Nothing makes a more heartfelt gift than a piece of gemstone jewellery. Here we give you the ultimate guide to these beautiful and alluring stones:
Agate comes from the quartz family of gemstones, deriving from ancient volcanic rocks found all over the world. Noted for their striking banded or marbled patterning and wide range of colours, agates make beautiful items of jewellery that are long lasting and agelessly beautiful.
Nothing could be more natural than a piece of amber jewellery. This attractive and vibrant orange gemstone is in fact fossilised tree resin, and has been cherished since ancient times. Flattering and warming to the complexion, amber jewellery makes a thoughtful gift for any occasion.
This striking purple stone is a type of quartz and can be found across the world, principally in Brazil. It is said to symbolise love, happiness and spiritual growth, and is thought to make its wearer courageous. So much so that Egyptian soldiers would wear amethysts to inspire them as they went into battle. It is the birthstone for February, so makes a perfect gift for anyone born during this month.
Aventrine is an eye-catching gemstone that most commonly comes in shades of green, ranging from pale mint through to deep, lustrous emerald green. Its beautiful shimmering qualities make it perfect for a range of jewellery pieces, as it captures the light with a unique iridescence.
While you may be most familiar with black onyx, its blue cousin makes for a perfect piece of gemstone jewellery. Its rich blue shades are pleasing to the eye, and the gemstone is said to boost mental power and soothe away anxiety, as well as guiding you to make good decisions.
Highly prized by the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans as a good luck talisman, this translucent stone comes in many attractive shades of warm orange-red tones. It is said to calm emotions and focus the mind. Carnelian is often regarded as a birthstone for people with birthdays in August and September, and so a piece of Carnelian jewellery makes a fitting gift for anyone with a birthday at this time of year.
We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but did you also know that they are the hardest natural material available and so make a classic, beautiful, and long-lasting gemstone for a jewellery? And if you have an April birthday, you have yet another reason to purchase a diamond piece as it’s your birthstone… lucky you!
If you have a birthday in May, then this beautiful green gem is your birthstone. Treasured throughout history, from the Babylonian times to Ancient Greece and right through to the present day, it was even a favourite of Egyptian queen Cleopatra. It remains a much-loved jewel today, thanks to its striking green hues and mysterious allure.
For anyone who appreciates an intensity of colour and a noble history, the gemstone lapis is for you. This distinctive blue gemstone has been prized by civilisations around the world since the beginning of time, and is ever popular today in jewellery, such as earrings or pendants.
Libyan desert glass
As its name suggests, Libyan desert glass is found in the Sahara desert in east Libya and the west of Egypt, and originates from the impact of a meteorite millions of years ago. This rare and mysterious gemstone in delicate shades of yellow can be crafted into beautiful pieces of jewellery, and is said to have the power to stimulate the wearer’s fertility and wealth.
Marcasite is a versatile gemstone, lending itself to ornate jewellery and giving it sparkle and vigour. It gained popularity in Queen Victoria’s reign, and is known for complementing pearls or works beautifully simply on its own. For the best marcasite jewellery Australia has to offer, see our collection of striking designs.
The opal’s ability to reflect all the colours of the rainbow make it a highly desirable gemstone and explains its nickname “Queen of Gemstones”. A truly Australian gemstone, 95 per cent of the world’s opal production takes place in this country.
For a quirky and unusual gemstone, look no further than operculum. It comes from a special structure on a marine snail’s shell that acts as a barrier. Its spiral pattern is intriguing and considered mystical in many cultures, making for a remarkable and natural addition to a piece of jewellery.
Each pearl has an amazing story behind it. They are formed when a foreign body, such as a grain of sand enters an oyster’s shell. To protect itself, the oyster will coat it with layers of nacre or mother-of-pearl until a beautiful pearl is formed. Our 925 pearl necklace is a classic piece that reflects the true beauty of this universally loved gemstone.
The beautiful ruby comes in a whole spectrum of red shades, all the way through to deep blood red. A durable gemstone, its dazzling beauty has captivated many civilizations. It is said to represent fervent passion and desire, and so a piece of ruby jewellery makes a thoughtful and heartfelt gift for a loved one.
In ancient times, poets and mystics believed that the sky got its blue colour from the reflection of sapphires. While blue is indeed the most popular colour for this dazzling gemstone, did you know that it also comes in shades of violet, pink, grey, orange and yellow? Sri Lanka produces the world’s greatest supply of sapphires exceeding 100 carats, but they can be found all over the world, including New South Wales and Queensland where they appear in intriguing shades of midnight blue.
Turquoise is a distinctive bright blue gemstone highly esteemed by many cultures around the world. The Native Americans believed that it was created when human tears fell to the earth in periods of drought and transformed into this beautiful stone. What makes it even more precious is that it is believed to protect against the evil eye and possess healing powers.
MaLiSilver stocks a beautiful range of gemstone jewellery, silver rings, earrings, bracelets, cuffs and anklets, pendants and more. Browse our website for the ultimate, unique gift for yourself or the special person in your life.