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Canada 2018 Kaleidoscope Birthstones #01 - January Garnet Mandala $5 Pure Silver Proof with Swarovski Crystal Gemstone and Color L12

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A vibrantly colored, intricately designed kaleidoscopic mandala AND a January garnet genuine Swarovski crystal gemstone emblazon this precious pure silver proof with a tiny mintage limit of just 4,000!

Sparkling in a dizzying array of hues, gemstones have captivated and fascinated mankind throughout history! Theirs is a timeless and permanent beauty that has been valued by cultures around the world, giving rise to beliefs and legends about the unique virtues, mystical benefits and special powers each different stone possesses. Today, gemstones continue to carry a special significance as birthstones, whose attributes may be heightened during the month they represent. There is an undeniable mystique to these natural works of art, with colors that make them as distinct and unique as those who cherish them!

This stunning keepsake is embedded with a genuine Swarovski crystal gemstone that tells the story of its birth month. Struck in 99.99% pure silver with a proof finish, the Swarovski Crystal Gemstone Silver Proof makes the ideal gift for any occasion! It is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, newborns and any event or romantic celebration! Of course, you can treat yourself as well to this brilliant combination of a beautiful, colorful crystal and the purest silver on Earth! Whether as a gift to yourself, or for someone close to you, this birthstone coin’s beauty and distinctiveness are sure to bring joy for years to come, long after mundane gifts are forgotten! The tiny mintage limit of just 4,000 guarantees that this beauty will be scarce far into the future!

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Crystal Gemstones and Their Meanings - Each Birthstone by Month
Birthstones and their meanings

Like a kaleidoscope of ornate shapes and patterns, the mandala is a spellbinding representation of symmetry, harmony and unity! Art, astronomy and geometry intersect in this incredible Birthstone Series, which features a colorful, henna-inspired motif and a Swarovski crystal gemstone that adds vibrant symbolism to this birthday celebration.

The design by Pandora Young presents a cross-cultural celebration inspired by the ancient tradition of Indian mehndi (or mehendi). A symmetrical arrangement of highly ornate shapes and symbols form a 12-point radial pattern that reflects the calendar year. A prominent henna motif,  the lotus, is among the finely detailed elements that emanate from the center, where a colorful Swarovski crystal gemstone represents the monthly birthstone. A selective application of color complements the stone, while the playful contrast between soft and vivid tones highlights the layered complexity of the engraved artistry.

For more information about Swarovski Crystal Gemstones of Austria, please see the presentation at the end of this article.

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Technology Note - Purity
 The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one quarter troy ounce commemorative silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
The design by Pandora Young presents a cross-cultural celebration inspired by the ancient tradition of Indian mehndi. In the center is a larger, colorful Swarovski® crystal gemstone. There are no legends on the obverse, to avoid detracting from the beauty of the design.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears, and the date and denomination are also indicated.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually numbered official certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue     2018
   
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit 4,000
   
Finish Proof with Color & Swarovski Crystal
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Pandora Young
Certificate Included

Swarovski Crystal

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALSSwarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria (near Zürich, Switzerland). Swarovski crystal was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range range of products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and brilliance of its crystal jewelry.

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new, patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses (crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut crystals).

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