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At the gem shows, it's common to find faceted quartz gemstones because they are both hard and abundant, which makes them a popular choice for cutting factories. Added to this, there are terrific color choices - either natural, dyed or coated - and the result is a fabulous display of remarkable craftsmanship. The rich brown color of smoky quartz results from free silicone within the silicon dioxide crystalline structure; the silicone can be freed by natural radiation or helped along by radiation treatment in a lab. The checkerboard gem cut resembles the square pattern of the game board and lately it's been applied to some lovely beads, such as these, rather than just the traditional cushion shaped gemstone for a setting. The deep brown color said "coffee!" and this necklace is definitely a perk for the morning routine! The large sterling silver ovals in the chain provide some length adjustment in this versatile mid-length necklace. Cost: $192.00 USD
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