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Ideas for gifts for the Holidays

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Have you started your holiday shopping for the upcoming holiday season?  Whether you plan on shopping online or in the malls, you need to have a list to be the most time efficient and within your spending budget.  But before you make your list, you need to have ideas!  If you do have ideas, that is great.  If not, don’t worry, here are some ideas to get you going.

Do you have any book lovers in your life?  Here are some ideas for gifts for book lovers.  Since they love books, you can them gift cards to their favorite bookstore such as Barnes and Noble or Borders.  A lot of people have ebook readers or ereader these days.  There are still kinda of expensive, but Border’s bookstore makes the Kobo ereader that sells for $99.99 according to Border’s website.  This might be an excellent idea.  Let’s say you don’t have a big budget and need to get a smaller priced item.  You can consider getting them some cool bookmarks.  A serious book lover will always need another bookmark.  You can also think about getting them a book light.  These devices clip onto your books and provide light in poorly lit rooms to prevent the reader from developing eye strain.

Maybe you don’t have any book lovers in your life, but you have a sister, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt, or good friends to buy for.  I think it’s safe to say that all women love jewelry.   You’ll find something like a necklace, pendant, bracelet, earrings, or rings.  There is always a wide price range so you don’t have to break your budget with this one.  Consider getting them rose rings.  A simple sterling silver ring with a rose could go with all outfits.  A heart necklace is also a nice idea.  It’s a classic design and usually everyone loves it.  Especially if you are giving it to a family member.  You’re supposed to love your family, right?

The Laboratory’s Alternative to Mining for Emeralds

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While an emerald is somewhat common, in comparison to the other big four stones, which include sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, theya re far less popular than they were in centuries past. However, they remain a much sought after and desirable gemstone. Aside from being the May birthstone and the 20th and 35th wedding anniversary stone, emeralds are found appealing for their rich definition of the color green. Curiously enough, emeralds, usually mined for in South America and Africa, have been synthetically reproduced in laboratories, and these stones are chemically identical to their naturally produced counterparts.

These artifaced gems are not the same as fake or imitation emeralds. Emerald imitations are can be made from glass, beryl triplets, green hued cubic zirconia, YAG, and synthetic spinel triplets. These imitations are considered fake, and therefore cost significantly less than real emeralds. While the imitations appear to be emeralds to an untrained eye, their chemical composition is nothing like a genuine emerald. These gemstones, however, are not simple fakes or imitations. The laboratory processes that are used to create them mimic the actual natural forces that create emeralds naturally within the earth. This means that the lab created emeralds are completely identical to naturally created emeralds.

While lab created emeralds tend to be slightly cheaper than naturally occurring emeralds, their price is much higher than imitation emeralds which are made of other materials. Synthetic emeralds have a higher price because the laboratory processes that are carried out to create them are somewhat costly and they can take some degree of time to mature. Also, each batch of the created emeralds only produces a few emeralds that can be used for commercial uses due to their properties and ability to be cut and polished. However the end result is cheap foir a gemstone, and lab created emerald rings featuring top quality 2 carat stones are sold for $300-$500, very affordable comapred with a diamond or other gem! While some may argue that the emeralds created in the lab are not the real thing, it is impossible to argue that these emeralds are not identical to mined emeralds in every way except their origin.