The four C's don’t just apply to diamonds. Color, cut, clarity and carat weight are still important with gemstones and other precious stones. For gemstones, darker doesn’t mean better. The best gems always have a more vivid, vibrant color.
A set of twelve gemstones that are associated with births during a specific zodiac sign or month of the year. Stones vary by culture.
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More opaque than traditional gemstones, the natural elegance of precious stones is sure to capture your attention.
Derived from the French word chatoyancy, which literally means "cat's eye," these unique stones have a lighter colored line down their center, simulating the look of a feline eye.
These blue-green stones have dark brown or black freckles, giving them a rustic, natural look. Used frequently in Native American jewelry.
One of the earth's most abundant minerals, quartz stones come in a rainbow of colors. They can be polished or left with a natural, faceted finish.
Onyx stones are a specific variety of quartz in a striking black. Often polished for a stunning shine.
Otherwise known as "nacre," mother-of-pearl is an iridescent substance found inside shells.
These bluish-gray stones have a waxy luster, giving their translucent shapes an intentionally cloudy finish.
A variant of chalcedony, carnelian stones vary from a deep reddish-brown to a peachy flesh tone.
These pyrite stones are typically black with a greenish shine, resembling the iridescence of an oil spot.
Also known as "peridot," olivine stones come in a natural green tone. While peridot is practically translucent, olivine is significantly more opaque.
Considered the "imperial gem" of China, the milky-green beauty of jade is recognized the world over. Made of calcium-rich minerals, these stones are most stunning when polished to a glossy finish.