Gemstones

Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story. Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history. Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty. Find out more about your favourite gemstones here.

Amethyst comes in a variety of shades of purple. Their properties and textures change according to the location from which they are mined. ....

Chalcedony is derived from the name of an ancient Greek town in Asia Minor known as Chalkedon. With the exception of sticks, bones, rocks, and animal....

Chalcedony’s name is derived from ‘Chalcedon’ or ‘Calchedon’, an ancient port of Bithynia, near present day Istanbul, Tu....

Cleopatra wore chrysoprase as she believed it helped her to retain her youth ....

Citrine is a member of the macrocrystalline quartz family and the word ‘citrine’ derives from the French ‘citron’, which means....

Iolite is a blue-violet gemstone whose name comes from the Greek ‘ios’, meaning ‘violet’, and ‘lithos’, meaning &l....

Labradorite takes its name from the Labrador Peninsula in Canada where it was discovered. In Eskimo lore, the Northern lights were thought to have bee....

The word Lapis is the Latin word for ‘stone’. ‘Lazuli’ owes its name to the Persian word ‘lazhward’, meaning blue.....

Lemon quartz is created by heating amethyst, yellow quartz and iron together at extremely high temperatures. This heating process is what gives lemon ....

The luminescence of Mother of Pearl has made it a most popular choice for jewellery for centuries. Mother of Pearl gets its name from the f....

Coming in a palette of over 100 different hues, tourmaline is one of the world’s most diverse gemstones. This has resulted in the nickname &lsqu....

Popular with the Romans, who thought it was formed out of moonlight, and in India, where it is considered a sacred zodiac gem, moonstone is the most i....

Rose quartz is known as the stone of love and reconciliation form the Greek myth about Aphrodite and Adonis. Their blood was commingled when Aphrodite....

The most common and familiar inclusion in quartz is rutile. Rutillated crystal contains needle-like crystals inside it; the rutile ranges from brillia....

Smokey quartz is an earth-toned transparent quartz that comes in a variety of shades, including cognac. Also known as ‘champagne on ice’, ....

Turquoise, a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum, is prized as a gemstone whose intense blue colour is often mottled with veins of brown limonit....