Understanding Gem Stones

To better understand gem stones it is important to distinguish between the four main categories of gem stones. These categories have been created according to the gem stone’s price, colour and quality. The four categories include:

New Classics: This category includes gem stones between the price range of $50- $1000 per carat. The stones in this category include tanzanite, tourmaline, aquamarine, imperial topaz and tsavorite garnet.

Connoisseur Gems: These stones are rare, they include stones such as black opal, Jadeite, Pink Topaz, Chrysoberyl cat’s eye and Sapphires in unique colours. This range of gem stones will cost from $250 to $5,000 per carat.

Collector’s Gem: These rare stones that are not found in the market regularly, which means that these stones can help to create a unique piece of jewellery. This range will set you back a few hundred dollars per carat, while the rarer stones like red and hot pink spinels can cost a few thousands. This category includes stones such as Spinels, Zircons, Moonstones, Morganites and Beryls.

Affordable Gemstones: This category includes gem stones such as Amethyst, White Opal, Citrine, Peridot, Rhodolite Garnet, Blue Topaz, Iolite, Chrome dispide. These gem stones are very reasonably prices between $5 and $100 per carat.

When choosing your gem stone(s) keep in mind that a gem stones price can differ according to the stone’s cut. So you might find yourself paying a little bit more for a common stone because of the stone’s shape and cut.