Held in the highest esteem, sought after by royalty, emeralds are among the rarest and most beautiful gems. Large emeralds are far rarer than large diamonds.
Diamonds are made of carbon, the chemical building block of life itself, in its most concentrated, pure form. They have always been prized for their beauty, longevity and hardness: they are rated ten of out ten on the Moss scale. Due to their purity and beauty, diamonds have often been chosen as a gift to express love and eternal commitment.
Zircon is a natural gemstone often confused with zirconia, a lab grown imitation diamond. True Zircon in ancient times was believed to bring wisdom, integrity and honor to those who worked with its energy.
Topaz comes in a variety of colors, from white to yellow, pink, greenish and blue. It's found in igneous rock formations among veins of quartz.
Blue moonstone, with its transparent opalescence, is far rarer than the milky white variety, though both are a type of feldspar.
Fluorite is formed by octahedral and cubes. It can appear in a rainbow of colors and is formed mainly around areas of hydrothermal activity, such as hot springs.
Spinel is a naturally occurring crystalline gemstone that comes in a variety of colors. It is magnesium based and forms in metamorphic and plutonic rock formations.
Onyx is a type of agate. Agates are composed of microcrystalline quartz and vary tremendously in color. Agates are usually banded, and named according to their appearance.
People love the sky ocean blue color of aquamarine. They range in color from light sky blue to the colors of the deep blue ocean in Caribbean sunshine.
Alexandrite, a type of chrysoberyl, is named after the Russian Czar Alexander II (1818-1881), and was first discovered and mined in the Urals just as he came into power.
Rutilated quartz is valued because of its inclusions, which are patterns of rutile appearing like golden needles. The inclusions, which can be strikingly beautiful, make each piece completely unique.