We just launched some great Dakota Stones' exclusives last week, and we thought we should take the time to introduce you to some of the newcomers to our family.

Gem Silica (also known as Gem Chrysocolla) is extremely rare. It forms when deposits of Chrysocolla are present with silica-rich solutions. Despite the alias "Gem Chrysocolla", and the conditions under which its formed, Gem Silica isn't Chrysocolla - it's a unique mineral in its own right. Gem Silica has the beautiful greens and blues associated with Chrysocolla, and can be easily differentiated by the translucence visible in Gem Silica.

We wanted to highlight these Watermelon Ruby slices because they're so often mistaken for Tourmaline. Our specially sourced ruby slices have been cut preserving the surrounding material, so that the naturally occurring outline of the original stone remains intact and visible within the slice.

K2 is a very recent discovery just beginning to enter the Western jewelry market. It's named for the mountain in which it was discovered, the second highest in the world, Pakistan's K2. This combination stone has granite with blue or green spots. Currently, the only consensus is that these blue and green inclusions are due to the presence of a copper-based mineral like Malachite or Azurite. The exact nature of the inclusion is disputed by various sources.

Erin, Dakota Stones
Enjoy your Monday, and check out the dsPremier section on our website to see all the new additions, including Peruvian Amazonite, Lapis, and Larimar slices, Citrine rondelles, and more.

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