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Precious Gems
Exceptional Quality Precious Gemstones at AfricaGems - Loose Precious Gemstones Like Alexandrite, Blue Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Emerald and Ruby Fine Quality Gems
Origins of The Word Precious Gemstones
While the classifications of precious and semi-precious gemstones have been around since ancient times, ancient definitions were often based on the visual beauty or talismanic properties of the gem. The modern definitions of precious and semi-precious gems date back to the mid-1800s. One of the catalysts was the discoveries of big amethyst deposits, which suddenly made amethyst - valued as a precious stone for centuries - not as rare and coveted. So amethyst dropped off the list, and the precious gemstones were defined as diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. All other gemstones, no matter how beautiful, were relegated to