When we consider the materials our jewelry is made with—metals and gemstones derived from the earth’s crust —it’s hard to deny the cosmic allure of natural gemstone jewelry. These materials have been honored “back beyond recorded history.” Gems can command a person’s gaze in the way they play with light and express rich color. People in every era and from all walks of life have adorned themselves with the dramatic, radiant grace of colored stone jewelry. Gems are objects of wealth, icons of beauty, and emblems of the very best of everything. Natural gemstones are diverse in their beauty and come in a stunning variety of colors.