Semi-Precious Stone Jewellery
Semi Precious Stones
Historically, gemstones were classified into two categories; precious and semi-precious. However, because, over time, definitions can change and vary with culture, it has always been a difficult task to determine what constitutes as precious and semi-precious. You will find that the majority of stones are semi-precious as there are only really four that are widely considered precious stones, these being diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald.
We try to stock more of the semi precious stones than the precious as they are a more reasonable price and they also tend to be more interesting in colour and design. There are over 100 varieties of semi-precious stones so stocking every single one would be a challenge but below we have a few of what we do have in our collection that are the favourites of the team here at Something Elegant.
The brilliant sky-blue colour has made Turquoise a classic gemstone, especially when set in silver. Cut en cabochon Turquoise stones are used for all kinds of jewellery such as brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Due to its relative softness it can be carved into ornamental objects but requires some care. Light, perspiration, oil, cosmetics and household chemicals can all affect the colour of Turquoise. Turquoise has long been appreciated as a holy stone, a good-luck-charm or a talisman. It is believed to promote good fortune, happiness, and long life. Turquoise is a birthstone for those born in December.
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Opal, more than any other gemstone, is distinctly individual. No other stone has as rich and varied folklore. Precious opal displays rainbow-like hues that change with the angle of observation, especially in rounded cabochon forms. It was only in the 1960s that a team of Australian scientists analyzed Opals with an electron microscope and discovered the cause of opal's unique optical properties. It was discovered that small spheres from silica gel caused interference and refraction, which are responsible for the fantastic play of colours. The spheres, which are arranged in more or less compact structures, dissect the light on its passage through the stone. Opal is a birthstone for those who are born in October.
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Topaz of any type is a good jewellery stone and it is historically one of the most important gemstones. With its hardness and no special sensitivity to chemicals it can be used, with appropriate care, in any jewellery application. Topaz comes in many colours, including clear, brown, yellow, orange, red, pink and blue. The blue topaz, with a pale to medium blue colour, can be found in very large sizes at affordable prices. The fine golden-yellow variety, known as Imperial Topaz, is relatively scarce. The name topaz is most probably derived from an island in the Red Sea, "Topazos", today called Zabargad, the ancient source of peridot. In former times all golden-brown and sometimes also green gemstones were called topaz, which caused sufficient confusion such that today real topaz is referred to as precious topaz. Yellow topaz is the birthstone for those who are born in the month of November.
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Agate is actually derived from quartz. This type of quartz is known as cryptocrystalline quartz. It has microscopically small crystals and is usually translucent to opaque, with a waxy, dull luster. This kind of quartz has subcategories known under the name Chalcedony, but this name covers a remarkable variety of stones, the most famous of these include agate. Agate was used as a gemstone by the Egyptians at least 3,000 years ago and now, in modern times, agate has a special association with the Idar-Oberstein region of Germany. Idar-Oberstein was an important source of agate until the 19th century when, fortunately for the region, large deposits of agate were discovered in Brazil in the 1830's. It was fortunate as it was found just as the agate mines in Germany were starting to be worked out. The agate polishing industry in Germany flourished as a result and produced high quality object d'arts, beads, rings, pendants, brooches and cameos. Today agate continues to be mined in Brazil, but also in Uruguay, India, Australia, China, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia and Namibia.
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The gemstone known as tiger's eye is also a form of chalcedony quartz. It is natural to think that tiger's eye got its name from its similarity to the eye of a tiger. If true, one can only assume that very few people had ever seen the eye of a tiger. The eyes of small cats tend to have pupils that form narrow, vertical slits. But the eyes of big cats such as tigers have round pupils like humans. Perhaps it is the golden brown colour of the gemstone that led to the name.
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This is a very small collection of what we do in terms of semi-precious stone jewellery, but if we showcased every stone we have in stock this article would be 4 – 5 times longer! But if you would like to know more about any of the stone jewellery we do then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 08450 940 925. Alternatively email us at email@example.com.
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