Nature's Gemstones

We choose precious gemstones for astrological prescription, healing and most importantly beautiful jewelry.

What follows is an assortment of possibilities for you with links to lots more information.    

The story of birthstones.

The myth about color.

At Crest Jewel we focus on natural stones without any treatments. These are getting harder and harder to find and are priced accordingly.

There are pros and cons to every type of gemstone whether natural or manmade. And there are layers of possible variations for each gem family due to the many treatments developed over the years.

For most of our purposes here at Crest Jewel lack of treatment is preferred. We look for stones in their original most natural state.

We also pay attention to our customer's purpose for the stones. For a gem prescription for the enhancement of wellbeing we prefer natural un-treated stones. If you  have a color request for a particular design element some treatment might be useful to"pop" the color and in that case synthetics could be a good thing.  Man made stones can be completely magical. Adding the human creative element when the crystal is forming can make the process an artform. Phenomenal visual effects in one case occur when man and nature intersect through nano technology on the quantum mechanical level:

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Sometimes stones are heat treated with focused sunlight. Sometimes some fire is used in a minimal treatment for a desired effect that might not conflict with the nature of the stone itself if it is already a "warm" stone like a ruby.

An emerald treated with oil does not detract from it’s structural effect and might be obtained at a lesser price. These methods of treatment are preferable to the significant alteration caused by so many “secret” harsh treatments so prevalent today.

We try to disclose at least the nature of the treatment and whether it is mild or harsh. It can influence the price. But even though untreated stones are in high demand sometimes a highly treated stone can be enhanced in such a marvelous way it will command a very high price because of its spectacular beauty.

Each stone is unique and the person who falls in love with it equally so.

Remember you will always be the one who will know best which stones "speak to you"