Semi-preciousgemstone education

amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst is a quartz variety of magmatic origin. The gemstone forms in sites rich in iron oxide. The iron oxide compound is also responsible for the gem’s mysterious purple color. Classified as a semi-precious gemstone...

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Classified as a semi-precious gem, this mesmerizing gem is the light blue to blue variety of the beryl mineral. Aquamarines generally form in hydrothermal carbonate veins, pegmatite rocks, and alluvial deposits...

Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz

Regarded as a semi-precious gem, topaz is one of the gemstones with the broadest color spectrum. The color range of topaz virtually includes all colors of the rainbow, and they may also be found in a colorless form...

Citrine

Citrine

Classified as a semi-precious gem, citrine is the yellow to orange variety of the Quartz mineral. Its name comes from the citron fruit, a fruit similar to lemon. It is believed that the gemstone was named after the fruit as it shares a similar color with it...

Garnet

Garnet

The name garnet was derived from the Latin granatum which means seed or grain. It is a reference to the pomegranate fruit, whose seeds resemble some garnet crystals. Garnet refers to a group of closely related minerals...

morganite

Morganite

Morganite is the pink variety of the beryl mineral. The gem was first discovered in 1910 in Madagascar. The Morganite gemstone was named after the financier and banker John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, who was a very passionate gem collector...

opal

opal

The name opal comes from the Greek word opallios which means “to see a change of color”. According to Greek mythology, when Zeus defeated the Titans, the Greek god of lightning was so content that his tears of joy formed the gemstone opal...

peridot

Peridot

This ancient gemstone, whose history dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt, is adored by many. While the origin of its name is unknown, some suggest that the name peridot comes from the Arabic word faridat which means “gem”...

Pink Tourmaline

Tourmaline does not refer to a single mineral, but a group of closely related minerals. This spellbinding semi-precious gem has a very rich color scale, it can virtually be in every color, pink being the most popular one...

tanzanite

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is the violet to blue variety of the mineral Zoisite. The gem is relatively new to the market since its discovery only took place in 1967. Mererani Hills in the Manyara Region of northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Kilimanjaro...