Gemology: What Makes A Precious Stone Precious

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You hear about precious stones and semi-precious stones, but what does it all mean? MacDonald Highlands talks about gemology.

Gems! Beautiful, precious gems. They add shine to our lives. They make our outfits for the night more exciting. They are the symbols of what separates the classes. Gemology, or knowledge about gemstones, is a vital part of the luxurious life. It’s how you can see quality.

One of the best ways to learn about gemology is understanding the difference between precious gemstones and semi-precious gemstones.

WHAT MAKES THE STONE PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS

The definitions of precious and semi-precious stones vary relative to their culture. Some cultures may find diamonds worthless, yet find stones such as jade precious.

Another factor to consider is that a gem, such as a semi-precious peridot, of high-quality can cost more than the precious gem sapphire of mid quality.  

In the United States culture, the standard definition of precious and semi-precious gems started around the American industrial revolution in the mid-1800s. Due to a boom in mining and manufacturing, gem enthusiasts and sellers looked for a way to market the jewels.

EXAMPLES OF PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES

Gemologists classify precious stone by their brilliance and rarity. These stones include:

  • Diamonds
  • Emerald
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire

Semi precious stones are stones sold at a lesser commercial price due to their abundance and availability.

  • Jade
  • Amethyst
  • Peridot
  • Fluorite

Remember to note, however. Semi-precious stones can cost more than precious stones, depending on their quality and size.

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