Many times it can feel overwhelming to consider all the choices in metals, diamonds and gemstones. We understand how intimidating it can be. At Zales, it's our goal to help you find that ring, necklace or bracelet that is as beautiful as it is meaningful.
Vibrant and sparkling, gemstones add color and brilliance to any jewelry wardrobe. Gemstones are found and appreciated nearly everywhere around the world, and the perfect gemstone has the ability to perfectly express one's personal style.
Simply put, a gemstone is the naturally occurring form of mineral used for personal adornment. Throughout the ages, gemstones have represented wealth and power. Today, gemstones are an affordable way to shine. "Precious" stones were considered the big four - diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald.These gemstones traditionally commanded higher prices due to their extraordinary color, brilliance and extreme rarity. All other gemstones were considered "Semi-Precious, " as they were thought to be less commercially valuable. Today, however, this distinction is considered insignificant due to the range of quality, availability, size and cost of gemstones in today's marketplace. Natural, Lab-Created and Simulated Gemstones. Are those mineral varieties found or mined in natural settings.
Like diamonds, natural gemstones contain impurities and imperfections that can diminish overall appearance and value. Usually feature the same molecular composition to their naturally occurring mineral counterparts, but they are grown in a controlled laboratory environment. They are chemically, physically, and optically identical to gems found in nature, and there's really no way to tell them apart. Lab-created gemstones feature the same to better brilliance as a natural gemstone, however, the laboratory cultivation process leads to less impurities and fewer imperfections. Lab-created gemstones don't have the rarity of natural gemstones, which makes them more affordable.
Are look-alike substitutes for genuine gemstones. Because simulated stones are imitation and not made from the same minerals, they cost less and usually have no flaws, but they may not behave in the same way as their natural counterparts with respect to brilliance, sparkle, hardness or longevity. Zales uses both genuine and high-quality lab-created gemstones in its gemstone jewelry selections. All lab-created or simulated gemstones are clearly indicated in the product descriptions, so as to not deceive the consumer. Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness.
Created by German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs, the Mohs scale determines hardness based on the ability of a harder mineral to scratch a softer mineral. For example, a diamond (hardness = 10) will scratch garnet (hardness = 6.5-7.5), but not the other way around. Therefore, a diamond is harder than garnet.
Harder stones are best for jewelry that's designed to be worn often. There are other ways of judging hardness, but the Mohs scale continues to be used in the gemstone and mineral industry. Throughout the ages, people have had the desire to adorn themselves with items of beauty and significance, and birthstone jewelry has long been a preferred choice. Civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, Incas and Aztecs strongly believed that gemstones possessed many attributes, including curative powers and even the power to convey the soul to peace in the afterlife.While the value of gemstones is consistent across history, the story of their integration as birthstones is less clear. Interestingly, there is no definitive source for the assignment of gemstones as individual birthstones by the world's peoples. However, there are a number of legends and lists that document differing groups of birthstones. Are said to come from the ancient Tibetan culture and date back thousands of years. Were mentioned in the Bible's Old Testament and suggests that the twelve birthstones can be traced to the twelve tribes of Israel. Date back to ancient Indian culture and those who believed that specific stones have medicinal effects. Have evolved over thousands of years as astrologers have assigned gems of certain colors to the twelve signs of the zodiac. These gems are thought to help people influence the planets in their favor. Came into existence 1912, when the American National Association of Jewelers developed the list in an effort to settle on a standard.
This list of traditional birthstones is still in use today. Giving a gift of birthstone jewelry is both thoughtful and meaningful. And birthstone jewelry is perfect for most any occasion.
Typically, birthstone jewelry is given on a special birthday, graduation day or even an anniversary. Birthstones are also used in personalized jewelry, including couple's rings, mother's rings and family rings and pendants. Often, a person's birthstone is chosen as the center of their high school or even college class ring.Clearly, birthstone jewelry continues to be a favorite for a wide range of reasons. It is attractive, meaningful, and offers the potential of positive mental and physical effects.
For these and other reasons, consider the gift of birthstone jewelry. The item "Diamond His Her Trio Engagement Ring Set Wedding Bridal Band 14k Yellow Gold Fn" is in sale since Monday, January 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Engagement & Wedding\Engagement/Wedding Ring Sets\Diamonds & Gemstones".diamonds" and is located in Grand Prairie, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.