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Semi Precious Stones - A Complete Guide


It’s time to get down to business and learn what semi precious stones really are. There is a lot of confusion going on whenever somebody brings up the precious stones subject, so we are here to shed light onto it once and for all. And no, you can sit back and relax because we are not going to approach the subject from the geeky point of view. Let’s keep things as simple as possible so that you understand everything that needs to be understood about these stones. It’s time to up your game to the max with these fantastic stones. In order for us to properly cover all the information about semi-precious stones, we are going to structure this guide into three main categories: understanding what semi-precious stones are, the most important stones that you should be aware of and we are also going to cover specific stones, colors and their meanings, just so that you can get some insight as to how each and every one of these beauties is perceived and used.  



What Are Semi - Precious Stones?

Girl-has-an-elegant-green-shirtThis is the part in which we should become all geeky and talk about the exact definition of these stones. Nope. There are a few specific things that you really need to know about them. First of all, semi-precious stones are, in fact, gems (or gemstones). It’s that simple; nothing too complicated about it. Secondly, semi-precious stones are minerals. They are cut and refined so that we can wear the beautiful, glittery and attractive accessories that we own today. Only four stones are perceived to be precious stones: diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Any other stone that is not one of these is considered a semi-precious stone. What is actually interesting to know is that marketers commercialized precious stones in such a way that they gave us all the impression that they are more valuable than semi-precious stones. Are they not stones either? Do they not come from the ground? The commercialization of precious stones and semiprecious stones has mostly familiarized people with some notions that are not entirely real and which are meant strictly to add more (imaginary) value to some stones compared to others. However, there are two variables that need to be taken into consideration: stone rarity and the work that has been put into the final jewel. These are measureable values that, indeed, add to the final product’s value and, in most of the situations, it is fairly priced.  



The Semi - Precious Stones That Everyone Should Be Aware of

Woman-has-a-blue-dress This is perhaps the most consistent part of gemstone knowledge, simply because there are many stones that you can and should consider. Gemstones are used based on a set of criteria which vary from person to person: the color of their eyes, their hair, skin tone, preferred clothing color, color matches and accessory matches. Let’s briefly go through the list of gemstones everyone should know about and then we will go into more details. The list goes as follows (the order is random, so you do not need to worry about meanings yet): amethyst, citrine, turquoise, blue topaz, peridot, garnet, tourmaline, moonstone, malachite, jasper, tanzanite, opal, pearls, black onyx and aquamarine. If you want to become a gemstone expert you should definitely start with these. Study them, touch them, learn fashion tricks about them and, well, master them. Millions of people across the world are using them, so if you know details about the most used items one could say that you have a strong grip on the subject. Just remember that the rules are not set in stone. There are too many people and too many appearance variables to establish a universal truth as to how each and every stone should be used. But there is one catch: if you practice looking semi precious stones and people for a very long time you will start noticing patterns. It’s a secret that very few people notice and even fewer master. So if you are a passionate you had better start as soon as possible. The more you behold the better.  



Stones, Colors and Significances

Girl-wears-a-winter-hatAnd now that we know what gemstones we should be looking for and the trick you need to apply it’s time to get you started on your path to success. We have gathered basic information on some of these gemstones so that you can build your knowledge on a rock solid foundation. Let’s start with the amethyst. Amethyst is widely known to be the February birthstone. The violet color makes it stand out from the rest of the jewels, a result from iron and aluminum impurities. You will be glad to know that amethyst is one of the most used semi-precious stones in the world because it is believed to have soothing emotional powers. It stimulates emotion and some even believe that they allow you to be a more resourceful person. Citrine is a gemstones which’s name derives from a French word: “Citron”. If your mind also correlates it with citrus it is quite fine, since “Citron” does mean “lemon”. If you have never seen one such stone do not be fooled into thinking that it is yellow. On the contrary, citrine is quite orange (ish). It is a stone that is believed to carry the sun’s power, enlightening all its wearers and expanding their mind and making them open to new ideas. Many students around the world use citrine since they believe it boosts their ability to learn. Turquoise has a very interesting story. Its name actually comes from “Turkish” since they were the first people to bring the gemstone from Iran to Europe. It is an opaque stone which combines blue and green in different designs. It is quite beautiful and Indian designers respect turquoise very much. Since this is one of the oldest stones known to mankind, turquoise was a token of protection in the old days. Some people even used it as a symbol and generator of wealth. The garnet is a rather complicated stone, or should we say stones? There are a total of six types of stones in this family, not counting the two mixtures (almandite and pyrope). It is January’s birthstone and it is characterized by a deep, exquisite red color. Garnet is most often commended for its power to draw people who are tough and committed. Some claim that, should you be interested in boosting your energy and be a lot happier with your life, this is the stone that you should be wearing.



Woman-has-a-turquoise-shirt The moonstone has gained its reputation as the traveler’s stone. The stone’s composition is quite fascinating, allowing it to shine as if the moon was really shining from its wearer. Although all travelers are aware of the stone’s power, elders claim that this stone’s greatest power can be felt when there is a full moon outside. This is a love stone, aiding its wearer to where they truly belong and they are accepted. It is a much appreciated stone in many cultures across the world. Next up we have tanzanite. This particular stone is rather “young”, having been discovered in 1967 (in Tanzania, of course). It has been in demand ever since and it looks like people cannot get enough of it. Tanzanite is believed to give people the power to speak truth (and detect it, for that matter). It calms down overcharged minds, opens the wearer’s horizons and increases the power of meditation. Lastly, we will be speaking about opal. Opal originates from many countries around the world. It can be found in Brazil, Mexico, Australia and in the United States as well. The price of this jewel greatly varies based on the number of color flashes it displays. Opal is one of the most fascinating semi-precious stones because there are no two of them alike. It is universally agreed upon that opal is a mystical jewel, a stone of wisdom and legend. There are some who believe that it can also work as a healing stone.



Woman-admires-the-railroadThis should give you a broader image as to where some of these stones originate from, how cultural and regional impact influenced overall social perception when it comes to these stones and how beliefs about them have withstood the test of time. You can imagine that (the majority of) the people who are wearing these stones are aware of their properties and how they came to be, so mastering this sort of knowledge can make you both a cultural and a fashion expert. Although the subject does cause some challenges from time to time, you should rest assured that semi precious stones are not at all rocket science. All they need is some dedication and time to be fully understood. So what do we need to know about them? Semi-precious stones are, in fact, gemstones; they are minerals which are crafted into jewels and their value should under no circumstance be misinterpreted. Each gem comes with a certain story and beliefs that have been attributed to it through time. If you learn how to read the gems, you might as well say that you (somewhat) know how to read the people.