We’ve curated the top 10 most popular gemstones (in our humble opinion) and put them into one simple gemstones list. Which gemstone would you put on top?
Coming in at number ten on our gemstones list is peridot, an olive-green, semi-precious gemstone and one of the very few gemstones only to occur in one colour. Along with diamonds, Peridot is one of only two gems formed not in the Earth’s crust, but instead in molten rock of the upper mantle and is only brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes.
A glassy yellow variety of quartz, known as citrine, is next on our countdown to the most popular gemstones list. Its attractive colour, paired with its durability and affordability, makes it one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow-to-orange gemstones.
Tourmaline has one of the widest colour ranges of any gemstone family, with it occurring in virtually every hue. Ranging from red to green and from blue to yellow, no two tourmalines are exactly the same and often they have two or more colours. One of the most sought-after and rare varieties of tourmaline is the Paraiba tourmaline, which can appear in shades ranging from striking neon blues to vivid greens.
Number seven on our popular gemstones list has to be quartz. One of the most common and varied minerals found on Earth, quartz is the chameleon of gemstones. It’s the largest and most diverse of the gemstone families, and comes in an abundance of colours, shapes and sizes. From rose quartz to milky quartz, the popular gemstone is celebrated for its versatility, but smoky quartz is our favourite.
A popular purple variety of quartz, amethyst is a semi-precious stone that comes in a variety of purple shades, from a light pinkish violet to a deep opulent purple. The gemstone is commonly linked with soothing and calming one’s mind and emotion, and has been used throughout history to prevent intoxication and overindulgence.
We couldn’t have missed this classic off of our most loved gemstones list. Pearls are a natural gemstone formed inside the shells of certain species of oysters and clams, and as one of the world’s oldest gems, they are often referred to as the “Queen of Gems”. We love the intense lustre pearls create, and their timeless beauty.
In at number four on our favourite gemstone list is emerald. A highly coveted and opulently coloured gemstone, emerald is in the same family as stones such as aquamarine, morganite, goshenite and heliodor. Did you know? The oldest emeralds are from South Africa and are an incredible 2.97 billion years old. A favourite gemstone of Queen Cleopatra, emeralds exude the most rich and opulent green hue that no other stone can beat.
Blue is by far the most common colour for sapphire, however the gem comes in an extensive colour range featuring most shades apart from red. It’s one of the most popular coloured gemstones for engagement rings, inspired of course by the iconic sapphire ring that Princess Diana wore before it was passed on to the Duchess of Cambridge.
Considered by many as the king of gemstones and commonly believed to represent love, health and wisdom, ruby is easily one of the most coveted, coloured gemstones. With the highest per-carat price of any coloured stone, ruby is one of most valuable gemstones on Earth.
Number one on our most coveted gemstones list had to be diamond. The hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth and an iconic symbol of everlasting love, diamonds are on the top of every woman’s wish list, including ours.