A different kind of beauty – raw gemstones

It might be the norm that unpolished, uncut and unfaceted gemstones don’t appeal to the general masses because it’s not as easily recognisable in its raw form and it doesn’t display its true brilliance in terms of clarity, how it reflects like and the strength of its colour. On the back of that, it seems the natural beauty of these precious and semi-precious gemstones have not been given their due recognition.

I recently bought these raw pink sapphire stud earrings to match my pink sapphire engagement ring from Lilia Nash:

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Raspberry love – Raw pink sapphire sterling silver stud earrings, £30.26 from HATTOstore

They appear to be in the same deep pink shade as my ring, but I like the fact that it’s a more understated display of the precious gemstones. Sometimes it’s true that jewellery should be put on display, like engagement rings, as a clear display of the affection between two people through the clarity and setting of the precious or semi-precious gem, but too many obvious displays of these gemstones can be misconstrued as a deliberate (or unconscious) display of the person’s wealth. With an unfaceted raw gemstone, it’s more subtle as it’s not as recognisable as a precious stone.

For something a bit more friendly with your wallet, choosing uncut raw gemstones is the way to go. Case in point, the raw pink sapphire studs I got use 5mm sapphires, but for a pair of faceted and polished 4mm (0.5 carat) earrings, the difference in price is more than evident:

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Pink sapphire earrings with diamond halo in 14kt rose gold, £686.48 from LaurieSarahDesigns

Apart from the more affordable price tag, depending on how the jewellery designer has set the gemstone, the raw form of it is beautiful in a natural sense. It hasn’t been tampered with much and to see something that’s rarely displayed in jewellery stores is almost like a novelty. In its raw state, the gemstones are pretty much seen as they are when they have been found from its natural hiding place. In a world where a lot of goods and products we use and consume have been manufactured to suit our needs and materialistic nature, appreciating a sense of the natural world is also beauty in itself.

Here are some of my favourite raw gemstone pieces jewellery designers have on offer on Etsy:

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Rough Diamond Stud Earrings in 14kt Gold, £127.43 from LexLuxe

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Raw pink sapphire nugget on a 14k gold filled chain, £23.17 from BubuRuby

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Raw blue sapphire sterling silver stacking ring, £125.50 from ASecondTime

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Rough raw uncut green emerald natural gemstone ring, £49.56 from K911STUDIO

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Raw amethyst point amulet necklace, £16.09 from QueenofJackals

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Raw 4mm ruby earrings on sterling silver posts, £9.65 from LightYourDreams

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Aqua blue teardrop agate druzy pendant necklace in 24K gold plating, £16.09 from ingredientsforlovely

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Raw pink sapphires in tiny treasures glass bottle necklace, £10.04 from GoddessofJewelry

What are your thoughts on raw uncut, unpolished and unfaceted gemstone jewellery pieces?

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