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    In the mines of America, Asia and Africa prize gems are being extracted
    and collectors pay top dollar to own each gem. At gem trade shows these
    collectibles are being bought and sold to people around the world. The
    world of gem collecting is exciting and the beauty one enjoys is fulfilling.

    As a gemstone wends its way along commercial channels, some straight,
    some bent, some quite convoluted, to reach the final customer, the route to
    a degree depends on whether the gemstone is alone or in company, loose or
    set in jewelry that in turn can be new or antique, and whether the jewelry
    offered is legitimate or stolen.

    If a gemstone is fated to be sold alone in its pristine or well primped glory,
    it probably arrives in the customer’s hands confined to a plastic bubble
    and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Unlike a jeweler, who
    actually works raw material, a specialist gemstone dealer simply packages
    a stone for resale, then hypes its virtues.

    However, the two do interact—a typical dealer purchases stones in lots,
    separates out those suitable for the “investment” market, then sells the
    rest to jewelry makers. If the stone’s destiny is then to be set in
    precious metals, its journey takes it through various ports of call inside the
    regular jewelry trade, from jobber to manufacturer to wholesaler to
    retailer, perhaps playing “seek and I’ll hide” with revenue agencies along
    the way.

    New jewelry is marketed through every conceivable means—from Internet
    sellers to mass merchandising chains to exclusive shops. However, if an
    item is “estate jewelry,” it might be sold by executors directly to a
    jeweler who would then resell it, with or without modifications. It could
    also be auctioned.

    If the item is sufficiently pricey, it might receive the ultimate accolade
    of being put on display in the fancy showrooms of great London-based houses
    like Sotheby’s and Christie’s to be knocked down to the highest bidder,
    along with other outstanding works of art and antiquity, most of them stolen
    so long before as to no longer figure on anyone’s
    hot list.

    On the other hand, when something comes into vogue, like the late 1990s
    run on antique Mughal gems, interesting things can happen. Some of it was
    loot from protected collections in Pakistan and India smuggled off to
    London. In addition, skilled craftsmen in cities like Jaipur get busy with
    bits and pieces of broken-down old jewelry with priceless gems to resell
    these valuable treasures. Gem collecting is a wondrous hobby and it can
    make you rich.
    PRECIOUS GEMS AND WHAT THEY MEAN

    CORAL: Coral is known to be very soothing and very protective. It is of an
    organic origin, being the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral
    Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as
    they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.


    TURQUOISE: It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune,
    strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the
    Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from
    Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise
    since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural
    variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.


    RUBY:
    A gemstone, ruby is thought to speed the healing of body, mind and
    spirit. It is believed to aid in psychic development while it energizes. It’s
    a good stone for just about everyone.


    LAPIS: Lapis is the perfect stone for wisdom and fortitude. It is also
    believed to be an excellent stone for decision makers. It helps increase
    psychic ability.


    OPAL: Most people know Opal for it's distinctive play of color, it is
    semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and
    it gets its name from the Latin word "Oplus" meaning precious stone.
    Opal is October’s birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness
    allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one’s psychic and mystical qualities.


    ONYX: It is a semi-precious gemstone, and it is a cryptocrystalline form of
    quartz. Onyx is also known to be a calming stone. Native Americans believe it
    collects negative energy from you while wearing it.


    MALACHITE: It is famous for its radial banding and deep green color.
    Popular today for use in Southwestern Indian jewelry, malachite was also
    popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was
    worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is
    believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.


    TIGER"S EYE: Also called Tigers eye or Tiger eye is a chatoyant gemstone.
    Tiger Eye stone contains a golden yellow reflection on a brown ground color.
    The most important source of tiger eye is South Africa, but it is also found
    in California. Native American Indians believe it conveys courage and
    protection.


    PEARLS: Pearls are known to stabilize and balance emotions. They are
    believed to help your body in using calcium better. For Native Americans
    pearls are full of purity and integrity.  


    RHODOCHROSITE: A mineral mined in the U.S., rhodochrosite is known
    to strengthen self-identity; helps heal deep emotional trauma and balances
    with a loving vibration.
coral gemstone
turquoise gemstone
lapis gemstone
malachite gemstone
onyx gemstone
opal gemstone
pearl
rhodochrosite gemstone
ruby gemstone
Precious Gems