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Uses Of Gemstones

Updated on April 18, 2009

Gemstones are very useful for the humankind. These stones have been used since time immemorial for ornaments and jewellry. Precious stones have been fixed on crowns of royals all over the world for thousands of year. In modern times also gemstones are used as one of the many status symbols.

Cutting Glass with a Diamond Saw

Apart from showing off, these stones have made inroads into the industry also. Diamond tools are very popular in industry. Diamond is the hardest of all substances therefore it has the ability to cut any material however hard it may be. Grinders and cutters are embedded with diamonds to give excellent results. Diamond-embedded cutters can slice through large pieces of concrete and steel. Diamond is also used for lathe machine cutting tools. Its because of exceptional hardness of diamonds and not their glimmer that they are used for cutting tools. Here one thing should be kept in mind that diamonds used in industry can't be used for the ornaments or jewellery. The industrial diamonds are extremely small and are produced synthetically. They are smaller than the tip of a sharpened pencil.

Some people use gemstones to cure disease or to have good effects on health. They wear rings having gemstones. A wide range of gemstones are available for different desired effects on health. This has been regarded by most people as a superstition. I, for one, don't believe that wearing gemstones can have any effect on a person's health. But, I have an interesting anecdote regarding this topic. Whether gemstones have effects on a person's health or not was discussed in my 'Materials and Metallurgy' class. My teacher said that wearing gemstones can have effects on health of a person. He said that light enters these stones(as they are translucnet), its wavelength is changed by the stone and this changed-wavelength light enters the skin and interacts with blood. Since different stones have different colors, light's wavelength changes differently for different stones and consequently effects health in different ways. You don't believe this? Let me inform you that the person who told this to me is Mr. Khursheed Mahmood and he is a Ph.D. from Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedford, England. He is also Co-Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department of NED UET, Karachi these days.

Some photographs of beautiful gemstones

Quartz
Quartz
Green Diamond
Green Diamond

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      hi 

      18 months ago

      can they be used in medicine or have any other uses.

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      Bella Stevenson 

      23 months ago

      Thanks for the homework help I will be sure to credit your work.

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      Jennifer SK Lim 

      24 months ago

      I love gemstones very much, and recently im wearing the whole set of inner corsets with gemstone, Tourmaline, encrusted fabrics. And i can be sure that it really do wonders to my health. And thanks to the extra info you shared here and love to know more about gemstones.

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      Kunle Obisesan 

      2 years ago

      this is informative!

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      Sam 

      2 years ago

      This really helps me with a school project. Thank you so much dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!!$!$!$!$!!!!!$!$&!!&$!!!!!!!!!!!'nnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Fgc 

      3 years ago

      What are they for

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      JEMBE, East Africa 

      3 years ago

      Someone put vivid info please,

      Other gemstones are very expensive that can cost 200,000 usd per gram,

      It is very interesting to deal with gemstones to my country as you can generate a lot of money..... I decided to start the business ....

      BUT

      I really want to know if there is any commercial uses of gemstones apart from Diamond. It sounds little weak to say the use is only for Jewelle ornaments,bracelets or magical power, there must be something around people use to hide. "inja1@yahoo.com"

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      felicity1212 

      4 years ago

      Such a beauty it is i love it. :)

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      brain1122 

      4 years ago

      I needed this for my project

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      will 

      4 years ago

      i smell funny like poo

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      poop 

      4 years ago

      yos btyui

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      po 

      4 years ago

      hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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      naggy 

      6 years ago

      itz very interesting

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      Cake lover 

      6 years ago

      Yes a great topic!! I do believe that gemstones have powers if not but they can still send you good vibes of wearing it

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      DESIRE 

      6 years ago

      IT IS AWESOME........

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      cosmic-poppy 

      7 years ago

      I make and sell healing gemstone jewellery and my fertility bracelets are particularly popular. Women who have been trying for years and have even been let down by IVF treatment, have conceived within weeks of wearing my bracelets. Whether you believe this is due to the energy or light given off by these gemstones or the change in mentality, the hope it brings, too many women have reported becoming pregnant for it to be coincidence.

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      kat luver 

      8 years ago

      uhh i love this it is awesome!

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      naveed ur rehman 

      8 years ago

      what a beautifull thing

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      Sweety 

      9 years ago

      kewl site.. thanks for the info...

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      Bhamini Bhujun 

      10 years ago

      The pictures posted on this site are really breath-taking.

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      shailesh durve 

      10 years ago

      bluesapphire wonderful,other stone looks like emerald that is really wonderful.

    • greathub profile imageAUTHOR

      greathub 

      10 years ago from Earth

      @ wonderer

      I don't know. I am not a gemstone healing expert :)

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      wonderer 

      10 years ago

      can gemstones be used to restore sensation when nerves have been so severely damaged that there is only numbness?

    • greathub profile imageAUTHOR

      greathub 

      10 years ago from Earth

      Yes, gems are used in lasers. Whether cut or uncut, if gem is same there shouldn't be any change in effects of gemstones, if these effects really exist.

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      lifedancer 

      10 years ago from California

      Gems are used in lasers. Movie stars are making uncut gems popular, saying the untouched, natural crystals have powers. The human imagination is wonderful, but comes up with a lot of nonsence, too. Placebo effect is strong, but I'd like more critical research on it, too.

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      Turd McFergison 

      10 years ago

      Ramoon Marcy, Breadstic Micheal, You are WHAT YOU EAT!!!!!!!!!

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      funnyfrog 

      10 years ago

      im Bored

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      smellybutt 

      10 years ago

      Cooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Engineer Mike 

      10 years ago

      thank you for outlining the theory. a lot of nonsense gets talked about gemstones and this was a refreshing change

    • greathub profile imageAUTHOR

      greathub 

      10 years ago from Earth

      The placebo effect.

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      netbuilder 

      10 years ago

      I had read elsewhere about light and wavelengths possibly affecting health-interesting. Even if this theory does not hold up under further investigation, maybe the wearing of gemstones can effect health from another stnadpoint.

      If a person thinks they help and this improves attitude, that change could go a long way in improving health issues.

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      Carlia 

      10 years ago

      hey mate.... That's great

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      ratnaveera 

      10 years ago from Cumbum

      Thanks for presenting an informative hub. I accept all of your points in this hub.

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      Prince Maak 

      10 years ago from Just Above the EARTH and below the SKY

      Yeah, itz true Gemstones can effect negatively or positively on a person`s health who wears it.

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