May 18, 2021
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Are there precious and semi-precious gems?

Are there precious and semi-precious gems?

Such classification is based on an old western division, which was used for the first time in the middle of 19th century.

Traditionally, the following stones have been considered precious:





Therefore, all the other gemstones have been considered semi-precious.

These classifications are still commonly used nowadays. However, they are pretty controversial. Most professional jewelers prefer to consider all stones precious as they are all rare and supplied in limited numbers.

The problem is that the division into the categories of “precious” and “semi-precious” might give some people the idea that “precious stones” are more valuable, rare, beautiful and desirable than “semi-precious” ones. That’s absolutely inaccurate!

A good example is an outstanding Paraiba Tourmaline. Discovered in 1989, it is among the world’s most prized gemstones – two years ago it just blew up the market! Collectors and gem lovers are still hunting for Paraiba Tourmaline – and are willing to pay any sum to get it, even though it’s not a precious stone according to the traditional classification.

So, as you see, such classification is outdated. Choosing a gemstone, you’d better focus on whether it appeals to you, suits you, and fascinates you with its beauty.

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