Jewelry – we see it, we like it, we want it and we’ve got it. Jewels have been a staple in every woman’s wardrobe for centuries now. Gemstones have featured and are subtly used to create simple yet stunning pieces.
We’ve put together a list of the most popular and the hidden gems used in jewelry making to help give you some inspiration for your next purchase!
A woman’s best friend – It’s no surprise that diamonds take the top spot of the most popular gemstones used in jewellery. Diamonds will often accompany other gemstones in jewellery pieces, though when used alone look spectacular and are popularly added into engagement, wedding rings and standalone pendants. Diamonds come in a variety of colours including yellow, blue and green with red being the rarest, though the most loved is the sparkling clear diamond.
Amethysts are an unusual gemstone with a deep purple colour. With it’s purple to yellowish hue, these are said to be a calming stone, representing love, happiness, strength, mystery and wealth in one’s life. Amethysts were once considered more precious than diamonds, until a large deposit of them was found in Brazil and Uruguay, when they became known as semi-precious. If you are looking to gift someone a love pendant, then this is the gemstone for you.
You are one step closer to being a royal with an Emerald – these gemstones have been popular amongst royalty. Egyptians once believed that emeralds represented rebirth and fertility, so they quickly became popular. Emeralds have been used in jewellery including wedding engagement rings, crowns, drop earrings paired with a petite pendant. They particularly stand out when placed alongside diamonds and other gems.
July’s birthstone, the ruby has a strong and vibrant deep red colour, said to represent love and passion, making it extremely popular amongst those looking to portray their love and affection. Many people are unaware that rubies are actually red sapphires and come from the same mineral. Rubies in combination with Emeralds the traditional gift for 40th wedding anniversaries as pendants or earrings.
The Heart of the Ocean -Few gems have held our attention over millennia as well as sapphire. Blue sapphires are one of the most popular gemstones used in jewellery in the world, most recognizably used in Princess Diana’s stunning engagement ring that was passed down to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Sapphires come in numerouscolours, though blue is the most sought after.
Zircon probably resembles the Diamond most than any other natural gem. Its sparkle is comparable to Diamond. However, its popularity is somewhat reduced by the fact that it is often seen as an inexpensive Diamond imitation. The attractiveness of Zircon, combined with its great hardness and range of colors, make it a desirable gem. The colorless form serves a pristine cut to bring out its fire to its fullest capability.
Named after the color of seawater, aquamarine is readily available and wallet friendly, this makes an excellent jewelry stone. Since these are available in large sizes, a 50-ct piece will be worth the same price/carat as a single carat gem of equal quality. The price of the gem is dependent on clarity, depth of color, and to a some extent on the purity of color. Thanks to a folklore strongly connected to the love for the sea, a mystical purview traditionally includes protection for sailors and fishermen as well as travelers in general!
Garnet is a popular gemstone, mostly well known for its dark red gemstone. Known to be affordable and faceted into all types of jewelry, including necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. The various types of Garnet stones make for exquisite and costly gemstones. The color changing garnet has sparked recent interest, and is most often used in rings. Like we need more reasons to want rings!