There are so many gemstone options to choose from, and we love helping clients pick the perfect one.
Here is a list of the most commonly used gemstones in jewellery.
Morganite is a pink to an orange-pink variety of beryl, a mineral that includes emerald and aquamarine.
Emerald is the green to a greenish blue variety of beryl, a mineral species that also includes aquamarine as well as beryls in other colours.
Most colors are fairly common, but pure blue, red, orange, yellow, and purple stones are rare. Such stones usually command higher prices.
Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. It is also March’s birthstone.
Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum, also known as aluminum oxide. It can assume a rainbow array of colors given the correct trace impurities and growth conditions.
Found in just one place on earth, tanzanite is a relatively recent discovery. Tiffany & Co named this blue-violet variety of zoisite in honor of Tanzania, where it was first unearthed in 1967.
Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any coloured stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the coloured stone market.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron in the crystal structure.
Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls occur in a wide variety of colours. The most familiar colours are white and cream (a light yellowish brown).