Colors of the West

Gemstones come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Much like diamonds, they are graded on the same key characteristics of cut, color, clarity and carat. However, they are often chosen solely on their color. Bright, vibrant gems add life to any look and often have special significance beyond their dazzling appearance. They make wonderful gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and beyond. Learn about all the different types of gems you can find at Thacker.

Illustration of diamond cuts


Gems are cut in a variety of different ways. Transparent stones will often be cut with facets. Unlike diamonds, the facets are planned to maximize the color. Other stones like jade, opal, and onyx will be cut into a smooth domed shape known as a cabochon. While still other stones like cameos are intricately carved.

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