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Growing importance of Gemstones with our undying Love for Gems

11 Dec 2020

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Women, royalty, and the poweratti have been attracted to gemstones since the dawn of civilization. While Queen Elizabeth owns them as crown jewels, Harry Winston is dressing celebrities with them. Gemstones in many cultures distinguished nobles from commoners, and the rich from the poor. This is because of the rarity and value associated with the gemstones. Gems emote feelings and emotions of the wearer. While some people wear gemstones to look and feel good, others wear them as birthstones. There is also a sect of people who wear gemstones believing gemstones possess healing and mysterious other powers.

What is gemstone -

A gemstone or a gem is, “a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments.” These gemstones are naturally formed in the earth for over millions of years, and takes time to mine. It has three main qualities—brilliance, durability, and rarity. While most gem stones are in crystal form, there are a few like amber, pearl, coral that are non-crystalline materials of organic origin. A gemstone is often referred to as a precious stone, or semi-precious stone or a fine gem.

There are around 2,000 identified natural minerals on earth of which only a few are commonly known.

These minerals are classified into: - Corundum (Rubies, Sapphires), Beryls (Emeralds, Aquamarine), Quartz (Amethyst, Citrine, Rose Quartz), Chalcedony (Agate, Onyx, Cornelian), Chrysoberyl (Alexandrite, Chrysoberyl cat’s eye), and Diamonds.

Then there are others like spinels, tourmalines, topaz, garnets, peridots, lazurites, zircons, turquoise, opal, and jade.

Among these, the precious stones, diamonds, rubies and emeralds are set in gold and platinum while the semi-precious stones like garnets, amethyst, citrine, peridots are often set in silver. Today, gemstones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are being produced in labs using the same composition but these are not as unique or expensive as their natural counterparts and one has to be careful not to mistaken it for the natural stone.

Qualities of a gemstone -

Gemstones have unique inherent qualities that make them attractive to use in jewelry. They can be used in daily wear jewelry, formal jewelry, and bridal jewelry. For a mineral to qualify as a unique gemstone it may require to possess any one or more of the below criteria:

- Color

The natural colour of a gemstone without being heated, exposed to X-rays or radium, or the application of pigment carries a higher value than a treated stone. Some colors are typically associated with a gemstone, e.g. the Burmese Pigeon Blood Ruby.

- Clarity

One of the 4C’s of diamond grading, clarity is the absence of Inclusions and blemishes in the gemstone.

- Durability

Durability of a gemstones means you can cut and polish the gemstone. Also because gemstones are durable they can be passed down from one generation to another. Durablity of a gemstone is measured on Moh’s hardness scale.

- Brilliance, Lustre, Fire 

Brilliance, luster and fire are associated with how light reflects on the stone. It is the feature that makes the stone shine and look more attractive.

- Iridescence and Opalescence

Gems like opals have a play of colors. This is a unique feature makes them look attractive.

- Asteria

Regarded as powerful love stones, these gems display a star effect in reflected light. The archetypal asteria
is the star sapphire.

- Chatoyance

The cat’s eye gems have changeable lustre and a narrow, undulating band of white light.

Why Growing importance of Gemstones Love for Gems -

The human race has been fascinated by gems. The reason why people treasure to own gemstones
studded jewelry is because it,

1. Enhances appearance -

Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, can be set in traditional gold jewelry or even modern platinum designs. They help to enhance the appearance of the metal and of the best jewelry design. When the perfect glittering gemstone is worn with the right dress, at the right occasion, it can enhance your overall appearance. Don’t celebrities turn to a Harry Winston piece when they want to walk the red carpet?

2. Boosts self-confidence -

Jewelry can make any woman feel good about herself. From jewelry for office wear, to solitaire engagement rings and diamond bridal jewelry, the mix of right gemstones can add beauty and value to any piece of jewelry and boost self-confidence of the wearer. Today, there is also jewelry for men that is making them feel confident and set a fashion statement. Chadwick Boseman, the star of Black Panther, wore floral brooches on a red carpet event.

3. Reflects status -

Economic status and social status do influence the purchase of high-end jewelry. The best jewelry brands in the world like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Chopard, and Graff are purchased by the rich and famous as a status symbol. From expensive masterpieces to avant-garde pieces, from eye-popping solitaire diamond necklaces to tennis bracelets, gemstones are a status symbol.

4. Provides security -

In several cultures jewelry has been traditionally gifted as wedding dowries. The main reason behind it was the value attached to the gemstones and jewelry that offer security to the bride as she steps into a new home. Even the best Forevermark solitaire diamond engagement rings do not just signify undying love but a promise of security.

5. Is a valuable heirloom -

Because of the durability of the precious gems, most hand-made jewelry pieces with expensive gemstones are often lovingly passed down from one generation to the next. Heirloom jewelry shares history, tradition, and emotion and never expires. With the sentimental value attached to a gemstone, it often remains in the family for generations, only sometime the stone is upcycled and reset in a modern design. A classic example is the blue Ceylon sapphire engagement ring given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles is now worn by Prince Williams wife Kate Middleton.

6. Has astrological and spiritual benefits -

In the ancient science of astrology, gemstone therapy was considered as one of the most natural therapies to heal an ailment, improve one’s fortunes, and find love. It is believed that each gemstone absorbs the cosmic and solar energies, and transfers positive energies of the particular color in to the human body. For ardent believers, gemstones hold the promise of a better tomorrow.

7. Makes a safe investment -

Today collectors are holding on to some of the rarest gems in the world like the red diamond, painite and paraiba tourmaline (back link to our earlier blog on Rare Gems) as an investment. The value that has increased over the years has proved a gemstone can be a safe investment. Other popular gemstones like diamond, ruby, emerald, can also be considered an excellent investment if the gemstone is of good quality and in a reasonably large size. Gemstones like diamonds are also easy to liquidate when needed.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor who owned a 69.42 carat pear-cut diamond among her large collection of gems and jewelry once said, "You can’t cry on a diamond’s shoulder, and diamonds won’t keep you warm at night, but they’re sure fun when the sun shines." The sparkle of the diamonds, spirituality of the rubies, calmness of the emeralds, and power of the blue sapphires have held people’s fascination for thousands of years. Women and men have long loved their gemstones. They spelt riches, they spelt power. They made them feel special, sentimental, and self-fulfilled. With more people able to afford gemstones today, the story of the love for gemstones continues…

About Rukshana -

Rukshana is a freelance content and communication strategist based out of Mumbai, India. She mingles her expertise in PR with comprehensive domain knowledge and creative writing skills to assist and propagate business, worldwide. Being a quick learner, she utilizes her diversified digital expertise to provide copywriting and content writing services to create highly profitable brands, products, and services.