Red Garnet is possibly the most affordable amongst gems. Dark Red is the color that most commonly comes to mind when garnet is mentions, but this gem can be found in a variety of colors including bright orange and green.
Garnets are found in just about every color except blue.
Relatively common, Amethyst offers affordable beauty. Found in a variety of purple shades, the deep royal purples have been admired by kings and queens for centuries.
The darker the blue the more valuable, Aquamarine is most
often found in a pastel blue shade. More affordable versions
of this gem include a green tinge. Cuts you will commonly
find are oval and emerald.
The Greek word "Adamas " means unconquerable and
indestructible. This is the origin of the word Diamond. It
is one of the most indestructible natural formations known
to man. From this word and from the depths of the earth is
derived The Diamond.
Rare and valuable, Emerald is most often cut into a
rectangular step-cut, commonly known as the emerald cut.
This gem features a color change that is considered the most
dramatic amongst gems. The best examples of the alexandrite
appear green in daylight or fluorescent light changing to a
red or purplish red in incandescent light from a candle
flame or lamp.
Rubies are very rare and valuable in large sizes. A fine
four carat ruby will generally sell for more than a top four
carat emerald or diamond.
Found in the rocks created by volcanoes and even in
meteorites that fall to the earth, Peridot is the extreme
gem instantly recognizable by it’s “lime-green” color.
Best known to be found in every shade of blue, sapphires also come naturally in every other color except red. Associated with romance and royalty, the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer from Prince Charles was Sapphire.
October: Pink Tourmaline
Pink is of the most common in the tourmaline family, making
it a more affordable gem. Tourmaline is durable and suitable
for everyday wear.
Offering a rainbow of hues including those of every other
gemstone combined, Opals are featured in the crown jewels of
Topaz is also available in a wide variety of colors. Because
blue topaz is so readily available and affordable it can be
found in more unusual cuts.
The most valuable topaz is more red than yellow, from a pale
pink to a “sherry” red.
December: Blue Zircon
Although colorless when chemically pure, zircon is typically
yellow-brown to brown. It also comes in red, blue, purple,
and green. Because of its high brilliance and dispersion,
colorless zircon has sometimes been used as a substitute for
diamond in jewelry.