When you’re buying gemstones, you’re doing it to make someone else—or yourself—feel good. They’re spectacular natural miracles. But you want to feel good about how these stones journeyed from the earth to your hands, too. If you want to make sure that your purchase was responsibly sourced, you should understand the importance of knowing where gemstones come from.

How Gemstones Are Born

Almost all gems originate far inside the earth. Then they’re uncovered in a variety of ways. They’re mined, of course, but they’re also propelled close to the surface because of natural occurrences like volcanism.

Let’s say you’re looking for an amethyst crystal for sale. Amethyst is a type of quartz that’s formed when gas bubbles are trapped in lava. Crystals form inside the air cavities with the help of a silica-rich liquid. Every gemstone has an origin story like that.

Where They Surface

Beautiful gems come from all over the world, with some countries gaining fame for specific stones. Australia is known for its multicolored, iridescent opals. Russia is one of the very few places you can find color-changing Alexandrite.

Perhaps no country is as celebrated as Brazil for its abundance of gemstones, though. Among its natural riches:

  • Tourmaline
  • Amethyst
  • Topaz
  • Beryl
  • Morganite
  • Aquamarine
  • Quartz

Their Journey To You

The worldwide mining industry isn’t as regulated as it should be, and that’s why it’s so important to know where gemstones come from. You need to be sure that the gemstone you’re buying is:

  • Traceable to a mine.
  • Mined by adults who work in safe conditions for fair pay.
  • Acquired without excessive harm to the earth.

Brazil Gems has “Brazil” in its name because we want you to know where our gems came from. We are proud to work directly with mines that are approved by official environmental agencies. They process our products in their own facilities. It’s essential to us that our gemstones come from communities that are thriving, and that we support the area’s artisans. If you want to buy from a responsible seller, take a look at our unique geodes, sparkling gemstone trees, and exquisite tables. You can feel good about shopping with us!

Sabrina Dadalt