Gemstones come in every color of the spectrum. While precious sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are often what come to mind when one thinks of colored gems, there are many beautifully colorful gemstones to consider. These include amethyst, citrine, garnet, peridot, blue topaz, turquoise, and aquamarine, among others. Even with gems usually associated with only color, there are often subtle gradations and variations in hue and color saturation
Sapphires, Rubies, and Emeralds
The most highly prized colored gems are usually those with the deepest color saturation and preferred hues. While sapphires can range from pale blue to near black in color, the most desirable are a deep, vibrant blue. With rubies, the most sought after color is called “pigeon’s blood,” a deep blood-red ruby color that is mined in what was once known as Burma. While emeralds range in color from pale green to a very dark murky color, the most prized emeralds have a deep green color.
Richness of Color
Usually, the deeper the color, the more valuable the gem. The most expensive amethysts, for instance, will be a deep, rich purple color. While some people will choose a lighter shade of a gemstone for its affordability, others simply choose lighter colors as a preference.
Fancy Color Diamonds
Traditional diamonds are unique in that their value is determined by a lack of color. While most people assume that diamonds which are clear and colorless are the most valuable, naturally occurring colored diamonds can be among the priciest of gems. Natural occurring diamond colors include pink, canary yellow, chocolate brown, black, and red - with red diamonds holding the highest value.
All gems, clear or colored, depend on expert cutting and polishing to bring out their color subtleties and brilliance. The most important thing is to pick gems that “dance” - those with a lively color and sparkle.
When you shop for your next gemstone treasure, remember, you have a rainbow of colorful gems to choose from. Let our Master Jeweler create a one-of-a-kind treasure with the gemstones you love.