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The most valued quartz variety displays a strong reddish-purple or purple when at an ideal color. It has been said the wearer of this gemstone can resist intoxication and brings them clarity and quick wittedness.
A variety of the mineral beryl, the Aquamarine was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. Most often light in tone, this gemstone beautifully compliments spring and summer wardrobes.
Another gemstone from the quartz family, traces of iron create a pale yellow to brownish-orange transparent color. Ancient lore associates this gem with great healing powers and supporting vitality.
Coming from the beryl family, high quality Emeralds are rare. They rely on a very specific range of hue, tone, saturation, and transparency. Cut also plays a significant role when deciding the quality of this particular gemstone. Known as a symbol of rebirth, it is believed to grant the owner foresight and great fortune.
Most notably associated with rich and vibrant reds, Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that come in an array of colors including: green, orange, pinkish-orange, and even some blues. It signifies eternal trust and friendship and is a recommended gift for couples celebrating their second year of marriage.
Opals are of the most unique gemstones because of its formation and display of many colors in one stone. No two Opals are identical, which increases their value to the owner. Ancient Romans believed it to be the most precious and powerful of all gems since it contains all colors associated with them.
Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones with certain specimens dating back to 4.5 billion years ago. Traces of it have been found in pallasite meteorites, remnants of our solar system’s birth. It is said to host magical powers and properties to protect against nightmares.
Arguably the most important gem in the colored stone market, the Ruby is said to guarantee wisdom, wealth, and success in love to the wearer. A variety of the Corundum species, it is harder than any natural gemstone except diamonds. This will result in a longer and more beautiful lifetime for the stone.
Sapphires make up the rest of the Corundum family including violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and of course blue colors. According to some, the power of this gem will protect your loved ones from envy and harm.
Only found near Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the entire continent of Africa, Tanzanite has earned its place in the colored gemstone market for its remarkable display of color from its crystals based on the angle it is viewed from. Cutters often choose to accentuate the highly coveted pure blue or violet-blue hues.
Topaz is valued for its exceptional range of colors that include: brown, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. It was thought to be a gem that provides strength and could dispel anger. They often form as large crystals so it is easier to find sizeable specimens.
A favorite among designers and collectors all over the world because of its vast array of color, Tourmaline choices also include some stones that exhibit multiple colors. Its name comes from toramalli, which means, “mixed gems”. Only recently has it been discovered that it is its own mineral, where for decades many collectors thought them to be Emeralds, Sapphires, Rubies, and the like.