Fine stones are gemstones not classified among the four precious stones. Previously called “semi-precious stones”, this term is prohibited in commerce in France by a decree of January 14, 2002.
Fine stones are minerals that are found and extracted in so-called natural deposits, often forming in rocks and under the earth's layer. A complete list of these gems is established by the CIBJO (International Confederation of the Jewelry Trade, Diamonds, Pearls and Stones).
Fine stones are widely used in jewelry. They have the advantage of being unique, no one gem is identical to the other. Translucent, transparent, opaque, colorless, pale pink, blue, green etc… Each has its color, its shape and its particularities. This is how an infinite world of jewelry has always been created.
But the use of fine stones does not stop at this precious universe. Indeed, their use dates back to time immemorial. Talisman, remedy, tool, etc. They are the basis of many everyday elements and arouse real fascination for men.
What are the fine stones?
They are so numerous that it is difficult to count them, to list them all. Below you will find the identity sheet for each fine stone that makes up our jewelry with a detailed description: history, symbolism, virtues, composition, deposits, choice, or even associated metals, and even maintenance. A complete tour that will not only help you to better understand the wonderful world of gemology, but also to more easily choose your stones according to their own personality.
Agate stone is a stone of appeasement, calm and luck. In lithotherapy, Blue Agate is a relatively widespread stone whose benefits are felt on the body, mind and soul. A stone of emotional support, it guides the wearer towards anchoring and reconnecting with oneself. It is a highly soothing stone that allows you to reconnect healthily with your emotions.
Amethyst is a symbol of serenity and wisdom. It stimulates creativity, imagination and clarity. This stone plays a great role and promotes not only meditation, concentration, but also spiritual elevation. It is also responsible for soothing anger, fear, worries, anxieties, sadness and grief.
Aventurine helps balance yin and yang and relieve stress, it helps in decision-making and promotes motivation and creativity. It can also help relieve inflammation. On a spiritual level, adventure promotes relaxation, soothes emotions and helps let go of worries.
A powerful stimulating and purifying crystal, garnet is known to instill emotional balance, strength and vitality while enhancing creativity and passion. Also a stone of protection, it brings a strong feeling of security and stability.
Stone which helps in solving problems, achieving desires and objectives. An excellent stone to give to a child, jade can bring modesty, courage, wisdom and compassion. A symbol of purity and serenity, jade is a protective stone that can attract luck and friendship.
It is a kind of shield that absorbs negative energies, dissolves them and protects its owner. It is a stone recommended for lonely people because it amplifies the gift of pleasing others and helps create new friendships. It prevents energy leaks and creates a calming and harmonious effect.
Lapis lazuli is known to ward off negative feelings such as depression, stress or anxiety. It is a protective stone that alleviates stress and depression, stimulates the mind and encourages facing the truth head on. It can improve relationships between men and women, bring good humor, creativity and tenderness.
Malachite is beneficial for dream interpretation and meditation. It is a stone that helps overcome depression, promotes endurance and has a positive effect on the immune system. It facilitates childbirth, helps with asthma and promotes restful sleep.
Cat's eye quartz gives energy, flexibility, relaxation, and boldness to its holder. It protects from the evil eye and attracts wealth.
Onyx promotes vigor, firmness and brings self-confidence. It is a grounding stone to the Earth which brings strength, control and a sense of responsibility. It promotes anchoring, improves the condition of the skin, nails and hair and improves the functioning of the senses.
It is a crystal with calming properties. Opaline is used to help stabilize mood swings and promote relaxation. It improves emotional strength during times of stress, such as periods of transition and significant change.
Peridot was one of Queen Cleopatra's favorite stones, and celebrated by the Egyptians of Ancient Egypt as the "Gem of the Sun". Peridot is used in lithotherapy for its physical and mental virtues. On an emotional and mental level, this mineral is conducive to the dissolution of negative emotions. Overall, peridot helps revive and energize the body's vital energy. It also promotes detoxification.
Moonstone is ideal for couples because it contributes to marital happiness and helps with reconciliation. It is a stone known for bringing gentleness and tolerance to people who are generally harsh and severe. It can also bring luck and wisdom and help develop intuition and creativity.
Rose quartz promotes Love and forgiveness. It is a stone that is highly recommended for angry or stressed people, it helps to alleviate jealousy, fear and sorrow. It can also bring greater confidence and help you love yourself, accept yourself and value yourself.
If you are sporty or have an artistic soul, the blue topaz stone is for you. Indeed, it is renowned for attracting inspiration, protection and clarity of mind. For minor mood disorders, the stone is perfect. It helps fight against states of sadness naturally by soothing anxiety and stress.
Turquoise regulates the nervous system and helps control anger. It is a protective stone that absorbs negative energies, it brings optimism, discernment and confidence. It brings creativity, courage, wisdom and helps with communication by providing eloquence, distribution and vocal quality.
Organic stones, a category which includes gems made from organic and not mineral matter (the mother-of-pearl, interior covering of certain molluscs, the pearl, composed of mother-of-pearl which the mollusc uses to protect itself from a foreign element, coral, formed by colonies of polyps, amber, a fossil resin, etc.).
The most common colors of mother-of-pearl range from silvery white to light pink, with iridescence in all the colors of the rainbow. The mother-of-pearl from the Burgo shell has a magnificent shine. Prized for its iridescent reflections, mother-of-pearl has or has had many uses here, it is used to make pretty jewelry. As popular in summer as in winter, they will be unanimous and everyone's happiness.
Freshwater pearls are cultivated by introducing a small piece of tissue or mother-of-pearl into a freshwater mollusk which will then develop mother-of-pearl, thus forming a pearl.
Frequently used in jewelry thanks to its hardness and shine similar to that of diamonds, but at a lower cost, zirconium oxide continues to make headlines. Be careful not to confuse it with zircon: apart from the 6 letters of their name, these two don't have much in common. And to begin with, unlike zircon, zirconium oxide is not a natural stone, but synthetic. That's everything you need to know about zirconia, as it is also called.