Many minerals form beautiful crystals, but the most prized of all are gemstones. Uncut gems are often fairly ordinary looking. It’s only when they are cut and polished that they obtain the brilliance and luster that makes them so valued. Historically gems have been divided into precious and semiprecious classes. There are a number of semiprecious gems, many quite beautiful, but diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds continue to qualify as “precious.”
The ancient Egyptians treasured and valued green gemstones. It is believed that at that point in time, people found it hard to tell the difference between the two beautiful green stones, emerald and peridot, so they occasionally mistook one for the other. Cleopatra was known to favor the peridot. Although she also loved emeralds, since they can look similar, she may have accidentally been adorned with emeralds as well as her favorite.
Some folks believe that the garnet’s name was derived from a word meaning “blood” because of its deep red color. Instead, the garnet is named from the pomegranate because of the blood-red seeds that are found on the inside of the fruit. The pomegranate is believed to represent one’s own life, dying, and rebirth.
Think about how many beautiful pearls are being worn by jewelry-loving people all over the world. Each one of those pearls took between a year and three years to come to fruition. When a pearl is cultivated, a small piece of shell or a bead, also known as the nucleus, is planted within the mollusk in order to grow into a beautiful pearl. These pearls are then harvested in a couple of years after they grow into the perfect size to create a wonderful piece of pearl jewelry.
Varied and various, there are many different gem stones in this world but each one is unique in its own way. More than just beautiful, these striking gems are valuable due to their construct and their rarity.
There are more than 4000 naturally occurring minerals on this Earth that we know of. These minerals commonly develop from the cooling of molten rock or magma but it’s what they can become that is particularly intriguing.
When clusters of minerals form, or different combinations come together, they can develop into precious natural resources such as gold, tin, iron, marble and granite. Many minerals also form beautiful crystals, with the most sought after being gemstones. While uncut gemstones are arguably plain in appearance, once cut to shape and polished, they display the beauty and appeal that has seen them become so desirable.
Historically gemstones have been categorized into two distinctive classes; precious and semiprecious stones. While there are any number of semiprecious gems, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds continue to be deemed precious. This status is determined by supply and demand as well as the perceived quantities existing on Earth