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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


The amazing benefits of Turquoise….

A part of human history since 5000 B.C, Turquoise was also found to be a vital part of religious history across the globe. Archaeologists even found turquoise on King Tutankhamen’s death mask, which proves the belief that turquoise guarded the dead and the burial sites.

Aztec called upon the spirit of the sky to empower the community with the power of turquoise rituals as well as beckon rain, spring and prosperity. History quotes that turquoise is a stone of luck often thought of as the best friend of the wearer.


Turkish Stone, Callais, chalchuhuitl, pirouzeh, firouzeh and turqueise;


United States, Iran, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, China, Afghanistan, Tibet, India, Australia and Saxony;

  • Hathor: Goddess of Joy and Mothers, Egypt
  • Estsanatlehi: Goddess of Change, America;
  • Maat: Goddess of Justice, Egypt;
  • Whope: Goddess of Peace and meditation, Lakota Siux;
  • Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom,Rome;
  • Yemoja: Goddess of Pregnant Women, Africa
  • Tara: Goddess of Stars;

Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces and Sagittarius;


Venus, Jupiter;


Blue, Green, Indigo, White, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Brown and Gray;




Third Eye, Throat Chakra and Heart;


An opaque cryptocrystalline gem, Turquoise is a result of hydrated phosphate of aluminium or copper. Turquoise is seen with a waxy sheen on it and is often mined with the parent matrix. The tranquil shade exists in a variety of colours due to inclusions of other minerals during crystallization.

Turquoise is derived from the French word Pierre turquoise meaning Turkish Stone. The veins in a turquoise are said to help the wearer realize more about the soul and unwavering path of fate ahead. Wearing turquoise for long improves character and personality.  Found all around the world, the best of turquoise varieties are found in the U.S around the region of Nevada.


Ranging from red to black, green, blue, brown, yellow, orange, green and indigo, Bisbee turquoise is available in a variety of shades and veins. Due to lack of the Bisbee turquoise, this variety of Turkish stone is one of the most expensive gemstones.


The spider-webbed chert black matrix is the exclusive attraction of black widow turquoise. Occasionally pale lime-green type of black widow stone is also mined in this Nevada mine.


The most famous variety of Turkish stone from Nevada Mines, Ajax turquoise spans from pale to dark blue, olive and green with veins of black to brown, gold, orange and pink shades.


A mixture of chrysocolla in turquoise that exists in green and blue amalgam alongside malachite, Eilat stone is mined from Eilat Mines in Israel.


A hardly stable turquoise, blue diamond Turkish stone is a strong stone that exists with heavy black to brown blotches and veins on the blue stone.


The inclusion of iron leads to the presence of distinct yellow shades on the yellow turquoise. Yellow turquoise is regarded as a potent third eye opening stone.


A prominent variety of turquoise mined from Kingman in Arizona, Kingman Turkish stone exists with white to blue matrices. Kingman turquoise shows colours such as blue, black, brown, white, indigo, brown, yellow and orange.


Mined from the eponymous mine, Blue Moon Turquoise is seen in yellow to green, blue, orange, brown and black. A peculiar variety of turquoise that also exists with veins, blue moon turquoise looks akin to clouds or ocean waves.


Mined from Mohave, Cauliflower Turquoise is seen with blue crystals on a white or light matrix. The distinct make of the stone in floret-like blue blobs gives it the eponymous name.


Turquoise is seen with red, black, brown and orange dots or blobs on a sky blue stone, Tyron turquoise is mined from New Mexico. As the mine is close to the copper mine, the darker veins and blobs are a proof of the geography.


Turquoise that exists with pale brown to red or white matrices are referred to as renifrom turquoise. These turquoises are rarely seen with veins and display light to deep shades of blue.


Found in green to blue and olivine with brown, black and red veins, turquoise mined from Navajo are highly rated for their unique quality, pattern and distinct colours.


Mined from Persian, these turquoise stones are usually found in nugget forms after which they are cut into cabochons with high domes. Persian Turk stone is found with black and brown veins to blotches on the stone.


Mined from Nevada, Turquoise stone with a brown or red matrix in huge percentile is referred to as Chocolate Turquoise.


Another Nevada Mine, Indian Mountain Turkish Crystal has turquoise at the grassroots level and exists with big chunks of black matrix as well as flesh tone and brown.


Seen in the palest green or olivine tone amidst the turquoise varieties, Orville Jack Turquoise produces yellow and brown or black varieties too. The characteristic tint of this turquoise owes it to the presence of zinc in lieu of copper.


Called the Robin Egg Blue turquoise or the most expensive Turkish stone, sleeping beauty exists is a captivating and simple blue matrix. One of the most attractive turquoise varieties, sleeping beauty turquoise is also the rarest as the mine is closed since ages.


Named after its eponymous look on a stormy day with clouds, Stormy Mountain Turquoise is seen in white, brown and pale sky blue shades. Made with webbing called chert, SM Turquoise is no longer mined.


A prominent turquoise mined from Nevada, turquoise matrix is a gem that exists with a black background and blobs of turquoise instead of black veins across the green-blue gem. The inclusion of the parent rock becomes the matrix of the final stone. Moreover, any turquoise with veins is called the matrix.


Yet another turquoise from the mines of Nevada, Damele Turquoise is often seen with a tint of green. Damele turquoise also displays a series of colours such as yellow, white, green and brown in addition to the blue.


A turquoise stone that is completely webbed with black or brown veins akin to a spider web refers to spider web turquoise. The size of the dots varies on a spider web turquoise and world best spider webbed turquoises are mined from Lone Mountain.


As the first turquoise ever mined from the Nevada mine turned out to be Easter Blue, the gem has been named similarly too. Representing the brown of Graham Crackers, Easter Blue Turquoise deep veins on light blue to pale-greenish blue shades.


Seen with a light blue shade with least veins, Godber Turquoise is mined from the Damele Mine in Nevada. The ranges of colours available in Godber Turquoise are green, sky blue and indigo-like pale blue. Godber turquoise exists with black and brown veins, but never red.


Seen in ivory-like white shade, white turquoise is often seen with black or golden veins on it.


Commonly known as the Chinese Turquoise, Tibetan Turquoise is a green-blue gemstone that brings luck to the wearer. The uncommon turquoise is distinct with a dirty green shade with black and brown veins.


A strength-enhancing gemstone, Turquoise is excellent to regain stamina and prevent fainting or blood pressure fluctuations. Turquoise is ideal for treating chronic fatigue to viral infections and influenzas.

By boosting the powers of the immune system, Turquoise also helps in better absorption of nutrients to calcium for bone health. Yet another merit of turquoise is its detoxification capabilities that balance the hormonesacids and fluids in the body.

Turquoise heals the eyes, throat, neck, brain, ears, mouth, teeth and headaches permanently. In addition, consuming gem elixir made from turquoise is also useful for treat respiratory disorders including asthma and bronchitis in addition to stammering.


Believed to bring together the powers of the two worlds of Earth and Sky, Turquoise promotes intuitive powers. It gives your premonitions of incoming dangers via signals recognizable only to you. Moreover, turquoise was also believed to change colour depending on your destiny.

Dreaming of turquoise is a sign of something mystical approaching your fate lines.

Turquoise helps in looking inside oneself. Turquoise is an empowering stone that resolves inner conflicts to doubts and dilemmas, quickly. Resonating with the colour frequencies of the vernal equinox, turquoise grounds the wearer with the earth and dives into the subconscious mind.


Turquoise comforts and soothes the pains of the wearer. It is a stone of spontaneity in romance that heals the past and empowers you to welcome a present with wide open arms. The best benefit of turquoise is its mood-changing ability. Turquoise does so by focusing your healing energy to the Center Heart and relieving the pains one after another.

Turquoise is believed to be a barrier-buffer that helps you devise solutions during tough times.

Known to treat psychosis to delusions, turquoise also introduces a perfect balance into the wearer’s life. Moreover, everyone has a reason to us turquoise; from stress-relief to happiness and satisfaction, turquoise can help you feel fulfilled!

  • Turquoise clarifies the electromagnetic smogin the aura of the wearer by purifying the intents and desires.
  • When kept in the Northern areaof the house, the water energy of turquoise attracts wealth and prosperity to the house or office.
  • Cloud busting with turquoise refers to programming the turquoise for water and throwing it into a river.
  • A special variety of turquoise is called composite turquoise made by joining the leftover pieces of Turkish stone after converting it to jewellery.
  • Turquoise is the 11thWedding Anniversary Stone and if you or someone around you is on the 11th year, you know what to gift this year!


The oldest stone in human history is also the same that brought rain to spring and abundance to our forefathers.

leader’s stone, turquoise was believed to aide travellers and riders in our world as well as during the journey to the netherworld.


About your Sterling Silver Jewellery….

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Sterling Silver

Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper (hence being called 925 silver) . Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent non-silver portion of sterling, centuries of experimentation have shown copper to be its best companion, improving the metal’s hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color. The small amount of copper added to sterling has very little effect on the metal’s value. Instead, the price of the silver item is affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design.

Stamps Of Quality

Most high quality silver items are stamped with a “fineness” or “quality” mark. This mark designates the precious metal content of the jewelry, and under federal law, must be accompanied by a maker’s mark or registered trademark.

Silver Alloys

Because pure silver is so soft, it should only be used when malleability is required, such as in handcrafted jewelry featuring weaving and other intricate designs. Sterling silver is most often used for jewelry and household accessories because of its combination of beauty and durability. Acceptable quality marks for sterling silver include:

  • sterling
  • sterling silver
  • ster
  • .925


With proper care, your fine quality silver will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver.

Clean Your Silver Regularly

Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver polishes, solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish at most hardware stores or specialty craft stores. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first becomes visible. Although wearing your silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleanings of all your silver items will prevent tarnish and keep your silver bright and sparkling. Look for the fineness mark and the maker’s mark on the underside of the silver item you are considering to ensure the quality.