Colored Gemstones: Facts and Families

 

Colored gemstones are very attractive even from afar. For women, a simple dress or suit accessorized with beautiful gemstones can turn something simple into something elegant. The brightness of the colors from within these gemstones possesses a trigger to provide a different splash of energy to its wearer. By now, most people are aware that gemstones have therapeutic effects too.

 

Based on color variety, a person is defined by what they choose. Experts say that if you’re the red type of person, you are considered passionate and loving. Others say that this type of color represents anger and fury. And, the list goes on. Colored gemstones are formed through mixtures of different kinds of elements aided by the change in climate.

 

There are 3 types of colored gemstones.

 

Type 1 would be the usual colored gemstone that doesn’t contain any inclusions. Examples would be Aquamarine, amethyst, blue topaz, etc. Type 2 are those gemstones showing inclusions visible to the naked eye. Examples would include Ruby, Peridot, tourmaline, etc.

 

And the last type would have to be those gems that possess inclusion both visible and invisible to the eyes and normally are always included due to the influence of the environment. Examples are emerald, watermelon, etc.

 

Principles of grading a gemstone are determined by 4 aspects.

 

Color is considered one of the most vital ingredients to determine the grading of a gemstone. A gem’s color must be standard. Every detail must be vivid, leveled and elaborated throughout the body of the stone. Variations would equate to the gemstone’s value.

 

Clarity pertains to a flawless gem. Inclusions must not be visible. Inclusions are used to tell how old the stone is; and it helps gemologists identify what kind of gem it is under. If you’re planning to buy a stone, consider the placement and type of inclusion. If you could find a gem without flaws or inclusions, that would be very expensive because seldom it is that you find no inclusions in a gem.

 

Cut it is in the cut that light communicates with the gemstone. Cutting in a certain kind of proportion affects the color and liveliness projected.

 

Carat refers to the heaviness of a stone. The heavier it gets, the more expensive it becomes. The carat lets you know how much is stripped off from the stone. It is a gemstones weight, whether heavy or light, that is often measured in jewelry making.

 

A gemstone has different colors. It doesn’t mean that when you think of red gemstone, only ruby would ring a bell. It takes more than one to identify a gemstone based on its color. Sometimes, a single gemstone can contain 3-4 different aura’s, or a name can produce variable hues.

 

Here are the families of colored gemstones under shades of different colors.

 

Red

  • ruby
  • garnet
  • spinel
  • coral
  • tourmaline
  • alexandrite
Colored Gemstones - Red Ruby

 

 

Blue

Blue colored gemstones: larimar and Turquoise

 

 

Green

  • alexandrite
  • peridot
  • sapphire
  • emerald
  • jade
  • garnet
  • hiddenite

 

Pink

  • garnet
  • topaz
  • kunzite
  • sapphire
  • ruby
  • spinel
  • beryl

 

Violet

  • spinel
  • garnet
  • jadeite
  • amethyst
  • sapphire

 

Orange

  • fire opal
  • garnet
  • sapphire
  • topaz
  • citrine

 

Yellow Gold

  • beryl
  • amber
  • tourmaline
  • citrine
  • topaz

 

Naturally multicolored

  • tourmaline
  • ametrine
  • opal

 

 

 

So if you are in looking to purchase gemstones in a variety of colors, SitaraCollections.com has a good collection.  All of our jewelry is handmade by Global Artisans, using ancient craftsmanship with modern appeal. We keep ethical sourcing at the forefront of all our handmade designs and our pieces are crafted to ensure and inspire.  And most important of all, we donate a portion of each purchase to the Helping Children Succeed Foundation. It's our way of adding love to each sale.

 

 

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