Gemstones Origin


A gemstone also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone, or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments. However, certain rocks and occasionally organic materials that are not minerals are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone.


Gemstones And Their Origin


  1. Precious stones

  2. Semi-Precious stones


1. Precious Stone


These terms are based on old traditions from the west. These days, all gemstones are considered precious since they are all rare and there is a limited supply of them. The traditional list of gemstones that are considered precious stones are: Diamond; Ruby; Sapphire; Emerald


1: Diamond: 

Meaning: Now Signifies everlasting love, but originally signified courage and inner strength.


History: The name comes from Adamas, which Greek for “invincible”


Origin: Major mines are in Africa, Russia, India, Canada, the USA, and Australia.


2: Ruby:


Meaning: Signifies strength, power, and influence


History: It was believed that wearing a peridot stone would bring the wearer a wonderful year.


Origin: Arizona, China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.


3: Sapphire: 


Meaning: Signifies purity and wisdom


History: In medieval times, people believed wearing, the stones would protect loved ones from envy and harm.


Origin: India, East Africa, and South America


4: Emerald:


Meaning: Signifies rebirth, wisdom, and love.


History: Ancient Romans dedicated the stone to venus, the goddess of love


Origin: Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, and Zambia


2. Semi-Precious Stones


A precious stone and a semi-precious stone are both classifications of gemstones. It is a portion of a mineral, which, in refined and cut form, is used to create jewelry or other embellishments.


1: Garnet: 


Meaning: The stone signifies trust and long-lasting friendship


History: The name comes from granatum, which means seed because a garnet stone resembles a pomegranate seed


Origin: Africa, Sri Lanka, and India


2: Amethyst: 


Meaning: Signifies clarity and courage 


History: For a period, only royalty were allowed to wear a brilliant purple stone.


Origin: Though found everywhere, major mines are in Brazil and Zambia.


3: Aquamarine:


Meaning: Signifies calmness and level-headedness. 


History: Worn by a sailor in ancient times to guarantee a safe voyage.


Origin: Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique 


4: Peridot:


Meaning: Signifies strength, power, and influence.


History: It was believed that wearing a peridot stone would bring the wearer a wonderful year.


Origin: Arizona, China, Myanmar, and Pakistan


5: Topaz: 


Meaning: Signifies love and affection.


History: In ancient times, it was believed to give increased strength and intelligence


Origin: Australia, Namibia, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, Brazil, and the USA


6: Pearl: 


Meaning: Signifies beauty & rarity all over the world


History: Pearl it means “unique” which supports the fact that no two pearls are identical


Origin: The Gulf of California, the abalone of the Pacific coast, the queen conch of the Gulf of Mexico, pearls in Canada.


7: Citrine: 


Meaning:  Signifies wealth and abundance, which is why it is often called The Merchant Stone or The Success Stone.


History: It is called Sunstone & thought to be capable of holding sunlight & useful in the protection from snakebite.


Origin: Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar.


8: Black Onyx: 


Meaning: It is a stone of self- mastery, helping one to have self- control and anchor one’s flighty energy into a more stable way of life


History:  Black Onyx Onyx is a variety of silicate mineral chalcedony with parallel bands. Black Onyx is the most famous variety of onyx


Origin: India, Brazil, and Uruguay.


9: Black Diamond: 


Meaning: Signifies as power and authority and it has been thought to have a mystic power.


History:  Black Diamond was a rural coal mining area, developed by the Black Diamond Coal Mining Company of California, which owned and operated the mine.


Origin:  Primarily in alluvial deposits in the Central African Republic and Brazil.


 10: Black Spinel:


Meaning:  Black Spinel is to clear out problems and to return to the original state.


History: Spinel is one of the most valuable gemstones and is rarely found in the form of larger crystals.


Origin: Spinel is most commonly found and mined in Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand


11: Blue Topaz - London: 


Meaning:  London Blue Topaz stone is a powerful talisman against bad luck in love.


History: London blue topaz is by nature a romantic gem and often figures in love stories as well as for honeymoon escapades. This gem signifies beauty’s uniqueness and reveals a sense of endurance.


Origin: Blue topaz is mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and China.


12: Blue Topaz Sky:


Meaning: The blue topaz brings the star sign Aquarius and Sagittarius luck. 


History:  Sky blue topaz has long been loved for its beauty, elegance, and special meaning.


Origin:  Found in various parts of Brazil, and the United States.


13: Blue Topaz Swiss: 


Meaning:  Signifies fidelity, eternal love, and mutual understanding. 


History:  Swiss Blue is a bright blue topaz with a light tone and light to moderate saturation.


Origin: Brazil, and the United States


14: Green Onyx: 


Meaning: Green onyx meanings are physical healing, abundance. fertility, growth, young, material success, renewal, endurance, balance, dependence, and friendship


History: Brazilian green onyx was often used as plinths for art deco sculptures created in the 1920s and 1930s.


Origin:  It can usually be found in the USA, Brazil, and India


15: Moissanite:


Meaning: It is naturally occurring silicon carbide and its various crystalline polymorphs. 


History: Mineral moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, in 1893


Origin: Moissanite, in its natural form, remains very rare. It has been discovered only in a few rocks, from upper mantle rock to meteorites.


16: Morganite:


Meaning: It has a high degree of brilliance and often comes in the prettiest shades of pink. Because of these quality factors, it has become a popular favorite among women because it’s a great alternative for diamonds.


History: Following the discovery of a new locality for rose beryl in Madagascar in 1910, George Kunz proposed the name morganite at a meeting of the New York


Origin: Found in Brazil and Madagascar.


17: Pink Sapphire: 


Meaning: Pink sapphire meaning is mostly associated with romance, love, and any form of relationship.


History: They are sometimes compared to the sacred lotus flower, standing for beauty, wisdom, and purity.


Origin: Only found in a few locations around the world including Sri Lanka and Myanmar.


18: Red Onyx:


Meaning: Onyx is strength-giving, providing support in difficult or confusing times, as well as during times of enormous mental or physical stress


History: The word onyx is believed to have derived from the Greek word onyx. The literal meaning of the onyx is claw or fingernail. According to the legend, once upon a time Cupid, the Roman God of love, slashed off the fingernail of Venus.


Origin: Found in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, USA, Madagascar, India, and Afghanistan.


19: Rhodolite


Meaning: Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose-pink to red mineral pyrope, a species in the garnet group.


History: The name is derived from the Greek "rhodon" for "rose-like", in common with other pink mineral types (e.g. rhodochrosite, rhodonite).


Origin: It was first described from Cowee Valley, Macon County, North Carolina.


20: Smoky Quartz:


Meaning: Smoky Quartz is often included in healing layouts. Use this stone to amplify the energy of all the stones surrounding it


History: Smoky quartz gets its name for its yellow-brown to grayish-brown hues that resemble smoke.


Origin: Found in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland.


21: Tanzanite: 


Meaning: Tanzanite is a stone of transmutation, shifting from lilac-blue to sapphire blue and into deep blue-violet. In faceted form it is stunning


History: Tanzanite has formed around 585 million years ago during the mid- Ediacaran Period by massive plate tectonic activity and intense heat in the area that would later become Mount Kilimanjaro


Origin: Found only in the East African country and considered to be one of the rarest gemstones on earth.


22: Tourmaline:


Meaning: A typically black or blackish mineral that occurs as prismatic crystals in granitic and other rocks.


History: The first documented case was in 1890 when Charles Russel Orcutt found a pink tourmaline at what later became the Stewart Mine at Pala, San Diego County.


Origin: Found in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, the United States, and other countries. 


23: White Sapphire:


Meaning: White Sapphire is good for all-round financial prosperity and happiness


History:  It has decorated the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries.


Origin: The main sources of white sapphire stones are Sri Lanka, Australia, Thailand, Burma, Madagascar, Cambodia, and Tanzania.


24: White Topaz:


Meaning: White topaz is one of the most affordable gemstones. Wearing white topaz in any form can relieve us of many health-related issues as well as mental disturbances. 


History:  Ancient Egyptians believed that white topaz was a gem of the Sun and wore it to obtain protection.


Origin: Some of the finest White Topaz stones have been found in Brazil, as well as in the USA, in Texas and Colorado, and at Topaz Mountain in Utah.


25: Yellow Sapphire:


Meaning: Yellow Sapphire represents your husband or male partner, and it will infuse him with strength, courage, passion, love, and commitments.


History: Yellow Sapphire History In Hinduism, Yellow Sapphire holds a lot of importance as it is known to be the legendary helper of the Hindu God, Ganesh.


Origin: Yellow Sapphire is found in Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar, East Africa, and in North America, and a few locations of Montana.



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