Pearls and Gemstones: Keshi & Carnelian

If you have an interest in jewellery then it is only logical that you should also be aware of the materials that are used in making it. We feel that even though pearls and gemstones have had their ups downs in the fashion industry, their value is far beyond that of simple pieces of jewellery. They usually have a rich story associated with them and that needs to be heard. So, we will start with the beloved Keshi pearls and Carnelian gemstones.


Fine Freshwater Keshi
Keshi Pearls

There was a time when these pearls were rare and could only be afforded by royalty. In the East, they were popular in Japan and the Indian Subcontinent. Kokichi Mikimoto changed all that by discovering a technique to culture them. Regardless, Keshi Akoya Pearls are rarer than other cultured pearls because they do not have the nucleus present in the regular ones. Yields range up to 1% of total cultivated pearls in a batch. They were originally a side product of the original cultivations and most are still discarded. However, the larger Keshi pearls (8-10 mm) are rare and quite valuable. It takes 3 years for a cultivated mussel to form a pearl and a naturally occurring pearl has a greater time period reaching up to 20 years.

Although, humans have found a way to cultivate them, the texture and colors still remind us of their underwater homes. If you would like to observe them minutely or know more about culturing, we suggest that you look for some material on it on Groupon, and if you’re purchasing then use groupon coupon from rebateszone to save money.




This one is more common and is actually a mineral which is used as a semi-precious stone. It is basically chalcedony with varying quantities of iron oxide in it. Chalcedony is a naturally occurring mineral of Silica. Regardless of its constitution it is a beautiful stone, which has a rich history as well. Its use has been recorded back to the 5th Century BC, in the ancient civilization of Mehrgarh. More recent uses include as a stone in jewelry and as the base material for seal rings used by Romans, Egyptians and the Assyrians. Egyptians used it in decorating statues. Polished Carnelian is smooth to the touch and is usually found in the lighter shades from orange to reddish-brown. You can look for deals in Groupon if you would like some raw Carnelian, which has a beauty of its own.

That is all for now. Keep us updated with your comments and tell us about the gems that you like. We would also welcome any snippets that we have missed out and suggestions about other gems in future posts. For now, however, this is it, and we bid you farewell.

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