• 登录
  • 只提供英语客户支持

    免费通话 - 仅限美国和加拿大:


  • Change Language
  • USD

Buying Organic Gems and Jewelry

Mother-of-Pearl Pendant
Mother-of-Pearl Pendant

When most people hear the term 'organic', the first thing that comes to mind is usually food, such as organic fruit and vegetables. Many forget that not only can you eat and drink organic products, but you can also wear them. Although they share similar defining characteristics, in the gem and jewelry trade, 'organic' takes on a slightly different meaning than it does for the food and health industry. In order for foods to be classified as organic, they must either be grown or raised with only the use of natural materials. This means that before organic products are offered to the consumer market, they must not be processed or show any indication of artificial enhancement, including the use of synthetic chemical treatments, such as dyes used for coloring. Like organic foods, organic gemstones must also be completely natural. In fact, they are products of nature. If we apply the same definition of 'organic' to gemstones as we do for foods, then technically all untreated and natural gemstones could be described as organic. They also share two things in common: First, they're all products of some form of biological process, either animal or vegetable. Secondly, all organic gems could be considered priceless, and they're especially unique for the making of creative and interesting jewelry. What could be more precious than wearing jewelry as natural as life itself?

So what exactly qualifies as an organic gem?
The classification of organic gems is based on whether the material was once part (or a by-product) of something that was living. Over the last decade, interest in organic gems has been increasing, just as the organic food niche has resulted in the exponential development of stores that specialize in organic foods. Just like organic foods, organic gemstones have a very specialized industry. However, when it comes to organic gems, the ability to meet consumer demands becomes slimmer year-after-year, because unlike food, there's an extremely limited supply of natural gems, especially natural organic gems.

Men's Fossil Coral Silver Pendant
Men's Fossil Coral Silver Pendant

Since organic gemstones are produced by some type of biological process, either animal or vegetable, they are quite a rarity. Many organic gems are highly sought after by collectors, and some, such as ivory and coral, have caused great concern among animal rights activists and environmental campaigners. In addition to being collectable, organic gemstones are also popular for the manufacturing of jewelry. In fact, some of the earliest forms of jewelry ever found were made of the shells of marine mollusks; they would be strung and worn like contemporary beaded bracelets and necklaces. Since prehistoric times, organic gems have been prized by people from all walks of life. Some organic gemstones can be extremely expensive, but there are other varieties that are very affordable, including fossilized (petrified) wood, mother-of-pearl and shark's teeth.

The family of organic gemstones is very small, and technically they're not even stones per se. Of the hundreds of gemstone varieties available today, only a small handful of gems are classified as organic, most of which are extremely rare, some even more so than rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds combined. Interestingly enough, unlike organic foods, it is acceptable for organic gemstones to be enhanced by the use of artificial or synthetic counterparts. Additionally, for many gems, artificial enhancements are considered routine, comparable to the heating of sapphire or the oiling of emerald. Common organic gem enhancements for organic gems include dyeing (often seen in pearls and mother-of-pearl), as well as stabilization or impregnation, usually with plastic, polymer or resin, in efforts to increase the durability of fragile materials. Organic gems may also be enhanced through assembling of layers, which utilizes various adhesives and may even contain a layer of synthetic material (such as ammolite doublets and triplets).

Rhomboid Ammolite Pendant
Rhomboid Ammolite Pendant

Other than cultured pearls and cultured mother-of-pearl, organic gemstones must be naturally formed, which makes them especially unique. Some of the most popular and well-known organic gems include freshwater and saltwater pearls. Pearls are the ultimate in luxury, and for most of time, they were worn and owned only by the world's elite. Ivory is an organic gem that has caused much controversy over the last century. Originally the main source of ivory was elephant tusks, especially elephants from certain areas of Africa and Asia, which threatened the species. However, today, ivory can also be sourced from a variety of other, non-threatened animals such as the teeth and tusks of hippos, walruses, whales, wart hogs and even the remains of mammoths.

Coral gemstones are also organic, and when polished, they can exhibit an amazing luster. Amber is another unique organic gem that has a color like no other gem in the entire world. Polished amber is normally available en cabochon and this highly remarkable material formed from the hardened resin of pine trees is a result of a process that dates back over 50 million years. As odd as it sounds, even highly polished coal is considered a desirable gem, specifically jet, one of the few types of gemstones that comes in black. Jet was extremely popular during the 19th century, but over the last century, it has become increasingly rare. Other fossilized organic materials include petrified wood; a gemstone that began its life as an organic material, but over time, became crystallized and pseudomorphed into a variety of quartz. The same process is also found in coral species.

Fossil coral at one time in its life was organic living coral. But over 20 million years, it became 'agatized' and slowly transformed into quartz, all while retaining some of its original properties. Lastly, one of the most colorful organic gems in the world and arguably one of the rarest is ammolite, a gemstone that is made up of the fossilized shell remains of ammonites, primarily aragonite, which is also the very same material that is responsible for nacreous pearl. Ammolite is often cut into thin strips and carefully layered into assembled doublets and triplets because of its delicate nature. It is highly regarded for its attractive iridescence, an optical phenomenon found only a small variety of special gems.

Like all things organic, there is a niche market for everything from fruit and vegetables to gems and jewelry. Living organic isn't limited to only a few aspects of life, rather, it's an entire lifestyle, involving one's health (body and mind), as well as wearables. Buying organic products can benefit us in many ways. Since by living organically, we're leaving less of an enviornmental impact, the next generation can look forward to a brighter, greener future. Online, you can find numerous suppliers and jewelry retailers who specialize in organic gems and handcrafted jewelry. Popular designs include amber rings and pendants, pearl stud earrings, and mother-of-pearl watches or cufflinks. So for those who love the organic lifestyle, Not only can you eat organic products, but you can also wear them too.

  • 首次发布于: August-25-2015
  • 最后更新于:: November-07-2018
  • © 2005-2021 GemSelect.com版权所有。
    未经 Company Ltd.)的书面同意,严格禁止复制(文字或图形)。.
More Shapes
  • 蓝宝石
  • 祖母绿
  • 红宝石
  • 海蓝宝
  • 锆石
  • 蛋白石
  • 黄玉
  • 碧玺
  • 石榴石
  • 紫水晶
  • 黄水晶
  • 坦桑黝帘石
全部宝石 (143)
  • Cat's Eye Opal
  • Druzy Amethyst
  • Grandidierite
  • Hyalite Opal
  • Nuummite
  • Pyrite
  • Quartz With Marcasite
  • Scolecite
  • Spectrolite
  • 中长石拉长
  • 卢比莱碧玺
  • 变色宝石
  • 变色水铝石
  • 变色石榴石
  • 变色萤石
  • 变色蓝宝石
  • 坦桑黝帘石
  • 堇青石
  • 天河石
  • 孔雀石
  • 尖晶石
  • 巧克力蛋白石
  • 帝王黄玉
  • 异极矿晶簇
  • 彩虹月长石
  • 彩虹黄铁矿
  • 彼得石
  • 拉利玛
  • 拉长石
  • 摩西西
  • 斑彩石
  • 斑晶蛋白石
  • 斜硅镁石
  • 方柱石
  • 方解石
  • 方钠石
  • 日光石
  • 星光宝石
  • 星光日长石
  • 星光月长石
  • 星光柠檬石英
  • 星光石榴石
  • 星光粉晶
  • 星光红宝石
  • 星光蓝宝石
  • 星光透辉石
  • 月光石猫眼
  • 月长石
  • 杉石
  • 枝状玛瑙
  • 查罗石
  • 榍石
  • 橄榄石
  • 沙弗莱石榴石
  • 海蓝宝
  • 火玛瑙
  • 火蛋白石
  • 烟晶
  • 猫眼宝石
  • 猫眼方柱石
  • 猫眼海蓝宝石
  • 猫眼磷灰石
  • 玉宝石
  • 玉髓
  • 玛瑙
  • 玛瑙晶洞
  • 珊瑚
  • 珊瑚化石
  • 珍珠
  • 珍珠母
  • 电镀黄玉
  • 石榴石
  • 石英
  • 石英猫眼
  • 砂金石
  • 砾背蛋白石
  • 硅孔雀石
  • 硅硼钙石
  • 硅线石
  • 硅线石猫眼
  • 碧玉
  • 碧玺
  • 磷灰石
  • 磷鋁石
  • 祖母绿
  • 符山石
  • 紅寶黝簾石
  • 紫水晶
  • 紫锂辉石
  • 紫黄晶
  • 红宝石
  • 红柱石
  • 红榴石
  • 红玉髓
  • 红纹石
  • 绿松石
  • 绿玉髓
  • 绿龙晶
  • 缟玛瑙
  • 翠绿锂辉石
  • 翡翠
  • 芙蓉石
  • 草莓石英
  • 菱锌矿
  • 萤石
  • 葡萄石
  • 蓝宝石
  • 蓝晶石
  • 蓝铜矿晶
  • 虎眼石
  • 虎眼石斑晶
  • 蛇纹石
  • 蛋白石
  • 蛋白石二层石
  • 血石
  • 赤铁矿
  • 金发晶
  • 金绿柱石
  • 金绿玉
  • 钙铁榴石
  • 钙铝榴石
  • 钙铝榴石
  • 钠柱晶石
  • 钻石
  • 铁铝榴石
  • 铬云母红宝石
  • 铬透辉石
  • 铯绿柱石
  • 锆石
  • 锰铝榴石
  • 镁铝榴石
  • 闪锌矿
  • 阳起石猫眼
  • 雪花黑曜石
  • 青金石
  • 顽辉石
  • 马拉亚石榴石
  • 马里石榴石
  • 鹰眼石
  • 黄水晶
  • 黄玉
  • 黑曜石
  • 黑蛋白石
Main Categories
  • 新品
  • 批量宝石
  • 标准化宝石
  • Gemstones By Piece
  • 高档宝石
  • 匹配的成对宝石
  • 凸面宝石
  • Drilled Gems, Briolettes and Beads
  • 诞生石
  • 宝石雕刻
  • 别致的宝石
  • 星光宝石
  • 未经加热处理的蓝宝石

免费通话 - 仅限美国和加拿大:



Update Translation
Current Value
New Value
GemSelect Gemstones
X 关闭窗口
Colored Gemstones
X 关闭窗口
Colored Gemstones
X 关闭窗口
Colored Gemstones

Gems are always measured in Millimeter (mm)

Dimensions are given as;
length x width x depth,
except for round stones which are;
diameter x depth

Select gems by size, not by weight!
Gem varieties vary in density, so carat weight is not a good indication of size

Note: 1ct = 0.2g

Size Comparison Chart