Semi-Precious Beads 

Semi-precious gemstones and beads are mainly made up from pieces of natural minerals which have a lower commercial value than rare and costly gems like diamonds and rubies etc. There are exceptions such as Amber or Jet which are considered to be semi-precious but are not actually minerals. Most mineral gemstone beads are hard where as organic gemstone beads are soft such as Jet, Pearl, Coral and Amber (which is formed from fossilised tree resin). Semi-precious gemstones are often treated to bring out and often enhance the remarkable natural coloured within the rocks. They are then cut and polished to form many different shapes and sizes with both smooth and faceted surfaces. The finished gemstone shapes and beads are used extensively in the jewellery industries throughout the world because of their high aesthetic value. All of our Gemstone stock is being sold off and has been reduced for clearance, the stock will not be replenished once gone and are only shipped to the UK.

  • African Jade Beads
    African Jade Beads

    African Jade Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Amber Beads
    Amber Beads

    Semi-Precious - Amber Round Beads Amber is a yellow-orange brown colour and although thought of as a semi-precious gemstone its not actually derived from a mineral but fossilised from the ancient resin from trees. Like pearls amber is an organic gemstone that’s formed from a biological process and has taken millions of years to form. The resin produced by the trees is a strong scented sticky resin that would collect bits of bark, seeds and insects as it ran down the tree trunk. As the resin aged it became harder and darker and formed the amber we know today. Most commercial Amber comes form either the Baltic’s or the Dominican Republic.

  • Amethyst Beads
    Amethyst Beads

    Semi-Precious - Amethyst Round Beads Amethyst is a type of natural quartz crystal with a colour that can range from light lilac or lavender to a dark purple or violet. It’s believed that Amethyst gets its colour because of the presence of iron impurities when it was forming. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek word "amethystos" meaning not drunk or intoxicated. It was a belief in ancient Greece that Amethyst would protect its owner from drunkenness, which is why many drinking vessels contained the gemstone. When Amethyst is subjected to heat it looses its colour and becomes a yellow semi-precious gemstone known as Citrine.

  • Aventurine Beads
    Aventurine Beads

    Semi-Precious - Aventurine Round Beads Aventurine is a type of quartz that forms when quartz is subjected to intense heat and pressure which causes the rock to melt and combine with other minerals. When the rock becomes a solid state again the presence of the additional minerals gives the stone a shimmering or glistening effect. The most common colour of Aventurine is green but it can also be found in yellow, orange, blue, gray or brown.

  • Black Agate Beads
    Black Agate Beads

    Black Agate Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Black Banded Agate Beads
    Black Banded Agate Beads

    Semi-Precious - Black Banded Agate Round Beads

  • Black Rutilated Quartz Beads
    Black Rutilated Quartz Beads

    Black Rutilated Quartz Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Blue Goldstone Beads
    Blue Goldstone Beads

    Goldstone is a man made in India from a glass like substance with tiny flecks of copper included to give it that sparkling effect. It’s often used along with semi-precious gemstones for making various items of jewellery.

  • Brecciated Jasper Beads
    Brecciated Jasper Beads

    Brecciated Jasper

  • Brown Goldstone Beads
    Brown Goldstone Beads

    Goldstone is a man made in India from a glass like substance with tiny flecks of copper included to give it that sparkling effect. It’s often used along with semi-precious gemstones for making various items of jewellery.

  • Camouflage Jasper Beads
    Camouflage Jasper Beads

    Camouflage Jasper is a multicolour green semi precious gemstone.

  • Crazy Lace Agate Beads
    Crazy Lace Agate Beads

    Semi-Precious - Crazy Lace Agate Round Beads

  • Dragon Vein Agate Beads
    Dragon Vein Agate Beads

    Dragon Vein Agate Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Dalmation Jasper beads
    Dalmation Jasper beads

    Dalmation jasper is a warm light brown to creamy beige coloured jasper with black speckles and mottled patches of brown/orange.

  • Hematite Beads
    Hematite Beads

    Semi-Precious - Hematite Round Beads Haematite also spelt Hematite is a form of iron oxide that is usually a silver grey or black/steel colour. Its metallic appearance is brought bout when the material is polished, if it were to be ground or cut up it would look red or red brown much like the colour of rust. Hematite gets its name from the Greek word "haima" which means blood. It’s usually found as non magnetic, but if heated to a high enough temperature the material will develop weak magnetic properties.

  • Imperial Jasper
    Imperial Jasper

    Imperial jasper comes in many varieties each with beautiful patterns running throughout the semi precious gemstone.

  • Leopard Skin Agate Beads
    Leopard Skin Agate Beads

    Semi-Precious - Leopard Skin Agate Round Beads

  • Mica Quartz Beads
    Mica Quartz Beads

    Mica Quartz semi precious gemstone beads.

  • Mother of Pearl Beads
    Mother of Pearl Beads

    Semi-Precious - Mother of Pearl Round Beads

  • Natural Agate Beads
    Natural Agate Beads

    Natural Agate Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Ocean Jasper Beads
    Ocean Jasper Beads

    Ocean Jasper Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Red Agate Beads
    Red Agate Beads

    Semi-Precious - Red Agate Round Beads

  • Red Sponge Coral Beads
    Red Sponge Coral Beads

    Semi-Precious - Red Sponge Coral Round Beads

  • Rhodonite Beads
    Rhodonite Beads

    Semi-Precious - Rhodonite Round Beads Rhodonite ranges from light pink to a deep rose or reddish pink in colour and often has black manganese oxide veins flowing through the stone. Its name is derived form the Greek word “rhodos” which means rose coloured or rosy.

  • Rose Quartz Beads
    Rose Quartz Beads

    Semi-Precious - Rose Quartz Round Beads Rose Quartz is an opaque or translucent semi-precious gemstone which exhibits a pale pink to rose red hue. Its pink colour is thought to be caused by the inclusion of impurities such as titanium, iron or manganese. Rose quartz can fade over time if left for prolonged periods in direct sunlight.

  • Smokey Quartz Beads
    Smokey Quartz Beads

    Smokey quartz is a variety of quartz that ranges in shades of brown to black it is thought to bring emotional calmness to someone wearing jewellery made from this stone by relieving stress and anxiety.

  • Snowflake Obsidian Beads
    Snowflake Obsidian Beads

    Obsidian is a formed from volcanic lava that is cooled very quickly before a crystal structure can form, hence making the naturally occurring rock like glass. Pure Obsidian is usually black in appearance. Snowflake Obsidian is formed where white and grey feldspar crystal inclusions form crystals within the glass like Obsidian to form beautiful snowflake patterns within. Snowflake Obsidian can be found in many parts of the world including Scotland, Italy, Iceland, Hawaii and the USA.

  • Spiderweb Jasper Beads
    Spiderweb Jasper Beads

    Spiderweb Jasper Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Tiger Eye Beads
    Tiger Eye Beads

    Semi-Precious - Tiger Eye Round Beads

  • Turquoise Beads
    Turquoise Beads

    Semi-Precious - Chinese Turquoise Round Beads Turquoise is one of the most widely recognised semi-precious gemstones with a history that dates back to before 3000BC, where it was mined and used in the jewellery worn by the Pharaohs. Turquoise is an opaque mineral that ranges in colour from sky blue to green, the most valuable turquoise being the beautiful blue shades. The differing colours of turquoise are caused by the presence of metals when the gemstone is forming, the blue colour is caused by the presence of copper, while the green colour is caused by iron or chromium being present in the soil.

  • Wood Grain Stone Beads
    Wood Grain Stone Beads

    Wood Grain Stone Round Beads Semi-Precious gemstones

  • Yellow Jade Beads
    Yellow Jade Beads

    Yellow Jade Beads

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