Gemstones are rocks and minerals that have been cut and polished to reveal the beauty within. They are then paired with metal and fashioned into wearable jewelry. Stones are divided into two categories – semi precious and precious. This is a value differentiation.
These days this divide isn’t always correct when it comes to value. Also considered is rarity, provenance, and quality of stone or item.
The major four are the most expensive and sought after. They are:
You will also occasionally see pearl listed as well as opal and jade. They are more often considered semi-precious.
SEMI PRECIOUS STONES
All other stones not in the list above are considered to be in this category. It’s a very large list, but here are a few of the most common:
- Lapis Lazuli
- Rose Quartz
Interestingly, today some semi-precious stones can actually be more monetarily valuable than the 4 considered precious. This divide was created back in the 1800’s before mining technology made some major advancements. In 2021 with more readily available stones, the truly rare are far more coveted and because of this, fetch a higher price tag.
When jewelry shopping don’t get too caught up in semi vs. precious. Buy with the heart and eye. All of these stones are well worth collecting so find what calls out to you, what goes with your skin color, your eye and hair color, and your wardrobe. Find settings that you will enjoy wearing.
Jewelry is an expression of who we are and what we love. It is something to be celebrated, adorning oneself with sparkle and color. We could all use a little more beauty in our lives these days.
Stop by our two convenient locations in Lehigh Acres and Naples, Florida and browse our ever-changing jewelry selections.
In Naples, FL 889 Airport Road South, Naples, FL 34104 | 239-434-7296
In Lehigh Acres, FL 1331 Homestead Rd. N. Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 | 239-369-2274
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