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Gemstones

Thursday, 25 December 2008

gemstonesIn a wide meaning gemstones or gems, also known as precious or semi-precious stones, are pieces of minerals, are classified as naturally explored and handmade stones. Natural rocks are mined in the Earth interior while artificial gems are created by people. Gems produced in the laboratory enjoy practically the same chemical, physical and visual properties as natural rocks and minerals. Such precious stones are comparatively less expensive than natural gem stones. Sometimes semiprecious and artificial gems are much more beautiful and are finer polished. Nevertheless experienced gemologists and scientists suppose that only natural minerals from the depths bring positive and healing effect to the wearer.

For centuries people loved wearing gemstones, and they were favorable not only among women. Amethyst, rock crystal, amber, garnet, jade, jasper, coral, lapis lazuli, pearl, serpentine, emerald and turquoise were rocks and minerals first used in making jewelry. They symbolized wealth and represented social status.

In the longstanding, healing characteristics of the precious stones were widely practiced. Also they were worn not only for the purpose of beautifying but as talismans to escape from the evil spirits.

Nowadays ladies wear gemstone jewelry for its aesthetic value and beauty. Today's jewelry is very diverse, created as a sculpture would be formed. Jewelry has become an art form. Gem stone jewelry and beaded jewelry is extremely popular. However, more superstitious ones wear jewels with stones for their mystical properties.

The weight of the precious stone is referred to as «carat». In the early 1900's carat weight was adjusted to the metric system and one carat is equivalent to 1/5th of a gram. Precious stones smaller than one carat are described in points; one point equals .01 of a carat. For example, a half-carat gemstone would weigh fifty points as .50 or a half a carat. The size of precious stones is expressed in millimeters.

Ruby Gemstones

If you were born in July, ruby is your special birthstone, but ruby jewelry is a universal favorite. We associate its color with the universal feelings of love and passion so ruby jewelry has always been in need and demand.

It is so surprising but ruby is the mineral form of alumina which crystallizes in the hexagonal system. It is the second hardest minerals of two. It has a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale. The word ruby brings to mind powerful emotions of passion, romance and power. The red color is caused by the presence of element chromium. The name origins from rubber, Latin for red. Fine ruby is one of four most expensive minerals, close to diamond. Yet, transparent, flawless rubies exceed all other gems in value.
Ruby is a red variety of the mineral corundum. Sapphire, the other gem variety of corundum, includes all colors of corundum aside from red. Essentially, ruby is a red sapphire, since ruby and sapphire are similar in all properties but color. The color of ruby ranges from bright red to dark reddish-brown. Rubies have long been thought to have healing properties in treating both the blood and matters of the heart. Due to its protective features warriors were recommended that they wear them for wars.

As a precious stone for jewelry the ruby has a very interesting history. The Crown of Charles IV of Luxembourg of 14th century had a ruby of 250 carat. A 137 carat cabochon star ruby is at the Smithsonia. The most expensive ruby under auction sale was 15.97 carat, and was actually sold for $3.63 million in 1988.

Gemstone tips

  • Find more tips on how to keep your jewelry from precious stones in good condition.
  • Be careful when cleaning the gemstone. Dust with soft tissue only
  • Cleaning non-porous gemstones use a weak solution of ammonia and use it with a soft cloth
  • Avoid heating your gemstone or do not cause heating
  • Avoid exposing gemstone jewelry to chemicals. Chemicals and detergents can harm the stones and destroy the stone's finish
  • Store your gemstones in a special jewel box avoiding contact with other jewels
  • Avoid wearing your jewelry when doing household working
  • Chemicals and cosmetic means may cause your jewelry damaged
  • Wear all those cosmetics, perfumes and colognes prior to putting on jewels from precious stones. Once you spoil your jewels with some of the above wipe clean with a soft tissue

Guide to buy gemstone jewelry

Once you decided for a ruby gem stone jewelry they are available in various colors. Just shop for the one that suits your image or is your birthstone or whatever. Also you may want to think of another mineral, for example, opal.

Opal is a mineraloid gel that may occur in the fissures of any kind of rock. Opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, pink, olive, and black in color. Red opals against black are the most rare and expensive. 

While shopping make sure that the color of the gemstone you liked is even through the jewel. While choosing earrings, bracelets, rings or necklaces, just make sure that all gems are placed properly and fit the jewels.  To achieve more precious looking appearance or fineness you may want to have some gemstones treated or enhanced or even change their color.

Birthstones and Gemstones

There are gemstones associated with birthdates, called birthstones. Enjoy the following.

January - deep red color of the Garnet reminds of Victorian era jewelry

February - rich purple color of the Amethyst reminds of royalty

March - pure clear blue Aquamarine reminds of the sea

April - Diamond is a category unto itself

May - deep brilliant green Emerald is the most highly prized and most valuable gemstone by weight

June - pearl was one of the most highly prized and sought after gems

July - long considered the king of gems, the ruby is said to symbolize love and passion

August - bright green Peridot is said to have been the favored gemstone of Cleopatra

September - a gigantic blue Sapphire in which the Earth is embedded

October - brilliant and multicolored Opal. These fragile Australian gems are beautiful and attainable.

November - colors of this golden gemstone make Citrine the perfect November stone

December - wonderful winter colors of this gemstone make the Blue Topaz the perfect December stone

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