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Crystal-clear aquamarine. Luscious emeralds. Brilliant garnets. This site is all about colorful gemstones. Have a December birthday girl on your list? Click on blue topaz for dozens of choices, ranging from 1.6-carat pear-shaped danglers to diamond-encrusted slides. Browse for rings in 16 categories including Filigree Fashion, Two-Tone Treasures and Gems Galore. See a three-stone amethyst ring, but wish it came in peridot and citrine? Click on Design Your Own, choose replacement stones and the site will display an image of the new ring along with an adjusted price. Did you know that the ruby is known as the stone of courage or that ancient Greeks thought that white topaz prevents bad dreams? Find fun nuggets of info like this for each gem on the site.

BEST: Can see the same setting with different gems and metals with a click of a button.

WORST: Rings, pendants and earrings have sub-categories like Hoops With a Twist and Bold Beauty to help narrow your search but there's only one category for bracelets.

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Anglesite is a transparent to translucent stone. It ranges in color from white, yellow, gray, pale green, brown, blue and colorless. It may be of a dark grey color if it is impure. Anglesite is most often colorless or colorless with a slight yellow tinge. Sometimes the stone is purple or black. The black color is due to inclusions of galena. Anglesite occurs in weathered deposits of lead ore, formed by the oxidation of deposits of galena. It is actually found as coatings, or crusts on galena, and can either be masses surrounding a galena core, or crystals, which fill the cavities of galena. Anglesite is often confused with cerussite, wulfenite, smithsonite mimetite, pyromorphite, and limonite.

Anglesite is part of the barite group. It shares the same structure as barite, and has similar looking crystals that are normally found as flat blades or pendent columns jutting from a rock. However, anglesite is 50% more dense than the already heavy barite, due to its lead content, which is 74 %. Some of the best anglesite gems come from Tsumeb, Namibia, where high-luster, diamond shaped deposits measuring as large as 20 inches have been found. Other sites of anglesite include Broken Hill, Australia, Leadhills, Scotland, Cumbia, England, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Cagliari province, Sardinia, and Oujda, Morocco. Anglesite is also found in various locations around the United States, such as Chester County, Pennsylvania, Dividend, Utah, and Bingham, New Mexico. The most highly prized anglesite crystals come from Tsumeb, Namibia, and Toussit, Morocco.