If we were to analyze the jewelry market, we'd easily notice that from the variety of jewels available both in stores and online, most of them are made of semiprecious stones or gems. Why are gemstones necklaces so well sold? The truth is that there are no other mineral elements on earth to come in such diversity of color, transparency and overall properties in general. Think of lapis lazuli or amber: their color and luster makes them of an incredible aesthetic value, not to mention that rarity sometimes has a word in the matter. The rarer a type of gemstones, the more it will be appreciated and demanded on the market.
Don't be surprised to feel that your gemstone necklace looks crystal like; some such semiprecious stones are actually classified by the crystal criteria, groups species and varieties. Sapphires, rubies, emerald, agates and the like, were definitely valued more than diamonds at a certain time. The gorgeous colors of gemstone necklaces, the fact that they are usually worn on the same type of elegant occasions when diamonds would be too, shows us that the scale of values is not that different. Gemstone necklaces are definitely refined and incredibly stylish, and not any casual occasion is suitable for their use.
On the stone market, the popularity of certain semiprecious stones has led to an increase in the prices of gemstone necklaces, and rarity is often the factor that sets the trend. If a certain type of gemstone is both incredibly aesthetic and hard to find, no doubt its popularity will fit in the market mechanisms. This is the case of gemstone necklaces made of red beryl for instance or that of the tanzanite. The price of the latter also saw fluctuations depending on the supply that was available on the market at a certain time.
In the past precious and semiprecious stones were often attached a ritual function or symbolism, particularly in the Greek and Roman antiquity for instance. From all the gemstones, the Greeks valued asteria more than any other mineral or crystal form, as it was associated with love and passion. Some of the gemstone necklaces handmade in such times have still survived time, being found during archaeological excavations; this pretty much gives us an insight in what body decorations and jewels must have meant to the ancients, and we are definitely free to take our inspiration from them.