Most jewelry makers purchase beads made of semi precious gems and link them together to create unique and interesting designs. There are different approaches to making home jewelry – some hobbyists focus on color and aesthetic appeal, others delve into more mystical ideas and create pieces that attempt to help people alleviate their worries or overcome obstacles. Still others tailor their jewelry based on birth month, zodiac signs, and a host of other factors. Whether you want to create your own jewelry just for your own use, or potentially use them as gifts or sell them to other people, the vast number of different semi precious varieties and all their combinations make this hobby a great outlet for creativity and can be a lot of fun. Jewelry making is also an activity that can be fun for kids, and is a good way to encourage scientific and historical education, as many semi precious and precious stones have interesting geological, chemical, and historical characteristics. Also, scientists believe that experiencing different colors and shapes can help with the intellectual development of young children. Gemstones are often treated to enhance the color or clarity of the stone. Depending on the type and extent of treatment, they can affect the value of the stone. Some treatments are used widely because the resulting gem is stable, while others are not accepted most commonly because the gem color is unstable and may revert to the original tone.