Monday, 17 June 2013

What are gemstones used apart from jewellery?

From the beginning of the civilization men has been always fascinated by brilliance, sparkling, shiny, colorful crystals and stones. To understand the various uses of gemstones firstly I need to explain what is a gemstone?

A gem or a gemstone (usually classified into precious and semi-precious stones) is a piece of a mineral, which when cut and polished is used to make jewelry or other embellishments. However, certain organic material like Amber or Jet and stones like Lapis Lazuli are not minerals but they are also often considered as Gemstones.

Maximum number of gemstones is hard in nature, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their physical properties and astheic values. Some of the famous gemstones are Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Chalcedony, Chyrsophase, Citrine, Coral, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Iolite, Jade, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinal, Sun stone, Tanzanite, Topaz, Tourmaline, Turquoise, Zircon and many more. Navneet Gems and Minerals are the most renowned manufacturers of Precious and Semi-Precious Gemstones. Our company serves the various customers right from who takes in bulk from us to individual customers of one or two pieces. Every purchase from us is certified by world-wide accepted institutes. To order wholesale gemstones write to us at info@navneetgems.com with your special requirements of size, shape and quantity.

Some important usage of Gemstones apart from jewelry is  - 

1) Gemstones are used in making expensive paintings. Anew technique of crushing the gems and making a painting with them is developed in the year 2000.
2) Collection of Gemstones is the aspect of usage. Many people love to collect various gems because of the important factor of rarity.
3) Diamonds are used in making scientific tools.
4) Gemstones are widely used in making of decorative items, show pieces like vase, cups etc.
5) Craving is also done on some hard gemstones and these are highly in demand in western countries.
6) Gems are widely used because of the healing properties attached with them. In fact many Spas in European countries are made up by Semi precious stones only.

From the ancient times, in India gems has been basically used in three ways
- As a body ornaments.

-To show one’s rank and status or a symbol of wealth.

-Depending upon the one’s superstition; to bring good luck and fortune, to cure illness and diseases and to ward off evil.

Hindi word for Gem is “Ratna”. The popularity of gems in India has been marked highly. Even, the highest honor given by the Indian Government to its citizen for recognition of their services to the nation is called Bharat Ratna (Gem of India).

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