Semi Precious Gemstone Jewelry
An endless variety of semi precious gemstone jewelry is sold on the Internet. A search will yield a great number of independent jewelry makers. Handmade gemstone jewelry is interesting because each designer brings his or her own special style and interpretation to the piece being fashioned. While the designs themselves may range from classic to outlandish, each item is influenced by the skill, personality and experience of its designer.
Traditionally, gems classified as precious were designated in this way because they were rare or had some type of ceremonial or religious significance. At first, these 'cardinal' gems were limited to five varieties: diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and amethysts. However, after large deposits of amethysts were found in Brazil, the stone was no longer included in this category, for it was now much more available and could be afforded by the general public. There are more than 130 types of stones which are classified as semi precious these days. Some consider these categories outdated and useless, because the difference between the grades of the stones is not clear cut.
Diamonds have the only internationally accepted grading system. Yet a low quality diamond may be worth less than a piece of high quality semi precious gemstone jewelry. Therefore, value is a somewhat fluid concept. Most jewelers would suggest that budget and personal preferences lend greater appeal to a gem than the classifications do. In this regard, many couples are incorporating handmade gemstone jewelry in addition to, or even in place of, diamond engagement rings. These gemstone jewelry items are less expensive, which allows greater flexibility in choosing a high quality setting. This also allows couples to create a unique expression of their relationship.
Ring designs may vary. Some are simple solitary gemstones, while others are part of a group design. This is part of the appeal of semi precious gemstone jewelry -- it can be whatever the individual wants it to be. Couples can have artists create a truly unique piece of handmade gemstone jewelry. Sometimes, the ring is a starting point for a set of jewelry, which may be added to over time.
Even for more of a fashion piece, the lower price and greater availability of semi precious gemstone jewelry allows for items to be found in an array of styles. Thus, there is great emphasis on chosing an item which will fit one's own personality and expectations. Many sites which feature handmade gemstone jewelry include articles about the history and legends associated with each stone. Some even offer information about where the stones are mined and other information specific to each stone.
One aspect of the information which may be troubling to a Christian is that some sites are quick to promote the supposed healing qualities or other properties of this handmade gemstone jewelry. Although this is probably mostly a marketing technique used to attract potential buyers who may be susceptible to such claims, it is troubling in that if there are indeed any such medicinal properties to these gemstones, it is because they have been placed there by the Creator, much as certain plants have medicinal attributes for our good. Otherwise, one may be found guilty of giving the creation, rather than the Creator, credit for these attributes. In addition, such practices can be a gateway to participation in occult beliefs and practices. Instead, one should look to God's Word for guidance, and trust in His personal and providential care instead of ' luck' and 'good fortune'. After all, Jesus claimed that ...I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10.7-10) Who needs luck and fortune when one is under the providential care of the Creator?
The distinction between precious and semi precious gems is considered nearly meaningless these days. Actually, the concept itself is no older than the 19th century, and had more to do with economic realities than the actual value of the gems. As noted above, amethyst was reclassified after significant finds increased the supply of the formerly rare commodity. If that is the only qualification for inclusion in the 'precious' category, then the diamond should be considered semi precious gemstone jewelry. Diamonds are not rare, as is often supposed. A cartel controls the amount of diamonds allowed on the market. Originally, this was to safeguard the investment of financiers after a large amount of diamonds were discovered. Previously, the production of diamonds was small -- only a few pounds a year. However, with the discovery of a large amount of diamonds in South Africa in 1870, production rose into tons of the gem. Therefore, the cartel was needed to protect the investment. Also, an advertisement campaign to associate the diamond with love, courtship and marriage has been extremely successful, to the point where it became traditional to offer a diamond engagement ring. If diamonds have eluded the semi precious classification despite the fact that they are not rare, some 'semi precious' gems have migrated back and forth from the precious category. Pearl and opal once were considered precious, and to some extent enjoy a higher regard than other semi precious gems. Alexandrite, several varieties of garnet and tanzanite can be just as expensive as rubies and sapphires. Fine examples of tourmaline, spinel or aquamarine also command high prices. Since the distinction between the categories is nearly meaningless, the US Federal Trade Commission has considered banning the use of the term 'semi precious' to describe gems, in order to avoid confusion.
Gem Stone Gold JewelryGem stone and gold nugget jewelry has a special appeal to those who love the beauty of nature compressed into a natural stone or shiny metal. Many online stores offer unique pieces that are made with nuggets from Alaska and gems from Sri Lanka. Gemstones are many and varied including diamonds, opals, sapphires, onyx, emeralds and rubies. They have held the awe of royalty and peasantry alike throughout the centuries of monarch rule in England and continue to grab the attention of anyone today who appreciates nature at its finest. Collectible pieces such as watches, necklaces, rings and bracelets made with gold and gemstones are a prized and sometimes rare possession in many people's jewelry boxes.
The creativity of God is seen in even the smallest elements sometimes and gem stone gold jewelry is not an exception. "The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious...He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion." (Psalm 111:2,3a,4) Made from carbon that is compressed, diamonds are one of the hardest of all natural gemstones. Dazzling, diamond gemstones come in various colors including yellow, blue, green, orange and an almost black. Colors such as red, green, and blue are among the rarest of all diamonds and are certainly the most expensive to purchase. Diamonds are cut in such a way as to release the natural sparkle that occurs when light hits the stone.
Some stones come in varying degrees of clarity and can be purchased as flawless. This particular gemstone has been used for many years as the gift of choice for romantic occasions such as engagements, anniversaries and just because. Far from the gold rush days, but not too far to enjoy gold nugget jewelry, many consumers also appreciate customized pieces that are made from mined nuggets from Alaska, North Carolina, Virginia, California or the goldfields of Australia. While the amount of precious metal mined today has vastly dropped from the boom of yesteryear, there are still nuggets found today that are made into beautiful, unique pieces of jewelry.
In fact, some mines have become tourist attractions and may even offer to set a nugget into a piece of jewelry for anyone who mines it! Gold nuggets are rare and most gold that is mined is not found in nugget form, so many of the pieces are not melted or shaped, but left exactly as is. A designer then forms a setting around the particular shape and produces a one of a kind decoration that many people who value uniqueness will be glad to purchase. Gold nugget jewelry strikes the interest of many who like natural, earthy designs such as pieces from a Western look or a Native American design.
Many jewelers that produce nugget jewelry may provide a certificate of authentication with each piece and guarantee the authentic metal properties of the gold. Just as South Africa is known for its diamond mines, so is Australia known for its gold minds. Gem stone gold jewelry from either of these countries accrues in value for years to come. The one interesting note about natures production of gems and nuggets is the fact that no one item is ever alike. This makes these pieces an especial treasure for just about anybody who knows they have a piece of jewelry that no one else in the world has. Men and women can both enjoy wearing the simplicity of gem stone gold jewelry in just about any style and any type of piece.
Pendants, belt buckles, money clips, earrings and tie tacks can all be purchased sporting an onyx, emerald, diamond or amethyst set in white or yellow gold. There are many semi-precious stones as well that have captured the interest of buyers such as the garnet which comes in every color except blue. It is not as hard as a diamond or some of the other precious stones, but is very popular and symbolizes the stone for those born in February. Its traditionally dark, red color is used in rings and necklaces and is more commonly found in men's rings.
There are many other stones that are made synthetically through a chemical process that hardens and produces reflective color very similar to what is found in authentic gem stone gold jewelry. No matter how close a synthetic stone gets to an original, however, the value and beauty is almost never the same. So, whether choosing gold nugget jewelry or gemstone pieces, check for authentication, guarantees and warranties when considering any jewelry purchase. Wearing a piece of God's natural creation can be a small reminder of the awesome, creative power that He possesses and the time that He has taken to form something so beautiful.