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Semi Precious Stones - Timeless Beauty

Updated on September 18, 2014

Semi Precious Stones

Semi precious stones are one of my loves. When set in gold or sterling silver and made into a ring, a pair of earrings or necklace, they become one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry that you can own and have in your lifetime.

There are many semi precious stones in many different colours and all have different mythical meanings and healing properties.

Semi precious stones are also called gem stones which are attractive mineral pieces which are cut and polished and then made into different pieces of jewelry or are just appreciated on there own.

There are rocks such as Lapus Lazuli and other organic matter, Amber or Jet used in jewelry.

These semi precious stones are hard and the rarer the stone the more valuable it becomes.

Gemstone Bracelet
Gemstone Bracelet
Red Coral
Red Coral

Some of The Many Semi Precious Stones

It is believed that the semi precious stone that you are drawn to contains the mystical and healing powers that you need at that precise time in your life.

Each stone has it's own history, mythology and healing powers.

There are so many semi precious stones all of equal beauty it is hard to cover them all, as much as one would like to, so here are just some of these stones that I have loved over the years.

The Amethyst

The Amethyst is a form of quarts and is know for its purple, violet stone, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, was used by this age old civilization.

It was also used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans as a form of protection, by wearing it, it was thought to protect them from drunkenness.

Medieval European soldiers wore Amethyst Amulets as protection.

In England the stone was found in the form of beads in some Anglo Saxon graves,showing the movements of the Amethyst stone.

The healing properties of the Amethyst are used for hearing problems, insomnia and headaches.

In Greek and Roman times it was said to guard against drunkenness and to over come addictions.

The powers of the Amethyst include healing, peace, dreams, spiritual uplifting and courage.

The Amethist is the birthstone of the star sign Pisces.

Red Coral

Red Coral is called' the gem of mars' and comes from the depths of the sea,mainly found in the Mediterranean.

The uses of red coral dates back to the early Egyptians and prehistoric Europeans where it was used by both cultures in their burial sites.

The Romans believed that Coral protected children from harm and to cue cuts and wounds.

Red Coral branches are naturally matt in finish but when polished this stone comes up to a shine.

Carnelion

The Carnelion gem stone is mainly found in India and has a deep red burnt orange hue.

Once considered as the property of the noble class this stone was amongst the high in status.

It is beleive that this stone gives energy to the wearer, protection from bad vibrations and is an energy booster.

The Carnelion is the birthstone of Leo.

Amethyst

Amethyst Stone
Amethyst Stone

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is an intense blue almost ' the colour of the blue sky.'

It is a rock not a mineral and makes an excellent polished stone to make jewelry with.

For 6,500 years this stone has been mined from the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan and has been used in their ancient art works and buildings that still stand today.

It was also extensively used in ancient Egyptian art and was a favorite stone used for amulets and ornaments such as the scarab.

Cleopatra was meant to have used the powered of the lapis as an eyeshadow.

The Romans believed that the lapis had powerful aphrodisiac properties and it was thought to keep limbs healthy and also to free the soul from error, envy and fear.

The blues used in many medieval illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance panels all comes from the powder of the Lapis Lazuli.

The stone produces a cobalt blue when ground to a powder and becomes the well known pigment Ultramarine which came at a high price to painters of that time.

Lapis Lazuli is meant to contain the healing affects awareness, creativity, esp and is also said to improve sleep and insomnia.

Turquoise

The Turquoise is a pale blue, blue green mineral.

This pastel shaded stone has appeared in many great cultures and has adorned the great rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs and to some extent has been associated as far away as China.

The Egyptians used this stone as far back as the First Dynasty and it is well known that it was one of the stones used to decorate Tutankhamun's burial mask found from pieces that were buried there.

The Turquoise stone was widely used by the Egyptians in all their decorative art forms and jewelry.

Later in Persia, it was extensively used to decorate objects, mosques and other important building, both inside and out.

The style that was used in Persia was later brought to India where this stone was also used to decorate buildings, one of the most famous being The Taj Mahal.

It was also used as part of the jewelry and decorations in India.

The semi precious stone,Turquoise has the powers of protection, healing, courage, friendship and luck.

Turquoise is a sacred stone to the Native Americans which they used in their burial tombs in the form of carved animals and birds,to attract beneficial spirits and to guard the dead.

The turquoise stone is the birthstone of the star sign Taurus and Sagittarius.

Turquoise Stones.
Turquoise Stones.

Amber

Amber ranges in colour from a very pale lemon to orange, though to a brown almost a black colour.

It is a fossil organic resin found in the trees from an ancient pine forest.

Dating back to the Ancient Greeks amber was referred to as the ' elektron ' the sun made.

Homer mentions Amber jewelry - earrings and necklace of Amber beads 'as a princely gift ' in the Odyssey.

Most of the Amber used to make jewelry with is found in the Baltic sea of the Dominion Republic and a great provided of this stone is in Sambis.

Amber was of great value to the Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Etruscans and the Greeks.

Amber is extensively used for beads and jewelry and also for cigar holders and mouth pieces for pipes.

The powers of the Amber include love, healing and calming of stressed nerves.

Legends say that the Amber can provide magicians and sorcerers with special enhancing powers.

The Amber semi precious stone is also said to remove energy blockages and to strengthen the physical body.

Known to enhance states of consciousness and reflect negative energies or bad vibes.

Blue Amber Stone made into Arab Worry Beads

Blue Amber Stone made into Arab Worry Beads
Blue Amber Stone made into Arab Worry Beads

Beautiful Jewelry Made With Semi Precious Stones

Carnelian Stones
Carnelian Stones

These are some of my favorite semi precious stones out of so many to look at and choose from.

All semi precious stones come in so many beautiful colours, textures and shape of form, all containing special unique valuable properties.

So when you are contemplating purchasing a piece of jewelry, keep in mind the semi precious stone with it's ancient history and timeless beauty.

Remember the stone that you are attracted to is usually the one you need.

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I might do the same Susanna. They are lovely stones.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I must remember to tell all my friends that I need turquoise to feel fulfilled

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      Ann 4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I love semi precious stones but then I'm a crystal therapist! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts. Thanks

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely colours and well set out lens - here alre some Angel Blessings

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely colours and well set out lens - here alre some Angel Blessings

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      An attractive lens. Love the photographs.

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      I have lots of these at home. I bough some stones in Wales as they are very popular there. Lovely lens and good info, well done!

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I love this lens - Five stars *****

      I love stones as well and have several sites on them.

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] Thanks for dropping by Julie!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      The Lapis Lazuli is one of my favorite of the semi-precious stones because of its blue color.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Lovely, Julia. You are right at home in squidoo now. (I've been watching your progress) Well done!5 of the best to you

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very pretty lens. I love rocks of all kinds! :) -Susie

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Nice job! I love rocks - stones - of any type and the photos and info you have here are great. 5 stars and favorite and I'm a FAN! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting Long Term Care For People You Love. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      Floraluniverses 8 years ago

      Great work and beautiful images! 5*

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      Hello, A very nice informative lens !!

      Great job !! 5*s

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      Those pictures are beautiful and complement this lens nicely....5 stars :)

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      Great lens there.

      Well Done. 5* from me.

      Keep it up :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Those stones are beautiful.

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      Nice lens. I love the intense colors.

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      James20 8 years ago

      A great lens. Welcome to squidoo. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I learned a lot today about semi precious stones by reading this lens. Thank you!

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to Nochipra] I was thinking that when I wrote it.Oh Yeah! I don't Know ab.out the warding against drunkeness,but you never know it might help

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      Welcome! Very Nicely Done! I have an amethyst ring my boyfriend Chip gave me a few yrs ago. Unfortunately it doesn't protect against drunkeness, lol! I still get tipsy if I have too much:)

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. I'm quite a 'newbie' too. Really interesting descriptions of semi-precious stones. I knew about turquoise being a sacred stone of the American Indians, but many other facts about other stones were new to me. Thanks for a beautifully presented story. 5*

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. It's obvious that you've worked on this presentation. Great lens for a beginner. Keep learning and growing. Much success at Squidoo!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Good resource lens! Many will learn from your beautiful descriptions.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a very nice looking lens with beautiful pictures and excellent information. I enjoyed my visit here very much. Thank you and Welcome to Squidoo!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These are beautiful pictures combined with some wonderful information about Gem Stones. I think they are all pretty but my favorite would have to be the Turquoise.