Types of Gemstones
There are so many different gemstones that come in various colors and variations that it would be hard not to find one to suit your specific taste. Learning a bit about each gemstone and its basic properties will help you in your search for the perfect stone.
Precious vs. Semi-Precious Gemstones
The rarest gems are classified as precious stones. These include diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, tanzanite and rubies. Precious stones are more expensive than semi-precious but they follow the same color, cut, and clarity rules for value. All other gemstones are classified as semi-precious. However, today these separations do not have much significance. It is more common to simply classify between diamonds and colored stones.
Use this guide to familiarize yourself with the origins of pearls, how they are cultured, types, sizes, and colors of pearls, how pearls are graded, and how to care for pearl jewelry.