Gemstone Buyer's Guide

At Ernest Jones we sell a wide variety of jewellery adorned with beautiful gemstones. Gemstone jewellery makes a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, christenings or even milestone wedding anniversaries. Whether you believe in the spiritual aspects of gemstones or not, buying gemstone jewellery to reflect the recipient's individual qualities is a personal and thoughtful gift to give.

Every month has its own gemstone which is said to be lucky for the people born in that month. There are many variations around the world, but in the following gemstone guide, you will find the ones most commonly used in the UK.

What is a gemstone?

A gemstone is the naturally occurring crystalline form of a mineral that has been fashioned for personal adornment. For centuries gemstones have been a representation of wealth and power which can still be seen today with fashion-led trends. They are considered valuable because of their rarity, strength, beauty and durability.

In 1822, a German mineralogist called Friedrich Mohs created the scale to measure the relative hardness or scratch resistance of various minerals. Gemstones are rated in accordance to the Mohs' scale for their hardness. Diamonds are the hardest of gemstones at ten on the Mohs scale while pearls are one of the softest at just three on the Mohs scale.