Gemstones and elements
each of us is composed of elements -- and each of us is a gemstone made up of a combination of those elements created and transformed in the individual conditions of our lives, environment, culture
our relationships are similarly gemstones composed of combinations of our elements, created and transformed in conditions of our interactions and shared environment and culture
in addition to color, hardness, and clarity, another important attribute of gemstones relates to how they transform light ... not sure of just what the right word is ... how about crystallization? different gems crystallize light differently ...