Modern man, seeking to profit from the insatiable
demand for precious stones, learned to make
them artificially in laboratories. Although
these manmade stones were just as bright and
beautiful as those found naturally, they never
matched the prices of those of natural origin.
Finding natural gem stones is a laborious and
difficult task. Unlike many other minerals,
they are generally scattered at random, and
many types, including diamonds, emeralds, rubies
and sapphires, conceal their beauty from the
uninstructed eye, appearing as mere pebbles.
On the other hand there are some, like amethysts,
beryls and tourmalines, which immediately dazzle
us with their remarkable crystalline structures.
Although searching for gem stones is mainly
a job for experts, any nature lover can, with
a little effort, find gem stones for themselves.