12 Most Popular Semi- Precious Stones

For Handmade Jewelry (Part 2)

Hand crafted jewelry possesses a flair, class and uniqueness that is extremely hard to compete with. Wearing such pieces gives the wearer a chance to stand out and it gives the creator the satisfaction of creating something awe worthy. Often people wish to wear jewelry items that highlight their personality. A very easy way to do that is to incorporate semi precious stones into the work. Each semi precious stone has its own story to tell and represents something unique. Want to know what they are? Then keep on reading.

Aquamarine

Because this semi precious stone belongs to the Aquamarineemerald and beryl family, you can find it in shades of the palest blue to enigmatic blue-green. The name aquamarine comes from a Latin word meaning seawater. Though it’s available in many shades, the most sought out and expensive shade of aquamarine is dark blue. More jewelry designers are incorporating aquamarine in their jewelry pieces than ever before.

This stone is mostly used to reduce stress and spread tranquility.

Citrine

Even though the stone itself is known for its beautiful flaming orange Citrinecolor, its name comes from the French word ‘Citron’ which means lemon or lemon like. Citrine belongs to the quartz family of gemstones and is always in demand.

Citrine is considered to be very spiritually invigorating and is used to increase inner strength.

Moonstone

Not to be confused with the actual moon rock, this opaque seMoonstonemi precious stone forms as a culmination of plagioclase albite and sheet mica. It gets its name from its unique ability to emit a beautiful glow much like the real moon on full moon nights.

Moonstone is referenced many times in mythology and is used to depict love or longing for love. Its other name is the traveler’s stone and is said to protect travelers during a night time journey.

Tanzanite

This semi precious stone gets its name from the country it was Tanzanitediscovered in, Tanzania. Depending on its intensity, the tanzanite can either be blue, purple or green, but it is popular for its dark blue color all around the world.

Tanzanite is called the stone of enlightenment. It is used for meditative purposes and to soothe the heart and soul.

Opal

OpalOpal is one of the most distinctive semi precious stones available and cannot be confused for anything else because of its color flashes. In fact, the more color flashes it has, the more expensive it is bound to be. Opal is considered a high maintenance stone because you have to put in a lot of work to keep it the way it is.

It is also called the wisdom stone and is known to spread calming energy.

Jade

The use of Jade spans back thousands of years. It holds a prominentJade place in Chinese mythology. Jadeite and Nephrite are the most commonly available forms of Jade.

Jade is called the money bringing stone. It is said to improve an individual’s financial situation.

Turquoise

TurquoiseThe word turquoise comes from the Turkish langaugae. The history of this semi precious stone spans back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used to adorn royal jewels and reservered it for the royalty only. Over four thousand years later, the Turkish people brought the stone to Europe, and since then it has been one of the most popular semi precious stones for jewlery.

Ancient civilizations believed that turquoise had the power to ward off evil and to keep the negative energy at bay.

No matter what your ultimate selection might be, all these semi precious stones are bound to make your jewelry pieces one of a kind. Browse through the rest of the website to find out how to build your own jewelry studio and to get started with jewelry making process.