Identification Guides

Precious and Semiprecious Stones Found In Victorian Jewelry

Rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds have been among the most precious gems down through the ages. They have been favorite stones because of their color, rarity, light-reflecting qualities, and hardness. Many other gemstones are found in old jewelry. They are chosen for color or interesting markings. Today they are called semiprecious stones.