Your Guide to Precious Gemstones

Woman Wearing a Gemstone Ring on Each Finger

Gemstone jewelry is loved by many for its magnificent hues and symbolic meanings. From ocean-blue sapphire earrings to diamond engagement rings, precious gemstones open the doors to a vast selection of colorful jewelry pieces anyone can pair with their collection. If you’re searching for something special for a loved one, from push presents to a milestone anniversary gift, we’ll introduce you to our favorite gemstone jewelry and the special gemstone meaning each holds. 

The Significance of Gemstones

Platinum Oval Burma Rubies and Diamond Bracelet

Precious gemstones hold incredible significance to people across many cultures. Ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks believed in wearing gemstone jewelry to capture and harness its metaphysical powers. These cultures shared a belief that the precious gemstones hold enough energy and power to physically cure people, inside and out.

Dating back well over 5,000 years, some healing practices of traditional Chinese Medicine also utilized gemstones. Many people continued the use of these precious stones for emotional and mental healing and to enhance one’s inner strength.  

What Are the Most Popular Gemstones?

John Hardy Classic Chain Bracelet with Amethyst Clasp

There is a wide range of beautiful and valuable gemstones, though some are more adored than others. For centuries, the earliest-known forms of jewelry have used precious gemstones to create stunning beaded bracelets, pendants, and rings. When it comes to selecting the most popular of these jewelry stones, there are a handful that certainly stand out.

The 5 most sought-after jewelry stones include:

  1. Emeralds
  2. Rubies
  3. Sapphires
  4. Amethysts
  5. Diamonds 

What Makes Emeralds Green?

Emeralds offer a rich, bold green color that makes the stone command admiration. The exquisite precious gems are formed when iron, vanadium, and chromium are present in the mineral beryl. The varying amounts of these three elements account for each emerald’s range of stunning green hues. 

What Do Emeralds Represent?

14K White Gold Oval Emerald and Diamond Cluster Pendant

The emerald is known for its gift of good fortune, eternal life, passion, and unconditional love. Emerald jewelry wearers even believed the precious gemstone jewelry could bless them with protection, fertility, and foresight.

Wearing emerald gemstones has also been believed to provide various healing powers, including the curing of rare diseases.

The emerald also represents:

  • Warding off of evil spirits
  • Fidelity
  • True love
  • Bliss
  • Eloquence
  • Truth
  • Wit

Our Favorite Emerald Jewelry

Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas present or the ideal 20th anniversary gift, emeralds make an incredible choice. No matter what the style of your special someone may be, our collection of emerald gemstone jewelry will offer you endless gifting possibilities.    

Emerald Earrings

White Gold Emerald and Diamond Halo Stud Earrings

Consider gifting a stunning pair of emerald earrings for her to wear day or night. From an afternoon of errands to a night on the town, you’ll find an array of options, from bold to subtle styles. Our emerald gemstone studs offer her endless wear and suit every face shape.  

Emerald Necklaces

Surprise her with an emerald necklace that will captivate an audience. Drape any stunning emerald pendant around her neck, and she’s sure to fall in love all over again. With brilliant diamond accent stones to highlight the stone’s beauty, this stunning gemstone is sure to melt her heart.  

Emerald Bracelets

White Gold Emerald and Diamond Bracelet

Add a diamond and emerald tennis bracelet to her jewelry collection. Worn alone or stacked with her favorite bracelets or bangles, this stunning piece makes a wonderful Mother’s Day or graduation gift.

What is a Ruby Made From?

The ruby is just one variety of the corundum mineral species, while the most desirable rubies have a rich, blood-red hue and come from Mogok Valley, Burma. While a ruby in its purest form is colorless, its rich color is enhanced by traces of chloronium. These trace elements become part of the gemstone’s structure and create variations in color, ranging from orangey-red to deep, purplish red.

What Does the Ruby Represent?

White Gold Round Ruby and Diamond Hoop Earrings

Bold ruby gemstone jewelry symbolizes courage, strength, and prosperity. Ruby wearers believe the stone brings good fortune and a long, passionate life.

The ruby also represents:

  • Love
  • Raw emotion
  • Blood
  • Wealth
  • Prosperity
  • Nobility 

Our Favorite Ruby Jewelry

Celebrate your 15th or 40th wedding anniversary with a ruby jewelry piece to say I love you. The decadent gemstone is dazzling set in any precious metal color that suits her taste. While we have quite the ruby jewelry collection, we’d love to share a few of our favorites. 

Ruby Earrings

From delicate huggies to sparkling dangles, this passionate stone is sure to commemorate your years of bliss. Surrounded by brilliant diamond accent stones, ruby earrings are made for every woman’s style.

Ruby Necklaces

14K Yellow Gold Square Ruby and Diamond Bar Pendant

If you’re searching for a unique jewelry piece, we recommend our Ruby and Diamond Bar Pendant. This lovely necklace suits women of all ages, from your daughter’s first fine birthstone jewelry piece to marking the birth of a grandmother’s July grandchild.

Ruby Bracelets

Slip a ruby bracelet onto her wrist for any occasion, and you’re sure to see her smile. Delicate and full of sparkle, she’ll love the look of red rubies on her arm for casual or formal events. 

Why are Sapphires Blue?

The sapphire is almost as durable as a diamond, with a rating of nine on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Its vibrant blue hue comes from trace amounts of titanium and iron and can vary in hue from deep royal to pale blue. In fact, the name sapphire originates from both the Latin word saphirus and the Greek word sapheiros, meaning blue. 

What Other Sapphire Colors Are There?

14K White Gold Pear Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace

While sapphires are well known for their stunning blue color, these lovely stones come in many striking hues. Sapphires that are not blue or colorless are referred to as fancy sapphires.

You can find a rainbow of fancy sapphire options, including:

  • Pink sapphires
  • Black sapphires
  • Orange sapphires
  • Peach sapphires
  • Yellow sapphires
  • Teal sapphires
  • Green sapphires 

What Does the Sapphire Represent?

Sapphires represent royalty, strength, and intuition. Often worn as protection to ward off negative energy, sapphire gemstone jewelry has always been sought-after. It’s said to create peace while making an inviting space and enhancing spiritual clarity.

The sapphire also represents:

  • Romantic love
  • Abundance
  • Blessings
  • Plentiful gifts
  • Devotion

Our Favorite Sapphire Jewelry

White Gold Marquise Sapphire and Diamond Stud Earrings

We know better than anyone how hard it is to narrow down the perfect sapphire jewelry piece. Browse our sapphire jewelry collection, and you’ll understand what we mean. From classic blue to multi-colored designs, it’s hard to select just one.

Sapphire Earrings

Add a little color to her earlobes with any of our fancy sapphire earrings. Dazzle her with rich blue drop earrings or provide endless pairing with rainbow sapphire earrings to make her the envy of her friends.

Sapphire Necklaces

Our vast collection of sapphire necklaces ranges from classic halo pendants to spiritual crosses. From Valentine’s Day to baptism, you’ll find a stunning sapphire piece to suit her special occasion. 

Sapphire Bracelets

18K White Gold Round Sapphire and Round Diamond Medium Partway Bracelet

Sapphire gemstone bracelets make an ideal gift for any special woman in your life. From a bit of sparkle and color to a bold statement in blue, there are many gorgeous bracelets to choose from in our sapphire selection. 

What is Amethyst Made From?

The amethyst is a crystalline quartz known for its stunning range of purple hues. From a faint lilac to a gorgeous deep red-purple, this lovely stone is made of long, prism-like crystals that form within hollow rocks and geodes. When volcanic cavities are formed, the geodes cool and crystalize when the gases, mineral-saturated water, and volcanic material are distilled.

The word amethyst stems from the Greek word amethystos, meaning sober. Fans of the stunning gemstone believe the amethyst helps create and maintain a steady, sober mindset. 

What Does the Amethyst Represent?

Marco Moore Amethyst and Diamond Dangle Earrings

The amethyst is also known as the gemstone of calming presence and relaxation. Trusted as a stone of protection, amethyst is also believed to offer healing and purification. Wearers of amethyst jewelry trust in its power to help cleanse the mind and their surrounding environment from negative energy, sadness, and fear.

The amethyst also represents:

  • Sincerity
  • Humility
  • Spiritual wisdom
  • Stress relief
  • Feelings of release
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Intuition 

Our Favorite Amethyst Jewelry

Once you set your sights on our collection of amethyst jewelry, you may not be able to choose. The sensational gemstone offers an array of accessorizing options and creates a lovely glow set in white or yellow gold. 

Amethyst Earrings

For the woman in your life who loves the vintage aesthetic, our amethyst dangle earrings are exactly what you’re looking for. The breathtaking pair will delight her with its exquisite cut and incredible sparkle. 

Amethyst Necklaces

Marco Moore 14K Yellow Gold Amethyst Bezel Necklace

The durable gemstone is ideal for dainty jewelry, like our Marco Moore Amethyst Bezel necklace. The charming chain is perfect for layering and bound to catch everyone’s eye.

Amethyst Bracelets

For the lady who loves all things purple, a beautiful amethyst on her wrist is quite the gesture. John Hardy brings you a classic chain bracelet adorned with dainty purple stones. It’s a striking amethyst bracelet that any woman will love. 

What are Diamonds Made Of?

Finally, we have the most sought-after gemstone of all. The only gemstone made up of one element, diamonds are a precious stone to gift. Made from roughly 99.95 percent carbon, it’s the most popular choice for any occasion and the leading choice for engagement rings. While the diamond comes in a variety of colors, the most coveted is the brilliant white stone. 

What Does the Diamond Represent?

White Gold Diamond Inside Out Hoop Earrings

Diamonds are best known for symbolizing eternal love and inner strength. This magnificent stone gets its name from the Greek word Adamas, which means invincible, which is quite fitting for its durability and longevity.

The diamond was once believed to cure illnesses for those who wore the gemstone. In fact, during the Middle Ages, healers heated the stone, using it to draw toxins and impurities from the body and restore health and energy.

The diamond also represents: 

  • Clarity 
  • Balance
  • Strong relationships
  • Abundance 

Our Favorite Diamond Jewelry

From proposals to celebrating a job promotion, you will never go wrong shopping for a diamond jewelry gift.

Diamond Earrings

Every woman needs a pair of diamond earrings, and there is simply no such thing as too many. From a classic pair of studs to the brilliant sparkle of diamond hoops, At Fink’s you’ll find our collection of earrings to be exceptional.

Diamond Necklaces

Roberto Coin Bezel Set Diamond Station Necklace

A timeless bezel set diamond necklace makes the perfect gift no matter the occasion. Simple, dazzling, and ideal for everyday wear, there’s nothing sweeter to start her diamond necklace collection or add it to her layering options.

Diamond Bracelets

If you’re not shopping for her engagement ring, the diamond tennis bracelet is the ultimate gemstone gift. From various stone cuts and shapes to precious metal settings and carat weight, it’s the gift of all gifts, regardless of the occasion.

Gemstones as Birthstones

If you’re searching for the ideal birthday gift, a gemstone jewelry piece is as beautiful as it is meaningful. The history of birthstone gemstones spans centuries and still lives on today. Our gemstone experts put together a helpful birthstone jewelry guide to help while you shop, whether you think she’ll love the stone that symbolizes her birth month or the stone in her favorite color.

The modern birthstone list includes: 

  • January: Garnet
  • February: Amethyst
  • March: Aquamarine
  • April: Diamond
  • May: Emerald
  • June: Alexandrite
  • July: Ruby
  • August: Peridot or Spinel
  • September: Sapphire
  • October: Tourmaline
  • November: Golden Topaz or Citrine
  • December: Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon, or Tanzanite

In comparison, the traditional birthstone list includes some of the same gemstones while others have been replaced.

The traditional birthstone list includes:

  • January: Garnet
  • February: Amethyst
  • March: Bloodstone
  • April: Diamond
  • May: Emerald
  • June: Pearl
  • July: Ruby
  • August: Sardonyx
  • September: Sapphire
  • October: Opal
  • November: Topaz
  • December: Lapis or turquoise 

Custom Gemstone Jewelry

White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet

If you’ve browsed our impeccable selection of gemstone jewelry and still can’t find the perfect gift for your special someone, we’d love for you to consider our custom jewelry design services. From a one-of-a-kind diamond engagement ring to a replica sapphire heirloom pendant, anything you envision will be our pleasure to create.

Trust us to turn your vision into a reality for any occasion. We’re here to answer all your questions, from selecting a precious metal setting to deciding on a center stone to complement the setting you’ve designed. Our knowledgeable jewelers and design team will guide you through every step of the custom jewelry process.

For all your gemstone jewelry needs, we invite you to visit a Fink’s Jewelers near you.