You are interested in the natural origin of gemstones and you want to learn more about the sourcing process of GEMHYPE.COM colored gemstones? ... then this blogpost is just the right thing for you!
Have you lately thought about the fact that everything we own in terms of material things like technical devices, clothing and even our jewelry, has its origin in nature? Some of us haven't consciously pursued this thought for a long time - probably because of the fast-paced daily schedule.
Therefore, we would like to bring all of us with this post a bit "Down to Earth'' and explain as simply as possible the exciting history of the origin of gemstones. At the best, we cause in us an increasing mindfulness and appreciation towards the treasures of our earth.
The earth provides us a huge variation of raw materials, among which some are found in large quantities and others are characterized by rarity.
Basically, gemstones such as sapphires, aquamarines or diamonds are minerals like many other types of stones. However, gemstones differ significantly from other types of stones in the purity of their composition, hardness, and various inclusions. Expressed in numbers: Of the approximately 5,000 different types of minerals, less than 100 are classified as gemstones.
Let's start with the excursion to a time several million years ago and see how the most special mineral is created, which today fascinates our jewelry world and makes our jewelry beautiful and precious!
There are three different ways how gemstones can be created by the forces of nature. The formation process of colored gemstones, which are created from a so-called "Eruptive Stone", we would like to explain in more detail in this article.
The story of the formation of gemstones starts hundreds of miles below the earth's crust in the hot and liquid inner part of our earth. Besides the unimaginable heat, there is an immense pressure. The liquid magma is, to describe it simply, an enormous primordial soup of minerals. However, these properties alone are not enough. Special conditions must be present to allow the valuable stones to form.
The eruption of a volcano and the escape of lava bring gases and trace elements to the surface - the basic materials for the formation of gemstones.
As the lava flows cool, a layer of rock gradually builds up. As the lava cools, the gas bubbles become trapped in the lava. Fine cracks appear in the bubbles, where water vapor condenses. Silica is formed, which can enter the cavities. The acid in turn dissolves minerals from the volcanic rock and forms crystals. If iron ions are then added, an amethyst, for example, can be formed.
But also peridot, fluorite or opals are formed in this way.
Over time, movements of the earth push the crystals upwards. Thereupon, these can be discovered by us humans and mined in so-called mines. This whole process usually takes several million years!
Did you know...? According to medieval custom, the amethyst is considered the birthstone for the month of February - suitable, because in our newsletter, as announced, we will explain more about the respective stone of the month!
How does the gemstone come from the mine to our GEMHYPE.COM online store?
The sourcing process of our gemstones has long been carried out transparently and with the utmost care by our parent company HC Arnoldi. The founders of GEMHYPE, Isaline and Carl-Philip Arnoldi, together with their father Hubert Arnoldi (Managing Director HC Arnoldi, Gemstone Store and Gemstone Cutting Shop) are significantly involved in this process.
We buy rough stones from suppliers all over the world and check them for color, flaws, cracks and general quality condition, among other things.
We can trace the origin of the rough stones we use from the original mine to the point of sale - our granite for reliable and always high quality. In the gemstone cutting workshop in Kirschweiler near Idar-Oberstein, a team of more than 15 highly qualified, trained employees completes with precision what nature has created over millions of years.
Hand in hand, we jointly face our social responsibility in the partner countries with which we feel connected through the trade in gemstones.
Click here to learn more about our social commitment in our partner countries.
In addition, we only offer gemstones from conflict-free countries. Learn more about our fair and sustainable trade strategy here.
Source: Planet wissen