Colored Gemstone Checklist
Emeralds, sapphires, and rubies -- these are perhaps the most beloved of colored gemstones. But many bright and enchanting gems are available to accessorize your personal style and fill your jewelry box. A gemstone is a mineral that is used to decorate items of value, usually jewelry, but also household items and even clothing. Gem-quality minerals must be rare stones, which increases their value, with attractive color and enough durability to tolerate cutting and polishing. Learn more about these dazzling jewels with this checklist of popular gemstones.