Silver Jewelry with natural precious and semi precious gem stones

>> Thursday, April 3, 2008

Silver is a soft metal, which can easily get damaged. In order to increase its strength of silver it is alloyed with other metals. Very often Silver Jewelry is embedded with semi-precious natural gemstones. Gemstones are rare and exquisite products of nature, full of fascinating, unique and unexpected properties appealing the scientist, craftsman and amateur alike. There are multiple of types of semi-precious gemstones that are popularly used with Silver Jewelry. Following are the most common ones :-

From a chemical composition standpoint Coral is a calcium carbonate combined with magnesium. When Coral got popular, the best red coral came from the Mediterranean, but now pollution and over-harvesting has diminished that source. In current times, best quality intense red coral comes from the Sea of Japan. Generally, the deeper the color, the higher the value, although this axiom must be tempered by the presence. Take a look at some examples of Silver Jewelry made in Coral here :-
Coral Earring
Red Coral Bracelet
Coral Pendant

Coral Trivia - Coral was long thought to be a powerful talisman that could stop bleeding, protect from evil spirits, and ward off hurricanes. The ancient belief in the protective and invigorating powers of coral lives on in the traditional present of red coral necklaces for small children.

“Garnet” comes from Latin granatus which means seed, because it often resembles small round seeds when found in its matrix rock. Rather than a single gemstone, garnet is a family of related minerals, some of which occur as gemstones. Each has a common crystal structure, and a similar chemical composition. Garnet is as an inexpensive stone with color varying from orange to dark red. Because it is relatively common and inexpensive, it is often thought of as "only garnet", and as being inferior.

Checkout some examples of exclusive Silver Jewelry in garnet stone :-
Designer Round Silver Pendant Garnet Set
Silver Garnet Pendant Set
Multiple Gemstone Silver Pendant with Garnet as well

Garnet Trivia- The Garnet is known as the best stone for a successful business. If your business is not as good as it should be, just put more than 3 garnets on your desk.

Citrine is any quartz crystal of yellow or orange color. Although as compared to other gemstone, citrine is actually somewhat rare in nature. Most citrines on the market have been heat treated. Specimens of low grade, inexpensive Amethyst or Smoky Quartz cooked at high temperatures to produce the more profitable orange yellow citrine.

Here is beautiful silver Jewelry with citrine stone
Citrine Silver Pendant
Another Silver Pendant with fancy cut Citrine
MultiStone Silver Bracelet

Citrine Trivia- A deep golden variety from Madiera Spain can resemble the costly imperial topaz gem stone, which is one reason that citrine is a popular birthstone alternative to those born in November.

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is a popular gemstone. Because of it widespread availability, amethyst is not very expensive. The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken." This was maybe due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol, but most likely the Greeks were referring the almost wine-like color of some stones that they may have encountered.

Check this exquisite Silver Jewelry with Amethyst stone :-
Amethyst Stone Silver Pendant
Amethyst Stone Silver Ring
Designer Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst beads
Beautiful Amethyst Pendant Set
Designer Amethyst Silver Pendant Set - Must see

Amethyst Trivia - Amethyst are long prismatic crystals that have a six sided pyramid at either end or can form as druzes that are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations. As a mineral specimen, amethyst is generally more popular because of its color and nice crystal shapes that produce a beautiful, purple and sparkling cluster.

Chalcedony is a form of quartz which is cryptocrystalline. Microscopically small crystals of quartz are embedded in opal, which is itself hydrated quartz. The proportion of quartz to opal varies, and this variation is reflected in differing densities, refractive indexes and other properties. The quartz crystals are in a fibrous form, sometimes running approximately parallel to each other, sometimes entwined.

Some examples of Silver jewelry made with Chalcedony stone :-
Silver Chalcedony Pendant Set
Silver Ring with Chalcedony stone

Chalcedony Trivia - Another name for chalcedony is agate, although the term agate is usually used to describe the banded varieties of chalcedony. Many agates are naturally coloured, others are stained for decorative effect. Varieties include chrysoprase, cornelian (carnelian, sard, sardonyx, onyx, plasma, bloodstone, myrickite. There are many differently named varieties of agate depending on their appearance such as moss agate, fossilised wood. and other forms of fossil. Jasper also belongs to this group, and contains impurities which cause heavy pigmentation.

There are multiple other natural precious and semiprecious gemstones that are used in creating silver jewelry. Usually precious stones like diamond, ruby, sapphire are not used in silver jewelry owing to the fact that silver is much cheaper than gold, and such expensive stones are more suited to be set in gold and platinum metals. Semi precious stones are most popular with silver jewelry. You can check out lots of great sterling silver jewelry with gemstones here.


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