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Welcome to Gems 101!

The long history of gemstones and their use is lost in the mists of time. Our oldest ancestors sought all sorts of stones, because of their solidity and hardness, to make tools and weapons for everyday life. At the beginning of the Neolithic period, men could already distinguish between certain sparkling, or richly colored stones, to which they attributed supernatural powers. These powers could be enhanced by engraving the stones with magical signs. By the end of prehistoric times, such stones had become the first medium of exchange between the desert nomads and the settled farming communities. Valued for their magical properties, rather than their beauty, these gems were not articles of luxury but everyday necessities

Alphabetical Gemstone List
Click on a letter for a list of gems:

A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X|Y |Z

Gemstones by Color
Click on f a color for a list of gems:

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Quick Gemstone Comparison List
Click here to compare the properties of various stones!

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