Know Everything About A Guide To Popular Gemstones
been used as adornments in jewelry and other items since for
centuries. In early times, only royalty could afford gems but today
nearly everyone can have a bauble with a gemstone or two in it.
Here's some information on seven gemstones favored by jewelry makers.
Amethyst is a
type of quartz that comes in shades of purple. It is a highly
accessible stone and used in all types of jewelry. This gemstone can
vary greatly in quality and color and is the birthstone for the month
of February. There are 14 different locations where Amethysts are
abundantly found today.
blue gemstone is the birthstone of March and is a favorite of jewelry
designers today. It can range in shade from almost white to sky
blue and can be rather expensive. This stone belongs to the
beryl family of gemstones and is abundant in Brazil.
The vivid red
spots in this stone give it it's name, but the stone itself is really
green jasper. The spots come from iron oxide deposits within the
stone. This stone was used in ancient times for many carvings and was
a favorite of Christian martyrs. A German Emperors seal carved in
bloodstone is on display at the Louvre museum in Paris.
One of the
more expensive stones, this birthstone of May is the stone of love
and life. One of the most popular gemstones of all time, it has been
used in many crowns and scepters. Emeralds
range in shades of green, but the deepest ones hold the most value
and can even cost more than diamonds.
One of the
most opulent gemstones, this stone is a combination of fiery colors
like a rainbow of sparks. Opals are used in many different jewelry
settings and are a favorite gemstone of jewelry wearers today.
Originating from Australia, this stone has great history and lore.
This red stone
has long been associated with love, passion and power. One of the
more precious stones, it is considered the King of gemstones and has
been extensively used in crowns and jewelry of Kings, Queens and
Emperors. Mined mainly in India, the finest rubies
are quite rare and expensive.
When we think
of sapphire, we mostly think of the deep blue stone, but in fact,
this stone can come in many colors. This stone belonging to the
corundum group of gemstones is hard to find and highly valued. Second
only to diamonds on the hardness scale, sapphires
can be more expensive than diamonds especially the most prized specimens.
With it's rich
golden glow, Topaz is often used as a symbol for the setting sun.
Though typically a golden brown, Topaz can also be found in blue,
green, pink and red. This birthstone for November is a hard stone but
can crack with a hard blow so care should be taken when wearing.
These are just
a few of the many stones that are used in modern jewelry designs
today. Some designs use just one stone or incorporate many different
stones for more color and interest. Perhaps you have picked a
favorite from the list above, or if you are like me, you love them all!