Unusual Gemstones | Solitaire Magazine

Unusual Gemstones

Our planet has created and yielded an amazing and growing array of gemstones. Yet, only a few were elevated to jewellery stardom, such as diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. With those shining brightly in the discriminating world of high jewellery, the quest for creative and financial success is motivating jewellery designers to explore new materials and gemstone diversity. Solitaireluxe finds these gemstones that are beginning to gain attention and are capturing hearts, minds and wallets with their delicate appeal and vibrant intensity.

18k peridot tassel pendants(left) and 18k green garnet diamond tassels (right), both by CONTINENTAL DIAMOND
18k peridot tassel pendants(left) and 18k green garnet diamond tassels (right), both by CONTINENTAL DIAMOND
Scents of Capri necklace, BULGARI
Scents of Capri necklace, BULGARI
Peridot

Amongst all the green gemstones, none is as vibrant as a peridot. Initially found on the volcanic island of Zabargad in the Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt, it is now being mined at many other locations across the globe. Bulgari’s high jewellery necklaces has used peridots against a variety of gemstones like rubies, amethysts, tourmalines, rubelites, garnets, and mother of pearls.

Call it mint-green or apple-green, chrysoprase is a luscious opaque gemstone, smooth in texture and thus often cut into cabochons or beads. The name comes from a combination of two Greek words: ‘chrys’ meaning yellow or gold and ‘prase’ referring to green, which in the case of chrysoprase comes from nickel. Soothing in nature, the gemstone is said to have healing powers for broken hearts. The deeper the green, the higher the price. Versatile by colour, it pairs well with yellow, white, and even rose gold.
Chrysoprase gemstones with diamonds and pale emeralds from Sissi collection, MORAGLIONE
Chrysoprase

Call it mint-green or apple-green, chrysoprase is a luscious opaque gemstone, smooth in texture and thus often cut into cabochons or beads. The name comes from a combination of two Greek words: ‘chrys’ meaning yellow or gold and ‘prase’ referring to green, which in the case of chrysoprase comes from nickel. Soothing in nature, the gemstone is said to have healing powers for broken hearts. The deeper the green, the higher the price. Versatile by colour, it pairs well with yellow, white, and even rose gold.

Umaid Bhawan ring set with rock crystal, rubelittes and spessarite garnets, multicoloured sapphires on white gold, BOUCHERON
Umaid Bhawan ring set with rock crystal, rubelittes and spessarite garnets, multicoloured sapphires on white gold, BOUCHERON
Earrings set with rare Melo Melo pearls and spessartite garnets in copper and white gold, HEMMERLE
Earrings set with rare Melo Melo pearls and spessartite garnets in copper and white gold, HEMMERLE
Spessartite Garnet

Spessartite is a fiery red-orangey member of the larger garnet family that comes in most shades of an evening sunset sky. Also known as the ‘Garnet of the Sun’, spessartite brings warm energy, inspiring and encouraging the wearer to achieve her dreams and goals. In jewellery, it is either used individually with diamonds, or in combination with similar-toned gemstones like rubies, tourmalines, and sapphires.

A three-stone engagement ring featuring a tanzanite centre, PAOLO COSTAGLI
A three-stone engagement ring featuring a tanzanite centre, PAOLO COSTAGLI
Tanzanite

Discovered just over 50 years ago and mined only in Tanzania, tanzanite was used as a blue sapphire substitute at first. It now made a mark on its own in the high jewellery industry with its rich and deep inky bluish-purple colour. A versatile gemstone, tanzanite is easy to pair with emeralds, rubies, diamonds, and pearls.

Drop earrings with morganite, white and greyish pearls, YOKO LONDON
Drop earrings with morganite, white and greyish pearls, YOKO LONDON
Morganite

Sweet and delicate, morganite, is also known as pink beryl. It comes in various shades, ranging from pink to orange and violet, and emanates feminine charm and tenderness. The clarity and translucence of the stone affect the price immensely. The best way to enhance its delicate look is to pair them with diamonds in white gold.