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Gemstones

Gemstone beads are beads made from precious and semi-precious gemstones.

A gemstone is a mineral which when cut and polished is used to make jewellery. There are hundreds of different types of minerals used to make gemstone jewellery. Each type of mineral gives the resulting gemstone a unique quality in terms of colour, luster, translucence and feel.

Below are some examples of gemstone beads.

Agate is a variety of silica. Agate comes in a variety of natural colours. Sometimes to enhance the effect agate beads are dyed.

Amazonite (sometimes called Amazon stone) is a green variety of feldspar. Amazonite has is green or has a green hue.

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. Amethyst has been used in jewellery since the ancient times, they were particularly popular for the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Aquamarine is a blue or turquoise variety of the mineral beryl.

Chinese writing stone is from a brown coloured mineral normally found in China.

These are from the minerals formed by the hard skeleton of marine corals. They usually come in a range of red/pink colours.

Labradorite is a type of fieldspar mineral. Labradorite comes in a range of colours: grey, brown, greenish, blue, yellow, colourless.

Lapis lazuli is a mineral consisting of mostly feldspar.

Lapis lazuli is deep blue in colour. It's striking blue colour has made it a popular material for jewellery making for over two thousand years.

Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. The copper in the mineral gives Malachite a green colour.

Obsidian comes from lava as a volcano cools. Obsidian is usually black in colour, but the colour can vary depending on the presence of metal impurities that may make it brown.

Peridot is made of silicate minerals. The mineral contains iron which gives peridot an olive green colour.

Quartz is a silicate mineral. Quartz is a popular material for jewellery making and comes in a variety of colours.

Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral. In its pure form it is normally a rose red colour but the presence of other metals can make it yellow, pink or brown.

Turquoise is a phosphate mineral that has copper and aluminium. The combination of metals gives Turquoise an opaque blue to green colour. Due to its beautiful colours, Turquoise has been used in jewellery for thousands of years across the world. It's popularity continues to the present day.
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