When most people think of a valuable, beautiful, and rare green gemstone, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the emerald. While the emerald does fit all of those descriptions, there is another gemstone that does as well – the chrome diopside.
Rumors of a beautiful green gemstone discovered in northern Siberia surfaced less than 30 years ago – in 1988, to be exact. Because of the Cold War, restrictions were in place that made access to the area very limited. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the market for chrome diopside began to open up.
Although the gem is more accessible than when it was first discovered, supplies have remained limited. The extreme weather in Siberia – yearly average of 4* with lows reaching -50* - means restriction on mining schedules to protect the miners. While small deposits have been found in other locations, the only commercially viable source is in Siberia.
With all of these things taken into consideration, there is a very real possibility that chrome diopside could be mined out within our lifetime. Due to the gem becoming rarer, there has been an increase in value in the chrome diopside, and the value should continue to increase over the years.
The good news for those who love Precious Gem Candles is that dozens of our soy candles have gone out the doors that contain a chrome diopside gemstone hidden inside! We love the idea of our customers receiving a gift that will continue to appreciate in value. Just think – a candle with a surprise that can potentially earn you money!
If you buy a Precious Gem Candle, or receive on as a gift, and your gemstone is revealed to be a chrome diopside, you may notice that the gemstone may be a bit smaller than other gemstones that we send. The reason for this is the larger cuts of chrome diopside tend to appear blackish green and are not as attractive as the smaller stones. We want to be sure the gem you receive is as beautiful as possible, and the vividness and incredible refraction of the smaller stones provide that attractiveness. In fact, chrome diopside has nearly twice the refractive index compared to emeralds.
Since the chrome diopside is at about a 6 on the MOHS scale of hardness, it is suitable for things like earrings and pendants, but not rings as it is moderately soft.
If you received a chrome diopside in a Precious Gem Candle, and you are curious about the value, post a photo to our Facebook page and we will be glad to give you the value of your gemstone. Keep in mind, though, that it’ll have an even higher value in the years to come!
Click here to see what other sorts of gems our customers have found!X
As hard as this is to believe, we are coming up on those Fall breaks in school. Holidays are nearing quicker than we can blink an eye which means, on top of everything else, we have to start thinking about how to show our teachers how much we appreciate them pouring into our kids on a daily basis.
With all the food to start stocking up for, the cleaning for family to either come to town or the preparing for you leaving town to go visit family, before you know it you find yourself going, "Oh no! We need a gift for your teacher." Insert this scene: running last minute into the Hallmark store or trying to bake some goodies (as if you're not baking enough already) that you throw in a cute gift bag, tie a bow, and call it good. There is no shame in this, we all do and have done this, and it's not that it isn't special. However, what if we did something a little bit more unique this year? What if ahead of time we had the perfect gift all set aside for our special teachers? No extra baking involoved, no last minute running around town, just a simple click online, shipped to you in beautiful packaging, and voila! Teacher Appreciation gift? Check!
You probably already know what I'm talking about...one of our Precious Gem Soy Luxury Candles. Come to think of it, it would be like two gifts in one! A wonderfully scented soy candle, and then a surprise gem hidden inside. Monogram the candle for free to put an extra personal touch on it, and if you really want to go all out, check out our glass lockets to add to your gift. I bet you double to nothing when you come back from fall break your child's teacher has her beautiful gem displayed in the locket and is wearing it proudly around her neck. How special would that be to know you touched her heart and made her feel appreciated.
Teachers are gems. They sacrifice so much day in and day out for our kids and they probably don't get enough thanks for it. If you were wondering what you could do for your childs's teacher this year, why not a soy candle? Let's show them we see their sacrifice and bless them immensely this year. They deserve it!
A scented candle has the gift of both aroma and firelight to promote sensations of ease and relaxation. While you savor your precious gem candle, meditate on these other ideas for increasing relaxation in your body and in your environment.
· A warm bath: heat and water are known for their relaxing properties. Warm water eases muscle tension. The soothing effects on the body soothe the mind in turn.
· Inspiring music: we are musical creatures by nature. Music has the ability to guide our tap into our emotions. We hear music all the time, but maybe do not hear inspiring music often enough. Create an environment of instant peace with soothing instrumental or meditation music to help your thoughts relax and worries dissolve.
· Nature sounds: a nature CD can help recreate the feeling of being out in nature with sounds that are very soothing to the senses.
· Quiet: alternatively, it is hard for many of us to find peace and quiet. You may dedicate a few moments to blocking out all noise from your apartment or home, and allow the effect of silence to impact your mind.
· A deep massage (with a massage soy candle): massages are sublime; they combine the power of human touch with the science of muscle behavior. A deep massage with one of our scented massage soy candles is the perfect thing to unwind and rejuvenate your spirit. It may even put you to sleep!
· Low or dimmed lights (or candle light): lighting affects our mood; it can contribute to our irritability or soothe it. Low or dimmed lighting, or candle lighting can help you create a non-
· Aromatherapy (from your scented soy candle): aromatherapy has long been lauded for its therapeutic effects. Pleasing scents take us to other places. Lighting some incense or your scented soy candle can do trick to give you the sense of ease you need.
Hello Monday and hello precious friends!
We recently added something here at Precious Gem Candles that is very exciting. Now, when you go to our shop page and click on the soy candle of your choice, you have the option to monogram your own candle. You choose the initial you want (which will be all uppercase and in a beautiful, easy to read font) and we have it etched into your glass, soy candle jar. It adds a really pretty, detailed look to your jar as it burns in your home or office. We also added this feature to enhance your gift giving experience. If you are purchasing a Precious Gem luxury soy candle as a gift for a friend, spouse, or family member, this is such a great addition to add to the gift that personalizes it and makes them feel that much more special.
When you personalize your soy candle or someone's you care about, it portrays a deeper sense of belonging and love that really touches the heart, and that is the experience we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to draw from. Give us your feedback and let us know how you like this new addition to your Precious Gem Candle!
*We also recently added a mission statement to our page that gives you a deeper look into our heart behind and in what we do and why we do it. If you haven't had the opportunity to read that, I highly encourage you to take two minutes and look it over. You can see it HERE.
Fall is here! Fall is here! I love fall. It's one of the most beautiful seasons. The crisp air, the colors of the leaves changing, the pumpkins (and pumpkin spice everything), light sweaters, boots, and the promise of time with family gathered 'round a table of delicious homemade recipes from generations past. But on top of all that, I love scented candles that create the aroma of fall in every room. If you're looking for the perfect fall scented soy candle, then look no further! I've compiled a little list of Precious Gem Candles luxury soy candles that are perfect for Fall. A little extra bonus? Our candles are on sale for a very limited time only so hurry and grab yours here today.
This scent will make you crave your grandma's apple pie with pure scents of sweet juicy apple and hints of island flowers.
Black Fig & Wildflower
Do you want a scent that takes you into a mountain experience but has all the right sweet notes to make you feel warm and cozy? This is the soy candle for you. Black mission fig and vanilla, blended with hyacinth, crushed fir needles, golden amber, and precious musks.
This probably sounds like more of a winter scent to you--which it could crossover. But, with a spicy blend of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon with a spicy blend of orange peel, this is the perfect soy candle to start burning in the early fall months as well.
Remember, our soy candles are only on sale for a limited time so it's the perfect excuse! Head over to our site and pick up your perfect fall scent for a steal!
All our precious gem candles are soy based with non-toxic wicks, making these luxury candles an environmentally healthier alternative to paraffin wax candles. Soy is a versatile product and when used in candles has 5 great benefits.
1. Soy comes from the soy bean plant. Paraffin comes from petroleum. While plants are a renewable resource, petroleum is not.
2. While the cultivation of plants contribute healthy oxygen and other healthy by-products to our air and earth, the extraction and use of petroleum contributes a lot of pollution to the earth’s atmosphere, land and water. Soy wax is additionally biodegradable.
3. Soy cultivation offers economic possibilities to farmers in a way that is sustainable.
4. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax which means it burns much longer than your average candle.
5. The burning of soy candles do not pollute the air in the home environment the way that paraffin candles do. Paraffin candles release harmful chemicals into the air as well as soot. Soy candles do not.
Each precious gem soy candle is infused with a combination of aromatic scents that are unique and craft-fully made to take the senses to another level. And after you’ve enjoyed your long-burning candle, you can take joy in your surprise gem hidden inside. Enjoy your precious gem soy candle!
Precious Gem Candles are truly fabulous for the fabulous you! Here are 5 awesome reasons why our luxury candles are so special.
The Everlasting Power of Candles
Candles have power. We have used them since time immemorial and throughout the ages. Candles are used for spiritual ceremonies, for special gatherings, for creating a calm and soothing atmosphere, and for creating an air of relaxation.
Ingredients that are both environmentally-friendly and body-friendly
Soy is an ecologically sound alternative to paraffin wax. Precious gem candles are made of soy, which means they are better for your home, better for you, and also encourages the use of renewable resources. Furthermore, each massage soy candle we carry is made of soy, jojoba oil, palm kernel oil, Shea butter, and vitamin E – all natural ingredients that are nourishing to your skin.
The Element of Surprise – Gemstones!
Gem candles are stocked with hidden gems! Each precious gem candle has one surprise gem, and every 1000 candles has a diamond. Candles embedded with gems create something special, by adding an element of exciting and luxurious surprise to a soothing candle experience.
Each of our luxury candles is infused with a combination of intoxicating and exotic scents. Our scents are created to take you on a vacation escape, without leaving your home. With 12 luxury fragrances to choose from you may have a hard time making up your mind. Try the Gardenia Grove, or Blue Lanai, Café Rio or Hibiscus Cooler. Whatever your choice, you will enjoy the aromatherapy.
Great Gifts that are Unique and Inspiring
Precious gem candles are excellent gifts, whether you get them as gifts to yourself, or to someone you love, care about, or appreciate. They make great romantic gifts, and can also be given to a friend you think deserves some pampering or a reminder of how special they are.