The following websites have general information about gemstones, where to buy them in different sizes and shapes, even a chunk of the original rock, and healing properties. There are many thousands of websites like these. Gemstone research opens up the fascinating world of gemstone information, sources and organized international Gemological Societies.
This is a website about choosing gemstones for a loved one by businesswoman Kathy Ireland, where she says:
Becoming familiar with the many gemstones available will help with your decision in choosing a stone. The more familiar you are with your options, the easier it will be to find the gemstone that perfectly captures how special she is to you.
Browse through the Birthstone Calendar to see which gemstone corresponds with her birth month. Maybe she’s always wanted a piece of jewelry with her month’s stone. Or maybe she’s always been in love with a particular colored stone. Maybe you can find a beautiful piece of jewelry adorned with the stone from the month you two first met. The nice thing about the gemstone calendar is that you can wear any stone from any month, and it doesn’t matter to the jewelry world.
Gemstones have long been assigned to calendars and they often differ. Here's one I have seen for a long time:
|Month||Traditional Birthstone(s)||Modern Birthstone(s)||Mystical Birthstone||Ayurvedic Birthstone|
|June||alexandrite, emerald||moonstone, pearl||moonstone||pearl|
|October||tourmaline, aquamarine||opal, tourmaline||jasper||opal|
|November||citrine, topaz||topaz, citrine||pearl||topaz|
|December||zircon, ruby||turquoise, blue topaz||onyx||ruby|
from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthstone
Aquamarine is my favorite gem, and blue topaz is also a March stone (my month), or so it is in several lists, but it doesn't matter. It really doesn't, because the more you know about gemstones, the more you will love all of them.
As an example, let's dream and learn about:
Aquamarine Gemstone- Heart Briolettes
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Aren't these lovely looking? These strands would make beautiful necklaces!!! And these websites also offer to send you other precious stones, too. Aquamarines happen to be my weakness, being the stone for my birthday month of March, but aquamarines are also the stones for those celebrating their 18th wedding anniversaries.
There are many websites that offer general information on aquamarines, such as,
Since, aquamarine stones are soft gems, the color adds an extra quality to it, thus, making them extra soft:
- Shades of green (sea green)
- Shades of blue (sky blue)
Aquamarine beads can be found in a wide array of shapes:
- Rough Opaque nuggets
- Delicate faceted briolettes
Aquamarine Gemstone Beads have a versatile role to play when it comes to enhancing one's personality:
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Aquamarine beads can be gelled well with the following materials for production purposes. Such as jewelery, artifacts etc.
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The aquamarine beads are highly in demand when it comes to jewelry making:
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Aquamarine stones are found in :
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And where you can buy precious gemstones in chunks:
Size: ¾ x 5/8 x ½ inches
Price: $120.00 (plus shipping and handling)
Aquamarine symbolizes peace. It encourages a gentle nature and personality in the wearer.
Aquamarine is generally associated with the Throat Chakra
Star Signs -
For Aquarius, Aquamarine promotes friendship and love. For Pisces it encourages awareness. Libras are warned against danger.
Some say that gemstones heal. It is well-described on many websites that they have "chakras" or healing properties. I suppose it makes them more mysterious if they might have magical properties. That extends beyond my purview, to be sure. I just think they look gorgeous!!! They would make fabulous gifts. Buying them online from trusted sites and sources saves money, too.
Some websites offer custom designs if you choose the gemstones, such as
This list is incomplete and just a small example of the many thousands of worthy websites devoted to the world of precious stones, a new interest of mine. I do not claim to have listed the best websites. These examples simply illustrate that some are for your research and education, and some are for buying as well, from all around the world, thanks to the internet.
Like paintings, you should really buy ones you love to look at, rather than for investment purposes. They don't always go up in value and can get lost or stolen. Investing money in the stock market and other financial instruments is generally the best way for investment appreciation, I believe, even in this era of uncertain values of real estate and so on. But gemstones create beautiful and enjoyable family treasure to see and feel. They are tangible assets to remember you by if you pass them along to future generations. They are precious gifts to give to friends and family, and a joy to give to yourself to own.