Gemstones

Gemstones are creations of lapidary art!

Quality mineral rough are cut, ground, and polished into geometric shapes with precision, patience, and pressure.  Often used in jewelry and other decorative fashions, gemstones are varied, valuable, and functional.  Topics and resources on this page should help rockhounds of all ages and experiences find something new to learn or review in their gemstone knowledge quests, but there are still many more places to learn about gems—books, salespersons, jewelry and rock shops.  Happy hunting~

Subjects relative to gemstones:

  • Art
    • Lapidary Art
    • Jewelry Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Photography
    • Architecture
    • Sculpture
    • Stone Masonry
  • History / Literature
    • Archaeology
    • Ancient Civilizations
    • Social Studies

    • World Religion

  • Science

    • Chemistry
      • ​​Organic Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences

      • Geology

      • Gemology

      • Mineralogy

  • Technology

    • 3D Modeling

  • Engineering

    • Manufacturing

  • Mathematics

    • Geometry

Key search terms:

  • gemstone

  • gemology / gemmology

  • diamond grading

  • color, carat, clarity

  • jewelry

  • stone setting

  • lapidary art

  • faceting

  • cabbing

  • cabochon

Tools for gemstone ID & measurement:

  • loupe

  • microscope

  • spectroscope

  • Chelsea filter

  • caliper

  • carat gauge measure

  • gram / milligram scale

Careers involving gemstones:

  • gemologist

  • appraiser

  • salesperson

  • lapidary artist

  • gemstone facetor

  • diamond facetor

  • bench jeweler

  • jewelry designer

  • fashion designer

  • graphic designer

  • photographer

  • 3D model maker

  • technical staff

  • museum curator

  • historian

  • teacher

  • writer

Resource

Education

Gemstone

Organizations

  • American Gem Society (AGS)

    • “The American Gem Society is the country’s preeminent jewelry trade organization dedicated to consumer protection.”
  • American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)

    • “The AGTA is recognized within the jewelry trade as the authoritative source on natural colored gemstones: “The voice of the natural colored gemstone, pearl and cultured pearl industries.””

Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens

Member created wire wrap Mt St Helens pendant. Learn about Lapidary Art:

Topaz & Citrine

Topaz & Citrine

Faceted stones made during the 2009 show’s lapidary demonstration, and auctioned at the 2009 summer picnic (a member perk). Events & Shows:

Rhodolite Garnet | Zircon | Montana Sapphire | Peridot | Iolite

Rhodolite Garnet | Zircon | Montana Sapphire | Peridot | Iolite

Member faceted gemstones featured in the [November 2008] newsletter. Find it in the Archive:

Wire Wrap Pendant

Wire Wrap Pendant

Learn about Lapidary Art:

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