts the correct answers by Tuesday May 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 Yvette Ortiz
 who won our April trivia game. 
Birthday or Anniversary in May? 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 05/31/2019
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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