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semiprecious stonesclick to hear

Next to precious stones, these stones are the ones whose beauty and durability make them most suitable for jewelry.
semiprecious stones amethyst lapis lazuli turquoise opal tourmaline aquamarine topaz garnet

amethyst click to hear

Stone whose color ranges from pale mauve to deepest purple.

lapis lazuli click to hear

Opaque, dark blue stone that is usually speckled; the glittering flecks are proof of its authenticity.

turquoise click to hear

Opaque, light blue stone with tinges of green; it often contains brown, gray or black veins.

opal click to hear

Soft opaque stone that is milky-white or quite dark and gives off rainbowlike reflections.

tourmaline click to hear

Usually multicolored stone with a rich array of colors from red to pink and green and on to blue.

aquamarine click to hear

Stone whose color ranges from whitish-pale blue to a deep blue-aqua color.

topaz click to hear

Stone with a wide range of colors, including yellowish-orange (the most common), green (the rarest), pink (the most sought-after), blue, brown and colorless.

garnet click to hear

Stone whose color ranges from green to yellow to dark red.