Precious and Semi-Precious Stones: a complete guide
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Unveiling the Beauty of Precious and Semi-Precious Stones in Jewelry

Jewelry has been an integral part of human history, representing wealth, power, and personal expression. While metals like gold and silver form the backbone of jewelry, it’s the precious and semi-precious stones that add a touch of magic to every piece. These gems have captivated human hearts for centuries, and today, they continue to shine in all their glory in the world of fashion. In this blog post, we will delve into the enchanting world of precious and semi-precious stones and explore their significance in contemporary jewelry.

The Allure of Precious Stones

Diamonds – Forever in Vogue

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There’s a reason they say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Diamonds, the hardest substance on Earth, are coveted for their brilliance, purity, and rarity. They symbolize eternal love and commitment, making them the preferred choice for engagement and wedding rings. The sparkle of a well-cut diamond is unmatched, casting a mesmerizing spell on anyone who gazes upon it.

But diamonds aren’t just for engagement rings; they feature in a variety of jewelry pieces, from elegant necklaces and stud earrings to dazzling bracelets. The way they catch and reflect light is simply unparalleled. Whether it’s a classic solitaire pendant or a pair of diamond hoops, these precious stones elevate any outfit and lend an air of sophistication and elegance.

For more about diamonds, read: The wondrous world of diamonds!

Rubies – The Gem of Passion

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Rubies are often associated with love and passion. Their vibrant red hue has been the muse of countless poets, artists, and jewelry designers. Known for their intense color, rubies are prized for their rarity and durability. They are frequently used in high-end jewelry, particularly in pieces that celebrate romance and desire.

A ruby-studded ring or a pendant can instantly add a fiery flair to your look. This captivating gemstone is perfect for those who want to make a bold and unforgettable statement. Whether it’s a classic solitaire ruby or a cluster of rubies accentuated by diamonds, these gems exude warmth and elegance.

(the largest ruby ​​mine is in Myanmar, where the largest ruby ​​to date was found, weighing 25.59ct and worth over $30m!)

Sapphires – The Symbol of Royalty (hence Royal Stone)

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Sapphires have long been associated with royalty and nobility. Their deep blue color symbolizes wisdom, loyalty, and nobility. In modern jewelry, sapphires are not limited to just blue; they come in a range of colors, including pink, yellow, and green, making them versatile and captivating options for contemporary designs.

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Sapphire rings, especially when complemented by diamonds, are a timeless choice for engagement rings (it was also chosen by the current King Charles for Diana and Prince William for Kate). These gemstones also shine in other forms of jewelry, such as earrings and pendants. A sapphire necklace or a pair of sapphire stud earrings can add a touch of sophistication and regal charm to your attire.

Emeralds – A Green Elegance

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Emeralds are the gemstones of new beginnings and represent growth and fertility. Their lush green color is captivating and has been favored by royals and celebrities alike (favorite stone of sultans). The rich green hue of emeralds complements both warm and cool-toned outfits, making them a versatile choice for various jewelry pieces.

Emeralds can be found in an array of jewelry, from emerald rings to necklaces and earrings. An emerald pendant with a delicate chain can elevate a casual outfit, while a pair of emerald earrings adds a touch of glamour to any ensemble.

The Allure of Semi-Precious Stones

Amethyst – The Stone of Calmness

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Amethyst, with its beautiful violet hue, is often associated with tranquility, balance, and spirituality. This semi-precious stone is an excellent choice for those who seek a sense of calmness and inner peace.

Amethyst is frequently featured in rings and earrings. Wearing an amethyst pendant or ring can be a stylish way to incorporate the stone’s calming properties into your everyday life.

Blue Topaz/London Blue Topaz – The healing stone

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Blue topaz and London blue topaz belong to the mineral topaz family, which also includes other shades. In jewelry, it is mainly used in its blue shade, for rings, pendants and earrings. Blue topaz is believed to soothe, recharge, heal, stimulate and redirect the body’s energies to where they are most needed.

Aquamarine – The sea stone

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Aquamarine owes its name to blue as its blue-green color, reminiscent of the sea (lat. aqua & marine = sea water). Depending on its quality, it is classified between precious and semi-precious stones, while it is mainly used for rings, but also in pendants and earrings. It is considered the stone of calmness and communication, characteristics that it naturally got from the sea. Definitely ideal for an impressive summer look. (The most famous piece of aquamarine adorns the royal crown of Great Britain)

Morganite – The pink emerald 

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It could also be called the banker’s stone, as this stone with its wonderful pink to brown color (due to the presence of manganese), was named in 1911 by the (famous…) American banker J.P. Morgan, when he donated his mineral collection to the Museum of Physics History of New York. Jewelers also call it pink emerald because of its hardness. It is said to attract and retain love, encouraging loving thoughts and actions to enjoy life. But be careful, it is very sensitive to the sun.

Citrine – The Sunshine Stone

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Citrine is a radiant, yellowish-orange gemstone known as the “sunshine stone.” It symbolizes joy, abundance, and positive energy. The vibrant color of citrine is perfect for adding a pop of brightness to your jewelry collection. It complements both casual and formal attire, making it a versatile choice for jewelry designers. A citrine ring can brighten up your day with its sunny disposition.

And some more stones, which we have in FaCad’oro!

Iolite                       Image 11 Precious and Semi-Precious Stones: a complete guide

Pink sapphire    Image 12 Precious and Semi-Precious Stones: a complete guide

Pink tourmaline Image 13 Precious and Semi-Precious Stones: a complete guide

Garnet                  Δαχτυλίδι 14Κ RI-S-000453WR

Blue sapphire Δαχτυλίδι 18Κ RΙ-1699S

Precious vs. Semi-Precious: Is One Better than the Other?

The distinction between precious and semi-precious stones is based on traditional classifications that emphasize rarity and value. However, it’s important to note that this distinction is somewhat arbitrary and doesn’t necessarily reflect a stone’s true beauty or significance.

In today’s world of jewelry design, both precious and semi-precious stones are celebrated for their unique qualities. While precious stones like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are often associated with high-end and traditional jewelry, semi-precious stones like emeralds, amethysts, and citrines are gaining popularity for their versatility and affordability.

When choosing between precious and semi-precious stones, it’s essential to consider your personal preferences and the purpose of the jewelry. Some people are drawn to the rarity and history of precious stones, while others appreciate the variety and affordability of semi-precious stones. In the end, the most important factor is how the stone resonates with you and the emotions it evokes.

 Which gemstone suits your zodiac sign?

If now, based on what you have read above, you have not yet decided which stone suits you best, then simply choose the one that – according to most astrologers – suits your sign and benefit from their benefits!

Aries: Diamond

Taurus: Emerald

Gemini: Aquamarine

Cancer: Moonstone

Leo: Ruby

Virgo: Blue Sapphire

Libra: Opal

Scorpio: Citrine

Sagittarius: Blue topaz

Capricorn: Black tourmaline

Aquarius: Garnet

Pisces: Amethyst


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