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My Favorite Gemstones for Making Jewelry

Updated on December 25, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Gemstones Are My Very Favorite Eye Candy!!

There is just something about a beautiful sparkling gemstone that lights me up and makes me happy and feel creative! I think they have that effect on a lot of people, so I'm not alone!

I began teaching myself to make jewelry about 10 years ago. It's fun to look at my first projects and compare to what I do now - I have made a lot of progress! Over the years I've developed favorite gemstones to work with, and I'm featuring those here. I also love discovering gemstones I've never seen before! The photo shows a rare Siberian Amethyst I found in a dusty old jewelry box recently! Have you ever seen a red Amethyst? Yup! There really is such a thing. And when you encounter one, it may well be worth some money.

So come along and explore, I'll do some shopping and see if I can find some great deals for you too! (If I don't buy them first, ha ha!!)

What's Your Opinion? - Come On, You Can Tell Me!

Did I mention Opals are my favorite gemstone?? The one pictured was my first attempt at linking. The focal pendant is a beautiful Canterra Opal from Mexico. The necklace features many other kinds of opal - white opal chips, blue and pink Peruvian opals, green African opal, and a whole lot of silver!

What is your favorite gemstone?

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A Word About Gem Selection...

Learn what you love! I bought many smooth gems before I figured out I loved faceted ones! The way to learn what you love is to look at as many stones as you can! It takes time but it is worth it! I figured out what I want is rainbow moonstone, in faceted beads. So I search that and go from there!

What Makes A Gemstone Right For You?

It should speak to your soul. Something just says "take me home" when you look at it! Unless of course you're in it for an investment, in which case I am NOT the expert for you! I buy stones strictly to make me happy or for making special gifts. You still want the most flash for your buck, and you don't want to be fooled with fakes - which are out there in abundance! Research the stone(s) you love, learn what they should look like, read as much as you can. Then set a budget for yourself!

Search Smart!

Let's say you're searching for rainbow moonstone beads. If you put in that as a search term on ebay, for example, you will come up with a lot of the real deal, and also a lot of items that are glass and total fakes. You can eliminate a lot of annoyance (and being fooled) by adding a minus term (-) plus the thing you don't want. For example, your search might look like "rainbow moonstone faceted beads -Glass -glass -Czech -Swarovski" Experiment, you'll be surprised how the field narrows!

Opals Are My Favorite Gemstone of All! - And My Birthstone, Too!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      You are SO creative... thank you for a lovely lens. Blessed...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a large collection of gem stones for making jewelry.

      You are motivated me to get them out and start a project.

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      Funny_Beekeeper 5 years ago

      Very nice lens and I like your crafty fingers too ;)

      Keep up the good work!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @7thStone: Thank you so much for your neat comment!

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I have a real passion for gemstones and minerals ... it's the reason I'm a jeweler. Although faceted gemstones (precious or semi-precious) aren't my favored medium, I tend to lean towards smooth opaque stones, especially jaspers, there's such a variety. One of my greatest moments of stone awareness was seeing real ruby, just polished, no heating, no faceting, no messing about; it was luscious! Thank you for posting such a great lens (oh and I love the smart search information)