Glittering luminous colors, plays of light in crystal lattice and fascinating patterns and structure – the beauty of gemstones has captivated Mankind since the dawn of time.
Gems can be found as ornamentation on ancient cultural relics like crowns, tiaras or rings. Since the Paleolithic Age till today, they have been cut and processed into jewelry.
Within the infinite array of gemstones, each gem is unique. Dive into the fascinating world of gemstones!
Gemstone list – by name from A to Z
Searching for a specific gemstone or browsing the full selection? See our gemstone list with images, names and more information!
Rarity, beauty and durability are the main criteria for defining a gemstone. Each gem has its own fascinating History, tradition and mythology. The subtle properties and effects of gemstones have intrigued Mankind for eons.
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The mystical allure of gems, lies primarily in their unique reflection and absorption of light – the gemstone color. From a mysterious sparkling Sapphire to a fiery red Ruby on to a sprightly colored Opal, you will find your ideal stone sorted by color.
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Birthstones and healing gems
Since Antiquity gems were not only considered precious, but have been used for healing and as talismans. The History of gemstones dates far back. Gemstone therapy is still very common today. Birthstones are especially popular, with a gems assigned to each Star sign. Find out more about minerals’ healing properties or charging and cleaning your gemstones.
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Gemstone prices vary greatly. Some stones are low-cost and others are barely affordable.
- Further information on the value and price of gemstones can be found in our guide “What do gemstones cost?“
- Which quality markers determine value and price? Find out in our guide Quality, value and prices.
- In our Buyers’ guide, you can find useful tips on What to look out for when buying gems.
- Why are gemstones so valuable?
- How to distinguish synthetic from genuine gemstones ? Find out more in our article Synthetic gemstones.
Gemstones – species and mineral classes
What is considered a gemstone or a precious stone? What is the difference between the terms precious, semiprecious and synthetic gems? Which species of gems are there and how are they classified?
Gems are technically categorized into mineral classes – there are 10 mineral groups used to categorize gems. They are however not only composed of minerals, but also organic matter such as fossils or petrified wood.
You can find more in-depth information in our guide Types of gemstones.