A gemstone is any natural stone, shell or coral that is cut and set in jewelry. Native Americans have used natural gemstones such as turquoise for hundreds of years!
Amber is fossil resin, which is appreciated for its color and beauty. Good quality amber is used for the manufacture of ornamental objects and jewelry. A common misconception is that Amber is made of tree sap; it is not. Sap is the fluid that circulates through a plant's vascular system, while resin is the semi-solid amorphous organic substance secreted in pockets and canals through epithelial cells of the plant.
Most of the world's amber is in the range of 3090 million years old. Because it used to be soft and sticky tree resin, amber can sometimes contain insects and even small vertebrates. Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellowy-orange that is associated with the color "amber", amber itself can range from whitish through a pale lemon yellow to brown and almost black. There is also red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after.
Boulder Turquoise is cut in such as fashion as to show the vein of turquoise in its natural host, or mother, stone. Each stone is one-of-a-kind in color, matrix and design. Mined primarily in Nevada. View our selection of boulder turquoise here.
Coral is made from the calcareous skeletal remains of thousands of minute sea animals. With a rock-like hardness, the tree-fan forms come in a variety of colors ranging from shades of blood-red, to orange, to pink, to white.
Crazy Horse stone is a kind of limestone material exhibiting natural circles and lines of flamboyant colors and combinations. No two pieces are alike.
Dry Creek Turquoise: The lack of any specific color consistency makes the Dry Creek stones distinctive and unique from other turquoises. It is found in Nevada and is the most pale of all the turquoises in the world. For an in-depth article click here. To view Sacred Buffalo Turquoise jewelry for sale click here.
Gaspeite s a rare semi-precious gemstone that has the most strikingly beautiful chartreuse to apple green color. This unique stone is found in only two places in the world. In 1966 it was discovered in the Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec, Canada, hence the name. Later it was also found in Western Australia. For more on gaspeite and to view gaspeite jewelry for sale click here.
Lapis lazuli (sometimes abbreviated to lapis) is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. The finest color is intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks of golden pyrite. The lighter color is called "denim lapis". View our Lapis jewelry here.
Larimar is a beautiful and rare gemstone of a blue variety of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. Its coloration varies from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue. The deep blue variant is known as volcanic blue. Although pectolite is found in many locations, none have the unique volcanic blue coloration of larimar. This blue color, distinct from that of other pectolites, is the result of cobalt substitution for calcium. View our Larimar jewelry here.