From a Crystal to a Gemstone….

“Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae”

Are Gemstones and Crystals the same?

Crystals as classified as belonging to various families, depending on the elements that compose them, and their basic structure.

Through various natural processes, Crystals are formed in the depths of the earth. Then they are unearthed. The crystal Geodes are mined and cut out from the rocks. They are then cut and chopped into smaller pieces. This is followed by cleaning, polishing, and shaping the crystals into gemstones (either as drilled gemstone beads/cabochons, or, finely cut). This is when they can be effectively used for fine jewellery!

For instance, consider how the Amethyst Crystal is mined, and transformed in an Amethyst Gemstone!

Stage 1 – Geode At that initial stage of mining, they are found in the ‘Geode’ state.

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Stage 1 – Amethyst Geode

Stage 2 – Cluster – Then what we get is called a ‘Cluster’ – a piece of rock of tiny crystals embedded together as rock. 

Stage 2 – Amethyst Cluster

Stage 3 – Rough – smaller broken up pieces of a crystal

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Stage 3 – Rough Amethyst

Stage 4 – Polished – stones that are cleaned and polished for a sheen.

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Stage 4 – Polished Amethyst

Stage 5 – Shaping & Drilling – polished stones that are shaped into different shapes and sizes. This is followed by drilling holes into them to make them usable for jewellery making.

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Stage 5 – Amethyst Beads

Stage 6 – Cutting – some fine stones are not drilled, but are polished and cut, to enhance their refractive index, so as to be used in high-end jewellery.

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Stage 6 – Cut Amethyst

After this, the Amethyst gems are used in jewellery, either set in gold or silver…

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