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.

Top 11 Brown Gemstones to Add to Your Jewellery Collection

Brown is not the most popular colour for gemstone jewellery. In fact, it is quite an unusual colour and you won’t find a lot of brown gemstones in most jewellery stores. But lately, with the rise in popularity of coloured gemstones, more people are turning towards jewellery that is non-traditional in style and design. And brown diamonds are seeing a rise in popularity. With high profile celebrities flaunting brown gemstones on the red carpet, brown is a statement gemstone that is eye-catching and unique.

From a symbolic point of view, the colour brown is a warm colour that represents friendliness, warmth, simplicity, nature and health. Brown gemstones have a subdued earthy look and can be found in a range of beautiful tones, from dark to light and opaque to transparent varieties. Because brown is a gender-neutral colour, brown gemstones are ideal for both men and women. If you wish to add a brown gemstone to your jewellery collection, you’ve come to the right place. We have picked out our top 11 brown gemstones that you can easily add to your gemstone collection.

  1. Brown Diamond                

Beautiful brown diamond studs set in yellow gold. The most prestigious of brown gemstones, brown diamonds are known by a range of intriguing nicknames – champagne, chocolate and cognac. These terms refer to different hues of the brown spectrum but they have one thing in common – they’re all beautiful varieties of diamonds. Brown diamonds are among the most affordable of all coloured gemstones and the most common. Dark brown diamonds are more popular among consumers, so these are the more expensive sort. Choose a stone that has vivid saturation and a medium to dark body tone.

One benefit of brown diamonds is that they hide impurities well and generally appear very clear. Just look for a stone that is eye-clean and has no visible impurities. Brown diamonds make beautiful centre stones for engagement rings and are a welcome change to the traditional colourless diamond.  Due to its rising popularity, there are many places that you can now buy high-quality beautiful brown diamonds. If you find a natural brown diamond beyond your budget, you can consider a synthetic or treated brown diamond.

  1. Chocolate Opal

The chocolate opal has a distinct brown colour that distinguishes it from other opal varieties. It has a dark body tone and sometimes contains interesting snakeskin-like patterns. Chocolate opal often has a clear and intense flash of colour, and unlike other opal varieties, it can display all the colours of the spectrum.

Chocolate opals are generally translucent to opaque and have a waxy, glossy lustre. While most chocolate opals have small impurities and flaws, these generally don’t affect the overall value of the stone. However, the most expensive chocolate opals are those that have no visible flaws or cracks. Although they are quite soft and delicate gemstones (Mohs 5.5 to 6.5), they are commonly used for all types of jewellery. You can always opt to buy a loose chocolate opal and have it set into a jewellery setting of your choosing. Bezel settings and heavier mountings are a better option as they protect the opal.

  1. Brown Tourmaline

Tourmaline, Tourmaline known as the rainbow gemstone, comes in every colour imaginable including brown. Brown tourmaline is not a mainstream gemstone and can be difficult to find in jewellery stores. Brown tourmalines often have secondary shades, such as pink or purple that can enhance their appearance. The most expensive varieties are the dark, vivid and intensely saturated stones with excellent clarity and brilliance.

Most brown tourmalines are faceted to enhance their brilliance. They are a fiery, transparent stone that is quite durable for all types of jewellery (Mohs 7 to 7.5). Just check whether any heat treatment has been conducted on your stone, as this is a common procedure done on tourmalines. Brown tourmaline are perfect in earrings, pendants and rings as they catch light beautifully and have an eye-catching sparkle.

  1. Fire Agate

Fire agate is a brown variety of agate that is known for its smooth sheen and iridescence. It is only found in a few locations in the world, with most deposits located in Mexico and the USA. A high-quality fire agate has a stunning play of colour, a waxy lustre and is generally translucent. It is a hard stone (Mohs 7) and because it is a variety of quartz, fire agate is very tough. It is beautiful when crafted into unique designs, highlighting the shape and sheen of the stone.

Fire agate jewellery is usually found in handmade artisan stores and are not common in mainstream jewellery stores. They are notoriously difficult to cut and shape and requires a high level of expertise to craft into jewellery items. Although fire agate is an affordable stone, the workmanship and settings used often raises the price of the final item.

  1. Brown Topaz

The word topaz is believed to have originated from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means fire. Brown topaz is not the most sought-after topaz variety (blue is the most popular), however it does have its own charms. Topaz is a brilliant stone and is usually faceted to accentuate this feature. When faceted into shapes such as ovals, trilliants, marquis, round, baguettes and square, brown topaz catches light well and appears fiery and sparkly.

Brown topaz is a very hard stone (Mohs 8) and is suitable for all types of jewellery, even rings. Most topaz on the market is free of inclusions. While most brown topaz is irradiated to enhance the colour, this is standard procedure.

  1. Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye is a type of quartz that is very affordable and easy to find. It is known for its beautiful golden-brown colour and intriguing patterns across the surface. Most Tiger’s Eye are translucent to opaque, and often exhibit chatoyancy which is the cat’s eye effect. When cut into cabochons, the stone may display an interesting pattern that looks like a cat’s eye. Tiger’s Eye may sometimes display iridescence and has a smooth, silky lustre. It is good for regular use and is durable enough to be used in most types of jewellery (Mohs 6.5 to 7).

Tiger’s Eye is often used to make beautiful and unique jewellery pieces and come at affordable prices.

  1. Mahogany Obsidian

Obsidian is created from rapidly cooling lava and comes in a variety of colours and textures. Mahogany obsidian is a dark-brown variety of obsidian, that contains beautiful black, red and brown patterns. It can sometimes be found in banded varieties.

Because of its waxy, opaque lustre, mahogany is often cut into a cabochon, tumbled or carved, and is rarely faceted. Obsidian is a fairly soft gemstone (5.5 Mohs) and is prone to scratches and breakage. It is not recommended in use for rings unless in protective settings. Mahogany obsidian has a very earthy vibe and is often used in bohemian or hippie designs.

  1. Brown Citrine

Citrine is a popular brown gemstone and is known for its golden hues. It is highly transparent and has a vitreous (glassy) lustre. Brown citrine gemstones are often faceted to maximize its brilliance. Citrines generally have very good clarity and very few visible impurities, making them perfect as centre gemstones, especially in rings.

Citrine is a popular gemstone and it is quite easy to find high quality citrine jewellery. The stone is relatively durable (Mohs 7) and can be worn for a long time with reasonable care. It is also more affordable than most similar gemstones.

  1. Andalusite

Most people haven’t heard of andalusite, a beautiful gemstone found in a range of brown hues, but it is slowly increasing in popularity. Andalusite gets its name from Andalusia, the Spanish region where it was initially discovered.

One of the desirable characteristics of this gemstone is that it often displays pleochroism, which means that it exhibits two colours at the same time, depending on the angle at which the stone is viewed. Most brown andalusite will have secondary tones of yellow, green or orange. When cut expertly and set in jewellery, andalusite often shows a beautiful mix of colours.

Andalusite is typically translucent to opaque, while transparent varieties are rare and expensive. It is generally faceted to enhance its pleochroism as well as its brilliance. It a durable gemstone (7.5 Mohs) and is suitable for any type of jewellery. Andalusite is perfect for rings, earrings and pendants, where light can interact with the stone and display the pleoichroism.

  1. Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is one of the most popular brown gemstones used in jewellery. It is relatively inexpensive and is very common. Smoky quartz is the brown variety of quartz, and ranges in colour from faint, smoky brown to solid black. Medium to vivid brown hues are considered the best but this depends on your preferences.

Most smoky quartz is translucent to transparent, with a vitreous lustre, and contain little to no visible flaws. Because it can be found in large sizes, it is perfect for fashion and costume jewellery at an affordable price.

Most smoky quartz is faceted and displays a good amount of brilliance. When cut into a cabochon, the gemstone looks waxy and smooth. With a good hardness rating of 7, smoky quartz is used in all types of jewellery.

  1. Cat’s Eye Apatite

Cat’s eye apatite, like tiger’s eye, is known for exhibiting chatoyancy. If you look at this gemstone under direct light, you’ll see the cat’s eye effect running down the centre of the stone, which occurs due to the type of impurities in the stone. To highlight this cat’s eye effect, cat’s eye apatite is always cut into a cabochon. Always look for the strength and quality of the chatoyancy before you buy cat’s eye apatite, as that is what the gemstone is known for.

Cat’s eye apatite occurs in a variety of shades, with brown being one of the most common. These gemstones often have inclusions, and eye-clean varieties are rare. Because cat’s eye apatite is quite soft (Mohs 5) it is not suitable for most types of jewellery. Choose a protective setting, such as bezel or halo, if you wish to have your cat’s eye apatite in a ring.

There are many brown gemstones in the jewellery world. Here are some other brown gemstones that didn’t make the top 11 list:

 Axinite, a beautiful vitreous gemstone known for having a unique mineral structure.

Boulder Opal, a variety of opal that has interesting patterns and a smooth, waxy lustre.

Mali Garnet, a highly lustrous variety of garnet that is found in a range of brown shades.

Enstatite, a rare gemstone that has a vitreous lustre and often contains little to no visible inclusions.

Zircon, known for being a diamond substitute, brown zircon is brilliant and fiery.

Brown Gemstones and Metals

Because brown is a fairly neutral colour, brown gemstones pair well with all types of metal colours. When paired with yellow or rose gold, brown gemstones have a beautiful vintage vibe. These colours are harmonious and go beautifully together. The reason is that the contrast between the stone and the setting is not very high. The transition from stone to setting is smoother and easier on the eyes.

However, pair brown gemstones with silver-hued metals for a contemporary, contrasting look. Silver metals make the brown gemstone stand out and take centre stage.

Brown 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. Brown is an earthy colour that goes best with warm skin tones. It flatters the warm undertones of the skin and complements the overall look.

What makes gemstone jewellery so desirable?

Gemstones, also called gems, precious and semiprecious stones, are items made of beautiful minerals. Because we live in an age of disposable mentality there is another way that fills the gap between expensive and cheap plastic jewelry.

Try the timeless magic of handcrafted gemstone jewelry, they are the most alluring accessory you can have on you when you want to make that fashion statement. If you want to be noticed in a crowd wearing gemstones – like a peridot necklace for example – is an effective way because people almost always recognize ornaments if they contain stones that generate amazing color sensations.

Gemstone necklaces are one of the best ways to add a personal taste to a simple black suit or dress, it can revamp a common look and feel, add depth and new life to an otherwise monotonous outfit. Because there are so many colors and shapes the possibilities are truly endless and only limited by your own creativity.

This affordable jewelry gives attention to the character and the personality of the owner. Their colors can complement nearly any clothing item. They can be used for that extra-special touch.

For ages mankind has used gems as a worldwide symbol and voice of expression. Their glimmering allure and tone create a subtle magic that we are so in love with.

This jewelry rules the heart and soul of individuals who are in love with their amazing hues, shiny colors and delighted reflection of light.

It is known that some gemstones have certain effect on the person wearing them. Handmade gemstone jewelry are not only decorative, but can also serve to give the wearer individuality, character and charisma.

On the side of the giver it represents a sign of good taste and an eternal passion for the recipient. The gloss and the energy radiating these stones are often hypnotic and compelling to everyone, they produce a twinkle that generates interest and makes them engaging, pleasant and desirable.