Gemstone Geology – What is a Gemstone and how it forms ?

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.

 

Gemstones formations

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.

 

Gemstones types

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 ! 🙂

10 Comments

  1. Christina

    Great advice about how to select your first gemstone! I’m a big believer that you will know intuitively just by holding it if it is right for you! However, in my case, I found that buying one, became buying two, then three, then more. It definitely qualifies as a collection/addiction. But they all are beautiful and amazing to consider how much a part of the earth they are as well as how much time and just the right circumstances were needed to form them!

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Christina,

      Thank you. I’m really happy that you like gemstones, and i also do the same thing…buy one , two, three…and so on. I believe that it’s a wonderful thing to collect more and more. Best of luck in finding more …!

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  2. Taylor

    LOVE this! I have a ton of ruby because it’s my birthstone. I never really knew how the stone formed, thanks for sharing that’s interesting.

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Taylor,

      Thank you, and now when you look at your ruby you can connect more with them.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  3. Sanders

    Hi George,
    Great article with some information I needed. My grand-daughter just started 2nd grade and has been interested in crystals and minerals from the first time she was outside and found a Pretty Rock. She has a large collection of different stones and knows the names and how they formed. Amazing to watch as she checks rocks and sometimes pockets them for her collection and sometimes not. She has 1 collection of minerals and is currently researching on which crystal collectors kit she wants to purchase. It has to be a certain size, contain a specific set of crystals, and be within her budget. Wise kid, and you have provided me with some information I can use just to understand what she is talking about. I do pity my budget when she moves on to the semi-precious and precious stones!

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Sanders,

      Thank you, and i’m glad that you find the information that you needed. Your grand-daughter is becoming a professional in the field, and i find this amazing. Best of luck for her.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  4. Eric Cantu

    I think every guy was obsessed with the quartz gemstone growing up. Everyone of us loved that day in science class when we got to break that quartz rock open and see inside. Really cool post here. Bookmarking it for my nephew! He’ll love it!

    Reply
    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Eric,

      Thank you, and i agree with you. The crystals are everywhere, and i’m sure your nephew will like it.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  5. Brandon

    Thanks for this wonderful article. My partners birthday is coming up and I still haven’t thought of anything to get her yet. However, I want to be spontaneous and get her something she’s not going to expect, and I think some gemstones will work really well! Thanks for the ideas my friend.

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  6. George (Post author)

    Hey Brandon,

    Thank you as well my friend, for taking the time to read it. You can not go wrong with a gemstone as a gift.

    Till next time 🙂
    Best wishes !

    Reply

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