Cremation Gems: Everything You need to know from Alexandrite to Zircon
Did you know there is a way to get the gorgeous gemstones you want without having to purchase a gem or crystal that was mined from the earth? Mining gemstones robs the Earth of its precious resources. Furthermore, many countries that practice mining do so under harsh conditions which are often in direct violation of human rights and child labor laws. With cremation gemstones and cremation crystals, you can have laboratory-grown stones that are eco-friendly and just as beautiful as their natural counterparts.
Cremation gems offer the same beauty, luxury, and shine as naturally-occurring gemstones, but are made in a lab under controlled conditions. Not to mention you can snag one of these gorgeous gems at a fraction of the cost of a real gem.
Imagine the feeling of wearing part of a deceased loved one inside of a cremation gemstone. Lab-grown cremation gems are created from the cremated ashes or hair from a person or pet.
Gemstones come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. We take a look at the most popular gemstones to help you learn more about these precious jewels.
A stone of many colors. This unique gemstone elicits a color-changing effect. In the daylight, it looks like a deep-earthy turquoise color – inside under the light of a lamp Alexandrite is red with a touch of raspberry. Value of this gemstone is higher when the color-changing effect is more pronounced.
Adding some romance to the Valentine’s Day month, Amethyst is a fitting birthstone for February. In addition to the beautiful color of this gemstone, Amethyst is also widely popular because it’s abundant and comes in many shapes and sizes, which make this more affordable than many gems.
You can almost visualize the color of this gemstone just by its name alone. In fact, Aquamarine literally translates to “seawater”, and the color is a vibrant blue that brings to mind images of the sea. Symbolizing youth, health, and fidelity, this timeless gemstone is also a birthstone for March.
Golden yellow-orange hues in the Citrine gemstone were no doubt the origin of the saying that “Citrine is a gift from the sun”. French for the word lemon, Citrine ranges from a bright lemon yellow to an orangish-brown color. Widely available in many shapes and sizes, including very large stones, Citrine is one of the most affordable and popular gemstones.
Harder than any other gemstone on Earth, diamonds have been highly sought after since ancient times. For hundreds of years, women and men have been wearing diamonds and they are considered the ultimate gift and symbol of love. Diamonds are available in a variety of cuts and colors, and when evaluating a diamond – the 4 C’s apply: cut, color, clarity, and carat.
As a May birthstone, Emerald is the perfect color to symbolize springtime because it represents rebirth and love. Value of an emerald is higher in the stones with deeper, more intense hues of green. In fact, the most valuable Emeralds in existence are so rich they also exhibit vivid-bluish hues.
Because certain rare geological conditions must be present to create a colored diamond – these gemstones are scarce and expensive. Pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, red, and brown-colored diamonds exist. The value of a colored diamond is dependent on the intensity of their color in terms of tone, hue, and saturation.
January’s birthstone can be found in a wide variety of colors, all with incredible hues and tones. Garnet can be found in various shades of red, green, orange, brown, pink, and purple. Mysticism surrounds this gemstone with legends that it protects against accidents and nightmares. Around the world, people give Garnet gemstones to one another as gifts for any occasion.
Everyone is familiar with green shimmery Jade gemstones. But, did you know that Jade is also found in shades of yellow, white, pink, and lavender? Because this gemstone was thought to preserve the corpse of the dead, it’s not uncommon to find in tombs. Various shapes exist for Jade, but a flat disc is the most common.
Lapis Lazuli dates way back to 400 B.C. and is a highly-revered gemstone. Vibrant blue tones within the stone have been used for paint in ancient culture. The name of this stone is a combination of the Persian word lazhward, “blue”, and the Latin word lapis, “stone.” The rich celestial-blue color of this gem has long been associated with gods, royalty, power, spirit, truth, wisdom, and vision.
Beneath the pearly luminescent covering of the moonstone lies centuries of mystique and power associated with this gorgeous gem. Alternating layers of Albite and Orthoclase create an effect called adularescence – which is the diffraction of light as it hits these layers.
Known as the stone of divine love, Morganite is an overall pink precious gemstone. When looking closely at this gem, a myriad of dazzling shades are visible from soft subtle tones of pink and lavender to peach and apricot and even hot fuschia. Morganite symbolizes love and prosperity.
Black Onyx is typically the first variation of this gemstone that comes to mind. However, many do not realize that Onyx comes in a variety of colors, including white, brown, reddish brown, and banded. Sardonyx is a type of Onyx that has reddish brown, white, and lighter bands throughout. Regardless of the options, black remains the most popular variety of Onyx.
Opal became known as the “Queen of Gems” in ancient times because it hosts all the colors of other gems. Unique as our very own fingerprints – Opal is an original and versatile gemstone that will never date or go out of style. Some Opals display stunning blues and greens while others feature yellows and reds – and even rarer Opals are found in stunning black.
Paraiba Tourmaline was only discovered in the late 1980s, but it has become one of the rarest and most valuable gems worldwide. Coincidentally, the gem comes from the ocean shores of Paraiba, and the electric blues and greens are reminiscent of its origins. No other gem in the world has the same shades of blues and green as this gemstone.
Pearls have been admired, sought after, and even worshipped by people throughout documented history. Pearls are a birthstone for the month of June. What makes pearls so unique compared to other gemstones is that they are the only ones that are formed inside of a living creature. Cultured pearls can be found in many colors from pale cream, lilac, white, rose, gold, black, grey, and green.
An August birthstone, Peridot, is an historic stone that is most commonly found in a signature lime-green color. In ancient times, this gem was said to be a gift from Mother Nature, and people have believed it could bring the wearer healing powers and magic.
Red Tourmaline, also known as Rubellite Tourmaline, combines vivid shades of pink with dark ruby red and violet tint. Unlike other gemstones, true Rubellite gives off just as much intensity in daylight as they do in artificial light. The vibrant colors in this gem symbolize life, energy, and passion.
Known for many years as the “king of all gems”, Ruby represents emotion, courage, love, and passion. Often owned by kings and royalty throughout the ages, rubies were believed to bring good fortune to the wearer. Rubies are the most-valued gemstones and come in a range of red colors from purplish to bluish or even orange-red.
Because the origin of the word sapphire is Greek for “blue”, many people associate Sapphire with blue or bluish-purple hues. Known as a birthstone for the month of September, Sapphire represents honesty, purity, trust, and loyalty. Because of this symbolism, Sapphires are the most popular gemstones to adorn engagement rings today.
Because the color of Spinel is similar to that of the Ruby, centuries ago it was referred to as the daughter of the Ruby. Contrary to popular belief, Spinels are actually rarer than Rubies, but can often be found in large sizes. Spinel is a birthstone for the month of August.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the only place on Earth where Tanzanite gemstones have been found. This gem is a birthstone for the month of December and displays an intriguing rich-blue color with tones of vivid purples.
Topaz is a birthstone for the month of November and comes in various shades of green, blue, red, honey, yellow, brown, pink – or even no color at all. Imperial Topaz is the most highly-prized and features orange and pink undertones.
The name Tourmaline means “mixed stone”, and this October birthstone lives up to its name! This unique stone is available in a rainbow of colors and often features more than one of these colors: mint, peach, pink, magenta, blue, violet, dark green, bright yellow, purple, and more.
Turquoise is one of the oldest-known gemstones. In addition to being ancient, Turquoise is also a December birthstone. Its distinct robin’s egg blue color has drawn people to this gem for centuries, and it’s symbolic of healing, wealth, and luck.
Zircon is found in an array of colors, including dark red, brown, orange, green, and yellow – but the most popular and well-known varieties of Zircon are bright Caribbean Sea colors. Also, a December birthstone, Zircon is associated with honor, wisdom, prosperity, and resting.