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A gemstone is a mineral or naturally occurring material that is carved and polished to create something very beautiful. Gemstones come in a range of different colours, shapes and sizes, each with their own individual beauty. At Drakes, Plymouth we have a diverse collection and here are some examples of our most loved gemstone types. As you will see, they all have their unique properties. Can you pick a favourite?
Amethyst comes from the quartz family and is known for its vibrant purple colour. Amethyst is the February birthstone and is said to bring luck and good health.
Citrine comes from the quartz family and its French name means lemon due to its rich yellow colour. Citrine is the November birthstone and is said to evoke success, abundance and personal power.
Diamonds are the most precious of all gemstones, made from carbon, consisting of clear and colourless crystalline. Diamond is the April birthstone and is said to bring strength, clarity and truth.
Emerald comes from the mineral beryl and are loved for their vibrancy. Emerald is the birthstone of May and is thought to preserve love, be a symbol of hope and the stone of prophecy.
Opal comes in two types, the most common being opaque but also precious opal which has beautiful flashes of iridescent colour. Opal is the birthstone for October and is said to inspire imagination and creativity.
Pearls are unique as they are the only gemstone created by a living creature, the pearl oyster, and no polishing is required to reveal its natural beauty. Pearl is traditionally the birthstone for June and is a symbol of purity, said to enhance wisdom.
Sapphires come from the mineral corundum and are the second hardest gemstone, next to diamonds. They come in a whole host of colours including blue, pink and yellow. Sapphire is the birthstone for September and is said to represent truth and loyalty.
Rubies are the rarest form of the mineral Corundum, the same mineral that Sapphires come from. Rubies are as hard as Sapphires, making them the second hardest gemstone next to diamonds. Ruby is the July birthstone and is said to represent love and happiness.
Tanzanite comes from the mineral zoisite and is named after Tanzania, the home of Mount Kilimanjaro where it was found. Tanzanite is Decembers' birthstone and is also known as the 'stone of magic', believed to help with spiritual awareness and psychic insight.