Every colour of the rainbow

Precious and semi-precious stones are minerals, which, in cut and polished form can become a fabulous centre point for the most beautiful pieces. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewellery because of their lustre or other aesthetic characteristics. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. Colour can be a fantastic expression of individuality and throughout the ages different gemstones have been thought to have healing and protective powers.

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