Most people can appreciate the raw beauty of uncut gemstones. However, not very many are sure where and how these precious stones formed. If you’ve always wondered where the uncut gemstones used in your favorite piece of jewelry came from, here’s what you need to know.
Gemstones are a type of mineral that develops within rocks and other types of sediments. Although there are many different types of uncut gemstones, most are made up of the same chemical ingredients and formula. In addition to this basic chemical formula, each gem may also include elements that are not mentioned in its chemical composition. For example, rubies and sapphires both have a relatively simple chemical formula, which includes two atoms of aluminum and three atoms of oxygen. If either of these gems strictly stuck to this chemical formula, they would be colorless. However, additional elements, like chromium, iron, and titanium, give these gemstones their color.
In addition to added elements, the way a gemstone is formed is also based on the surrounding temperature or pressure. For instance, this variation in external surroundings may cause a gemstone to develop an irregular growth or color pattern. Sometimes, different types of gemstones also form with a different type of mineral contained within them, otherwise known as an inclusion. These inclusions can begin to form before, during, or after the main gem has formed. Depending on the gemstone, inclusions are a feature that either adds or detracts from the beauty of the stone.
The way every gemstone forms is a distinctive and fascinating process. If you want to add more unique uncut gemstones to your collection, get in touch with us at Mosteller American Gemstones.