Gemstones are something that are becoming more popular every year when it comes to jewellery. In the United Kingdom, we are not gifted with mines full of gemstones. However, we are lucky to have a wonderful collection of vintage jewellery on the market that continues to be exceptionally popular with consumers across the UK.
Just because gemstones are not mined in the UK does not mean that we don’t love them. Gemstones are one of the most popular elements of jewellery, especially when it comes to vintage jewellery. If you are considering wearing gemstones then here are some of the most popular gemstones to look for, whether you are looking to buy jewellery online or in person!
Amethyst jewellery is popular for a number of reasons. A fun fact about this gemstone is that it is a type of quartz mixed with Iron. This is how the purple colour is formed, and the lightness and darkness of the gemstone depend on how much iron is inside the crystal structure. Another thing to mention about amethysts is that they are highly durable gemstones that can be worn daily. It rates 7.0 on the Mohs scale. Another thing to mention is that it will be one of the more affordable jewellery with gemstones compared to your precious gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies.
Diamonds are one of the most expensive types of gemstone that will be on this list. It is also the most durable gemstone out there which is why it can be so expensive and also why it is one of the most common gemstones found in vintage engagement rings as they are worn daily. Depending on the environmental conditions of where the gemstone is formed, diamonds can come in a range of different colours. In the purest of forms, diamonds are colourless so, these are the ones that are most commonly used.
Emeralds are another rare and beautiful gemstone, making them very expensive but also adored by jewellery lovers. Again, one of the reasons why it is so popular is because of the durability of the gemstone. Emeralds are mostly more affordable than diamonds, however, this isn’t always the case. You can find some absolutely incredible emeralds that are worth a lot more than some diamonds, so it’s not always best to presume that emeralds are more affordable.
There are many reasons why emerald jewellery pieces are so popular but it is safe to say that their visual appeal is a huge factor in the popularity of this gemstone.
Fire opals are another great gemstone when it comes to jewellery. It is one of the most valuable in terms of cost per carat thanks to the rare orangey-red tone. According to the Mohs scale, this is not that durable compared to the other gemstones on this list. It has many internal fissures, which makes it quite a lot weaker than the alternatives. However, this is why it has got that gorgeous orange tint inside the gemstones.
This gem is rated between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs scale. This is why it can be an extremely great gemstone to choose from due to its durability. One of the best things about Garnets is that they can be found in a variety of different colours, although the most popular coloured garnets are dark red. Sometimes, people can get garnet confused with rubies although rubies are far more valuable compared to Garnets. One way to see if it is a Garnet or a Ruby is then you will probably see little reflections of yellow and green in a Garnet!
Pearls are technically not gemstones, however, they are a popular element when it comes to jewellery. One of the best parts about jewellery that consists of pearls is that they are not mined from the earth. In fact, they are created by oysters. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes not to mention the different colours they come in as well, although finding natural and pure pearls can be a difficult task, which makes them very valuable.
We mentioned rubies earlier before when talking about the difference between Garnets and Rubies. Additionally, they have something in common with rubies, which is that they are made of the same minerals as sapphires. Rubies are definitely one of the most beautiful gemstones when it comes to jewellery. Rubies are also one of the most expensive gemstones within the market as well thanks to their stunning colour and unique composition. They are also one of the most durable gemstones as well, rated at 9.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Gemstones are popular with jewellery pieces yet they can definitely raise the price of the jewellery. In fact, they are becoming popular with engagement rings and wedding rings. So, if you are looking to get married soon then consider buying a ring that has your partner’s favourite coloured gemstone for something different than a classic diamond!