What is a Gemstone
The Definition of a Gemstone is broad, the term can be used to describe any mineral that is highly prized for its beauty, durability, and rarity.
Gems, defined by a specific crystal structure and chemical composition.
A few gem types, such as amber, pearl and coral, have an organic origin.
A Gem is a Mineral enhanced in some manner by altering its shape,
Usually by cutting and polishing, this is where you see the beauty of a gem.
Most Gems have sparkle or shine of there own. I have never found a diamond yet, (ha) but a sapphire looks like nothing, until you put water on it. then it sparkles, like glass.
Opal only show it real colour with light and water.
Below is a some of gemstones names, most end in ite.
Gemstone Name Starting with A.
Gemstone Names Starting with B.
Barite, Benitoite, Beryl, Brazlianite, Burma Ruby, Bytownite.
Gemstone Name Starting with C.
Calcite, Celestine, Celestite, Cerussite, Chambersite, Chrysoberyl, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Cinnabar, Citrine, Coloured Diamond, Conch Pearls, Coral, Crocoite, Cuprite.
Gemstone Names Starting with D.
Danburite, Datolite, Diaspore, Diopside. Dumortierite Quartz, Druzy Azurite.
Gemstone Names Starting with E.
Emerald, Enstatite, Epidote.
Gemstone Names Starting with F
Gemstone Names Starting with G.
Gemstone Names Starting with I.
Iolite. Imperial Topaz, Idocrase Gems.
Gemstone Names Starting with J.
Jasper, Jadeite, Jade Gemstones.
Gemstone Names Starting with K.
Kashmir Sapphire, Kunzite, Kyanite, Kornerupine.
Gemstone Names Starting with L.
Gemstones Names Starting with M.
Malachite, Moissanite, Moldavite, Moonstone.
Gemstone Names Starting with O.
Gemstone Names Starting with P.
Gemstone Names Starting with Q.
Gemstone Names Starting With R.
Rhodochrosite. Rainbow Moonshine, Ruby, Rubellite Tourmaline, Rutile Quartz.
Gemstone Names Staring with S.
Sapphire, Scapolite, Sphalerine, Spinel, Sugilite, Sunstone. Sodalite, Serpentine, Sillimanite, Seraphinite.
Gemstones Names Starting with T.
Tanzanite, Titanite, Topaz, Turquoise, Tiger Eye.
Gemstone Names Starting with W.
Gemstone Names Starting With Z.
There is a lot of gems out on the market, by finding your own helps you understand a little about the gem, I live in a Mining Town, that has a lot of copper, lead and lots of minerals. One of my favourite gemstones is Chrysocolla, beautiful colour in this gemstone. Not very popular because it has lots of fractures in the stone.
This gem is not popular because when you cut it, the stone crumbles. Have a go.
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