It is common to see the use of natural stones in the artisanal activity of jewelry making. And, the great mineral variety that exists allows you to create a multitude of designs for all tastes and styles.
Thanks to all these minerals, to their different properties, to their varied colors, the artisan goldsmith is passionate about creating and imagining different shapes and styles of jewelry, whether bracelets, earrings, rings or pendants and any other accessory you can imagine.
We present some of these extraordinary popular minerals, all unique, with very special characteristics to be known in the different processes of creating stone jewelry. These gems, thanks to the genius of the skillful hands of the passionate and inspired professional designer, will give birth to great stone jewelry.
The price range is very wide, from the affordable prices of the costume jewelry market, to the prodigious budgets devoted to luxury jewelry products. But in any case, all these jewels, whatever they are, are borrowed from a natural authenticity in each of the works made.
It is a spectacular-looking mineral whose name comes from the first place it was found: the Labrador Peninsula in Canada. It has also been found in Finland, Russia, the United States, Madagascar and China. When it reflects light, you can see its beautiful reflections of warm, metallic, mixed colours, which makes it so special. This effect is known as labradorescence.
In addition to green, which is the rarest and is known as imperial jade, it can also be found in other shades. Blue jade comes from Mexico. This natural stone has been used for many years, considering objects made with this stone as a symbol of luck.
The etymology of the word « amethyst » comes from the Greek, where it means « sober ». Amethyst has been used against drunkenness, the colour having undoubtedly engendered this belief. It has been known and used for thousands of years. The most common deposits are found in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Bolivia and South Africa. It is a natural stone which, in addition to being used in jewellery and other products, is very important in the practice of meditation.
Another of the natural stones for jewellery is moonstone. They are distinguished by their great interest in the creation of jewelry. White is a very common colour, but it can also be found in cream, yellow or bluish tones. Its name is due to its resemblance to the brightness of the moon, an effect called adularescence.
The colour of this mineral can vary, mainly colourless or brown-green. Apatite is mainly located in Western Sahara and Peru. Its etymology comes from Greek and means « to make mistakes », as it is not difficult to confuse it with other minerals.
This natural stone is considered a fine stone. It is of volcanic origin and its main site is located in Mexico. Its use is oriented towards the creation of costume jewellery, high fashion jewellery and decoration.
This natural stone has a characteristic ultramarine blue colour that makes it very striking. It has been used in jewelry making for thousands of years. The main deposits are located in Afghanistan, Germany, Canada and Chile, among others.
Mother-of-pearl, is an organic stone and is part of the inner shell of many molluscs. Without a doubt, it is one of the most used in jewelry, especially costume jewelry. This natural material can be coloured easily.
This mineral is formed of quartz microcrystals. It is found in volcanic rocks and its main deposits are in the United States, Brazil and Uruguay, among others. Agate is a stone that can be artificially coloured. It can be used to make many cheap costume jewellery items.