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Semi Precious Stones

When it comes to fine jewelry, terms like precious stones and semi-precious stones can get blurred and blended and confused; though diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies are sometimes considered more precious, all natural gems are beautiful and valuable and many are used in the finest pieces offered by Victoria Townsend, EFFY Collection and Monet.

Topaz is a beautiful choice for earrings and is often surrounded by colorless diamonds to add even more sparkle. Blue goes well with light colored metals like silver and white gold and there are many really beautiful topaz sets that include earrings and a pendant style necklace. Another gem often considered semi-precious and quite beautiful is the gold opal. Sometimes displaying a hint of different colors in its depths, opals are favorites for rings and are often combined with small diamond chips and yellow gold.

People who are drawn to green gems often choose peridot, the stone for August birthdays and one that is perfect for necklaces that combine yellow gold and a dangling design. Peridot is often seen in lovely sets that include earrings, necklace and bracelet and goes beautifully with brown or gold gems.

When looking for semi-precious stones, it’s easy to overlook one of the more rustic but still beautiful examples that is often faceted like a diamond to display its natural color to its best advantage: smoky quartz. A perfect mate for yellow gold, this is a great choice for drop or stud style earrings or for the peridot sets mentioned above.

Finding it hard to choose just one? Wear a conversation piece and avoid having to play favorites with a charm bracelet that combines a little of each mounted onto a chain of white gold or sterling silver. 

When looking for a special piece of jewelry that uses natural gems, consider all the possibilities. Browse the great selection of semi-precious stones today at Macy’s.

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