Beach gemstones, are often a great surprise for beachcombers. Yes, there is a good number of beach rocks and pebbles that are gemstones (minerals or not),semi-precious or even precious (more rarely though).
This is because rocks found on the beach are no different than rocks found anywhere else – they could have been formed underground and could be identical with rocks and minerals found in mines.
The changing geological conditions (through millions of years) that followed the formation of the particular beach rocks have brought them to the surface of the earth. High tides have facilitated the formation of smaller stones and pebbles and also their travels from one part of the sea to the other.
Beach gemstones are also often referred to as sea gems or ocean gemstones.
The beach gemstones in the picture above are semi-precious beach pebbles (agates and amethyst) which were carried ashore by the waves. There is an incredible variety of beach stone gems that could be found while beach combing for shells. Especially jasper-agates come in an infinite number of color and patterns.
You should remember that gemstones found on beaches, or anywhere else, would be considered valuable either because of:
a) their characteristics, the physical properties and the rarity of the particular beach stone gems or
b) because of their aesthetic value and their metaphysical properties, attributed by people and which may change over time and from one culture to another.
Also, fashion plays a very important role, as it creates popularity of particular gemstones, which consequently increases demand in the market.
For example, Amethyst has always been highly valued through the ages by spiritually oriented people and still is, as it is considered to be the stone that protects you from getting drunk and clears your mind so that you could make good decisions.
It has also been considered as a mineral with one of the highest aesthetic values. You have probably noticed that it has been used by jewelry artists and other expert crafters (of all times in history) for some of the most enchanting creations, like royal crowns and gowns. It is considered by most gemstone merchants a semi-precious stone due to its properties.
However, since the time it became widely available in the market it's monetary value has fallen.
1. On the beaches of the world you could see some multi-colored or some scenic sea gemstones, the kind that are made into extraordinary and expensive art pieces or jewelry, much more precious than low quality diamonds.
2. If you want to be able to identify rocks and minerals and other semi-precious gemstones you should read the information this site gives you on identifying beach rocks and also learn about the different geological categories beach rocks belong to according to how they were formed, as well as the different mineral types.
Examples of such minerals and organic stones found on beaches are moss agates, petrified wood and amber. Usually, the previously mentioned beach stones have organic inclusions.
Keep in mind that jewelry artists and designers may consider a rarely beautiful moss agate gemstone much more valuable than a transparent quartz stone. For collectors of transluscent stones, though, organic inclusions in them are considered flaws.
When you’re looking among beach rocks and pebbles for beach gemstones photograph and pay attention to whatever appeals to you, without falling into the “semi-precious or not” trap. Your treasure is the stones that fascinate you personally, that challenge your thoughts and your imagination.