In this category you will understand the power and presence that stones have in our lives. For many people, stones are considered as a simple hard rocks with different shapes found in the ground sometimes filled with colours or sparkle but deprived of any emotional value.

For others, stones take up a lot of emotional space in their life. As a matter of fact, the use of Chinese or Herbal medicine, reflexology or homeopathy therapies have expanded in the past few years in the quest of a healthier and more natural lifestyle amongst which we can find Lithotherapy, a method that cures using stones. In fact, gems and semi-precious stones have been used for decades in solving health problems. Lithotherapy is a technique that uses stones, gems, crystals or quartz to reach a therapeutic effect on a body. For example, if the use of diamonds is completely excluded, opals are protective stones that intensify emotions, sooth the mind, stimulate creativity, beat infections and help sleeping. In addition to cure a sore, each stone have different caracterics carrying a specific energy power.

Birthstones are very popular. In fact, each month is associated with a range of stones. Many people find interesting to know which ones are associated to them in order to carry one around with them at all times. As a form of protection these stones can be set on a piece of jewelry or carried around in its rough form. A stone will energize the body and the mind in one-way or another. In this section, The Eye of Jewelry presents birthstones of the month, introducing their characteristics, powers and virtues to the soul. In addition, when stones come to mind, our readers often think about their provenance, their mining and sourcing stages.

When and if possible, we disclose as much information as we have in order to be transparent about the side of the jewelry industry not many really know about. You can also read our investigative reports on regulations, conflict free diamonds and sustainable programs some brands get involved in regards to the acquisition of stones and the making their jewelry. You will also hear about stones when we meet with gemmologists, gem-setters, stone dealers, certified designers or creative directors who handpick their stones prior to designing a jewelry collection or a bespoke piece. At the end of the day, there is so much you can learn about stones from a therapeutic to a holistic or business level.

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What are the 4 Cs? Why is it important?

Hunting for that perfect diamond may seem rather daunting. One way to simplify the process is to think about the 4Cs. These are the 4 most important aspects to a diamond: Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight. The 4Cs have…

TALK: synthetic diamonds, diamonds provoking debate

Synthetic diamonds, previously reserved for industry, now stand supreme as real challengers to natural diamonds. The question however is: how much so? Can synthetic diamonds be put on a par with natural diamonds? Do they embody the future of the…

What is a Tsavorite?

Tsavorite is a gemstone from the garnet family that was discovered in 1967 in Tanzania and again in Kenya in 1971, near the Tsavo East National Park. Tiffany & Co took interest in this light to deep, rich green gemstone,…

What kind of stone is the Tagua seed?

With the controversial issues surrounding the use of ivory, it is no surprise that jewelers have been looking for an alternative option. Jewelers have found that new inspiration in vegetable ivory, or more commonly known as tagua nut. 

What is a Spessartite?

With such an intense coloring, Spessartite Garnets make for the perfect stone to highlight a High Jewelry piece. These orange colored stones have recently been on the rise in popularity in the latest High Jewelry collections we have spotted during…

What is an Amazonite?  

Amazonite is a translucent to opaque mineral, that comes in shades of green. This stone was named after the Amazon River, though no deposits have been found there. Amazonite can come with white streaks in them, creating beautiful patterns for…

What is a Cabochon ?

Described as one of the oldest cutting techniques for gemstones, cabochons have been around for decades. This rounded top or pyramidal style can be seen in many gemstones, with a few differing shapes and styles.