Whether you want to break free from the traditional rings or stand out, it’s essential to know the different precious stones. Of course, you mustn’t only rely on aesthetics but also on other factors like a gem’s hardness and wearability, clarity and durability, and optical performance.
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There are hundreds of precious stones out there, but we have ranked the most beloved in this article according to their properties, beautiful colors, and stunning performance.
From these possibilities, you’re sure to find something that fits any style of jewelry design imaginable.
Tired of the traditional way? Well, get out of the conventional and stand out with colored diamonds.
The majority of gem-quality diamonds range from colorless to slightly yellow, brown, or gray. The most famous and expensive diamonds are entirely colorless. These are the most priced ones sold. But another diamond gemstone category is becoming more common. These diamonds are colored and occur in a variety of colors: red, rose, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, and brown.
Intensity, purity, and color quality are the basis of the value of colored diamonds. Those with a vivid, saturated color are referred to as fancy-color diamonds’ or ‘fancies.’
On average, only one diamond in 10,000 has a color that receives the “fancy” tag. This rarity makes fancy-color diamonds extremely valuable. Others also sold over a million dollar per carat at auctions. They are among the most precious and dazzling diamonds in the world.
A pure, untreated sapphire is a beautiful beauty to behold. It has gained the reputation as the gemstone of royalty, with the sapphire engagement ring of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
Sapphire is a fantastic choice for an engagement ring, as it is rated at 9 on the Moh’s scale of hardness. As with diamonds, it’s also considered “excellent” for everyday wear.
Sapphire, like ruby, is a variety of corundum. While sapphire has always been associated with the color blue, sapphire is actually available in a full range of colors, including pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, violet, gray, black, and brown, as well as colorless.
A sapphire, considered excellent for everyday wear, is the perfect choice for the person who likes to express themselves in color.
Emeralds are the embodiment of pure elegance with their own beauty. The first known emerald mines were located in Egypt, and those gemstones were known to be Cleopatra’s favorite adornment. Emerald is the most majestic of all gems, and a popular choice among celebrities and royalties.
Emeralds can resist scratching well with a hardness of 8, but need special attention as it contains multiple inclusions or fractures that reach to the surface.
Special measures must be taken in handling the emerald, and it is not recommended for daily wear due to its delicate nature.
Rubies have been considered among the most precious of all gemstones for decades. Favored since the dawn of time by kings, queens, and aristocrats, these rare beauties are still perceived today as a symbol of status, with “Pigeon blood red,” a slightly purplish red with a medium-dark hue and vivid saturation, as the most sought after color of a ruby.
The majority of people don’t know that ruby and sapphire are both mineral corundum gems considered to be one of the hardest substances on earth, having a rating of 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
These two gemstones are of the same chemical composition and mineral structure. Trace quantities of impurities decide whether gem corundum is a brilliant red ruby or a lovely blue sapphire.
A ruby’s unparalleled strength, hardness, and toughness make this precious gemstone a perfect choice for an engagement ring.
Amethyst is the most popular purple gemstone in the world, being the purple variety of quartz.
Amethyst’s beauty pairs well with every type and color of metal — while white metals show its bluish undertones, warm metals magnify this deep purple stone’s richness. When used in jewelry, amethyst is extraordinarily versatile, and its power allows it to be worn without concern every day.
Vast reserves of amethyst in South America and Africa provide ample resources for keeping the price of amethyst small enough that most people can afford it easily.