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You may have heard words like “minerals,” “natural stones,’ or “gems” used interchangeably, but these words actually have slight differences in their definition. In general, “minerals” are inorganic crystalline materials that are formed in the Earth’s crust. Naturally made stones found in the ground are formed by a cluster of these minerals. In actuality, calling these “natural stones” feels appropriate, but these terms are used with specificity in the jewelry world.
In the jewelry world, what we refer to as “natural stones” are actually minerals or ores that have been processed, polished, and shaped as a part of an ornament. In other words, it is a general term for stones used for decoration, and the name "natural stone" itself is given a business value.
Among these natural stones are gems, which are beautiful and of rarity value. These are referred to as “precious stones,” a selection of high-price natural stones. Gems have been a symbol of power to royal families since ancient times. Today, many collectors keep them as assets.
Our business mainly offers a range of “natural stones,” including precious and semi-precious stones, as well as a wide range of production, such as jewelry/accessories to power stone bracelets.
Most of our natural stones have been “polished, processed, reinforced, and beautified.” Whether the stone has dyes, such as agate, or a natural, rough stone, we handle them as natural stones.
About Gemstone Treatments
As mentioned earlier, it is very common for “natural stones” to be “polished, processed, reinforced, and beautified” in the jewelry world.
Polishing process includes cutting, using abrasives to piece together ground stones and polished over a long period of time to bring out a gloss and shine. It is safe to say that this polishing process, which is the most common part of processing stones, brings out the best of the stone.
In addition, natural stones have another process called “enhancement,” which are applied by hand. Enhancement, meaning “improvement”, refers to artificial stone processing to bring out the stone’s natural beauty without changing its characteristics.
White topaz in "natural color"
Some well-known processes that come to mind are “heat treatment,” “radiation treatment,” and “resin impregnation treatment. (stabirized)” Heat treatment activates the “color element” that is naturally in the stone, causing the stone to change or darken in color. Since the activated elements are naturally present in the stone, the properties of the stone remain unchanged. Similarly, radiation treatment involves using radiation to change the color or increase saturation. These processes can only be done artificially, by picking up where earth and nature left off.
Swiss blue topaz by enhancement (radiation treatment)
Resin impregnation treatment (stabirized)is often use in softer stones with little brittleness, such as turquoise. Since using colored resin with this treatment is considered color treatment, resin impregnation treatment (stabirized) is generally used with colorless resin, which is absorbed by the stone. Resin impregnation treatment (stabirized) is also used to increase durability so that the stone stays intact and does not crack during the cutting, processing, and post-processing. Other enhancements, such as lead-glass impregnation of rubies and oil impregnation of emeralds, reduce the appearance of internal scratches in the stone and enhance the product.
Similar to enhancement is an artificial process called “treatment.” This process takes advantage of the stone’s characteristics to color, coats metal powders with heat, such as titanium or gold, or an artificial creation regardless of the stone’s characteristics.
Pink topaz with treatment (coating)
The difference between “enhancement” and “treatment” is slim, but to put more simply, if we compare natural stones to a woman, enhancement is a “facial spa” and treatment is the “makeup” that makes you look even more beautiful.
Gemstones and healing stones
In recent days, crystal healing and healing stones have become more common and we hear these words more often. This is partly due to technological development, but actually originates from an ancient belief.
Since ancient times, humans have regarded stones and gems as something sacred or of a “special power.” We see this exhibited through Stonehenge in England or Ayers Rock in Australia, and even shrines in Japan here large rocks are enshrined. There are also many records of past civilizations using gems as part of witchcraft. This is because gems and natural stones were believed to be spiritual and clairvoyant. A good example of this is the crystal ball of a psychic.
Additionally, healing stones are thought to have a “talismanic element” and bring joy to its owner through the meaning of each stone, such as birthstone or stone language.
Some people seek the meaning and effects of natural stones as healing stones, while others seek the beauty of natural stones themselves.
For this reason, we sell these collectively as natural stone materials. It is up to you to decide whether you want to use it as a healing stone or as a natural stone material.
Moldavite is popular as a rare stone and as a healing stone.
Quality of Gemstones
?We receive many questions about the quality of natural stones. Often times, we give answers such as, “Product A is better than Product B.” However, there is no “common standard” in the natural stone world - “common understanding” might be more accurate than a common standard.
Stones that are considered to be high quality are ones with high transparency, bright or dark natural colors, strong coloration or schiller, few external and internal scratches, and few inclusions or impurities - this is the “common understanding” in the natural stone world. Naturally, the price of a high-quality natural stone is higher than the price of an ore or raw stone.
However, each natural stone business has its own quality standards based on their unique, common understanding.
High quality precious opals with strong play of colors.
Our quality standards are equal across all natural stones and graded according to our unique grading system, taking into account the stone’s rarity or use as a bead. Our buyers have a strict eye for quality, and we strive to provide our customers with products that exceed our prices.
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