Jewelry stone - what is it?

Who doesn't love gemstones? They are attractive in a very special way. Many even give them different energies and properties. Jewelry has always been spun with a lot of mystery. In this blog post, however, we will relate a little more practical to the subject and try to explain what the gemstone is.


What is the gemstone?

Jewelry stones are minerals, ie a chemical with a particular chemical formula that forms in the soil under millions of years of geothermal influence. The chemical formula determines the color of the stone, transparency, purity and hardness. It also determines which way the crystal grows. Below you can see the patterns natural crystals grow in.

For example, pyrite grows in cubic form, grenade in pyritohedronic form and mountain crystal in dipyramid prismatic form.


Not all beautiful stones and crystals are suitable as gemstones. In order to withstand the frame, use and wear, you prefer only stone with a hardness of 5 or more, on Moh's hardness scale, for gemstones. In comparison, a diamond has a hardness of 10, a mountain crystal has a hardness of 7 and plaster crystal has a hardness of 2, on MOH's hardness scale.

Last but not least, the stones undergo a transformation, to turn into gemstones. They are sanded and polished in different ways to be able to enter into jewelry. The noblest parts of the crystals are those that are cleanest and maybe even transparent. They are grinded to faceted stones, which are found, most often in gold. Depending on the quality of the remaining raw stone material, it is sanded into cabochons, round beads, faceted beads and a wealth of other forms, such as animals, flowers and leaves ready to be framed or drawn on a leash.


What is the difference between gemstones, gemstones and semi -precious stones?

In the past, in fact a few years ago, it was common to divide stones and minerals into gems and semi -precious stones. Only diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds were categorized under gems. The rest was categorized as semi -precious stones, as something that was at most half worth it.

Over time, however, it has been found that there are very rare copies of the so -called semi -precious stones, which can easily have a higher value than diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds because they are very rare to find in tiptop transparent quality. 

Therefore, at international level, the language around the stones was modernized and chose to call all stones shaped for jewelry use for jewelery stones. With the awareness that all stones can potentially be found in a clean, transparent crystallized form, one now talks more about the quality of the stones than whether it is noble or semi -precious.

In reality, all the stones are noble - they are some of the little wonders of nature!


What colors are the gemstones in?

Gemstones are found naturally in the colors of the world. The deep -green emerald, the floral mint -colored amazonite, the electric blue lapis lazuli, the blood -red grenade and the warm yellow litter are examples of variatons in the colors of the jewelry. You can say with certainty that there is something for everyone, every mood and every occasion when it comes to gemstones.

Here you can see more about the colors and hardness of the jewelry:

Fortunately, colors are again in fashion and here the gesture can help complete any look. A necklace of gemstones is classic and beautiful and can become icing over both For everyday and for partying.

If you want to make your own necklace of gemstones, look here

Would you rather buy a finished jewelry with jewelry stone, then look here


How is jewelery priced?

Jampstones are priced and categorized most often by hardness, where the hardest gemstones, diamond, sapphire, ruby ​​and emerald are at the top. But also gems that are usually less valuable can sometimes achieve soaring prices if they have a particularly rare quality. It may be that the stone is unusually transparent to its kind, that it has a perfect cat eye effect, a special color, special inclusions or just a particularly rare type of mineral. The hardness of the stone is measured on a scale of 1-10 (Mohs scale), where Diamond as the hardest stone is 10.

The most expensive gemstones are always those with highest transparency, ie highest transparency. But also the color is incredibly important because there is not much interest in a pale green emerald although very transparent.

So when you praise gemstones there are several factors that come into play; Transparency, color, how well it is sanded and the size of the stone all play a significant role. In addition, supply is also of great importance. When there is much of a gemstone on the market, the price falls and vice versa when there is very little of a gemstone on the market, the price rises.

IN Beadhouse Fortunately, we have available prices on our gemstones.




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