What’s Your Gemstone?
Posted on Thursday, February 28 2013 03:09:00 PM in Blog posts by Annie Clark
Gemstone jewellery has been popular for centuries, and it’s not hard to see why… There are so many vibrant colours available – you can literally wear the rainbow! You can go for bold and bright, or subtle and understated – the choice is all yours!
Gemstones are found naturally as rocks or minerals under the earth’s surface. They are then polished up and enhanced by craftsmen who will cut them to desired shapes and sizes.
You may have heard the terms: Precious Gems and Semi-Precious Gems. This is used to categorise the stones used in jewellery. But don’t be fooled by the term ‘semi-precious’. A lot of people are put off when they hear this – they wrongly assume that the jewel is of less value and less desirable. The value of a gemstone all comes down to its rarity, quality and craftsmanship. For example: You may sometimes see a lower quality precious gem selling for less money than a higher quality semi-precious gem.
The most precious gemstones are Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. Some people class Pearl in this category too. These are classed as precious jewels as they are rarer and harder to come across. Some of the most popular semi-precious stones are Amethyst, Topaz, Opal, Turquoise, Moonstone and Peridot.
We often have requests for bespoke jewellery set with birthstones, often as a birthday gift for a family member, friend or loved one. A birthstone is a gemstone that is associated with the month you were born, and each of these jewels has its own unique set of qualities and meanings:January: Garnet – Said to encourage Faith, Eternity & Truth.