Did you know that two gemstones can never be alike because each one has its own unique combination of pattern and color? Gemstones display an unlimited palette of color and radiance. They are mainly classified into two groups: semi-precious and precious. Turquoise, amethyst, and aquamarine are some of the most popular and widely used semi-precious gems while diamond, ruby, and emerald are the most popular precious gemstones. The most admirable feature of gemstones is their non-fading quality which makes them a very favorable jewelry accessory.
Though gemstones are available these days in a variety of colors and cuts, it might be surprising for some that they have been used since ancient times. Archeologists have unearthed several tombs in Egypt in which the dead were preserved with a great deal of jewelry. It has been concluded that ancient Egyptians valued gems for their color and associated them with various virtues. For instance, turquoise was looked up as a gemstone that brought happiness and abundance since it was blue, the color of sea. For the same reason, lapis lazuli was also admired among Egyptians. Beautiful gemstones and minerals were set in pure gold and sterling silver to be worn by the living and to be buried with the dead. Let us take a look at some of the gemstones that found favor among them.
Alexandrite: It is a rare stone which has the special feature of changing colors. It appears green in day light and turns to raspberry red in the dark. It is preferred for making jewelry and because of its supreme hardness of 8.5 Mohs, it is a gem for rough and tough wear . People often use Alexandrite rings as engagement rings and anniversary gifts because of its longevity.
Emerald: It is a rare variety of mineral beryl that is clear deep green in color because of its chromium content and is valued as a gem. People who wear emerald believe that it heals ear problems, digestive problems, heart diseases, blood pressure and similar medical problems.
Sapphire: Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminum oxide. It is found in different colors like blue, yellow, purple, orange, and green. The most popular form of sapphire is blue sapphire. It is one of the most popular engagement gemstones because it represents a promise of loyalty, purity, and trust.
Amber: Amber is fossilized tree resin, much appreciated for its subtle glowing color and natural beauty since ages. It has much value than now than the ancient times though. Amber gem stone has its wonderful qualities of healing emotional and physical problems. It relieves stress from the body.
Ruby: In Sanskrit, the word ruby means king of precious stones. Ruby is known for its red color and it has been known as a treasure since millennia. Wearing ruby inspires creativity, wisdom, and love, and brings to a human confidence and spirituality. Ruby also improves blood circulation.
Turquoise: It is a kind of opaque gemstone that is used in making jewelry in beautiful and unique forms. Its color is blue to green and this gemstone presents pleasure, joy, and cleanliness. It makes you more sensitive to creativity.
Carnelian: It is reddish-brown or red in color. It energizes blood, frees from lower back problems, improves concentration and develops creativity.
Chalcopyrite: It is a copper iron sulfide mineral that is crystallized in the tetragonal system. This stones best use is for heightening meditative powers. Wearing the ring also increases perceptive abilities.
Coral: It is red or pink in color and is made from the skeleton of coral species. Wearing coral brings about emotional balance, increase in higher knowledge and wisdom. Coral can be set in silver or gold and used in every type of jewelry including brooches, rings, and earrings.
These gemstones are used in making jewelry nowadays too. Semi-precious gemstones are usually shaped into beads that can be large and small; the smallest of them being termed as seed beads. These beads are available for sale at jewelry shops and wholesalers and are often used by amateur jewelry makers for making their own jewelry. Well, it seems like in no age humans have been able to resist the charm of these beautiful gifts of nature.