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The Lighter Side of Gemology

Gemstone history, legend, lore and other fun, non-technical articles.
The Sacred Emerald Buddha

Carved in Thailand in 2006 from a 3,600-ct emerald, “The Sacred Emerald Buddha” has a message of peace. Read the inside story of this amazing…

Emerald Symbolism

Emerald symbolism encompasses not only royalty but also wit, eloquence, and foresight. Learn more about the legends surrounding this prized…

Sapphire Symbolism

Beautiful blue colors and the star stone effect have influenced sapphire symbolism through the ages. Learn more about the legends surrounding…

Ruby Symbolism

Many cultures have long considered ruby a king’s gem. Not surprisingly, ruby symbolism and lore have many associations with power, wealth, and…

Eight Famous Rubies

Blood red ruby gems have captivated people’s hearts and imaginations for centuries. Read about these eight famous rubies and what makes them special.…

Garnet Symbolism

Garnet symbolism is rich and varied. This gemstone has inspired many legends and popular associations with love, friendship, light, and vitality.…

Alternative Birthstones

Not happy with your birthstone? Explore these alternative birthstones associated with astrological signs, angels, the hour or day of your birth,…

Opal Symbolism

Once the stone of royalty, the fragile opal has a convoluted personality and lore. Opal symbolism is as varied as the play of color of the stone itself.…

Pearl Symbolism

Prized for millennia, pearls are organic gems with strong associations with the Moon, great value, and weddings. Learn more about pearl symbolism…

Amethyst Symbolism

The February birthstone, amethyst has many popular symbolic and folkloric associations both ancient and modern, from love and spirituality…

Ten Gemstones Rarer than Diamond

From the seemingly common to the utterly obscure, you wouldn’t guess these ten gemstones are rarer than a diamond! If you’re looking for something…

Jade Symbolism

Both jadeite and nephrite have inspired beautiful works of art and a rich body of lore. Jade symbolism covers themes of harmony, eternity, and virtue.…

Turquoise Symbolism

Many people consider beautiful sky blue turquoise stones to be lucky. Learn about the turquoise symbolism and lore of Native American and other…

Carnelian Symbolism

Carnelian symbolism and lore touches on health, luck, and royalty. However, just wearing these gems isn’t always effective. Would-be alchemists…

Topaz Symbolism

Through the ages, topaz’s most popular and enduring mystical association has been with wealth. However, topaz symbolism and lore has also covered…

Onyx Symbolism

Onyx symbolism and lore is filled with negative associations. Learn how people have counteracted these purported effects and enjoy this beautiful,…

Moonstone Symbolism

With a silverly light that seems to come from within, moonstone has many associations with the Moon. While you certainly need no excuses to buy this…

Malachite Symbolism

Behind every mystical gem is a merchant, and since ancient times malachite has been “the salesman’s stone.” Learn more about malachite symbolism…

What is my Birthstone?

The idea of a single birthstone for each month is a modern idea with a long history, but today’s consumers can choose gems from traditional or modern…

Amber Symbolism

Amber has a long history of ornamental use and popular associations with animals, energy, and The Sun. Learn more about amber symbolism and lore.…

Out Back Mining Company

Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See what he has to share about Oregon Sunstone Mining – Out Back Mining Company.…

Lapis Lazuli Symbolism

How do you say “love me” with a stone? Learn about lapis lazuli symbolism and legends. This beautiful blue mineral has fascinated people for…

Old Mine Tales

Old Mine Tales that were submitted as letters to Faceter’s Digest. They are a personal history of the author’s experiences with the mines in North…

Interviews

The transcription of the interview of International Gem Society IGS with C.D. Parsons of Santa Paula, Calif. and Gerald Wykoff GG, CSM.