From the very dawn of civilization, man has been fascinated by brilliant, shiny, colorful shells, stones and crystals. Their possession made him more important than others. Gems have always been regarded as bringers of peace, prosperity and happiness.
A couple of centuries ago, the terms ‘Precious’ and ‘Semi-Precious’ stones came into common use. Although there are many exceptions to this classification, these terms are still in use. For example, diamonds have always been considered precious stones, yet there are diamonds that sell for $100 a carat. On the other hand, there are garnets that sell in excess of $1,000 a carat and garnets have traditionally been considered semiprecious stones. For this reason, jewelers may often refer to gemstones other than diamonds, as ‘Colored Stones’.