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*CABOCHON Suites or Sets
Apache Gold Cabochons
Arizona Pietersite Cabochons
Australian Moss Agate
Azurite Shattuckite
Azurite-Malachite Cabochons
Blue Chalcedony Cabochons
Blue Lace Agate Cabochons
Brazilian Piranha Agate
Bruneau Jasper Cabochons
Bubble Blue Chalcedony
Cacoxenite Amethyst
Candy Opal Cabochons
Carrasite Jasper Cabochons
Cave Creek Jasper Cabochons
Cherry Creek Jasper
Chevron Amethyst Cabochons
Chinese Writing Rock
Cobalto Calcite (Pink Drusy)
Copper Rose Cabochons
Coquina Jasper Cabochons
Cotham Marble Cabochons
Covellite Cabochons (fat)
Covellite Cabochons (thin)
Coyamito Agate Cabochons
Crazy Lace Agate Cabochons
Deschutes Jasper Cabochons
Dinosaur Bone Cabochons
Drusy Agate Cabochons (Druse)
Drusy Chrysocolla Cabochons
Flame Agate Cabochons
Fluorite Cabochons
Fossil Coral Cabochons
Graveyard Point Agate
Howlite Cabochons
K2 Cabochons
Kabamba Jasper Cabochons
Kyanite Cabochons
Labradorite Cabochons
Laguna Agate Cabochons
Magnetite & Pyrite
Mahogany Obsidian
Maw Sit Sit Jade Cabochons
Medicine Bow Agate
Mexican Fire Opal
Mohawkite Cabochons
Montana Agate Cabochons
Mookaite Jasper Cabochons
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper
Morrisonite Jasper Cabochons
Native Copper Cabochons
Nipomo Agate Cabochons
Noreena Jasper Cabochons
Ocean Jasper Cabochons
Other Specialty Cabochons
Owyhee Jasper Cabochons
Petrified Palm Wood (Indonesia)
Petrified Palm Wood (Louisiana)
Petrified Sycamore Wood
Polish Flint Cabochons
Prehnite Cabochons
Psilomelane Cabochons
Rainbow Obsidian Hearts
Red Agate Pseudomorph
Rhodochrosite (Gemmy)
Rhodochrosite Cabochons
Rhodonite Cabochons
Ricolite Cabochons
Royal Imperial Jasper
Rutilated Quartz Cabochons
Sagenitic Agate Cabochons
Serpentine Cabochons
Sonora Sunset Cabochons (Chrysocolla Cuprite)
Spectrolite Cabochons
Spiderweb Obsidian
Stinking Water Plume
Tiffany Stone Cabochons
Tigereye Cabochons
Turquoise Cabochons
Tuxedo Agate Cabochons
Uvarovite Garnet Cabochons
Wave Dolomite Cabochons
Web Serpentine Cabochons
Willow Creek Jasper

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What is the difference between Precious and Semi-Precious Stones?

Semi Precious Stones The realm of gemstones is very large. Anything that is cut and polished into a stone suitable for jewelry is considered a gemstone. This includes minerals, rocks, organic materials, even meteorites. One popular way to classify these stones is "Precious" or "Semi-precious".

Precious generally describes the most valuable stones. These stones are usually transparent, faceted, with a hardness of 8 or higher. This means they are great stones for durability in jewelry. This category includes diamonds and what are known as the colored stones. Well known colored stones are rubies, emeralds, sapphires, etc. It also includes lesser known stones such as tanzanite, tsavorite, and indicolite. There are exceptions of course. Opal is neither transparent, nor faceted, and it has a hardness of 5.5. Natural Pearls are not transparent either, and they are the only stone always left natural, not cut, when set in jewelry.

Semi-precious is the classification for all other stones. This includes most translucent or opaque stones. Semi-precious stones usually have a hardness of 7 of less. Some can be very soft. Most semi-precious stones are cut into cabochons. A cabochon is usually flat or slightly domed on the bottom, and domed on top. The world of cabochons has really expanded lately with cabochons being cut into all different shapes, and some even being sculpted or carved. Semi-precious stones include agates and jaspers. Agate stones and Jasper stones come from all over the world, in many colors and patterns. They have a hardness of 7-which is still good for durability while wearing in jewelry. The softer stones, such as Malachite as a 4, must be treated with care when setting, cleaning, and wearing, as they can scratch easily.

At BarlowsGems we specilize in rare and unique semi-precious stones. We travel the world looking for striking patterns and bright colors. We personally orientate each stone to get the best possible pattern. Each semi-precious stone is hand cut and polished. Please check out the cabochons we have by exploring our store. You can click on a material type to the left or you can search for specific shapes or colors. Make sure to search for the singular (triangle instead of triangles) for your most complete selection!

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