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A gemstone or gem is a piece of mineral crystal, which, in cut and polished form, is used to ... more valuable than a mid-quality emerald. Another unscientific term for semi-precious gemstones used ...

History of Gemstones - GemSelect


Apr 7, 2009 ... The earliest gemstones include amber, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and malachite. These materials were easy to find and easy to work.

Gemstone - New World Encyclopedia


Gemstones have been known and valued throughout history. Many have been associated with symbolic ...

Gemstones - Information, Facts, Lore, History, Myths and Pictures


Gemstones are so fascinating! Their colors, properties, myths, and legends are diverse and fascinating. Folklore about stones has been revered and honored for  ...

Sinister Sparkle Gallery: 13 Mysterious & Cursed Gemstones


Feb 9, 2012 ... Other gems are notorious for the myths surrounding their history, such ... Take a journey through these gorgeous gemstones and the titillating ...

History of Crystals and Healing - CrystalAge.com


Although no longer in use medicinally, gemstones continued to hold meaning. Until recently, jet was popularly ...

The History of Lapidary - International Gem Society


A full and complete history of the lapidary arts, from 70000 BC to present day. ... The practice of cutting gemstones to a specific configuration along with the ...

GeoGallery - Department of Mineral Sciences - Smithsonian Institution


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ... Acasta Gneiss; Afghanite; African Gems; Agate; Alexandrites; Allan Hills 84001; Almandine schist; Amazing  ...

The 45 Most Gorgeous, Famous Gems of All Time -- The Cut


May 23, 2013 ... From Kim Kardashian's ears to the annals of royal history (and Cannes, too).

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems - American Museum of Natural History


The Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems exhibits an array of precious and ornamental stones—uncut, polished, and even a few set in elaborate pieces of jewelry—as ...

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About the Stones, Mythology and History of Gemstones, Minerals ...


When I began writing A Rumor of Gems, I tried to use only those beliefs that seemed ... properties of precious stones goes back beyond recorded history.

THE HISTORY OF GEMSTONES - the Site of Jewelry Mae


Even in antiquity as men gazed at the shapes of crystals, whose origins they could not begin to understand or explain, it is not surprising that it was thought that ...

Gemstone Definitions and History - Emporia State University


While many universities may offer a course or two on gemstones and gemology, GIA's primary purpose is to provide an authoritative, complete, and reliable ...