For centuries gemstones have been sought as treasures to collect, heal and protect. Of the approximately 2000 identified minerals, only 100 are considered to be gemstones. Out of this group only 16 have had a prominent place in the gemstone market.
Early in geologic history several continents were combined. This great land mass is known today as the ancient continent of Gondwanaland. Eventually, this land mass broke down into the modern day continents of South America, Australia, Africa, the Indian sub-continents and the islands of Madagascar and Sri Lanka. Most precious stones can be found in these areas, but gemstones show up in Asia and North America as well. They can be found all over the world.
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