Moissanite is a rare mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. It is a natural silicon carbide within a meteorite. It is also called (SiC) silicon carbide.
Moissante is the Jewels Born from the Stars™ - perfected on Earth.
Harder than Sapphire and Ruby, and second in hardness only to diamond, it is acclaimed for its exceptional brilliance and fire.
Meteorite carrying a trace amount of silicon carbide crashes to the Earth, creating a meteor crater in Arizona, called Canyon Diablo. Particles will not be discovered until modern times. In 1893 French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan examines small geological samples and discovers crystals with extraordinary sparkle. As you can conclude the natural mineral is named after Dr Henri Moissa - in 1905 - an honor recommended by mineralogist, gem experts and former vice president of Tiffany & Co.
These natural silicon carbide crystals were so rare and unrefined, they couldn't be used to make jewelry. It was in the 1980's with the combination of advanced science and propriety technology, that gem-quality silicon carbide was lab-created and finally produced and available for use in jewelry.
In 1995, with the collaboration of a master gem cutter and a world-renowned scientist in the field of physical chemistry, a spectacular jewel with incredible visual characteristics would emerge.
1998 Charles & Colvard created Moissanite and we saw its debute in the jewelry industry. Charles & Colvard remain the sole source of Moissanite today, making the jewel available in many stores. Across the world people today enjoy and cherish the unique brilliance of stunning Moissanite Jewelry.
Citizen Watch has launched a new model in its Eco-Drive range that hooks up to an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 and offers a number of very interesting features.
Introducing the Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Watch has low energy sapping Bluetooth 4.0 so you can talk directly to an iPhone application in order to sync wirelessly with your phone. no need to manually set your watch again. This cutting edge Timepiece will sync to the GSM time and date after your phone has been adjusted. Convenience at its best!
As well as alerting the wearer to incoming calls, emails or calendar entries - through a discreet vibration function and the second hand pointing to a specific icon - the Proximity has an Automatic Date and Time Synchronisation feature which ensures the time and date on the watch are the same as on your iPhone. This works across time zones too, so if you land in San Francisco, for example, as soon as your phone switches to local time, so will the watch.
iPhone Search: Can't find your phone? No problem, The Proximity also has a Watch Find feature, you can easily locate your phone by simultaneously pushing the buttons on your watch. An audible alert will sound, even when your phone is in silent mode.
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Key Watch Features and Bluetooth Features:
Are you a Real Local?
Let's begin with some statistics which were reported by the University of Southern Maine's Institute for Family-Owned Business:
- Some 35% of Fortune 500 companies are family-controlled.
- Family businesses account for 50% of U.S. gross domestic product.
- They generate 60% of the country's employment and 78% of all new job creation.
Yes Family-owned businesses form the backbone of the American economy.
Here are 5 good reasons to THINK LOCAL and Buy from small family owned businesses in your neighborhood:
Topaz the birthstone of December and also of of Sagittarians, named after Topasos Island in the Red Sea. In antique times, the name was probably used for the gemstone that is now known as Peridot.
It occurs in pegmatites and high-temperature quartz veins, also in cavities in granites and rhyolites, as a rock forming mineral in igneous rocks, pegmatites and rhyolites, hydrothermal veins, metamorphic rocks and greisens.
Transparent, Translucent, its colors range from colorless, white, pale blue, light green, yellow, yellowish brown, or red. Topaz is a very hard material and durable, on Mohs hardness scale is an 8.
November we were talking about the orange topaz, but December we are cooling with the Season and looking at Blue topaz.
Blue Topaz in nature is very rare indeed, and tends to a very pale blue. The vivid blues available in the market have all been produced by treating white Topaz. The color change is permanent and stable.
Topaz is a fairly common and inexpensive gemstone. The largest Topaz producer is Brazil. Other sources are in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and the U.S. (California, Utah, and New Hampshire).
Of all the topaz gems, blue topaz is the most popular. There are also known by the three hues of Blue Topaz which are Sky, Swiss and London Blue. The deepest blue is London Blue and is often used as a substitute for Sapphire.
HEALING AND MAGICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT TOPAZ:
If you dream of a blue topaz, it translates into protection and good fortune in your affairs. It is no wonder that Topaz is associated with the zodiac Sagittarius as it promotes movement in your business, action and motivation, which are strong personality traits of the December/January sign. Like the Sagittarius straight arrow shooter, Topaz promotes bold truthfulness in relationships. It helps control passions and also helps in forgiveness.
If you have thyroid issues, wearing a topaz jewelry against you or having a topaz gem on you, is very helpful. It is said that it strengthens the Thyroid. On a last note, it is also known to help blood circulation.
Traditions hold that topaz bestowed many benefits upon its wearer. It would dispel cowardice, calm the temper, cure madness and plague, and sharpen the wit. It was also thought to aid in sleep and eliminate nightmares, as well as cure rheumatism and soreness in the joints. The stone has also been credited with being effective against bleeding and heart disease. It has been said to instantly lose its color to indicate that poison is present, thus protecting its owner. The stone has also been thought to bring fidelity and friendship if constantly worn without being set aside. It was also believed to be an effective talisman against accident and fire, and to bring increased intuition and long life. To Christians, it has been known as a symbol of uprightness and virtue.
While I wouldn't promote Topaz as a medical cure which it is not, wearing one in a beautiful jewelry setting not only helps promote all the above mentioned, but will bring a wonderfully cool and bright disposition to the wearer.