Certain types of gems, while beautiful, are quite common. These are fine for those who simply want to add a little sparkle to their outfits, but for those who are interested in the artistry of jewelry, it may be worth considering a more unique gem. Here is a list of 5 of the most beautiful but unappreciated gems.
This dramatic stone made a grand entrance. Named for Alexander II, who came of age on the same day the stone was discovered, this rare gem is visually fascinating. Known for its special ability to absorb light, this gemstone will reflect green and blue tones while in sunlight, but when placed under artificial lights will take on a reddish-purple, berrylike color. If you are looking for this stone online, Milano has some beautiful pieces of jewelry incorporating Alexandrite in the design.
If you are a fan of fun, vibrant colors, chrysoberyl may be your perfect gemstone. It is most well known for its bright, lemon-yellow shades, but it can also come in brown tones. Most chrysoberyls currently come from Sri Lanka and Tanzania, and they are usually reasonably priced. Those who are looking for especially fun gems may want to check out cat’s eye chrysoberyl, which is quite unique and interesting. You can buy chrysoberyl loose online to incorporate into a piece of custom designed jewelry.
This gem comes in a number of colors, including white, red, brown, peach, and honey. Blue hues also exist, but the Cambodian mines from which these come are almost depleted of this beautiful stone, so blue zircons are often more difficult to find.
- Merelani Mint Garnet
A member of the Tsavorite family, these cute green beauties are both fun and unique. Hailing from Merelani mines, these minty green gems are true to their name. They are also rare, as the mining production of these stones is very limited. In addition, it is difficult to find mint-colored gems with a comparable level of crispness to the mint garnet’s hues, so it may just be worth your while to snap one up if you can find it.
- Color Change Garnet
For those who appreciate stones with shifting colors, color change garnets are a great find. The most valued of these pretty little gems will be deep teal or forest green in sunlight, but they can also be found in peach, red, and brown. When these gems are taken out of the sun, most of them will shift to a deep berry color with reddish-purple tones.
There are so many gorgeous gemstones out there that there is no reason to settle for a collection of just diamonds and pearls. If you are a serious collector and you want to take your jewelry collection to the next level, give some of these gems a try.
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