Semi-Precious Gemstones

Semi-precious stones are commonly cut as faceted stones, mostly the translucent stones, and as cabochons. There are other cuts also, such as buff-top and bullets. Cabochons are cut rounded on the top and flat on the bottom, while buff-top is generally flat on both sides, and bullets are like very high cut cabochons.

Citrine.. translucent yellow like a pool of clear sunlight.

citrineCitrine is a translucent stone that comes in varying colors of yellow, like a pool of clear sunlight. Its name signifies its color, since it comes from the French word “citron,” meaning lemon.

A good example of its lemony yellow color is shown in the photo to the right, which shows the Lattice Pendant #1 and matching Earrings with Citrine made by Too Divine Jewelry.

Citrine is a form of quartz, along with many other semi-precious stones. Ancient cultures believed citrine to be effective in protecting the wearer from evil thoughts and snake venom. Most citrine you encounter is actually amethyst that has been heated to turn the color to yellow. In caring for sterling silver jewelry containing citrine, be careful to avoid prolonged exposure to heat or strong light.

If you love purple, you’ll adore amethyst.

carved amethyst

If you love purple, you will adore amethyst. Another variety of quartz, it is available in many shades from a more opaque light lavender to a deeper translucent purple. The deeper shades are considered the more valuable, but the light and medium shades are lovely colors and sometimes reflect the light better, as shown in the Amethyst pin in the photo at left.

The name of the stone comes from Greek mythology, the story of Dionysius weeping on Amethyst, the woman turned into a quartz statue by Diana, and turning the pure crystalline form purple with his tears. Amethyst has been said to be a cure for drunkenness and is said to symbolize sobriety. It also has been said to rid one of evil thoughts and benefit the intelligence.

Topaz – In Different Shades of Color

Topaz naturally occurs in translucent colors of yellow, brown, orange, sherry, red and pink. The blue topaz used in the handmade sterling silver jewelry of Too Divine Jewelry is pale topaz which has been enhanced by the use of radiation to turn the color blue.

It comes in shades of pale to medium blue. The stunning Blue Topaz Flower Earrings at right are a great example of the striking blue that can be found in blue topaz. According to tradition, topaz can promote clear-sightedness. This is a hard gemstone, but a heavy hit can split it, so it needs to be protected from hard blows.

The sparkling, lively, translucent green of Peridot (the “t” is silent) brings to mind springtime freshness. It has a slightly golden green that can vary in hue from yellow-green to olive to brownish green. Peridot has been in existence since ancient times, but in the last dozen years or so, there has been a resurgence of interest in this gemstone.