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Everything You Need to Know About Semiprecious Stones

July 15, 2020

How do you classify stones? Are they simply rocks, pebbles that surround your pond, or pieces of jewelry? Whatever the case, stones have been classified into two categories: “Precious Stones” and “Semiprecious Stones,” since the 17th century. While precious stones are generally used to reference diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, the semiprecious stones category contains the rest, and the majority. Precious stones are known to include stones that are more rare, desirable, and with a higher grade of stone.

One thing to keep in mind is that this categorization of stones isn’t actually based on any scientific backing, meaning that it simply relies on general rarity and value. In today’s market, we’ve seen semiprecious stones go for much more than precious stones due to their history, origin, and other differentiating factors. That being said, precious stones don’t mean better, especially when there are semiprecious stones incredibly more rare than some that are considered precious.


Making a Decision

Each and every semiprecious stone is unique and individual, creating a subjective perception and an issue with even calling them “semiprecious,” because aren’t all stones precious? Many people in the industry believe using the term is controversial, but after a century and a half of doing so it’s hard to make the switch.

Our arrangement of stones includes marble, granite, quartzite, calcite, onyx, travertine, limestone, quartz, and fine porcelain. These stones are cut, polished, and produced to create countertops, flooring, and other decor options with beautiful patterns and colors. As you take a look at Our Catalog, keep in mind that your taste is the most valuable part of your decision, and you know yourself best. Find something that speaks to you.


Stones are precious and emotional.

Create a connection with your stone. If someone chooses opal for their high school graduation ring, perhaps they appreciate the soft tone and bright colors. Perhaps it reminds them of their youth, or their bright future ahead of them as they begin a new job. If someone chooses an onyx countertop, they may be fond of its pattern’s unpredictability. At the end of the day, having a connection with your stone is what adds the most value and will ensure a smile on your face.

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