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Semiprecious natural stones are what most pearl jewelry craftsmen use today. Precious stones are more expensive and less abundant than semi-precious stones. Common semi-precious stones are agate, jade, quartz, jasper and turquoise. You will find varieties of more expensive semi-precious stones in emeralds, rubies, amethyst and citrine.
Have you ever wondered how semi-precious stones are formed? It's all done by hand. The quality and cost of semi-precious stones is mainly determined by where they are manufactured. India produces some of the most affordable gemstones. Gemstones from India are very colorful and beautiful, but their shapes and sizes are less consistent than more expensive gemstones made in China.
Gemstones treated with oil, dye, heat or injected with wax enhance the appearance of a lower quality gemstone. Treated stones are less valuable than untreated stones. A synthetic stone is still different from a treated gemstone.
You will find many synthetic stones made in jewelry in mass numbers and are sold in regular retail chains. Synthetic gemstones are not really stones. I have seen bags of synthetic gemstones sold in places like Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart. Many of our branded merchants carry jewelry made from synthetic gemstones.
It is rare that a pearl jewelry craftsman will use synthetic beads. We mainly use semi-precious stones and precious stones for jewelry projects. Synthetic gemstones are typically considered to be inferior to semi-finished raw natural stones.
Common forms of beads in general are:
disc or disc
Gemstone beads come in various shapes and styles, including:
many, many more
You will find them in sizes from 4 mm to 12 mm and beyond. There are also chips and puff coins in the semiprecious gemstone family.
With such a variety available to pearl jewelry craftsmen today, creativity sears, and the market for pearl jewelry made from semi-precious stones also saw.
Aventurine is one of my favorites of the semiprecious gemstones. It is a green form of quartz. Cuts include oval, roundabouts, chips, rectangular s and more. It is also sometimes called "new jade". Aventurine is also interesting as it sometimes has inclusions due to green fuchsite mica that creates a beautiful spot that is different from true jadeite.