List of 15 Red Gemstones Used in Jewellery

Red is one of the most popular gemstone colours and has been throughout history. Stones such as rubies, garnets and red diamonds have been valued for centuries. What is it about red gemstones that has such an allure? It is an eye-catching colour that looks beautiful on almost all skin tones. What’s more, red symbolizes our strongest emotions such as love, lust and passion. As such, a red gemstone is a perfect gift for a loved one, to represent love or affection.

Regardless of symbolism, it is undeniable that red gemstones are enchanting used in any type of jewellery. There are many types of red gemstones that come in a range of shades and prices.

Red Diamond

Features:

  • Highly exclusive
  • Extremely rare
  • Incredibly expensive
  • Synthetic varieties available

The rarest and most valuable of all coloured diamonds. High quality vivid red diamonds are notoriously difficult to come across and only a handful of them are known to exist. Most coloured diamonds get their colour due to the presence of some foreign element during its formation. Red diamonds are a little bit different. They are made entirely of carbon with their colour caused due to deformities in the gemstone lattice. When light passes through, it is bent and appears red.

Most red diamonds have secondary tints and these can affect the price of the stone but the best are of course vivid red diamonds. Natural red diamonds cost several hundred thousand dollars per carat! A more affordable alternative is to purchase a synthetic red diamond, which are man made varieties.

  1. Ruby

 Features:

  • Prestigious
  • Expensive
  • Often treated or enhanced
  • Synthetic varieties available
  • Very durable

The stones are among the most valuable and sought after coloured gemstone. Natural untreated rubies are very rare and very expensive, so most of the rubies you’ll come across on the market are either synthetic or treated in some ways. Most rubies are heat treated to enhance their colour and make them more desirable. Don’t worry as this is an industry standard and will be mentioned on the certificate of authenticity that comes with the stone. If you want the very best variety of ruby, choose the pigeon blood red colour. These are the most vivid and beautiful yet also the most expensive.

  1. Garnet

 Features:

  • Relatively affordable
  • Medium hardness
  • Good substitute for rubGarnets are often confused for rubies because of their vivid red hue. However, generally, garnets tend to be darker in colour and tone than rubies. Garnets not very expensive and it’s easy to find beautiful, pieces of garnet jewellery at good prices.

Garnets are often eye-clean gemstones, meaning that they don’t contain visible impurities. They often have excellent transparency. However, garnets are not very hard (Mohs 6.5 to 7) and can easily be scratched or damaged. If worn in rings, garnets should be mounted in a protective setting such as bezel or halo to minimize damage to the piece. They are not suited for daily wear but with reasonable maintenance, can last decades.

  1. Tourmaline – a.k.a. Rubellite

Features:

  • Popular
  • Fairly expensive
  • Often eye-clean
  • Medium hardness
  • Used in all types of jewellery

This rainbow gemstone, comes in all colours of the rainbow, including red. The pinkish-red variety of tourmaline is known as rubellite and is a very popular colour. Red tourmaline is often free of inclusions and have very high levels of clarity. They have a vitreous luster and interact beautifully with light. When used in jewellery, red tourmalines are often faceted to maximize the reflection of light. They can be cut into most popular gemstone shapes, such as emerald cut, marquise, pear, trilliant and baguettes, but are often found in long shapes. Because they are tough stones, red tourmalines stand up to wear and tear fairly well. They are durable (7 to 7.5 Mohs) and can be used in all types of jewellery.

  1. Red Zircon

Features:

  • Somewhat rare
  • Good brilliance
  • Fairly expensive
  • Medium hardness
  • Very brittle

This is a beautiful natural gemstone but because of the similarity of its name to cubic zirconia it is often thought of as a cheap, man-made stone. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Red zircons are quite rare but are a common zircon colour. They are often in vivid reds with purple or orange secondary tints. While zircon is a beautiful gemstone for jewlery, they are not very hard (6 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale) and because of their brittleness, they can easily get damaged or chipped. Most zircons on the market are heat treated.

  1. Red Agate

Features:

  • Often banded
  • Typically dyed
  • Medium hardness
  • Affordable

Red agate with a single colour is quite rare and it is often found banded with layers of white or gray. Red agates that display only red colour are often dyed varieties. Agate has a beautiful smooth sheen and a waxy luster, making it perfect for when cut into cabochons. It is generally translucent to opaque and of very good durability (Mohs 7). Agates can be worn in all types of gemstones with reasonable care. Although red agate is an affordable stone, the workmanship and settings used to make the jewellery often raises the price of the final item.

  1. Red Spinel

Features:

  • Highly popular
  • Good substitute for ruby
  • Fairly affordable
  • Untreated
  • Very good durability

Red Spinel is one of the most popular red gemstones. In the past, red spinel was mistaken for ruby and was only identified as a stone in its own right with the rise of modern day gemmological tools. Red spinel has been the great imposter in the world of gemstones. Even the famous crown of England contained a large red spinel which at the time was thought to be a ruby. When this was found out, this crown jewel was later nicknamed The Black Prince’s Ruby! This mistake was partly due to the fact that most red spinels are found in the same mines as rubies.

As a gemstone for jewellery, red spinel is often free of inclusions and displays high levels of clarity. They are transparent and due to the high refractive index and dispersion, are very brilliant. What’s more, red spinel is very durable (Mohs 8) and ideal for use in all types of jewellery. Red spinel is quite affordable and are not known to be treated.

  1. Red Topaz

Features:

  • Valuable topaz colour
  • Fairly affordable
  • Not rare
  • Very good durability

Red Topaz is among the most valuable of topaz colours. As with most gemstones, the deeper and more vivid the colour, the more valuable the gemstone.  Red topaz is an ideal gemstone for jewellery because it is durable (8 Mohs), affordable and is relatively plentiful in nature. Red topaz has a vitreous luster and is brilliant when faceted. It is often transparent and rarely contains visible inclusions. Most red topaz is heat treated to enhance colour. Red topaz can be used in all types of jewellery, from bracelets and rings to earrings and pendants.

  1. Red Beryl – a.k.a. Bixbite

Features:

  • Extremely rare
  • Expensive
  • Found in small sizes
  • Very good durability (8 Mohs)
  • Not many people have head of bixbite, but everyone knows emeralds, morganite and aquamarine. What do these four have in common? They’re all from the same mineral family – beryl. Bixbite is the red version of beryl and is the rarest beryl gemstone. In fact, it is often considered the rarest gemstone on earth!

It is a relatively new gemstone and was only used in jewellery in the mid-20th century. It is has pinkish-reddish shades and is found in small sizes, often under 1 carat. Bixbite, or red beryl, often has inclusions, much like the green gemstone emerald. Bixbite is also known by the name Red Emerald. Bixbite is mainly a collector’s item and is quite valuable.

10. Red Jasper

Features:

  • Commonly found
  • Affordable
  • Opaque
  • Affordable
  • Medium hardness

Jasper is a variety of quartz and can be found in many colours, with red being one of the most common. It’s an opaque gemstone that is known for the many spots and patterns that can be found on the surface.  Jewellery made out of jasper is often unique and has a bohemian vibe to it.

Red jasper is always opaque and has a vitreous luster. Most red jasper is not treated in anyway, meaning that the colour you see is its actual colour. Jasper is used in all types of jewellery, but is a relatively soft stone (6.5 to 7 Mohs) and although tough, can chip and break if dealt a tough blow. One good thing about red jasper is its affordability. Most jasper is cut into cabochons or smooth shapes, as well as carved. Because it is quite a common gemstone you can find red jasper to suit almost any budget.

11. Carnelian – a.k.a. Cornelian

Features:

  • Never opaque
  • Durable stone
  • Vintage vibe
  • Medium hardness

Carnelian has been used in gemstones since ancient times and was highly valued in the past. While it’s not as valuable today, carnelian is still used to create beautiful pieces of jewellery. Carnelian jewellery often has a vintage charm, especially when set in beautifully tarnished sterling silver.

Carnelian is the red variety of chalcedony and is found in transparent to nearly opaque varieties. Even though it may look solid, light will always be able to enter the stone to some degree. Carnelian has a glassy luster and can also look waxy. It is mainly cut into cabochons but may sometimes be faceted for more light reflection. It is a tough stone due to its gemstone line structure and is quite durable (7 Mohs) for every day wear.

12. Red Coral

Features:

  • Organic
  • Very soft
  • Affordable
  • Not naturally lustrous
  • Red coral is a variety of organic gemstones. It is found in the ocean and made from tiny marine creatures known as coral polyps. As the polyps grow, build their homes and dye, the coral reefs grow into large structures, often of many beautiful colours. Red coral is made of calcium carbonate and, like all organic gemstones, is quite a soft stone (3 to 4 Mohs).

Red coral is often translucent to opaque and is one of the most popular coral colours. The red shades are vibrant and eye-catching, making for stunning jewellery. Red coral is often shaped into cabochons, beads or cameos. For a natural and tropical look, jewellers often try to retain the original shape of the coral when making their designs. While red coral is naturally not lustrous, when it is polished and waxed it exhibits on a smooth, glossy surface. Red coral makes for great statement necklaces and rings but can also be fashioned into delicate pieces.

13. Red Rhodolite Garnet

Features:

  • Little-known
  • Relatively pricey
  • Generally eye-clean
  • Medium hardness

Often confused with rhodochrosite and rhodonite, rhodolite is a rare variety of the garnet family. It is a little-known gemstone. Rhodolite is found in vibrant shades of red, often dark, and contains little to no visible impurities. Rhodolite has high brilliance and is often faceted to enhance this luster of the stone. Rhodolite is always untreated, meaning that it contains its natural colour.

Although rhodolite is not very hard (6.5 to 7.5 Mohs) it is used to make all types of jewellery, even rings. They are quite tough stones and require minimal care and cleaning. This beautiful gemstone pairs well with any metal colour.

14. Red Andesine – a.k.a. Andesine-Labradorite

Features:

  • A new gemstone
  • Mysterious origins
  • Medium hardness
  • Typically synthetically coloured
  • Good ruby substitute

This gemstone is a new kid on the block, only entering the market in the early 2000s as a gemstone for jewellery. There is some mystery surrounding this gemstone as no one really knows where it is mined nor what it is really called. What we do know is that andesine is a plagioclase feldspar, is found in a variety of red shades, as well as other colours. It looks very similar to sunstone.

Andesine has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale and has a glassy luster. It can be made into most types of jewellery, although it isn’t recommended for rings. Andesine is not very costly and is sometimes used in place of more expensive gemstones such as ruby. It is often faceted to bring out its brilliance. Most of the andesine on the market is synthetically coloured, although not all vendors disclose this. This can make shopping for andesine difficult as you never really know if you’re getting the real deal.

15. Red Tiger’s Eye

Features:

  • Not rare
  • Transparent to opaque
  • Affordable
  • Medium hardness
  • Earthy colours

 

Tiger’s Eye is a type of quartz that is very affordable and easy to find. Red tiger’s eye is reddish to brownish red and is wooden and earthy in colour. Tiger’s eye is often banded or has beautiful dark patterns that add character to the stone. Tiger’s eye jewellery is unique and has a bohemian touch to it.

Most red tiger’s eye is translucent to opaque and can sometimes exhibit chatoyancy which is the cat’s eye effect. Tiger’s eye may sometimes display iridescence and has a smooth, silky luster. It is good for regular use and is durable enough to be used in most types of jewellery (Mohs 6.5 to 7).

 Red Gemstones and Metals

Although red may seem like a feminine colour, it is gender-neutral and many amazing jewellery designs for men include red gemstones. Red gemstones pair well with all metal colours. When set in silver-hued metals, such as platinum, white gold or silver, it has a contemporary look. If the silver is purposely tarnished to bring out an elaborate and detailed design, it takes on a more vintage appearance.

Yellow gold also gives red gemstones a traditional look. This is because yellow gold is a classic  jewellery colour and has a vintage look. Rose gold and red gemstones makes for an interesting pairing. Not everyone will appreciate this combination but it does tend to make for some beautiful and arresting jewellery.

Red Gemstones and Skin Tone

Most people overlook how skin tone can affect their jewellery choices, but this is a factor to consider. Certain colours compliment certain skin tones better than others. If you aren’t sure what your skin tone is, read our article on skin tones. Red is ideal with cool skin tones and stands out vibrantly against the skin. It can make warm skin tones look dull. But this of course is not a hard and fast rule. If the gemstone looks good against your skin then that’s all that matters.

 

Purple gemtones for winter 2019…..Kaleidogems

The purple colour is a combination of blue and red. Since ancient times in jewellery, it was associated with kings and queens, with royalty, wealthy individuals showing off their influence and sophistication. Being a combination of warmest and coolest colour it also combines their energies – the passion of the red and balancing calming of the blue. Purple is an electric and vibrant colour that brightens up the mood after a hard day.

Even though coloured gemstones were used for making jewellery since the beginning of mankind, they become more interesting during the past few decades. The sheer number of purple gems is not that high compared to blue, red or green so as expected those stones can be a bit pricier. When compared to pink gemstones, those are somewhat in a similar situation. Most interesting gems that come in this colour are diamonds, sapphire, jade, tourmaline, jasper, fluorite, spinel, and amethyst as most popular and abundant.

Diamonds

Purple diamonds are considered as extremely rare, very expensive and exclusive gems. Those stones are created in earth crust only when there is a very high concentration of hydrogen present. That this is not a common case in nature. Because of this, natural purple diamonds are often bought only by collectors or extremely wealthy people. Synthetic and enhanced specimens are much more common and more affordable.

Sapphires

The general situation in the jewellery industry with pink and purple sapphires is pretty similar. Purple gems are pretty uncommon in nature and they are formed when traces of chromium are present during crystal formation. Those stones are found in very vivid colour so heat treating or any other kind of enhancing is not needed. Being the second toughest gems available, purple sapphires are often used for making engagement rings. They are extremely resistant to chipping and breaking so there is no need for special treatment and care.

Jade

When you hear about jade you immediately think of a bright green colour. As a matter of fact, jade gemstone comes in many more colours including purple as one of the most beautiful. In nature, we find two main types of purple jade gems called Jadeite (those gems are considered to be of higher quality) and Nephrite (that is considered to be less expensive and more abundant).  Natural purple jade is a pretty soft gemstone that comes with a waxy lustre.

Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a gemstone that comes in many different colours. It’s a beautiful gem often used in jewellery for making incredible pieces of jewellery. Interestingly, purple tourmaline is not that popular even though it’s really vibrant and mesmerizing especially when viewed from different angles of light. This gemstone has great durability and with a little bit of care can last for a long time. Enhancing by heat treating is very common when it comes to tourmaline stone so ask your jeweller if your stone went through this process.

Jasper

Although Jasper comes often in red colour, specimens that come in the purple shade can be found as well. Jasper is a type of quartz gemstone that comes with interesting matrix inclusions and with patterns that add unique character to this gemstone. Purple Jasper is a very desirable gemstone that is not very durable compared to other gemstones. With a hardness of 6.5-7, you should take care of your gem in order for it to last a long time.

Fluorite

Fluorite is the list durable gemstone in this list with the rating of 4 on Mohs scale of hardness. Even though this purple gemstone has a vitreous lustre and comes in every imaginable purple shade, it is not that common in jewellery. It is most often bought by collectors that pay special care for those gems. Highest quality gems should be transparent. If you stumble upon this gemstone used as jewellery, make sure to buy it as pendant or earring as it will last you longer.

Amethyst

Purple amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones used for making jewellery that comes in this shade. Before huge mining’s were found in Brazil, amethyst was considered just as precious as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. Those mines dropped its price significantly so it is much more common and affordable gem. With a hardness rating of 7, purple amethyst is fairy durable gem that can be used for making all types of jewellery. If you expose this stone to direct sunlight it can fade over time so make sure that you take proper care of your amethyst gems.

Purple gems are used in jewellery for its sophistication and ability to complement both neutral and colourful outfits. It’s professional, feminine, elegant and flattering for all people since it goes amazing with all hair colours and skin types. No matter if you decide to wear a nice pair of earrings or a fancy ring, light purple gems will add softness to your apparel while deep hues will add vibrancy to your style.

Gemstones in this interesting colour go really well with all metals that dictate the style of the jewellery. In general, white metals like silver, white gold, and platinum give a modern look with purple gems standing out more in contrast to the metal. On the other hand, yellow and rose gold provide much more vintage appeal when combined with purple stones.

Ocean Jasper – Go with the Flow Nuture your happiness and your peace….

The multi-coloured Ocean Jasper gemstone  resonates the complexity of earth and its seemingly endless layers. If you’re drowning in an ocean of tears filled with dark clouds of negativity, warm up the heart chakras with the Ocean Jasper gemstone, a powerful yet soothing force that guides us back to our natural state of joy and raison de vivre.

OCEAN JASPER MEANING & HEALING

Keep this rare and unique stone in your collection and bask in its radiating circles that cover a wide colour spectrum, including soft, understated shades of pink, yellow, black, white, gold, green, and brown. With its unusual pattern of circles, specks, and swirls, this all-in-one healing gemstone promotes deep relaxation by reconnecting your inner spirit to the earth and its healing vibrations. In a modern world closed off from nature, the Ocean Jasper gemstone meaning harnesses the cleansing and restorative powers of earth and its rhythmic flow that supports the never-ending cycle of life.

If stress is to blame for your recent case of burnout, grab an Ocean Jasper gemstone stone and head out into the woods for a therapeutic session of forest bathing. Combining the ancient Zen tradition of meditation with the healing effects of nature, contemplate the interconnectedness of all things as your lungs and inner spirit rejuvenate from the super oxygenated air of the forest and its peaceful tranquility. Recharge your aura by noticing the beautiful details of nature in full bloom and the patches of sunlight shining through the branches.

A stone of joy and mindful expansion, the Ocean Jasper gemstone meaning is linked with its ability to encourage deep relaxation, making it the natural Valium in your healing gemstone for a first aid kit. If chronic stress has you treading water, include Ocean Jasper in a healing layout to quiet down a ramped up nervous system. Place a stone over the solar plexus chakra and imagine its pure light of healing energy infusing your mind-body-spirit with the highest vibrations of our life-giving planet. During this gemstone cleanse, feel the soothing effects of stress reduction as your adrenals realign and become open and balanced.

OCEAN JASPER MEANING

Discovered this millennium, the Ocean Jasper gemstone stone meaning is associated with the unconditional love that comes from lighting a fire in the heart chakra. In this instance, Ocean Jasper serves as the lighthouse on your spiritual voyage across the seas to a higher consciousness. A rare stone that comes from one place in the world – Madagascar – the visually striking patterns of Ocean Jasper give it an almost otherworldly appearance.

A type of chalcedony, this multi-coloured stone combines a powerful cocktail of minerals that evolved from the lava streams of primordial volcanoes. In a synergistic wave of soothing vibes, Ocean Jasper reminds us to live with an open mind and a compassionate heart by helping to connect the energy of the sacral and heart chakras.

Access the warm and buttery vibes of this vibrant stone by meditating with it as part of your everyday wellness routine. In peaceful contemplation, gaze at your cleansed and activated stone, noticing any thoughts that come up and taking inventory of your mind-body-spirit. Set the mood for spiritual expansion by lighting a candle and placing Ocean Jasper on a white cloth. During this therapeutic session, give the stone a job by asking it to take away any negative thoughts holding you back from your true potential. Every time you meditate with Ocean Jasper, the experience takes you deeper, which makes daily practice essential for a reawakening of the soul.

OCEAN JASPER HEALING PROPERTIES

When it comes to old emotional wounds, the Ocean Jasper gemstone healing properties are excellent for soothing past sorrows. To get the most out of these healing benefits, program the stone with the specific intention of healing and letting go. Don’t let the hard times of the past keep you from vibrating at your highest potential today. After all, if you want to get to the next chapter of your life, you must stop re-reading the last chapter. Moving on takes forgiveness and Ocean Jasper gives us the strength to forget our mistakes and the wisdom to remember the lesson. This charismatic stone teaches compassion, reminding us that when we light a lamp for someone, it also brightens our own path.

Go deep with the Ocean Jasper gemstone properties by gazing at the stone in deep introspection. Using the Zen meditation technique, stare at the stone and notice its unique series of radiating circles and soft, muted shades that cover a wide colour spectrum. These extraordinary characteristics make it stand out in the gem world and also resonate the gentle and supportive energy of Ocean Jasper, a rare type of Jasper that contains rhyolite, a volcanic rock similar to granite.

Call on the power of Ocean Jasper and learn to follow your bliss, not your blisters.

All about emeralds, the May Birthstone……Kaleidogems.

For those interested in learning more about the beautiful birthstone for May or considering investing in a piece for a 20th or 35th anniversary gift, below are a few facts that we bet you didn’t know about Emerald:

  1. Emeralds are not always ‘emerald green’

It might sound a little odd given their name, but Emeralds can vary quite a bit in colour! The ‘Forty shades of green’ in the famous Johnny Cash song is actually a little closer to reality.  Emeralds range in colour from deep green to pale green hues. The deep green gems are the most prized and expensive emeralds. The lovely variety of colour is due to the exact amount of trace elements, Chromium, Vanadium and Iron, in the stone.

  1. For emerald the cut is the key

The colour we see in jewellery also depends on the cut. A skilled gemologist can give a paler stone a darker appearance with a deep cut and fewer facets (flat surfaces on the stone). Or a darker stone can be made to appear lighter with a shallow cut and more facets. Given all that, it is not so surprising that this gem has a specific cut named after it, “the emerald cut.” Many fine emeralds are prepared in this iconic style.

  1. Emeralds are rarer and often more expensive than diamonds

When many people think of rare or expensive gemstones their first thought is of diamonds. But it is emerald that are among the rarest of all gemstones and so often have a price tag to match. They are part of a family of gems called beryl and are mined all over the world including Central and South America and Africa. But even in established emerald mines the availability of high-quality or large gems is limited.

  1. Emeralds are the go to gem for the Royal Set

Perhaps it is this rarity that has lead not just the Irish to prize beautiful emerald. Cleopatra, reportedly loved this stone and to guarantee herself high quality gems, reportedly took ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt! The British Crown jewels are also adorned with spectacular emeralds. And of course Elizabeth Taylor, queen of the silver screen, famously cherished beautiful emerald jewellery. Her stunning emerald pendant sold for an eye-watering $6.5 million in 2011.

  1. Emeralds may give you more bang for your buck than diamond

Despite their rarity, if you are looking to maximise the size of a stone for your budget then emeralds could be an option to explore. The carat of a gemstone is calculated using its weight. Carat for carat, emerald comes out on top when compared to diamond. A 1 carat emerald will be a larger stone than a 1 carat diamond as diamond is more dense than emerald. Very large emeralds like those in the British crown jewels can be hundreds of carats. More typical and affordable sizes for jewellery range from 1 mm to 5 mm for stones used in decoration (0.02 to 0.50 carat). Larger emeralds of 1 to 5 carats are typically reserved for centre stones in marquee pieces of jewellery.

  1. Unlike diamond, emeralds are not all about clarity

For diamond, clarity is a big driver in price of an individual stone. But inclusions in emerald are often viewed as desirable features. They can form lovely patterns, referred to in the trade as the emerald’s jardin, or garden. They are so unique that they can actually increase value. Inclusions in emerald can also be assessed with the naked eye rather than under magnification like diamond, so no specialist equipment is required to assess a stone.

  1. Emeralds have a long history

Perhaps it comes back to their stunning green colour but emeralds have been mined for over 4000 years and are associated with an impressive list of mystical powers and uses! They were considered a symbol of eternal youth by the ancient Egyptians who liked to be buried with them! Romans thought gazing into them was useful to relieve stress and eye strain. And green was also the colour for Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Ancient legends also claim that placing an emerald under the tongue would reveal truth, allow a person to foresee the future and protect against evil spells! We wouldn’t recommend this particular practice!

 

Reasons Why Pearls Are A Girl’s Best Friend

From prehistoric eras to ancient cultures and modern times, humans have consistently adorned themselves. Regardless of religion, culture, class or gender, people have fashioned materials into necklaces, bracelets and other ornaments to decorate their bodies.

Archaeological finds include jewellery made from animal hides, leather and plant materials that were decorated with animal teeth, feathers, shells, pebbles, bones, seeds and flowers. Later, as human technologies advanced, metals and gems began appearing in the archaeological record. A natural gemstone fished from the sea, pearls have been revered for thousands of years as a prized embellishment for their shape, lustre and colours.

From India to China, Egypt to Rome, and throughout the modern world, we give you six reasons why pearls continue to be a girl’s best friend.

  1. PEARLS ARE TRADITIONAL

Coming of age, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, milestone achievements and special occasions are marked with the giving and wearing of pearls. Every pearl is unique and its shape is natural and without artificial modification. Worn as a simple string, an embellished brooch or a delicate bracelet, pearls are, as Jackie Kennedy famously declared, always appropriate.

  1. PEARLS REPRESENT LOVE BONDS

Like a baby that develops in the belly of its mother, pearls are formed within the soft tissue of molluscs like oysters and mussels. Pearls represent the love bond between you and your loved ones like the essential relationship between the strong, resilient, and iridescent mother of pearl of the inner shell and the pearl created within.

  1. PEARLS ARE INSPIRING

When small particles, parasites or organisms gain entry to the shell of certain molluscs, they respond by creating a ‘pearl sac’ to defend themselves against the threatening irritant. Over and over the mollusc secretes calcium carbonate to cover the irritant. With time, these layers build up and result in the formation of a smooth, beautiful pearl.

Keynote speaker and change expert, Susan Young eloquently challenges us to consider changes in our lives – from adversity, difficulties and experiences – through the metaphor of an oyster and its pearl. She says: “As a pearl is formed and its layers grow, a rich iridescence begins to glow. The oyster has taken what was at first an irritation and intrusion and uses it to enrich its value. How can you coat or frame the changes in your life to harvest beauty, brilliance, and wisdom?”

  1. PEARLS ARE FOR GOOD HEALTH

The same elements that make pearls iridescent and strong make pearl powder a beauty ‘superfood’. The fine, white powder of ground pearls is rich in calcium as well as magnesium, amino acids, and trace minerals. Served up by Chinese herbalists as a medical remedy for eons, pearl powder has entered the Western wellness arena as a nutritional supplement for women. Although research and information are limited, pearl powder supplements reportedly help to prevent skin discolouration, digestive issues, and osteoporosis.

Pearl powder has also stepped into the limelight as a star ingredient in cosmetics (which the Chinese already knew about millennia ago!). It is often incorporated into exfoliants, masks, and shimmering finishing powders and eye shadows.

  1. PEARLS ARE FROM WATER

Environmentally friendly and grown in water, pearls are a gift from nature. Water is considered one of the ‘classical elements’ in ancient Greek philosophy and is associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition. As a classic gemstone often gifted and worn for special occasions, pearls are synonymous with memories and emotional experiences. Blessedly, pearls suit all styles and add a touch of elegance to every occasion.

French style guru Genevieve Antoine Dariaux favoured pearls. “There is just one piece of jewellery that is equally becoming to everybody, lovely with almost every ensemble, appropriate for almost any occasion, and indispensable in every woman’s wardrobe… long live the pearl necklace, true or false, from our first date until our last breath!”

  1. PEARLS ARE TO BE GIFTED, WORN OFTEN AND NURTURED

Pearls are often given as a considered and thoughtful gift. The buyer spends time to choose the most appropriate jewellery type, and they weigh up the size, colour and shape of the pearls with the gift recipient in mind.

Like relationships that are nurtured over time, pearls have to be cared for by their wearer to maintain their warm glow and lustre. Acids in perfumes, lotions, hairspray, makeup and swimming pools can damage the pearl’s iridescent coating and dissolve its beautiful shine over time.

Aside from diligently waiting to put on your pearls after applying cosmetics and always removing them before swimming and showering, you can nurture your pearls in a number of ways.

Wear your pearls often to improve their lustre as the oils from your skin keep them moisturized. Always wipe off traces of perspiration, cosmetics and lotion using a soft cloth. It is best to have your pearls cleaned by a reliable jeweller to keep them in perfect condition for generations.

You can’t ever go wrong with pearls. Perhaps pearls are a girl’s best friend after all.

 

Gemstone Picks: Thinking Pink…. Kaleidogems

Light and unapologetically pretty, pink gemstone jewellery is practically blushing.

Sometimes red is just too much and white isn’t quite right. Finding a space in between, pink is more than just pretty — it can, by turns, be demure, fresh, light or moody. Pink gemstones look fantastic set in any metal or in any style.

Against white gold or platinum, it can be striking and sophisticated. Pink gems and yellow gold create a subtle contrast. And marry pink gems with rose gold for a warm melding of tones.

Diamond

Natural pink diamonds are extremely rare, but also extremely beautiful. Most natural pink diamonds come from Western Australia, but there are mines in Africa, Brazil and India. They can vary from a light clear pink to darker pinks with secondary tones. Some non-pink diamonds can be treated through high-pressure/high-temperature treatments, irradiation and annealing. Any treated diamond should be disclosed.

Ruby or pink sapphire

Though the classic colour of ruby is a deep dark red, ruby has a lighter side. Pink rubies may also be called pink sapphire, since both gems are a variety of corundum in the sapphire family. No matter what someone calls them, these gems are beautiful in any type of jewellery, and look fabulous when accented by white diamonds.

Garnet

You may find pink garnets called by two names: Rhodolite and pyrope garnet. Basically, the gem gemstones are a mix of different elements and how much and how many of those elements determine the different colours. Garnets are affordable and easy to find in a wide variety of jewellery.

Morganite

Morganite isn’t as well-known as some of its pink siblings, but it’s truly a beauty. Some prefer it in a pale pink, while the darker rose colours have their fans. It can have a clarity rivalling that of a fine diamond, but many Morganite fans value the natural inclusions.

Rose quartz

Rose quartz is usually a dusty pink, and is opaque or translucent. Rose quartz is called the “heart stone,” something to keep in mind come Valentine’s Day.

Pink tourmaline

Pink tourmaline can range from a light pastel pink to a dark pink verging on red. Rubellite is a term referring to a certain colour range of red or pink tourmalines; rubellite tourmaline does not change colour between natural or artificial light. Pink tourmaline not called rubellite may have a slight colour change in artificial light, having more of a brown undertone.

Spinel

Historically, red and pink spinel was often confused with ruby, while blue spinel was misidentified as sapphire. However, they have distinctly different compositions. Pink spinel ranges from bright to pale pink.

Pearls

Don’t forget about pearls. Along with the expected white or black, pearls come in all colours. Pink pearls look especially fresh, and look wonderful on all skin tones.

Surprising Gemstone Pairings That Work Together Like A Charm….

Several Beautiful Crystal Pendants in Hands.

Good gemstone combinations are hard to find because it has to work with your physical, emotional and spiritual body in addition to zodiac, chakra and Feng shui. See, it’s tough, yo! While you’re digging for the right gemstone combination, bad gemstone combinations can be more than life-threatening (soul-threatening, I mean!). I’ve dealt with the good and bad gemstone pairings that’s why I wrote this blog post so that you can stay away from the dangers and manifest chakra powers of gemstone combinations smartly for everyday use.

Do Gemstones Work Together?

Cameron Diaz’s Body Book is a Treasure house of Gemstone Pairings for Love, while Megan Fox stumbles from quartz crowns to turquoise beaded chokers which comprise some of the most attractive and potent gemstone pairings you and I have ever seen. Trust me, they are unbelievably awesome and I kid you not!

Who knows, you might already have these good gemstone pairings and all you would need might be to stack two rings or chain necklaces together to make it work with jazz and snazzy!

And, Healing gemstones are nature’s supplements to enrich your physical and spiritual reality.

I gifted a rose quartz and amethyst necklace to my bestie and you know what she saw?

Think about it, when you combine apple juice and kale juice, amazing things come out of it right?

By the rule of thumb, when you mix a heart chakra gemstone with third eye chakra, you get a fusion of power that helps you see the future of your love and perhaps even a glimpse of your true love. In short, when you mix two powerful gemstones together, you get a magnified version of the same power.

7 Potent Gemstone Pairings You Need If You Want More Than the Regular Power with Gemstones

  1. Rose Quartz and Turquoise Stone Pairs

Strung together in 8mm beads of turquoise and rose quartz gemstone separately, this is a potent gemstone pair for confessing your love.

When you’re proposing to your darling, best to keep a rose quartz to let your heart flow out through speech using a vibrant mix of rose quartz and turquoise. It is also a stone for married couples to speak their mind out.

If you’re a counsellor or therapist, gemstone pairing of rose quartz and turquoise in the room will help to loosen the patients better!

  1. Rose Quartz and Amethyst Gemstone Pairing

A gemstone pendulum to detect and repair energy deficiencies and excess in your chakra points rose quartz and amethyst single handedly works on heart and crown chakra. It connects your heart with your spirit and guardian angels.

The gemstone pair of amethyst and rose quartz was not just popular on Stevens Universe, but when mixed together it becomes the medium of physical to spiritual energy.

  1. Sandstone and Obsidian Gemstone Pairing

A divine combination that helps you communicate with your favourite angel and manifests the energy within obsidian and goldstone together.

See the thing is, obsidian awakens the root chakra to ground you to earth while sandstone fuels your life force hidden in the sacral chakra. Together, it can bring the power of Gaia (Earth Mother) and black obsidian brings the power of Pluto, Saturn, Jan and five other goddesses.

  1. Moonstone and Rose Quartz Gemstone Pairing

An ethereal mix of love and synchronicity of chakras, rose quartz and moonstone make you a charming divine person.

The adularescence of moonstone makes it a fertile stone for young brides and rose quartz keeps the marriage rooted in love.

Yet another stone pairing for love, moonstone and rose quartz together can awaken your psychic powers as well as deep-seated emotions.

According to me moonstone, when rubbed in between the brows, make you quick-witted and rose quartz ‘just’.

You know who is this perfect for? Judges and empaths!

  1. Green Aventurine and Rose Quartz together Statute

There is nothing better than a bit of warmth and love to fill life and that’s where green aventurine and rose quartz gel well together.

Get your own gemstone pairing for attracting love with rose quartz and aventurine gemstone pairing.

Persephone, the mighty goddess of spring and Tara the goddess of night makes green aventurine the stone for women with ambitions and goals ahead of them.

When mixed with the empowering energy of rose quartz, it brings together the powers of Aphrodite, the goddess of Love and Venus, another Goddess of Love.

You see what I’m saying? This is the ultimate gemstone love potion for attracting your true love into life.

Which are the main Conflicting gemstone combinations not to wear Together?Malachite does not go well with any gemstones.

It is said that Malachite brings the power of love, but when grouped with inferior gemstone, it can make you too emotional.

Clear quartz must be used only to cleanse or as part of a gemstone grid than gemstone pairing.

That’s because clear quartz has a tendency to cleanse your progress too. It is best to balance the overwhelming power of clear quartz when using it in a gemstone grid as well.

Carnelian and Aquamarine must not be worn together.

Another aspect to consider is wearing a calming stone with an energizing stone. For example, you must not wear kundalini energy or sacral chakra stones with throat chakra stones. They cancel and defeat every purpose of gemstone therapy.

Tiger Eye with Amazonite is a poor combo to sleep on.

If you try this, you’re gonna be an instant insomniac. Tiger eye makes your subconscious clear and brings bad dreams if you’re having a bad day while amazonite amplifies the downer or emo feeling next day too. Keep the gemstone combination separate from each other when you’re storing it too.

Gemstone pairings are a level upper than just magic. They help in finding the right power or dose of magic you need in your manifestation rituals with gemstones. I’ve been there and I’ve done that, many times..

List of 12 Top Purple Gemstones Used in Jewellery – Kaleidogems

Although purple has been a colour used in jewellery since ancient times, there aren’t many purple gemstones. Compared to other colours such as blue, red and green that have hundreds of gemstone varieties to choose from, the number of purple gemstones is quite small.

Purple is often connected to royalty and nobility, power and wealth. It is a luxurious colour and depicts prestige and class. Purple jewellery adds a touch of sophistication and elegance and is an eye-catching colour.

There are many varieties of purple including violet, lilac, lavender, mauve, mulberry and wine. To help you choose your stone and shade, here are our top 12 purple gemstones for jewellery.

1. Purple Diamonds

Features:

  • An exclusive gemstone
  • Extremely rare
  • Very expensive
  • Synthetic and enhanced varieties available

Purple diamonds are created when there is a high amount of hydrogen present during the diamond’s formation. These spectacular stones are very rare and expensive, especially if the stone is vivid and saturated in colour. However, enhanced or synthetic alternatives are relatively much more affordable.  Purple diamonds are known by a variety of nicknames, including Lilac, Orchid, Lavender, Grape and Plum Diamonds which describe the colour of the stone. High quality purple diamonds are generally sought after by collectors and diamond enthusiasts or those with a penchant for exclusive jewellery.

  1. Amethyst

Features:

  • Most popular purple stone
  • Abundantly found
  • Affordable
  • Good hardness
  • Not very tough

Amethysts are the most well-known purple gemstones.  In the past, amethysts were considered a cardinal gemstone (gemstones considered precious above all others) and on equal par with diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. However, when large deposits were found in Brazil, the value of amethysts dropped making it an affordable gemstone that suits almost all budgets.

Amethysts come in all shades of purple, with those displaying the deepest purple hues considered the best. Amethysts are durable enough for use in all types of jewellery (7 Mohs) but requires reasonable care to maintain its lustre and colour. They can easily get scratched and due to their brittleness, can chip or crack when exposed to rough wear. The colour of amethysts can also fade if exposed to direct light for too long. However, if maintained well, amethyst jewellery can last a lifetime.

  1. Purple Chalcedony

Features:

  • Quite durable
  • Vitreous – waxy lustre
  • Relatively affordable

Purple chalcedony comes in beautiful shades of purple from a light lilac to dark purple. Purple chalcedony is usually translucent to opaque, with a vitreous to waxy lustre. It has a very appealing look with a rich natural colour.

Chalcedony has a microcrystalline structure without crystal formations within it. As a result, it is compact, contains no cleavage and is very durable. Purple chalcedony is a tough stone with medium hardness (6.5 to 7 Mohs). Most chalcedony is cut en cabochon or used in beautiful carvings and engravings. However, sometimes these stones are faceted to add more depth and light play to the piece of jewellery. Chalcedony jewellery is ideal for bohemian and ethnic jewellery designs.

  1. Purple Spinel

Features:

  • Very durable
  • Somewhat rare
  • Relatively affordable
  • Very brilliant

Purple spinel comes in a variety of shades, with lilac and mauve considered more attractive. However, it is not as valuable or sought-after as red and blue spinel. Purple spinel is relatively affordable and a durable gemstone (Mohs 8) suited for every day wear. It is a brilliant gemstone and due to this fact, is often cut into faceted gemstone shapes to enhance the brilliance. Purple spinel has been synthesized but it is rarely enhanced or treated, meaning that the colour you see in a purple spinel stone is likely to be natural.

  1. Iolite

Features:

  • Popular
  • Very abundant
  • Not expensive
  • Good brilliance
  • Not highly durable

Although iolites are highly sought-after gemstones, they are quite stunning and can rival the beauty of more expensive blue stones such as sapphire or tanzanite. It is a highly brilliant stone that occurs in blue-purple shades, but due to its abundance, it is not highly valued. Iolite has distinct cleavage making it susceptible to chipping or cracking if struck with force. However, it has fairly good hardness (7 to 7.5 Mohs) and can be used in almost all types of jewellery. When mounted in rings, it is best to set iolite in protective settings such as bezel or halo. Beautifully faceted iolite sparkles with eye-catching brilliance. Iolite is perfect for jewellery where it is able to catch light, such as on a ring or in dangling earrings.

  1. Purple Jade

Features:

  • Fair hardness
  • Very tough
  • Comes in two varieties
  • Waxy lustre

Most people think of green when they say the word jade, but jade occurs in a range of colours, including beautiful purple shades. There are two varieties of jade: nephrite and jadeite. Nephrite is more abundant and less expensive, while jadeite is considered of better quality and is pricier.

Purple jade is fairly soft (6 Mohs) but is very tough due to its compact composition. Purple jade is found in translucent to opaque varieties and has a smooth, waxy lustre. Most jade is often cut into cabochons or various special smooth cuts or carved. Faceting jade is less common but can give the gemstone added depth.

  1. Purple Sapphire

Features:

  • Uncommon sapphire colour
  • Often untreated
  • Excellent durability
  • Quite rare

Say sapphire and we think of a vivid blue gemstone. But there is such a thing as purple sapphire which is rarer and as beautiful as its blue counterparts. This colour occurs traces of elements such as chromium is present during the sapphire’s formation. Many people sometimes confuse purple sapphires for amethysts, but purple sapphires are a more durable and hard (Mohs 9) gemstone, second only to diamonds but with better toughness. They are extremely resistant to breakage and chipping.

While most other sapphires on the market are heat treated to enhance colour and clarity, purple sapphires are generally not treated because they have very good natural colouring. Because of their brilliance and durability, these sapphires are an excellent choice if you want a purple gemstone for an everyday piece of jewellery, such as an engagement ring.

  1. Purple Fluorite

Features:

  • Low durability
  • Very rare
  • Vitreous lustre
  • Often transparent

Fluorite is a very popular variety of gemstones among collectors but is not commonly used in jewellery due to its low durability. The quintessential fluorite colour is purple, but it occurs in every colour imaginable. While most purple fluorite occurs in a single colour, there is a purple and white banded variety known as Blue John.

High quality purple fluorite should have very good transparency and be eye-clean. Fluorite has a beautiful vitreous lustre and can be cut into most standard gemstone shapes. However, fluorite is very soft (Mohs 4) and has distinct cleavage. It is not suitable for most types of jewellery, especially those that are likely to have high exposure. However, it can be used in jewellery such as pendants and earrings.

  1. Purple Kunzite

Features:

  • Exhibits pleochroism
  • Good clarity
  • Light to vivid hues
  • Affordable
  • Distinct cleavage

Kunzite is little-known beautiful gemstone that occurs in pink to purple shades. The gem was first discovered in the USA but today most kunzite comes from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most purple kunzite is quite light in colour but some stones can have a vivid and intense hue. Kunzite can also exhibit pleochroism, which refers to its ability to exhibit two colours at the same time depending on the angle it is viewed from. Typically, the two colours are pink and purple or colourless. Kunzite is also generally free of inclusions and has very good transparency. You can find kunzite in a range of fancy shapes, although smooth polished cabochons are also common.

Most kunzite on the market is free of treatments or enhancements. Kunzite is a fairly durable stone (6.5 to 7 Mohs) can be used for most types of jewellery. However, as it has very distinct cleavage, it is prone to breakage and needs to be protected from impact and blows. Kunzite remains a very affordable stone and because it is found in large sizes, it is perfect for large statement jewellery.

10. Purple Tourmaline

Features:

  • Not a popular tourmaline colour
  • Very good durability
  • Vitreous lustre
  • Brilliant

Purple tourmaline is not the most popular tourmaline colour but is beautiful when set in jewellery. They come in a range of purple shades and can be quite affordable. All coloured tourmaline exhibits some form of pleochroism. This makes tourmaline a dynamic and vibrant gemstone for jewellery, especially when viewed from different angles under lights.

Most purple tourmalines are faceted to enhance the stone’s brilliance and pleochroism (if noticeable). Purple tourmaline has good durability (7 to 7.5 Mohs) and with reasonable care can last a very long time.  Heat treatment is commonly carried out on tourmalines to enhance their colour, however, your vendor should let you know if such treatments have been done on your stone.

11. Sugilite

Features:

  • Very rare
  • Uncommon in jewellery
  • Opaque to translucent clarity
  • Contains patterns, patches and veins
  • Medium durability

Sugilite was initially discovered in Japan and is categorized as a rare gemstone. Small deposits of sugilite have been found in other regions but these are not abundant. As a result, it is not a mainstream gemstone and there aren’t many options when it comes to sugilite jewellery.

Sugilite is found from faint pink-purple varieties to dark blue-purple. However, the most valuable and sought-after sugilite colour is an evenly saturated vivid purple hue. Sugilite is often opaque to translucent and most contain dark veins or patches that form interesting patterns on its surface.  It is commonly cut en cabochon or carved into intricate and beautiful designs, although translucent sugilite can be faceted for added depth and light play. Sugilite is rarely enhanced or treated. It is not a very durable gemstone (5.5 to 6.5 Mohs) and can easily get damaged.

12. Purple Jasper

Features:

  • Commonly found
  • Opaque to translucent clarity
  • Contains patterns, matrix and veins
  • Medium hardness
  • Very tough

Jasper is commonly red, but it can also be found in purple shades. It is a variety of chalcedony, a type of quartz. Jasper often has interesting matrix inclusions and patterns that add character to the stone and are quite desirable. Most jasper is translucent to opaque in clarity and is often cut en cabochon or carved. Jasper is rarely faceted.

With a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale and very good toughness due to its compact nature, jasper jewellery can last a very long time without damage. As it is relatively affordable, it is an ideal gemstone for costume jewellery and statement pieces.

Some other purple gemstones

Here are some purple gemstones that we have not included in our list of top 12 purple gemstones.

  • Charoite– This gemstone varies in colour from lilac to deep purple. It is a somewhat soft, translucent gemstone that is found only in Siberia and is quite rare.
  • Purple Agate – Agate can be found in all colours in banded and single colour varieties. Purple agate typically comes from Botswana and Brazil.
  • Purple Lepidolite – This beautiful gemstone has a vitreous lustre and is transparent to translucent in clarity. However it is very soft (2.5 to 33 Mohs) and not very suitable for jewellery.
  • Purple Scapolite – Transparent with a vitreous lustre, scapolite is a sparkly gemstone with medium hardness. It is quite a rare gemstone and is sought-after by collector’s and mineral enthusiasts.

Purple Gemstones and Metals

Purple gemstones go well with all metal colours, which is a factor that determines the style of the jewellery. For example, white metals such as platinum, silver or white gold give a contemporary look to purple gemstones, making them stand out in contrast. An amethyst in a white gold setting, for example, appears prominent and to full advantage.

Rose and yellow gold settings offer a unique, vintage look when combined with purple gemstones. These are more classical in appearance and are not very commonly chosen combinations.

Symbolism of Purple in Jewellery

Purple is a combination of red and blue, which are the warmest and coolest colours. As such, it combines the fierce energy of red with the calming, soothing vibes of blue for a balancing, harmonious feel.

Purple has been connected to royalty and the upper echelons since ancient times, with history stating that Queen Elizabeth the First only allowing members of the royal family to wear it. It is also a rare colour in nature, giving purple gemstones that extra allure.

Popular green gemstones used in jewellery…. Kaleidogems

Green is among the most sought-after colours for gemstones and has always been an important colour in the gemstone world. It is a sophisticated colour that adds a touch of elegance to any outfit. Green symbolizes life and renewal, as well as freshness, nature and energy. It is the most soothing colour on the spectrum and we are naturally drawn to it.

Although emeralds may be the most well-known green gemstone, there are over a 100 types of green gemstones that can be used in jewellery. These range in shades, prices and features, and it can be difficult to choose the right stone to suit your purposes.

Green Diamond

Features:

  • An exclusive gemstone
  • Extremely rare
  • Very expensive
  • Synthetic varieties available
  • Green Diamonds are extremely rare. While most coloured diamonds get their colour from the presence of trace elements, green diamonds are quite unique in this respect. They receive their colouring from natural irradiation that occurs over thousands of years. Yes, radiation is dangerous, but green diamonds are not radioactive and are safe to wear.

Green diamonds are very expensive, but not as much as red or pink diamonds. They are found ranging in shades from faint to deep green, sometimes with secondary tones of yellow, brown or blue. Because they are so expensive, synthetic (man-made) green diamonds offer a more affordable option.

  1. Green Sapphire

Features:

  • Rare
  • Highly durable
  • Commonly heat treated
  • Synthetic varieties available

Until recently, green sapphires were not considered very desirable, but they are now increasing in popularity. Green sapphires are quite rare and get their colour from the presence of iron. Because blue is the desirable sapphire colour, it can be difficult to find green sapphire jewellery.

These gemstones come in shades varying from faint green to dark green, with secondary hints of blue or yellow. Because of sapphire’s excellent gemstone qualities, such as high durability (Mohs 9), brilliance and beauty, green sapphires are a good choice for all types of rings. Most green sapphires are heat treated, which is a common industry standard.

  1. Emerald

Features:

  • Most well-known green stone
  • Often heavily included
  • Commonly treated
  • Not highly durable
  • A beryl variety

The most popular green gemstone of all, emeralds have been used since antiquity. The famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra was known for wearing emeralds. Emeralds were even used in burial rituals, as mummies have been found buried with emeralds.

Emeralds are a member of the illustrious beryl family of gemstones. When purchasing an emerald, the most important factor is colour.

After all, an emerald is nothing if not green. The more intense and vivid the colour, the more valuable the stone. Most emeralds contain inclusions, often moss-like threads nicknamed ‘jardin’ for the French word garden. These are very common and eye-clean emeralds are incredibly rare. Emeralds are fairly durable stones (7.5 to 8 Mohs) but the inclusions can cause the stone to weaken and chip when exposed to rough wear. They are commonly treated and fracture-filled to enhance colour and stability. Emeralds are ideal for all types of jewellery but extra care must be taken if chosen for an engagement ring.

  1. Jade

Features:

  • Tough and compact
  • Medium hardness
  • Rarely faceted
  • Highly valued in Asian countries
  • Waxy to vitreous lustre

The word jade is nearly a synonym of green. Jade has been valued and used since ancient times, especially in China where jade usage can be traced back to over 7000 years ago! Jade comes in two varieties: jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite is considered more valuable and of better quality, while nephrite is more abundant and less expensive. Jade is fairly soft (6 Mohs) but very tough due to its compact composition. Most jade is often cut into cabochons or various special smooth cuts or carved. Faceting jade is less common but can give the gemstone an added brilliance. Jade has an attractive waxy lustre that makes you want to reach out and touch the gemstone.

  1. Green Agate

Features:

  • Commonly included
  • Vitreous lustre
  • Often enhanced
  • Medium hardness
  • Agate is found in a variety of colours, with green being one of the more rarer varieties. It is generally banded or found with dendritic inclusions. Unicolour green gemstones are almost always dyed to achieve the colour. Agate is smooth with a vitreous lustre, and is generally translucent to opaque. They are commonly cut into cabochons but sometimes faceted for more depth and light reflection. Agates have very good durability (7 Mohs) and are suitable for all types of jewellery. Green agate is a fairly affordable gemstone although the quality of the setting and workmanship involved can hike the price of the overall piece.
  1. Tsavorite Garnet

Features:

  • Relatively new gemstone
  • Very Rare
  • Popular and sought-after
  • Relatively expensive
  • Good durability
  • Good substitute for emerald

Tsavorite (a.k.a. tsavolite) is a new gemstone in the jewellery market. It is a variety of the green grossular garnet and gets its striking green colour from trace amounts of vanadium or chromium present during its formation. Tsavorite is one of the most popular of the garnet varieties and due to its rarity, it is quite valuable.  Tsavorite is a very good substitute for emeralds, as it is more durable (7 to 7.5 Mohs), less expensive and equally beautiful and brilliant. What’s more, unlike emeralds, tsavorites are rarely (if ever) treated and are a natural gem. They have also not yet been synthesized.

Tsavorite gemstones occur in vivid green shades and are generally eye-clean stones of excellent transparency. They are almost always faceted to enhance their brilliance. Most tsavorite is found in up to 1 carat pieces with stones over 2 carats being rare.

  1. Demantoid Garnet

Features:

  • Most valuable garnet type
  • Found in small sizes
  • Distinctive inclusions
  • Good brilliance

Another member of the garnet family, demantoids belong to the andradite variety. Demantoids are the most valuable type of garnets and are also very rare. Most demantoid gemstones come in sizes under 2 carats so finding a large demantoid stone is difficult.

Demantoids occur in colours ranging from faint to vivid emerald green. Some have secondary colours of yellow or brown, which are less desirable. Vivid green demantoids, which primarily come from Russia, are the most valuable. Some demantoids contain rare horsetail shaped inclusions, which are not found in other gems. These inclusions add value to the stone, making demantoids one of the very few gemstones that gain value from its impurities. Demantoids are highly brilliant gemstones and are durable enough for regular use.

  1. Peridot

Features:

  • Idiochromatic
  • Good durability
  • Reasonably priced
  • Nicknamed the volcanic gemstone

Peridot is an idiochromatic stone meaning that it is only found in one colour. It comes in shades of green, often with yellowish tones. Peridot is one of only two stones (the other being diamonds) that are formed deep within the mantle of the earth and come to the surface through violent geological activity. This is why it is also known as the volcanic gemstone. Peridot is durable enough for regular use (6.5 to 7 Mohs) but ideally should be mounted in protective settings, such as bezel, when used in rings. Peridot can be cut into all standard gems shapes, such as ovals, marquise, rounds, squares and trilliants. These shapes bring out the brilliance of the stone. Most peridot is eye-clean but can sometimes contain Lilly pad-like inclusions or little black spots, visible under magnification.

  1. Alexandrite

Features:

  • Colour-changing stone
  • Very expensive
  • Rare
  • Synthetic varieties common
  • Highly durable

Alexandrite is a colour-changing stone, known for being an ‘emerald by day and a ruby by night’. It is valued for its ability to change colour from green to red based on the light source it is viewed under. Because alexandrite is very expensive and rare, the majority of alexandrites on the market are lab-created versions. On a side note, lab-created doesn’t mean fake. They are identical to natural alexandrites with the main difference being that they were created using science and technology.

Alexandrite is a hard stone (8.5 Mohs) and has excellent durability and toughness. It can be used in all types of jewellery and worn every day.

10. Amazonite

Features:

  • Rare
  • Named after the Amazon River
  • Fairly hard (Mohs 6 to 6.5)
  • Translucent to opaque
  • Vitreous lustre

This gemstone presumably gets its name from the Amazon Rainforest even though there are no amazonite deposits in that area. It comes in shades of light green to a blue-green colour, but the most desirable variety is a deep, leaf-green. Amazonite often contains white streaks or lines, forming random patterns that add character and depth to the stone. These beautiful gemstones are not generally treated or enhanced in any way. They are abundantly found and are reasonably priced.

11. Green Tourmaline – a.k.a. Verdalite

Features:

  • Popular green gemstone
  • Valuable colour – mint green
  • Very good durability
  • Vitreous lustre
  • Brilliant

Tourmaline comes in all colours of the rainbow, with the green variety known as verdalite. Green tourmaline is a very popular gemstone and is found in all shades of green, with mint green being the most valuable. Tourmalines contain no cleavage and is quite hard (7 to 7.5 Mohs) making it a durable gemstone. Generally, green tourmalines contain little to no impurities, but those with inclusions are weaker and more prone to damage.

Green tourmalines have a vitreous lustre and interact beautifully with light. When used in jewellery, green tourmalines are often faceted to maximize the reflection of light. While most tourmalines are heat treated, this is not common for green varieties.

12.  Aventurine

Features:

  • A type of quartz
  • Displays aventurescence
  • Medium durability
  • Often opaque

Aventurine is a variety of the common quartz family. It is commonly green but can also be found in other colours. It has beautiful colours from light to dark forest green. Aventurine has a glitter effect across its surface that comes from the small flaky impurities present in the stone, known as aventurescence. This is a desirable quality of the gemstone and adds to its beauty.

Although of medium hardness (6.5 to 7 Mohs) aventurine is a tough gemstone due to its compact structure. It has a vitreous to waxy lustre and is often translucent to opaque. Aventurine is mostly cut into cabochons and is classified as a minor gemstone. Aventurine can fit all styles of jewellery, such as bohemian, vintage and contemporary designs, depending on the type of setting it is paired with.

13. Green Labradorite

Features:

  • Displays labradorescence
  • Opaque varieties preferred
  • Low hardness
  • Fairly durable
  • Affordable

Labradorite is a beautiful gemstone that often has distinct iridescence (known as labradorescence_ and displays flashes of colour. Some labradorite displays the entire spectrum of colours while others are more subdued. Opaque varieties of labradorite are more desirable as they have labradorescence, whereas rare, transparent labradorite does not display this.

Labradorite is a plagioclase feldspar and displays its distinct labradorescence due to the way in which the rock is formed with the impurities within it. Ranking at 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, it is not very scratch resistant but is a fairly tough stone. It is used in various styles of jewellery, but is particularly beautiful in bohemian and gypsy designs.

14. Bloodstone – a.k.a. Heliotrope and Blood Jasper

Features:

  • Red/brown spots across surface
  • Medium hardness
  • Historically significant
  • Affordable
  • Bloodstone derives its name from the red and brown spots that dot its surface, like blood spots. Apart from this morbid association, bloodstones are beautiful gemstones that have been used since ancient times. Bloodstones are dark green to bluish-green gemstones of the chalcedony family and have a hardness of 6.5 to7. They are normally cut en cabochon but may sometimes be faceted. They are also ideal for carvings. Due to its hardness and toughness, bloodstone can be made into any type of jewellery, from delicate pieces to statement items. They are especially popular as a gemstone for men’s rings. Bloodstones are usually not treated or enhanced in anyway and the colour is natural. They are also very affordable making them a perfect gemstone to add to any jewellery collection.
  • 15.  Malachite

Features:

  • Abundant
  • Affordable
  • Often displays banding and eyes
  • Very soft

Malachite is known for its bright green colour and interesting banding and eyes. The inclusions and intergrowths of malachite with other minerals and elements create beautiful and intriguing patterns. Malachite is a fairly abundant and is reasonably priced. However, high-quality malachite gemstones with unusual patterns or chatoyancy will command higher prices.

Malachite is a very soft gemstone (3.4 to 4) and has perfect cleavage. As a result, if exposed to rough wear and knocks, malachite can easily be damaged. It also does not handle heat or chemicals well. However, due to its stunning patterns and relative affordability, malachite is a popular gemstone, especially for statement pieces.

16.  Green Topaz

Features:

  • Very brilliant
  • High durability
  • Often transparent
  • Not a common colour

Topaz is naturally colourless but gets its colours from the presence of trace elements such as chromium. Green topaz is generally very light in colour with a vitreous lustre. However, it is not a very popular topaz colour.

Green topaz is quite brilliant and is often faceted to bring out this brilliance. Green topaz, like all topaz varieties, is an ideal gemstone for jewellery because it is durable (8 Mohs) and affordable. It is often transparent and rarely contains visible inclusions. Green topaz can be used in all types of jewellery, from bracelets and rings to earrings and pendants.

Other Notable Green Gemstones

There are many green gemstones in use in the jewellery world. Green Zircon – Zircon is a natural gemstone, not to be confused with cubic zirconia. It is highly brilliant and fiery and is quite rare. Natural zircon is the oldest mineral found on earth.

  • Green Pearl – These are a variety of black pearls. They are known for displaying an iridescent green sheen against a dark body tone.
  • Green Fluorite– This gemstone is highly valued in crystal healing. It is a very popular mineral and has bright, vivid hues.
  • Prasiolite– Often called green amethyst, prasiolite is produced by heating or irradiating natural amethyst. It is not a naturally coloured gemstone.
  • Green Apatite– This is a rarer apatite colour and comes in a variety of shades. Green apatite is lustrous and beautiful. However, most apatite stones have visible inclusions.

Green Gemstones and Metals

Green gemstones go well with all metal colours, but the metal colour can affect the style of the jewellery. For example, white metals such as platinum, silver or white gold give a contemporary look to green gemstones while rose gold offers a unique, vintage look. Green gemstones set in silver have a very attractive appearance. The colour theory behind this is that green and silver create an analogous colour combination. This forms a relaxing and immediately likeable impression.

Green Gemstones and Skin Tone

Certain colours compliment certain skin tones better than others. There are three main types of skin tone – warm, neutral and cool. If you aren’t sure what your skin tone is, read our article on skin tones.

Green gemstones are particularly flattering against warm skin tones and can bring out the blush, earthy undertones of the skin.  But this of course is not a hard and fast rule. If the gemstone looks good on you then that’s all that matters.

All about Black Routile…..

Routile is often found in minerals such as Quartz and Kunzite in addition to Hematite and many more. The spicule-like formations of Routile often termed to heal the problems and eliminate the issue from the root. Since ages, it is conceived that these spur like inclusions help to take decisions about the resultant.

In the ancient period, Routile often contemplated to strengthen the aura by stabilizing the emotions and relationships. It is a gem that evokes the romantic feeling, romance. It too proffers the insight to handle the past traumas and release them completely from the emotional and intellectual torso. It too helps in astral travel, moreover serve to recall the past beautiful moments of life. It is a gem nugget that likewise help to enhance the meditative state and accomplish the highest state of self. The pre-eminence of the stone too help to intensify clairvoyance as well as help to augment the intuitive abilities.

On the physical ground, Routile help to ease the trouble of bronchitis in addition to impotence. It too enhances fertility and help to boost lactation. The resonating energy of the stone too helps to reinforce the blood vessels as well as veins. Furthermore, the charismatic energies of Routile serve to stabilize the torso by obliterating the cause of troubles completely. It too assists in the regeneration of the cells.

Acknowledged as Routile in Quartz due to its presence in the quartz, it is a healer gem nugget that help to move the energy of both the minerals i.e. Routile and quartz. It cleans the blockages as well as releases the off-putting energies from the overall torso. It too helps to cure the physical torso completely. In traditions, Routile is regarded to be associated with the planet Venus, thus contemplate to hold the potential energies of the Venus too.

Further, Routile is also identified as Hair Stone due to its spike-like formation, moreover Golden Hair Quartz and Red Hair Quartz due to the presence of Red and Golden tints.  The potency of Routile too helps to infuse loving sentiments and sensations that provoke the feeling of passion in the inner self.

Routile that too is regarded as a Rutilated quartz holds the golden and reddish tints in the Routile that is implanted in the Quartz. In Latin, Routile means a hue of golden, sometimes silvery and on the very rare times greenish.

The energetic energies of Routile make it an energizing gem nugget and help to face the challenges of the life and infuse courage to move on, leaving the past behind. The resonating energy of the stone too helps to clean the blockages from the intellect, moreover help to enhance the intellectual abilities. The reverberating vibes of the stone provoke the hidden intuitive abilities in addition to the focusing abilities. Further, the vivacity of the Routile too contemplated to magnetize love and infuse the same in the relationship between maintaining a stable relationship. It too helps to get the things done in a proficient manner, furthermore move ahead in the path of life awfully. It not only set the chakras on but too helps to clean the blockages from them and help in their appropriate functioning. Routile balances the chakras by aligning them to maintain equilibrium within the surrounding. On the emotional ground, this effectual rutilated quartz assessed to find out the root of the intellectual and emotional issues as well as mend the distressing causes. It is too deliberated to release fear as well as fearing emotions from the overall torso to help in making the strong decisions.

Further, it is deemed to ease the feeling of lonesomeness as well as guilt, thus infusing cheerfulness to lead further life happily. Routile likewise helps to augment self-reliance in addition to the ability to find the correct path on the own. Now, if talked about the psychic and spiritual ability, Routile assist in enhancing the ability and potential to excite meditative state. It is a gem for attaining the highest meditative mind for connecting with the energies for the cosmos. It too intensifies the spiritual communications along with the dream work to experience the potency of spiritual powers. Routile roots out the negative thoughts and emotions by infusing positivity in the internal and external aura

Where is Routile found?

Routile is pulled out from the regions of Australia, Brazil and Madagascar in addition to Norway, Pakistan, and the USA.

Healing Properties

Routile holds the potential to release negativity from the overall torso along with the unwanted energies and psychic powers. The resonating vibes and vivacity of the stone too help to get out from the unsettled intellect and emotions by expounding thinking process in addition to the emotional, intellectual reactions. On the physical ground, speculate well to heal the troubles related to eating disorders, immune system, and fatigue. It too heals the tissue regeneration along with the respiratory illness. The reverberating energies of Routile too cure depression and other mental and emotionally dejected feelings. In whole it is a complete package for a resounding health furthermore, it too holds the propensity to absorb all the nutrients from the food. Rutilated Quartz evokes the intuitive abilities and sources to remove the energies that make the spirit and soul sluggish. It too acknowledged as a diagnostic tool and superior among all other gemstones, as it help to know the real cause of the trouble as well as releasing them out for proper curing. Routile or often regarded Rutilated quartz tends to turn the solar plexus chakra on. It is too speculated as a linking pin betwixt root and crown chakra.

Physical Healing:

Routile is predisposed to absorb the negative energies and enhance the strength to face the physical troubles. It too soaks up the poison from the nerves in addition to the blood. It too enhances the muscles as well as the intestinal tract for the proper functioning of the digestive system. On the physical ground, speculate well to heal the troubles related to eating disorders, immune system, and fatigue. It too heals the tissue regeneration along with the respiratory illness. On the physical ground, Routile help to ease the trouble of bronchitis in addition to impotence. It too enhances fertility and help to boost lactation. Routile proffers the energy and helps to cure the issue of the thyroid. It too assists in the regeneration of the cells. Furthermore, the charismatic energies of Routile serve to stabilize the torso by obliterating the cause of troubles completely.

Emotional Healing:

Routile holds the potential to mend the soul by obliterating the off-putting energies from the spirit and cleanse the aura. It too acts as an illuminator of the spiritual soul to endorse spiritualism. Aside from cleaning the aura, it too energizes the surroundings. The reverberating energies of the stone likewise help to wipe out the unconstructive energies as well as physical troubles from the torso. It is a gem nugget that helps to leave the hurtful past and memories behind and move ahead for a serene living.

It proffers the protective shield against physical, emotional and intellectual troubles. The reverberating and alluring energies of Routile too cheer up the depressed mood, as often contemplated as an antidepressant gem nugget as well as endorsed forgiveness. Further, on the emotional ground, this effectual rutilated quartz assessed to find out the root of the intellectual and emotional issues as well as mend the distressing causes. It is too deliberated to release fear as well as fearing emotions from the overall torso to help in making the strong decisions.

Further, it is deemed to ease the feeling of lonesomeness as well as guilt, thus infusing cheerfulness to lead further life happily.

Spiritual Healing:

Routile is predisposed to encourage cooperation and candor as meditating with this captivating gemstone help to bring ingenuous aspirations up from the depths of the heart. The compelling energies of Routile too transmute negative energies into positive ones. The reddish or golden tints of the stone allow the soul to feel empathy as well as imbibe universal love for others. Rutailite Quartz too enhances thoughts and is fruitful for meditation. It is said to inspire creativity and strengthen the will-power as solar plexus chakra and throat chakra boost up the courage by infusing the potency to express self in a confident way. It attracts success and prosperity in abundance.

Routile allows the soul to life zeal fully by developing psychic powers. It likewise serve to communicate with spirit and creates a deeply relaxed stillness as thought to be a powerful asset for meditation. Routile may assist a mortal with his relationship issues and too attend to voice his personal emotions in a compassionate and loving way.

Heals and Balances Chakra:

Routile is termed to hold the attributes as well as the prominence of nature’s strong healing colours. The spikes of the Routile are contemplated to turn on the Root chakra in addition to the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras. Routile is gifted with tender energies that exude its energy to trigger as well as align the solar plexus and the Root Chakra. Further, it is speculated to fulfil the physical desires with the soul mate. By determining the needs and yearnings of the duo, it holds them in a placate zone. Routilet that is assessed as a jewel boulder is appraised to set on the sacral chakra that helps to unbolt the locks of hidden feelings of sensuality and intimacy. The vitality of this chakra is pondered to help the soul to experience the twists and turns of the life. The Solar Plexus Chakra triggered by Routile serves to open the gates of wisdom to link the spirit and soul with the energies of the higher intellect. The optimistic and magnetic vibes of this activated chakra assist in forming the power centre of the torso, brain in perfect order to attune self with the conditions of the life span.

Routile Facts

  • Routile is also identified as Hair Stone due to its spike-like formation, moreover Golden Hair Quartz and Red Hair Quartz due to the presence of Red and Golden tints
  • Routile is regarded to be associated with the planet Venus, thus contemplate to hold the potential energies of the Venus too
  • Routile evokes the romantic feeling, romance.
  • Routile proffers the insight to handle the past traumas and release them completely from the emotional and intellectual torso.

Metaphysical Properties

A gem nugget that is affiliated with the tetragonal group and is formed in a prismatic shape as easily as in shape that ranges from slender to acicular. Vertically striated or furrowed, the crystals of Routile is rarely pyramidal and granular massive. Routile holds the potential to calm down the stressful situations. Moreover, it develops patience by promoting calmness to the worried emotions. Routile too helps to calm down the soul by setting the state of depression.