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About Semi Precious Gemstones
A Little About Semi Precious Gemstones
Okay, rock hounds! For all of you beginners out there, we are going to talk a little bit today about the different types of semi precious gemstones. These gemstones are some of the most beautiful in the world, and any of them make for a great and exciting discovery for any rock hound!
What exactly IS a semi precious gemstone? Well, the definition is really a broad one. The definition is actually more about what a semi precious gemstone is NOT. A semi precious gemstone is any of the world’s colored gemstones that are NOT diamond, ruby, sapphire, or emerald. Even though the entire world of gemstones is referred to as “semi-precious”, there are some extremely rare, extremely beautiful and extremely valuable gemstones just waiting to be found!
Gemstones can be found in so very many colors, textures and styles. Some of them are used for birthstones, jewelry, home decor and more. Some of them even have folklore and legends surrounding them! Peridot for example, was used by the ancient Romans to cure depression, protect from evil, and provide restful sleep. Topaz has a mythical history of being able to make men more handsome (!), chase away sadness, and even turn a pot of boiling water cold! And, my personal favorite, turquoise, used to be used in the 13th century by horse riders. They believed that by wearing it, the horse and riders would be prevented from falling.
Besides the more common gemstones that we all already know, there are some beautiful gemstones that are less common. Bloodstone, Fluorite, Howlite, and Jasper are some of these. While they are less commonly known than the other gemstones, some of them are the most beautiful you will ever see!
Now that you know a little bit more about semi precious gemstones, get out there and start digging!