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Mining the Facts: Beryl
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A relatively rare silicate mineral found in igneous and metamorphic rocks around the world, Beryl is generally clear, while its variations in color are better known by other names: Emerald (green, due to traces of chromium or vanadium), Heliodor (yellow, due to traces of iron), Aquamarine (blue, due to traces of iron), Morganite (pink, due to traces of manganese), Golden Beryl and Red Beryl. Our Beryl strands include a number of examples of the varieties, including Aquamarine and Morganite.



Used exclusively as a gemstone until the 1920s, some common beryl is processed to recover beryllium, a rare element used in a number of industries. Cheaper sources have been discovered, but beryl mining byproduct is still sometimes used.



Beryl remains a relatively rare mineral because beryllium rarely occurs in large enough quantities to produce minerals.



Beryl once had another significant use: When the first eyeglasses were constructed in 13th century Italy, the lenses were made of beryl, as glass could not be made clear enough. And while rare, Beryl can be found in massive amounts -- one crystal found in Albany, Maine measured nearly 18 by 4 feet, and weighed approximately 40,000 pounds, but even that one pales in comparison to the crystal found in Madagascar in 1999, which measured 59 by 11 feet and weighed 840,000 pounds.

Our Beryl is available in 6, 8 & 10mm rounds!



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TUCSON 2019
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Since we ALL can't go down to the Tucson Gem shows this year (sniff, sniff) we are bringing you some highlights. Here are some of our most recent arrivals that we saved out just for you!



Cat’s Eye is a quartz stone that appears in a range of colors including white, gray, green, yellow and brown. The fibrous asbestos inclusions in the stone give it the flash that inspired its name. It is a form of Chrysoberyl, the third to hardest common natural gemstone, with a Mohs Hardness of 8.5, between Topaz (8) and Corundum (9).

Metaphysical Attributes:
Healing, Prosperity, Happiness






With the possible exception of the horizon meeting the bright blue sky on a perfect summer day, or a sandy beach blending into a tropical bay, there may not be a beautiful blue-and-brown combination than that of Terra Agate. The rounds even resemble little Earths, the brown spaces creating new continents aside the unfamiliar oceans. A form of chalcedony made of quartz, Terra Agate contains the best of nature in a variety of small shapes.






Red Tiger Eye is actually Brown Tiger Eye which has been heat treated to bring out the red color. This macrocrystalline Quartz stone has chatoyant layers that create a flash which seems to emanate from within the stone as they catch the light. Tiger Eye has been revered and feared throughout history as an all-seeing, all-knowing eye, as well as a stone of prosperity, protection and good fortune.

Metaphysical Attributes:
Prosperity, Protection

Chakra:
Root, Sacral, Heart






Chrysocolla, a hydrous copper silicate, is often mistaken for turquoise due to its rich blues and blue to greens. It often also occurs with colors of rust, copper, black, white and reddish brown in speckles, veins and brecciated patterns. It is a very soft stone typically found near copper deposits. Chrysocolla was first described by Theosphrastus, a Greek philosopher and botanist who also named the stone, in 315 BCE.

Metaphysical Attributes:
Prosperity, Calming, Empowerment

Chakra:
Throat






Sunstone, a variety of Feldspar, is aptly named for its shades of gold, orange, red and brown, as well as its iridescent sparkle. As the stone catches the light, inclusions of Goethite or Hematite refract the light between the layers of the crystal, producing the effect of the stone seeming to shine from within.

Metaphysical Attributes:
Empowerment

Chakra:
Root, Sacral

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Muonionalusta Meteorites
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* Please note: We are SOLD OUT of all muonionalusta meteorite strands and bead sets. We hope to get more strands in soon and will let you know as soon as we do! 

The meteorite was first discovered in Sweden, nearly 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in 1906 by two children who stumbled over a metal object stuck in the ground. Later determined to be an iron meteorite, it was thought to have fallen approximately 800,000 years ago.



A meteorite is a portion of a meteoroid or asteroid that survives its passage through the atmosphere and hits the ground without being destroyed.



These rare Muonionalusta (pronounced /MOO-oh-ne-oh-nah-loo-stah/) meteorite impacted the Earth, shattering into many pieces, only 40 of which are known today. Smaller pieces of this meteorite have been found in the area, spread by the impact with the earth or moved through glacial changes. Since the meteorite collided with Earth it has experienced four ice ages!

When cut, the meteorite's inner structure becomes visible. Lines and layers, known as the Widmanstätten pattern, are an interweaving of kamacite (an alloy of iron and nickel) and taenite (a mineral found naturally in iron meteorites, also an alloy of iron and nickel) bands. This patterning is visible on our meteorite beads but on a smaller scale, of course.

Because of the high iron content these beads are surprisingly heavy -- much the way a meteorite is far heavier than a normal rock of the same size. Customers should also note that our meteorite beads are untreated and, because of their high iron content, they are subject to rust and oxidation over time. Needless to say, we have very limited stock of these meteorites!



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PANTONE 2019 COLOR SWATCHES
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We've put together some of the PANTONE 2019 'Living Coral' color swatches and matched them with Dakota Stones!

These are just suggestions, and we encourage you to make up your own, as there are endless combinations you can make with this vibrant coral color for 2019.














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Neutral Colors: The Perfect Base for Your Design
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The best thing about neutral (or natural) colors is they can be a consistent backdrop for ever-changing trends -- you can offset pretty much any color with a good base. This means that whatever colors are brought to the table, whatever year, you can seamlessly blend with a solid, classic neutral that will only serve to support your design.

Here, I mixed neutrals like our new dendritic opal, natural druzy & black jade with a gorgeous pop of deep purple lepidolite.






I have also found that stones can be very forgiving in terms of color matching. Natural colored stones can blend in almost any direction -- from red to yellow to blue and green. Here is an example of how to mix and match off-white, such as our new mother of pearl, with pops of orange, teal and gray/beige.






This theory also works in reverse, you can use a neutral shade like river stone as the standout color by blending in darker stones like black silver leaf and picasso jaspers.




Happy Stranding!
Meredith @ Dakota Stones


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Cut for the Japanese Market: RARE Black Eye Agate
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Crafted from the highest-grade Sardonyx, rare Black Eye Agate beads take a highly skilled lapidary to cut and make consistent.

Due to tight banding in rough sardonyx, these stones are especially beautiful with concentric circles that closely resemble an eye. Our specific strands were cut for the Japanese market -- where precision and balance are oftentimes requirements -- and only top-grade materials and exacting lapidary is accepted.

Dakota Stones is fortunate to be partnered with a cutter that produces mainly for the Japanese market. We are thrilled whenever we get the opportunity to acquire any available overruns or rejected strands because, in any other market, even their seconds still carry a AAA grade strand rating.




Look for more of these Japanese cut strands in limited quantities offered at Dakota Stones. Be mindful that buying strands cut from the very top 1% of rough material and crafted by the leading lapidary artists in Asia can carry a price tag equal to the unique pieces of art they truly are.
These might be best as a gift for your personal collection.



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The Only Branded Line of Gemstone Beads
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Dakota Stones manufactures the only branded line of gemstone beads and jewelry components in the world. We travel the globe to discover unique and interesting rough rock to cut into our product lines. Our products range from top-quality, affordable stones like jaspers and agates to more rare stone types like rubies and sapphires.

Why is that significant?

Tying our brand to our products is our guarantee for stone quality and consistency. We are a company of artists and adventurers that appreciate quality, rare, and unique products. We value the trust of our customers, fellow artists and adventurers in life.


By selecting Dakota Stones, you trust us to become a part of your art.

Dakota Stones works only with businesses that mine and manufacture responsibly, which results in living wages paid to workers operating in safe conditions. We look for high-quality materials and are always finding new products to add to our stock. We are there at each step in the process -- from selecting top-grade rough material, through the cutting and polishing stages, to quality control -- before we present our stones to you.




Our Products


Stones in the dsPremier collection are exclusively designed, cut, and produced by Dakota Stones. They are cut from unique and premium rough materials to exacting specifications to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Many strands in the dsPremier collection are very limited.





We carry a wide selection of stones in 16-inch strands, many of which are limited editions, and offer these products depending on availability. These can include unique or rare finds that we might not have again.





Our 8-inch continuity collection is composed entirely of stone types and cuts that we can continue to source. Of these are some of our top picks and best sellers. We also specialize in unique shapes cut for consistency and all holes are laser-drilled for smooth edges. This line is perfect for designers to replicate designs in quantity.

If you are a business owner or a designer, you can buy from us confident that we supply the highest quality strands of on-trend, unique and rare stones. We offer a 100% guarantee and return policy.




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Mining the Facts: Blue Chalcedony
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Blue Chalcedony is a stone for creators. As a naturally occurring soft blue translucent stone, it is revered for its smooth ‘effortless’ quality that reflects and moves with light, much like water. This elusive and airy quality is what makes the stone so compelling...and difficult to capture in a photograph. So we made a video:







Known in antiquity as the Speaker’s Stone, Chalcedony is believed to have been worn by Cicero, the great Roman orator. This ancient connection solidifies Chalcedony as a stone that promotes expression, truth and a sense of optimism. It is a member of the Quartz family, a form of silica with a cryptocrystalline structure that incorporates Moganite along with the Quartz. Chalcedony can sometimes be further dyed or treated to create vivid colors but we find it best in it’s simple, natural state.


Blue Chalcedony pairs well with:






We know that these more expensive strands can be a little intimidating to buy online, and we want you to love your strands as much as we do. If they don't meet with your approval, or they won't work for your project, or you spent the kids college fund on beads, feel free to send them back.


                                                                                          - Dakota Stones

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Rare Find: Purple Fluorite & Green Fluorite Quartz
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Purple fluorite is a natural and unusual opaque material and is new to Dakota Stones. We have not seen this specific material or the beads before and were only able to acquire a small batch of rough to cut into a select few rounds.

Mined in Russia, it differs from the more common transparent purple tones you normally find within banded fluorite. The colors range from a deep purple to a softer opaque pastel tone.



Green fluorite and quartz combine to create an interesting effect where the green color looks almost phosphorescent and the quartz remains transparent. Our lapidary artists cut many of the beads to have both distinctly quartz and distinctly fluorite parts. Dakota Stones only acquired a small batch of this material to cut into rounds, so the supply is limited.



More common fluorite is mined in China, Germany or the United States and is a colorful mineral that lends itself to ornamental and lapidary uses. Industrially, fluorite is used as a flux for smelting, and in the production of certain glasses and enamels. The purest grades of fluorite are a source of fluoride for hydrofluoric acid manufacture, which is the intermediate source of most fluorine-containing fine chemicals. Optically clear transparent fluorite lenses have low dispersion, so lenses made from it exhibit less chromatic aberration, making them valuable in microscopes and telescopes. Fluorite optics are also usable in the far-ultraviolet range where conventional glasses are too absorbent for use.

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From Diamond to Rough: A Guide to Stone Cuts
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Do you ever wonder how stone beads get their unique shapes? Below is a simple guide to some of our most recent and popular stone cuts!


Star cut stones combine the traditional round and faceted round with fewer facets to create a more modern cut. The 24 facet cut eliminates excess weight without sacrificing visual impact. May also be call “Rose Cut”.





Rough Cut and Simple Cut stones are individually shaped and cut by skilled artisans. Each stone type needs to be treated differently in the cutting process as the hardness of the stone and its formation dictate the way the stone is handled and its suitability for different cuts.





Diamond cut stones are faceted with diamond drill bits for sharper and more precise facets for more sparkle than a conventionally faceted stone.









"Checkerboard" Cut
Tons of industry innovation has led to a way to mass-produce this diamond cut “checkerboard” pattern. At first glance, it appears to be a 4mm microfacet. Take a closer look - the puffed edge leads to a checkerboard faceted face. That’s a lot of surface to catch and move light in a multitude of directions. Dakota Stones did not assist in the creation of the cut, however, we noticed its unique beauty and design attribute and quickly added it to our diamond-cut microfacet line.



Cabochons
Each cabochon is cut and shaped by hand to precise dimensions that coincide with commercially available pre-fabricated bezels and settings. The consistency is also meant to help designers create continuity within pieces that need to be sold at a large volume.





Stones in the dsPremier collection are exclusively designed, cut, and produced by Dakota Stones. They are cut from unique and premium rough materials to exacting specifications to create one of a kind. Please note that many strands in the DS premiere collection are unique and may only be available in limited quantities.





Our 8-inch Continuity collection is composed entirely of stone types and cuts that we can continue to source. This line is perfect for designers to replicate designs in quantity. We also specialize in unique shapes cut for consistency. All holes are laser-drilled for smooth edges.


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 Mining the Facts: Beryl
 TUCSON 2019
 Muonionalusta Meteorites
 PANTONE 2019 COLOR SWATCHES
 Neutral Colors: The Perfect Base for Your Design
 Cut for the Japanese Market: RARE Black Eye Agate
 The Only Branded Line of Gemstone Beads
 Mining the Facts: Blue Chalcedony
 Rare Find: Purple Fluorite & Green Fluorite Quartz
 From Diamond to Rough: A Guide to Stone Cuts
 Mining the Facts: Stones from Madagascar
 Manufacturing Large Hole Beads
 Large Hole & Leather Bracelet
 Spooky Gemstone Week!
 Mining the Facts: North American Turquoise Q & A
 Curating Color: Bringing A Collection Together
 Pome-GARNET: Mining the Facts
 Tiger Iron: What's in a Name?
 dsSchool of ROCKS: Tiger Iron (Video)
 Difference in the Details: Carved Beads
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