Gemstones - Stone Treasures by the Lake
Gemstones, (also called a gems, fine gems, jewels, precious stones, or semi-precious stones) are pieces of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, are used to make jewelry or other adornments. However, certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli and opal) and occasionally organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone.
See below for the gemstone cabochons and artisan jewelry available in my shop.