I have been selling Sterling Silver for over 30 plus years and I noticed that many minerals or geological forms of rock are made into Jewelry and Set in Sterling Silver much more often that in Gold.
So in this series I will cover various aspects of stones. This includes the various levels of rarity, hardness and beauty.
Part 2 Classes of Gem Stones
Precious and Semi Precious stones
Precious Stones are the rarest and most valuable they are…
Ruby and Sapphire (Corundum)
Corundum is the technical name for Sapphires and Rubys as they are two colors of the same mineral.
Semi-Precious Stones - These are categorized into "Classes" based on rarity and other factors - I have defined many of the obscure names of Stones below as well.
*Chrysolite (Olivine and Peridot)
Oriental Cat’s Eye (a variety of Chrysoberyl)
*Jacinth (same family as the two above)
Onyx and Sardonyx
Here are some definitions, comments on properties and some pictures...
* Often described by gem aficionados as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is the very rare color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Originally discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1830s, it’s now found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil, but fine material is exceptionally rare and valuable - Most usually set in Gold.
*Chrysolite - is a yellowish-green or brownish variety of olivine, used as a gemstone. Chrysolite, Olivine and Peridot as names are used interchangeably, though Peridot is the most commonly used name for this Gem Stone.
* Beryl is a gem stone which contains Berrillium, which is a very bright metal compound. Well-known varieties of beryl include emerald
*Chrysoberyl a greenish or yellowish-green mineral consisting of an oxide of beryllium and aluminum. It occurs as tabular crystals, sometimes of gem quality.
* Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors.
* Hyacinth is a stone of authority. According to ancient Greek myth. , a young man named Hyacinth was killed by a disk thrown during competition by Apollo, the God of Light. The drops of blood of the young man which have fallen to the ground have turned into hyacinth flowers.
* Jargoon or jargon is name applied by gemologists to those zircons which are fine enough to be cut as gemstones, but are not of the red color which characterizes the hyacinth or jacinth. The word is related to Persian zargun. Some of the finest jargoons are green, others brown and yellow, whilst some are colorless.
* Amazonite is a soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health. Balances the masculine and feminine energies. Amazonite helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear.
* Green Aventurine is known as the “Stone of Opportunity,” thought to be the luckiest of all crystals, especially in manifesting prosperity and wealth, or for increasing favor in competitions or games of chance.
* Azurite is a deep dark blue colored mineral found all over the world. Azurite has been used in jewelry and other adornments since ancient times, and in modern times has been used for centuries as a pigment or dye as well as in jewelry.
*Bloodstone is a powerful healing stone used for thousands of years for its healing properties. It is often used to purify and detoxify the body. Great at grounding negative energy and cleansing the body, Bloodstone brings love into any situation and helps ground the negative energies surrounding that issue.
So there you have it. Many of these more exotic stones as you can see by what comments I made, are sort of considered a bit metaphysical and in olden times were quite revered.
I certainly hope you enjoyed this series and please feel free to comment on this series and let us know if you like or hate it! Just email me through the link at the bottom.
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Lovely Mystic Topaz Pendant. The large stone just makes this pendant, really rich colors! Mystic topaz is quite a new gem type, first seen around 1998. It is natural colorless topaz that has been treated giving it a unique rainbow effect.
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