At The Gemstudio we pride ourselves in having a large variety of gemstones for you to choose from! Each stone has a unique background and meaning to them. We've compiled a list of common gems that we have in our studio! Here we will provide you with the information that will help you find the stone just right for you!
Note that we carry more than these types of stones, but these are just the most common and most popular.
//Moonstone’s phenomenon is called “adularescence” which gives the gems a whitish sheen or cloud that appears to float within the stone. This sheen, which appears to some to look like the moon shimmering in the sky, is the source of the name
//Stone of intuition, calmness, + acceptance of change
//One of the oldest opaque gemstones in history--more than 6,500 years!
//Beloved by the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Minoans, Chinese, Greeks and up to the Romans, this deep blue stone has been used in the finest of art through the ages
//Found mainly in Afghanistan
//Stone of strength, courage, royalty, + wisdom
//November birth stone
//Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz
//Deposits of natural-colored citrine have been mined in Brazil, the leading producer, as well as the United States, Madagascar, Argentina, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Russia, Scotland and Spain.
//Stone of prosperity + joy
//Goldstone is manmade! Modern goldstone can be created either with copper flecks or with other metallic compounds such as cobalt, manganese or chromium oxide
//The earliest written reference to the material we call goldstone is Vincenzo Miotti of Venice being granted exclusive license by the Venetian head of state (the Doge) to create this sparkling opaque glass
//Stone of ingenuity, ambition, and drive
//Obsidian is an igneous rock that forms above the Earth’s surface when molten rock cools very quickly
//Sagittarius birth stone
//Stone of protection, freedom, and peace
/This naturally occurring volcanic glass is formed when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools without crystal growth. This glass form later transmutes into a rock, with sunburst-shaped spherlite inclusions forming in the stone
/Snowflake obsidian is found all over the world including deposits in Italy, Scotland, the United States and other locations around the world with historic volcanic eruptions
//Stone of healing, protection, + reverance
//Has been described by poets as spring grass swaying in the wind for ages
//Layed an important role in European paintings during the Renaissance period of the 15th and 16th centuries as a pigment for paints and dyes
//Vivid green malachite kohl is believed to be Cleopatra's favorite cosmetic, and she was buried with a large vase of it for use in her afterlife
//Stone of change, intuition, + harmony
//Can be used to create sparks if it is struck against metal or another hard material
//Commonly found in Canada, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Russia and Spain, pyrite can be found all over the world since it forms in all types of environments
//Stone of warding off bad
energy, strengthens mind, + willpower
//Is formed through a biological process rather than being a mineral with a crystalline structure like most colored stones. Coral is slowly built by very small marine animals known as coral polyps.
//Is harvested from the western Mediterranean Sea, especially in Sardinia. Notable deposits are found in the Red Sea, Bay of Biscay, Malaysian Archipelago, Midway Islands, Japan, Taiwan, Australia
and the Hawaiian Islands
//Stone of modesty, wisdom, happiness
//Was widely used in the ancient world and throughout the middle ages as a pigment and dye as it was valued for its beautiful range of blue colors
//Azurite is found particularly in copper mining areas such as Australia, Chile, the former USSR, Africa, and China
//Stone of strength, spiritual balance, + balance
//Aventurine is a translucent form of quartz known for its bright inclusions that give it a shimmery look, which has been named “aventurescence""
//Stone of luck, growth, + change
//Is characterized by masterful “scenes” and landscape patterns formed by Nature, and is believed to contain hidden messages from the past.
//Revered in many cultures of the world for its deep connection to the Earth, its protection during shamanic journeying, and its ability to divine the land and the future
//Stone of creativity, ambition, + confidence
//Dalmatian Stone, incorrectly called Dalmatian Jasper, is pale gray, cream or beige-brown stone made of feldspar and quartz. with black or brown spots of iron oxide, tourmaline, or other mineral inclusions that resemble the coat of a Dalmatian breed of dog
//Found in Mexico
//Stone of positivity, luck, + happiness
//Mookaite is an earthy beauty a fiery fusion of red and yellow energies found only in the Kennedy Ranges of Western Australia
//The Aboriginal term “Mooka” means “running waters” and refers to the numerous springs that feed into this area
//Stone of self-confidence, self-worth, + potential
//Name derives from the Greek words rhodon meaning ‘rose’, and chroma meaning ‘color’
//Argentina has been a key source for rhodochrosite since the 13th century, when Incas worked the silver mines and created beautiful pieces with the stone. These days primarily mined in the United States.
//Stone of compassion, understanding, + eases anxiety
//Named after Henry How, a 19th century mineralogist, who found it first in Nova Scotia
//Famous for the other stone it's usually tapped to stand in for: turquoise. Alternative to luscious lapis lazuli, cherry red coral or tantalizing turquoise
//Stone of meditation, relieve stress, + serenity
//Tiger’s Eye is a most ancient Egyptian talisman, mysterious and powerful, revered and feared - an “all-seeing all-knowing eye,” thought to grant a wearer the ability to observe everything, even through closed doors
//Is mined primarily in South Africa and Western Australia
//Stone of luck, good fortune, + balance
//Tourmalinated Quartz is clear rock crystal (crystal quartz) which has grown together with black tourmaline, and shows strands of the tourmaline running through the quartz, hence "tourmalinated." The earliest use of tourmalinated quartz was for tools made by hominds in Ethiopia over 2 million years ago
//Although it can be found in many parts of the world, tourmalinated quartz used for jewelry-making comes mostly from Brazil
//Stone of positivity + balance