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Nautical signal flags intentionally use bright, contrasting colors and simple colorblocks to aid visibility in the distance between ships, and the color choices and pattern in this necklace are certainly consistent with the style of maritime communication. Carnelian is a variety of microcrystalline quartz (like agate and chalcedony), meaning that the crystal size is small, leading to translucent rather than transparent gemstones. Iron oxide is responsible for the characteristic deep red-orange color, and this combined with its hardness made it a popular gemstone for signet rings in Roman times. Iolite is the gem quality form of cordierite, a "ring" silicate (like tourmaline) that is a deep, dark blue whose color can appear more or less blue-purple depending on the viewing angle, and this pleochroic property is characteristic of the gemstone. It is most commonly found with gneiss and schists and less often in pegmatites. It's rare to find iolite gemstones without inclusions, and those tend to be quite expensive. The iolite in this necklace has good color and clarity with minor inclusions. The gemstones are secured to an open oval sterling silver chain with hook and eye clasp. Cost: $146.00 USD
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