Lapis luzauli (often shortened to ‘lapis’) is a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. It was among the

The most important of the gem families, corundum provides us with two of the best-known stones: ruby and sapphire. The popularity and price of these g

Jade is a generic term for two different gems, nephrite and jadeite. The darling of China, it is pronounced, yu, there. The actual name is derived fr

Scapolite is still relatively unknown to jewelry makers and buyers, despite good design potential. Whether it is used as a transparent faceted stone

The combination of large sizes, beautiful colours, plentiful supply and value for money makes fluorite a very tempting stone to use in jewelry. But

Created naturally over many years, pearls are categorized as organic gem material and are amongst the oldest of precious gems. Every pearl is unique

“Good things come in small packages” such is the case with apatite. Although seldom seen in jewelry stores, and despite its small size, this stone

This is the raw gemstone variety of spodumene. It was discovered e the United States in 1879 by AE Ridden, hence its name. Chromium is the coolouring

For some time, this tough, durable gemstone has been either considered a collector’s stone or used industrially (in the manufacture of spark plugs!).

This fascinating and colourful stone, which offers a range of colours and optical effects, has become a firm favourite with jewelry buyers and mak

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones and it has been treasured by many cultures (ancient and modern) around the world. It has been referred