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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.

shopGemstone beads

Below are some examples of gemstone beads.

shopAgate

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

shopAmazonite

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

shopAmethyst beads

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.

shopAquamarine

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

shopChinese writing stone

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

shopCoral

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

shopLabradorite

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

shopLapis Lazuli

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.

shopMalachite

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

shopObsidian

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.

shopPeridot

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

shopQuartz

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

shopRhodochrosite

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.

shopTurquoise beads

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.