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The colors and shapes of coral reefs and surrounding shallow waters are represented by rough watermelon tourmaline nuggets and smooth blue-green kyanite sticks. Among the tourmaline varieties, "watermelon"l tourmaline is among the most desirable because of the striking color banding from pink center to green edge. The rough nuggets in the Reef necklace are more opaque than gem quality watermelon tourmaline but the color banding is evident. Tourmaline is a hard borosilicate (silica mixed with boric oxide) with Sally the Silica tetrahedra arranged in cyclic rings. It is an abundant mineral that forms in or near igneous rock. Kyanite is an unusual blue to blue-green stone that forms in long blades in areas of clay-rich metamorphic rock. Its hardness depends on the axis; it is hard to fracture perpendicular to the long axis and easier parallel to the long axis. The kyanite graduated stones in the Shallows necklace show color that is more blue-green than blue, unusual for most kyanite jewelry components that are smaller and bluer. The combination of the two necklaces is a nice mix of blue-green color and more rustic, natural texture, and they may be connected together via the lobster clasps attached to links and S-hook or separate. Cost: $115.00 USD (reef tourmaline) Cost: $99.00 USD (shallows kyanite)
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