Precious & Semi Precious Stone
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The classic precious stones include Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, and Diamonds. However, most gemstones fall in the realm of semi-precious stones. If you are in the market for any one of these precious stones, expect to pay a lot more for the item.
Although diamonds and sapphires are found all over the globe in large supply, these particular precious stones are very popular, allowing manufacturers to control the amount given to jewelers and allowing jewelers to ask high prices.
Rubies and other precious stones are significantly more rare and the chances of finding precious stones over 3 carats are extremely unlikely.
Fortunately, rubies, diamonds, and sapphires are all ranked about 9 on the Mohs scale. That means these precious stones are extremely durable and resistant to many nicks and bumps.
There is a consensus that diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are the “precious” gemstones. Everything else is piled into the semi-precious stones category. Semi- precious gemstones (such as peridot, opal, coral) vary in beauty, durability, and rarity. Many equal in beauty to the four “precious” gemstones. For whatever reason, the four “precious” gemstones are considered more valuable.
This semi-precious gemstone is the birthstone for those born in January. It is said to be a stone of love and passion, it is often given as a gift to boost sexuality, fertility, and energy. It is also said to inspire creativity.
The birthstone for February, the amethyst is a powerful semi-precious healing stone that is worn to ease stress, anxiety, and aid with restful sleeping. It is also said to be an aid in weight loss by strengthening the will.
epresents happiness and is frequently offered to a bride. A healing semi-precious stone , it is often used in balancing and opening emotional understanding to enable the wearer to express their true self.
The opal is a fragile stone that contains water and so correlates to our emotions, helping us to clarify and come to terms with our feelings. A birthstone for those born in October.
Tourmaline is a powerful stone that strengthens the body and spirit; the pink in particular is used to heal emotional grief and loss, and to release pain.
Citrine is a semi-precious stone often called the “happiness stone”. It is used to promote joy, to overcome grief and sadness; mood-swings and depression. Also used for good fortune, prosperity, cleansing toxins from the body.
Yellow topaz is invigorating-a semi-precious stone used to increase vitality, energy, and personal power. It is said to contain the energy of the Egyptian sun god, Ra.
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