Gemstones have attracted humankind since ancient times, and have long been used for jewelry. From Africa and Asia to Australia and South America, semi-precious stones and minerals can be found in all corners of the world.
Gemstones and minerals are mysterious treasures given to us by earth’s inner soul. These unique pieces of nature are the focus parts of the entire Sparkling Jewels collection. Gemstones have played various roles in myths and legends of human cultures throughout history and come in so many different types of shapes and cuts.
Before we tell you more about that, let's take a look at the origin of our gemstones. A natural gemstone is a mineral, stone or organic matter that can be cut and polished. A precious gemstone has beauty, durability and rarity, whereas a semi-precious gemstone has only one or two of these qualities.
More than 4000 naturally occurring minerals have been found on earth. They are formed of simple molecules or individual elements arranged in repeating chains, sheets, or three-dimensional arrays. Minerals are typically formed when molten rock, or magma, cools or by separating out of mineral-rich water, such as that in underground caverns. In general, mineral particles are small, having formed within confined areas such as lava flow or between grains of sediments. That's quite a story right?
A gem is a gemstone that has been cut and polished. While some cut names may describe the face-up shape of the finished gem, others refer to the shape and arrangement of the gem's facets. These cuts are also known as gem cutting styles. We're going to tell you something about the cutting styles of our gems!
As you may know, the Sparkling Jewels gem collection consists out of two different types of gemstones: Round Facet Cut and Round Sphere cut (We called them "Polished").