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

This is the trade name of Finnish labradorite. Its properties are the same, but it tends to have a dark, opaque colour with a schiller in pink, blue,

Alexandrite is a rare, precious gemstone named after the Russian Tsar Alexander II (1818-1881). The most unusual feature of this stone is its ability

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