Gemstones have been around since the birth of our planet. Throughout history you can see gemstones being used by all types of people from all different countries as a symbol of abundance and prosperity. So what is a gemstone? Pretty much, a gemstone or gem is a section of very attractive mineral. Most of the time, when gemstones are mined, they look just like normal rocks, minerals or crystals. It is not until after the gemstones are polished or heat treated, that they take on the color, clarity and luster associated with what you see when you find them being used in gemstone jewelry. It is important to note that some rocks like lapis-lazuli and some organic materials, like amber, are not minerals. However, they are still considered gemstones. The overall appeal of the gemstone, or its luster, is used when comparing gemstones and their overall value.
To be officially called a gemstone to be used in gemstone jewelry and rings, the mineral has be labeled and classified as a gemstone. The main way that gemologists do this is by identifying the chemical composition of the gem. When all is said and done, gemstones are classified into different groups – species and varieties. Some of the main criteria that are used to classify these gems are properties like hardness, luster, specific gravity and, of course, dispersion. All these factors add up to classify the gemstone at hand. Most people do not know that all of this work goes into classifying gemstones.
The great thing about gemstones is that they can be found all over the world. Most of the time, these gemstones are formed underground, thus, have to be mined out. Depending on the area of the world that you are looking for gemstones, you are, of course, going to find different popular local stones. If you live in an area that has very few of a certain type of gemstone, then it’s safe to say that the gem is probably going to cost more money.
The popularity of a gemstone is, of course, chosen by how rare the gem is. For example, rubies are a very rare gemstone, as well as diamonds and tanzanite, thus, the price of these gemstones are, of course, higher than most. The truth of the matter is, the higher the price, the more popular the gemstone. We live in a world where more expensive things are not only more rare, but they are usually more popular, driven by the applied value.
Of course, when talking about the popularity of the gem as well as the price, you have to look at what gem family the gemstone belongs to. Sometimes it can be hard to understand the classification of these gemstones. For example, a ruby is a variety of the species corundum. However, the reason why rubies are so rare is because all other corundum gems are considered sapphires. A lot of people do not understand the classification of gemstones. However, that does not mean that you can not enjoy them and leave the classification to experts.
The availability of a gemstone, of course, is determined by a few different features. For example, if the gemstone is no longer being mined, then it, of course, is going to cost a lot more money. The more rare the gemstone, the more it is going to cost, thus, gemstone rings that are made using that gem are going to cost more money as well. As more gemstones get mined, they, of course, become harder to find.
Understanding gemstones is a lot easier whenever you can view them, and that is why we invite you in to check out our large varieties of rare, precious and semi-precious gemstones at Paraiba international. So stop in and see what real gemstones are suppose to look like!