Dear reader, last time I talked about Crystals, now it’s time to tell you a story about the fascinating Gemstones world. Are you curious what is a gemstone? or how does it forms ?…if the answer is ”Yes”, then you are in the right place.
In the following story, you will discover what is a gemstone and how it forms, the types of gemstones, and of course about the unique satisfaction of having a gem. Now prepare to be amazed by the gemstone geology, and see exactly how these beautiful stones are coming alive and waiting to see the sunlight.
As you already know by now, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.
What is a gemstone ?
First I’m gonna start by telling you, that almost all solid, non-living matter is a mineral, here we can include most rocks and stones. One more important aspect is that not all minerals are gems, but most minerals are crystals. So what is a gemstone ?
Basically, a gemstone is a very rare piece of mineral crystals, formed under special condition deep inside the Earth, also needs to be hard and tough, and to have a beautiful clarity, because by cutting and polishing it’s used to make jewelry or other adornments.
Deep inside our planet, due to the immense heat, pressure, and of course, room to grow, a monumental process it’s taking place, in which our planet it’s producing minerals and gemstones, the non-living masterworks of nature. I truly believe this process is fascinating and in the same time intriguing. Let’s make the first steps in understanding the gems and travel into the depths of the Earth.
Now I will tell you the entire life process of the gemstones. For you to understand this magnificent process is important to know the main 4 categories of the gemstones formation. As usual, I will tell you very shortly about each one
- Igneous – imagine you are going deep inside the earth, and you see the magma cooling and forming minerals.
- Metamorphic – imagine you see the minerals forced together under great pressure and heat, then recrystallize, and form a new gem species.
- Sedimentary – imagine you travel on the earth surface, and you see the water mixes with the surface minerals, that sweeps down between the cracks and cavities in the earth, and deposits layers of minerals.
- Hydrothermal – imagine, along your journey, the supersaturated water with many different minerals is pushed up into cavities and cracks in the earth, and after it cools down, different minerals begin to form.
This being said, I hope you have a clearer understanding of the gemstones formations and their life adventure.
I’m sure when you hear about gemstones, you are thinking of something precious, and guess what ?…you are right !. Most often, when we are talking about the gems, we divide gems as ”precious” and ”semi-precious”. Maybe you are wondering, what is the difference between this two types?
- Precious stones – this term is referring to four types of gems: diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. This reflects the rarity, quality, and the hardness of the stone.
- Semi-precious stones – this term is referring to all other types of gems, that are not categorized as ”Precious”. Most of the times these stones are used in the manufacturing of personal adornments. For example agate, amber, amethyst, aquamarine, and many others.
The ”precious” and ”semi-precious” term, is used mainly in commercial contexts and doesn’t necessarily mean some stones are more valuable than others. In my opinion, all gemstones are precious.
Your first gemstone !
Now it’s the time to buy or find,(if you did not already), your first gemstone. Exciting right ?. This ancient stones can be found almost everywhere. I truly believe we are living in the gemstones century, I’m saying this because more and more people are interested in them.
Let’s presume you hold your first gemstone in your hand, either you buy it or you found it, What to do next ?.
Now it’s the time to really pay attention to the stone that you are holding, and see the extraordinary beauty that lies deep inside the gemstone. I know we all have different tastes and opinions about a particular stone, that’s why I will let you decide what gem is for you. I have to tell you, that every gemstone has different properties and benefits, but I will tell you more about this next time.
In my opinion, if you decide to have your first gemstone, you will not need to study too much about each stone, just hold or look at the stone and feel her vibe, then you will know which stone it’s for you. This is my advice for every person that starts the journey in this intriguing world of crystals and gemstones.
Knowledge is power !
In today’s journey, you found out what is a gemstone, their types and formations, and of course about having your first gem. Now you can officially say that you know the basic information about the gems.
I hope I shed some light on this intriguing subject and made you interested enough to get one, or if you already have your own gems, to know more about them. Personally, I believe in their powers and hidden benefits, and I know they can help all of us in our daily life.
If you are the proud owner of gemstones, please share your experience and feelings about your treasure. My dear reader, we came to the end of today’s journey. As always, it was a real pleasure to travel along your side in this exciting adventure.
Till next time ! 🙂