Posted on 30 December 2016
What are gemstones?
A gemstone is a precious or a semi-precious stone used in jewelry.
Gemologists identify gemstones. They label gemstones based on their chemical arrangement. For instance, diamonds are made of carbon (C). Other gemstones are categorised by a crystal system because they are crystals (Swarovski).
Gemstones are classified into different varieties, species, and groups. They are also characterised in terms of dispersion, hardness, specific gravity, refractive index, luster, fracture, and cleavage.
A precious stone and a semi-precious stone are both classifications of gemstones.
It is a portion of a mineral, which, in refined and cut form, is used to create jewelry or other embellishments. The term “precious stone” versus “semi-precious stone” is a commercial term that simply isn’t always applicable.
What are semi-precious stones?
A semi-precious stone is also known as a gem or gemstone (also a jewel, a gemstone, a precious stone), which is a portion of mineral, which, in refined and cut form, is used to create jewelry or other embellishments.
Semi-precious stones chart
The meaning behind semi-precious stones
Blue Topaz is the symbol of love and affection, encourages higher thinking and is associated with courage and overcoming fears. The Egyptians were the first to use the gemstone. It contains hydroxyl and fluorine which make it an aluminum silicate. It is colorless in its purest form.
Yellow Citrine carries the power of the sun. It is the symbol of hope and strength, promotes optimism and balances impatience. It is also associated with success and prosperity. Citrine is a very popular gemstone that comes from a large family of quartz gemstones. “Citrine” derives from the French word, “Citron,” which means “lemon,” even though citrine is more golden than a lemon color.
Red Ruby is the symbol of passion, friendship and love. The Ruby is also a symbol of vitality, royalty and a protector from misfortune.
Green Peridote is the symbol of power and influence is thought to bring about prosperity, growth and increase openness. It is only found in one color which is a vibrant green color and that is rare for most gemstones. It is a part of the olivine group, which is part of the forsterite-fayalite mineral series. Peridot derives from the Arabic word, “faridat” which means gem. Today it can found in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East as well. It is also known to help in efforts to learn new skills or to concentrate. It is a healing stone as well and also known as the, “Study Stone.”
Purple Amethyst calms the emotions, encourages clarity of thought. It is also associated with intuition and patience.
Opal derives from places such as Mexico, Brazil, Australia and the United States. The cost of opal depends on the nature and occurrence of color flashes. Each opal is markedly separable more than any other gemstone. Opal is a gemstone of legend and wisdom. It is known as a healing stone and is associated specifically with the eyes. It is the birthstone for October. Opal has a calming energy and vivid colors.
Topaz surges your mindfulness of actions and judgments and their karmic properties. It cleanses engagements as well as feelings. It starts cosmic consciousness and eliminates motionless energy as well. It is a sympathetic and comforting stone. There are wide arrays of colors that topaz comes in. They are orange, red, yellow, brown, clear, pink, and blue and many more (See our Sand Sparkles collection for a combination of smoked and light colorado topaz). Blue topaz with a medium hue is the most shared version of the gemstone and it can be found in huge sizes at inexpensive prices. It has a high refractive index and a very high hardness. The rarest form of it is moderately scarce and is called Imperial Topaz.
Pearl is the representation of virtuousness and pureness. It is more often than not worn by brides and sown into their gowns for their special day. It is the birthstone for June and there are a great deal of traditions and customs associated with the gemstone. They are created by the coinciding of the platelets of film and aragonite of conchiolin flanking to the pearl surface. They are the products of bivalve mollusks (which is mostly mussels and oysters). Pearls are not specifically hard, but they are spectacularly difficult to crush and compact. Pearls are products of bivalve mollusks (mainly oysters and mussels). The pearl’s color varies greatly by the water and type of mollusk.
Swarovski See our post on Swarovski Crystals for further details on history, tips and techniques.
What are precious stones?
The meaning behind precious stones
The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gemstone of gemstones, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.
Sapphire is a variety of Corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral that forms in prismatic tabular, bipyramidal or rhombohedral crystals, as well as granular or massive habits, and may be transparent to opaque. Blue is considered Sapphire’s “true” color and the one most often recognized, though Sapphire does form in a diversity of colors (listed below), and will have the color added to its name (for example: Green Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire). Additional mineral compounds forming with aluminum oxide are responsible for the different coloration, and in the case of Blue Sapphire, iron and titanium provide its heavenly hues. With the exception of Red Corundum, which is Ruby, all other colors of Corundum are Sapphires.
Black Sapphire brings the wisdom of confidence in one’s own intuition. It is protective and grounding, relieves anxiety and sorrow, and is a talisman for seeking and maintaining employment.
Blue Sapphire ranges in hue from pale to deep azure or dark royal blue, to indigo, with the most highly desired color being the velvety cornflower blue, also called Kashmir or bleu de roi. The name Sapphire is derived from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam, meaning “blue stone.” Recent research indicates what we know today as Lapis Lazuli was also referred to as Sapphire in the ancient world, and much of the Sapphire described in the Bible and other texts would have actually been Lapis Lazuli.
Green Sapphire brings the wisdom of fidelity and integrity. It encourages compassion for others, stimulates vision, and improves dream recall.
Orange or Padparadsha Sapphire brings the wisdom of loving creation from the heart to the world. It unites one’s creativity, sensuality and spirituality, and is a talisman of artists, writers and singers.
Pink Sapphire brings the wisdom of resilience. It stimulates emotions and encourages love, forgiveness, and release of the past. It honors acceptance and strength of heart.
Violet Sapphire brings the wisdom of spiritual awakening. It stimulates meditation, opens the Crown Chakra and allows the kundalini to rise unimpeded. It initiates oneness and peace.
White Sapphire brings wisdom and strength of spirit, providing the inner resolve needed in overcoming difficult obstacles to one’s spiritual path. It brings clarity to the mind, and communication with higher guidance.
Yellow Sapphire brings wisdom and prosperity. It not only assists in bringing financial abundance, but stimulates the inner will through the solar plexus to creatively focus and manifest one’s goals and ambitions.