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Uses Of Gemstones

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Gemstones are very useful for the humankind. These stones have been used since time immemorial for ornaments and jewellry. Precious stones have been fixed on crowns of royals all over the world for thousands of year. In modern times also gemstones are used as one of the many status symbols.

Cutting Glass with a Diamond Saw

Apart from showing off, these stones have made inroads into the industry also. Diamond tools are very popular in industry. Diamond is the hardest of all substances therefore it has the ability to cut any material however hard it may be. Grinders and cutters are embedded with diamonds to give excellent results. Diamond-embedded cutters can slice through large pieces of concrete and steel. Diamond is also used for lathe machine cutting tools. Its because of exceptional hardness of diamonds and not their glimmer that they are used for cutting tools. Here one thing should be kept in mind that diamonds used in industry can't be used for the ornaments or jewellery. The industrial diamonds are extremely small and are produced synthetically. They are smaller than the tip of a sharpened pencil.

Some people use gemstones to cure disease or to have good effects on health. They wear rings having gemstones. A wide range of gemstones are available for different desired effects on health. This has been regarded by most people as a superstition. I, for one, don't believe that wearing gemstones can have any effect on a person's health. But, I have an interesting anecdote regarding this topic. Whether gemstones have effects on a person's health or not was discussed in my 'Materials and Metallurgy' class. My teacher said that wearing gemstones can have effects on health of a person. He said that light enters these stones(as they are translucnet), its wavelength is changed by the stone and this changed-wavelength light enters the skin and interacts with blood. Since different stones have different colors, light's wavelength changes differently for different stones and consequently effects health in different ways. You don't believe this? Let me inform you that the person who told this to me is Mr. Khursheed Mahmood and he is a Ph.D. from Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedford, England. He is also Co-Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department of NED UET, Karachi these days.


Some photographs of beautiful gemstones



Green Diamond

Green Diamond


hi on May 19, 2017:

can they be used in medicine or have any other uses.

Bella Stevenson on December 15, 2016:

Thanks for the homework help I will be sure to credit your work.

Jennifer SK Lim on November 29, 2016:

I love gemstones very much, and recently im wearing the whole set of inner corsets with gemstone, Tourmaline, encrusted fabrics. And i can be sure that it really do wonders to my health. And thanks to the extra info you shared here and love to know more about gemstones.

Kunle Obisesan on August 10, 2016:

this is informative!

Sam on February 15, 2016:

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Fgc on September 22, 2015:

What are they for

felicity1212 on July 25, 2014:

Such a beauty it is i love it. :)

brain1122 on July 22, 2014:

I needed this for my project

will on February 17, 2014:

i smell funny like poo

poop on February 17, 2014:

yos btyui

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naggy on June 10, 2012:

itz very interesting

Cake lover on March 03, 2012:

Yes a great topic!! I do believe that gemstones have powers if not but they can still send you good vibes of wearing it

DESIRE on February 05, 2012:


cosmic-poppy on July 08, 2011:

I make and sell healing gemstone jewellery and my fertility bracelets are particularly popular. Women who have been trying for years and have even been let down by IVF treatment, have conceived within weeks of wearing my bracelets. Whether you believe this is due to the energy or light given off by these gemstones or the change in mentality, the hope it brings, too many women have reported becoming pregnant for it to be coincidence.

kat luver on March 18, 2010:

uhh i love this it is awesome!

naveed ur rehman on January 23, 2010:

what a beautifull thing

Sweety on September 15, 2009:

kewl site.. thanks for the info...

Bhamini Bhujun on November 18, 2008:

The pictures posted on this site are really breath-taking.

shailesh durve on August 30, 2008:

bluesapphire wonderful,other stone looks like emerald that is really wonderful.

greathub (author) from Earth on May 26, 2008:

@ wonderer

I don't know. I am not a gemstone healing expert :)

wonderer on May 25, 2008:

can gemstones be used to restore sensation when nerves have been so severely damaged that there is only numbness?

greathub (author) from Earth on May 20, 2008:

Yes, gems are used in lasers. Whether cut or uncut, if gem is same there shouldn't be any change in effects of gemstones, if these effects really exist.

lifedancer from California on May 19, 2008:

Gems are used in lasers. Movie stars are making uncut gems popular, saying the untouched, natural crystals have powers. The human imagination is wonderful, but comes up with a lot of nonsence, too. Placebo effect is strong, but I'd like more critical research on it, too.

Turd McFergison on March 26, 2008:

Ramoon Marcy, Breadstic Micheal, You are WHAT YOU EAT!!!!!!!!!

funnyfrog on March 26, 2008:

im Bored

smellybutt on March 26, 2008:


Engineer Mike on February 24, 2008:

thank you for outlining the theory. a lot of nonsense gets talked about gemstones and this was a refreshing change

greathub (author) from Earth on February 19, 2008:

The placebo effect.

netbuilder on February 18, 2008:

I had read elsewhere about light and wavelengths possibly affecting health-interesting. Even if this theory does not hold up under further investigation, maybe the wearing of gemstones can effect health from another stnadpoint.

If a person thinks they help and this improves attitude, that change could go a long way in improving health issues.

Carlia on February 13, 2008:

hey mate.... That's great

ratnaveera from Cumbum on February 02, 2008:

Thanks for presenting an informative hub. I accept all of your points in this hub.

Prince Maak from Just Above the EARTH and below the SKY on February 01, 2008:

Yeah, itz true Gemstones can effect negatively or positively on a person`s health who wears it.

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