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Smoky quartz is an earth-toned transparent quartz that comes in a variety of shades, including cognac. Smoky quartz gets its rich warm colors from color centers when aluminum replaces silica in the crystal lattice of the quartz after exposure to gamma rays. A popular ornamental stone, it is often carved into figurines and ornate statues, but makes quite a statement when faceted into stunning gemstones.
Loose Black Stones
Its been more than 80 years since Gabrielle Coco Chanel, the pioneering French fashion designer, popularized the little black dress, which has since become a wardrobe essential for women in all corners of the globe. The LBD, as it is often called, exists in many variants and can be worn on almost any occasion thatcalls for style and elegance.
Like the LBD, the little black gem otherwise known as theLBG - is also classic, yet versatile. The varied LBG collection consists of diamonds, pearls, opals, onyx, and other unique stones, ranging from the most affordable to the most precious gems available. No matter what their price, these stunning stones connote affluence while complementing the LBD as well as many other colors and styles of clothing.
Although some black gems, such as the cultured black pearl, are now reaching new heights in popularity, the use of black stones in jewelry can be traced back to Biblical times. A large onyx stone is said to have graced the gem-laden breastplate of Aaron. Black stones were also in the spotlight in the 19th century when Queen Victoria, mourning the loss of her husband, Prince Albert,commissioned the crown jewelers to create entire parures out of carved jet, a fossil coal also known as black amber. During the same mid-19th century period, black onyx and other dark stones were extremely fashionable. And later, during the Roaring Twenties, style-conscious women in the United States wore long strands of jet beads extending from the neckline to the waistline.