Difference Between Precious And Semi Precious Gemstones


whats is the difference between Precious and Semi-Precious gemstones: –

If you ask this question to a layman or outsiders who have no idea that how gemstones are being graded and treated, they will inform you that precious stones are high-quality stones whereas, the semi-precious stones are a considerably low-quality stone.

if you ask the same question to gemstone experts they will tell you that there is no semi-precious and precious stones exist in reality and all are marketing terms used by gem sellers to sell gemstones at high rates.


Both semi-precious and precious stones are basically a portion of mineral which is cut or refined in such a manner so that it can be used in jewelry creation and other embellishments.

Diamond, Sapphire, emerald, and ruby is being classified as precious gemstones and  being sold at a high price due to their rich physical and metaphysical attributes. However, it is totally a misconception which was created years ago for commercial perspective.

Otherwise, tsavorite and amethyst both stones possess excellent physical properties and green tsavorite is considered more valuable than sapphires and  still, this stone is put under the category of semi-precious stones. 

Semi-Precious Stones:

Except for diamond, sapphire, emerald, and ruby, all other stones are being put under the category of semi-precious stones. .


The royal violet and purple color amethyst stone contemplated as a substitute for blue sapphire stone and has a refractive index of 1.5444-1.533 and specific gravity is 2.65  with the help of amethyst stone helps a person to overcome alcohol addiction and also revered being the birthstone of moth February. 


It is believed that wearing amethyst stone helps a person to overcome alcohol addiction because of being a strong antidote to intoxication and also revered being the birthstone of moth February. 


It is considered to be pleochroic, means that the stone can exhibit different colors. Due to the pleochroic effect, the topaz stone is spotted in various colors such as red, yellow, blue, pink, purple, white and colorless. The stone is also marked as the birthstone of month November.color yellow topaz and blue topaz is supposed to be the most popular colors of topaz stone.


It is a most fascinating mineral and different colors and has important gemstone varieties. The precious gemstone emerald is also a type of beryl mineral. The light green color beryl is not emerald stone, it is “green beryl stone” because the emerald stone is denser in color. 


It is a historical stone. Some time due to its proximity with diamond, it is looked upon as “cheap diamond”. This stone is spotted in various colors ranging . it”s december month stone.

This semi-precious stone is spotted from Burma, Ceylon (Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Pakistan). The hardness of this stone is 7.5 on the Mohs scale and its refractive index lies between 1.930-1.987 and specific gravity is 4.8.


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