A yellow or brown variety of quartz, used as a gem.
Origin of cairngorm
After the Cairngorm Mountains
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Cairngorm Sentence Examples
Other precious stones, including the sapphire, emerald, oriental emerald, ruby, opal, amethyst, garnet, chrysolite, topaz, cairngorm, onyx, zircon, etc., have been found in the gold and tin bearing drifts and river gravels in numerous localities throughout the states.
On exposure to heat, amethyst generally becomes yellow, and much of the cairngorm or yellow quartz of jewellery is said to be merely "burnt amethyst."
The assistance of the following is gratefully acknowledged: Cairngorm Chairlift Company, Aviemore.
Ms Diack said: " take cairngorm for example; the Gaelic is An Carn Gorm and this means the Blue Mountain.