"I want to build my jewellery and gem collections. Which gem should I buy next?"
This is one of the most regularly asked questions we get here at Gemporia, from budding collectors and seasoned connoisseurs alike. It’s not an easy query to answer, as there are a bewildering number of stones to choose from in a whole rainbow of hues. On top of that, gems and jewellery are such personal items to own, and not everybody is at the same stage of their collecting journey. Further still, it may be a gift for a friend or family member.
To inspire you with as wide a variety of jewels as possible, we've asked a series of smaller questions, each answered with five gemstone suggestions. All of them were available on our website at the time of publishing this article.
Whether you’re new to collecting or very experienced, we hope you find this blog useful in tracking down the stones you’d like to add to your collection. To browse any of these beautiful gems, just click the relevant button underneath each stone. You can then use the options on the left hand side of the page to further refine what you're looking for. Happy gem hunting!
01. I'm New To This - Where Do I Start?
The ‘big four’ gemstones have, for many years, been Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald, and they are still a great place to start when collecting gemstones. More recently, Tanzanite has started appearing as one of the renamed ‘big five’ due to its rarity, value and extreme beauty.
Consistently the premier choice for an engagement ring for almost 100 years, the fire and sparkle of this stone make it an absolute must-have. More affordable than you think.
Also a popular engagement ring stone, Sapphire is a very fine blue gem that has been coveted and celebrated for thousands of years. An absolute essential.
Ruby is the red variety of Corundum, the same mineral family that gives us Sapphire. Its intense deep red colour is unmistakable, and it has also been mined for thousands of years.
Inclusions in gemstones are often perceived negatively, but in Emerald, the unique ‘jardin’ inclusions that appear in each stone give this vivid green treasure its personality.
Discovered in 1967, Tanzanite is found in just one place on earth and supplies are limited. It rapidly gained attention with its distinctive deep blue hue and purple flashes.
02. I Have A Small Collection - Where Next?
These beautifully hued stones all have legions of fans and display stunning clarity across the board. Amethyst has been the most popular first purchase for new Gemporia customers for many years, and all of these stones remain perennially popular.
Variations in colour saturation mean there’s a variety of Amethyst suitable for all, from the delicate shades of Rose de France to the deep tones of the Moroccan variety.
Named for its soft blue shade that occasionally shows the tiniest hints of green, Aquamarine looks as striking in white metals as it does in yellow gold.
Like Amethyst, and indeed from the same Quartz family as its purple relative, Citrine is available in many shades, from light buttery yellows to deep, glowing oranges.
A magnificent bright green stone that’s characterised by its golden undertones. It is rarely available in large carat weights. We source most of our fine quality Peridot from China.
A very clear gemstone that is available in a vast number of colours, with soft golden Imperial Topaz and vibrant Imperial Pink Topaz being two sought-after varieties.
03. I Have A Medium Sized Collection - What Are Some Of The More Unusual Gemstones?
If you’ve been collecting for a little while, here are five stones you might not know too much about. Tourmaline and Sapphire are both wide-ranging gemstone groups, but two of their rarer types are definitely worth getting hold of as early as you can.
This stunning colour-change stone comes from just one mine in Turkey, which is not producing at the time of writing. Its deep olive colour gives way to softer pinks in candlelight.
A gorgeous gemstone, Iolite displays a distinct blue body colour characterised by violet and purple undertones and is an affordable alternative to Sapphire.
This incomparable dark green gem was created in the extreme pressure of a meteorite strike, around 14 million years ago in the present-day Czech Republic.
Trace amounts of copper give this exceptionally rare Tourmaline variety a perfect tropical ocean hue. Named after the Brazilian state in which it was first discovered.
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This scarce variety of Sapphire seems to magically combine hints of yellow, orange, red and pink into a single gemstone. Needs to be seen to be believed.
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04. I Have An Extensive Collection - What Are The Really Rare Gems?
These five gemstones consistently show up on lists of the world’s very rarest. We’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to source these, with thanks to our tireless gem hunters. Bixbite has only recently become available from Gemporia, for the first time in our history.
This remarkable colour-change stone was discovered in 1830s Russia, and is often called ‘Emerald by day, Ruby by night’ because of its intense colour shift.
Extremely rare. Sometimes known as Red Beryl, as it’s the deep red variety of the mineral family Beryl, which also includes Aquamarine, Emerald, Goshenite and Morganite.
This and Bixbite are probably the rarest two gemstones on this list, and we’ve only very recently been able to source this blue-green beauty for the first time.
Like Paraiba, this is another rare variety of the Tourmaline family. It is sought after not only because of its rarity, but also its soothing deep midnight blue hue.
Like Tanzanite and Csarite®, Larimar comes from only one location on the planet, the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Its unrivalled sky blue colour is caused by copper.
05. Which Gemstones Have A Really Subtle Colour?
Are you a fan of more muted tones and gentle colours? Or are you looking for gemstones that will sparkle and shine in the evening just as much as they do in the day? These five suggestions are full of gorgeous soft pastel colours that you’ll never tire of viewing.
The delicately subtle tones of Amblygonite sit perfectly between soft apple greens and subtle lemon yellows. It looks even more stunning when set into a cluster.
This light, delicate yellow-brown hue is just as luxurious as the refreshment from which it takes its name. Definitely a choice for understated elegance.
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First discovered in Madagascar in 1910, this pale pink beauty has the subtlest undertones of orange and is the gemstone epitome of feminine grace.
Sometimes called Green Amethyst for simplicity, Prasiolite is a distinct colour of Quartz that effortlessly brings to mind the soft spring green tones associated with the season.
Mined from the bed of an ancient dried out lake in Oregon, USA, Serenite is a very high-quality Sunstone that displays soft, glowing citrus yellows.
06. Which Gemstones Have Deep Intense Colours?
If you’re looking for gemstones with deep, dark tones that effervesce with colour and visual impact, then Mother Nature hasn’t left us short. The following gemstones offer some of the most robust and dependable hues that we’ve ever been fortunate enough to source.
This is without exception one of the most vividly coloured gemstones on the planet. The deep bottle greens of this gem are provided by the chromium content of the stone.
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You’d be mistaken for thinking this was Sapphire at first glance, but Kyanite exudes a mysterious visual depth that is missing from its more famous counterpart.
Black is simply the safest colour for fashion – it goes with everything. Onyx is available in large carat weights that look sensational in jewellery, for a bold, attention-grabbing look.
This Tourmaline variety delivers deep berry reds and pinks. When found with good clarity it is among the rarer gems you can own, but this is a colour well worth seeking out.
This rich chocolate brown variety of Quartz is given further life by its golden yellow and cinnamon orange undertones, and remains affordable even in larger carat weights.
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07. Which Gemstones Have Bold, Bright Hues?
If you’re looking to stand out with eye-catching, vibrant colours, you have plenty to choose from. You’ll have seen some beautiful bright colours already in this feature such as Amethyst and Ruby, but here are five that might not have immediately come to mind.
Red Andesine has such a strong bright colour that it looks like it would be hot to touch. It is usually found in small quantities in the far eastern lands of China and Mongolia.
It’s hard to do the neon blues and greens of Apatite justice in words and pictures alone. Gazing into this vibrant gemstone needs to be done in person for the full effect.
The bright blues, glowing greens and powerful purples of this gemstone look fluorescent, and it’s no coincidence either. This is precisely how the gemstone got its name.
Softer hued Kunzite would be at home in the ‘subtle’ category but bigger, deeper hued stones can absolutely hold their own alongside the boldest and brightest treasures.
Not all bold colours need to be transparent, and this opaque dreamy blue-green treasure has been adorning humans since at least Ancient Aztec and Egyptian times.
So Much More To Explore
We hope this blog has helped you discover some exciting gemstones that you've yet to add to your collection, but even here we're only scratching the surface. If you'd like to explore every gemstone we currently have in our jewellery vaults, click the below button to go to our gemstones page and use the drop-down menu (about half way down the page) to see our extensive list.