What people don’t know about gemstones
is that they are just a bunch of colorful stones and rocks
polished and precisely cut to be made into jewelries.
Attractive as they seem, these stones are usually minerals
dug out of the planet, others are tossed out. These
gemstones posses certain characteristics that made them
valuable to those who adore them.
These crafted rocks go a long way. They have soft textures
but majority are mostly hard. Lustrous ones are used for
jewelry making. Some would address to these stones as
semi-precious or precious. These stones are also used for
therapeutic or aesthetic purposes.
Mineral value would most likely depend on the rarity of the
stone and how hard it is to find. The more exotic and
difficult the area and location where the stone was found,
the more expensive it is to purchase. Pebbles are also
addressed as gemstones in some way. Some would come out big
some just the right size.
Gemologists are the ones who identify these stones. They
have the authority to describe the minerals using
terminologies that is within the scope of gemology. These
people are the ones who give out certain gemstone
characteristics and identify them according to their
composition as chemicals.
How are they characterized and what are their
Gemstones are characterized through:
• Refractive index
• Specific gravity
These stones may exhibit double
refraction, luminescence and a particular spectrum that is
distinct from other typical stones. Gems may have flaws that
are presented as inclusions.
Classifications may vary. They may be introduced as the
cubic crystal system, trigonal crystal system and the
monoclinic crystal system. But the general approach for
classifying is according to varieties, species and groups.
The most valuable gemstone of all time is the diamond.
Amounting up to millions of dollars, diamonds are priced
based its properties which would be its brilliance and
defiance. Unlike other gemstones, the diamond has its
purpose. This magnificent yet available resource can cut
through glass without being broken into tiny pieces.
A gemstone’s value is based on its characteristic and
rarity. It all depends on how clarity is shown, the cut and
phenomena to its optical reasons. Great demand in the market
lessens the price of the gemstone unless situations may
occur. Example, the diamond would be a need by millions, yet
the supply offers only thousands.
With this kind of situation, distributors can increase the
price of the material. It is only when the stone is that
scarce that people tend to adjust its value. But other than
that, there are a wide variety of gemstones these days. Some
are surprisingly cheap.
To determine the value of a particular gemstone, water is
used. Water is referred to as the combination of different
colors and transparencies marked in gemstones. First water
would pertain to the finest of all stones. Byewater would be
the opposite of the latter.
Some of the most precious stones are the emerald, ruby, opal
and sapphire and are precious enough to reach such a
Size also matters when predicting a price of a particular
In this era, gemstones are placed on a pedestal to be known
as fashion material. Designers have used such stones to
include in their piece of artwork thus making it priceless
and elegant in such a manner.