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TAVALITE™: HEAVY METAL ROCK CONCERT “It’s not natural” might be your first reaction at seeing Tavalite™. The metallic luster and unusual magenta, yellow and peacock colors that emerge as the stone is rotated compares with no other natural gemstone. So in this sense, your reaction is justified. But beneath a thin layer of metallic coating (a few thousandths the thickness of a human hair), there is a natural gemstone: in this case, colorless topaz. The almost psychedelic stones are by Deposition Sciences Inc. of Santa Rosa, Cal. The gems got a guarded reception when introduced three years ago. “People were suspicious of the high-tech process,” says Lee Pierce of DSI. “Now we are seeing a lot more appreciation for them, especially by large manufacturers. These are truly gemstones of the 21st century.” The proprietary technology used to produce these colors came hand-
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