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10 Incredible Underrated Gemstones With Pictures

Gemstones have sparkled in our imaginations for ages. The popular gemstones such as Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire often reach skyrocketing prices at auction. Beyond these precious gemstones there are many other alternatives that are affordable and not not less than any precious stone in terms of  beauty. With our gemstones expertise and help of expert jewelers we have made a listing 10 incredible but overlooked and underrated gemstones.

Imperial Zircon

This comes in peach or apricot in its finest color resembling padparadscha Sapphire and Malaya garnet. Its namesake Imperial topaz all of these gems that look like Imperial zircon. It is five to fifty times as expensive and cannot match their Zircon’s brilliance. The finest come from Tanzania and Mozambique.

Blue Zircon

The Blue Zircon comes from Kampuchea formerly cambodia and like the Imperial gemstones, this underrated gemstone has diamond like brilliance . It is greenish blue in color and fairly available gems.  Three carat size prices have escalated in the last year in increases will likely continue.

underrated gemstones blue zircon

Red and Pink spinel

Red spinel is best alternative of ruby but red spinel is exceedingly rare.  The Pink Spinels are available from several sources most notably Tanzania and Vietnam. It has  purity of color and excellent brilliance which add to the desirability of this gem.

underrated gemstone pink spinel

Tsavorite garnet

Some times this green variety of garnet name as tsavorite garnet is more beautiful than emerald.  Wth a higher clarity and greater brilliance, tsavorite outshines most green gems. These underrated gemstones are only available from East Africa. This exquisite gem was discovered by Campbell bridges and the business is carried on by his son.

tsavorite garnet

Ethiopian opal

It is one of most traded type of opal and one of important gem since its discovery for the last 40 years. It has vivid color, large size, high purity, and last but not least the greatest durability than any other type of opals.

ethiopian opal

Rhodolite Garnet

The violet red color of Garnet Rhodolite in its finest qualities. It has a beauty that rivals the finest sapphire and exceeds the beauty of similar colored tourmaline and spinel. A particular variety called a Rhodolite and those sometimes called grape garnet are highly desirable.

rhodolite garnet


Although this stone lacks the durability to make it a mainstream gem, the Apatites of Madagascar hit the blue-green and green-blue range of the now-famous and extraordinarily expensive “Paraiba tourmaline”.


Rose de France Amethyst

It is also one of underrated gemstones. In its finest pink color this material mimics both morganite at a fraction of the price and find kunzite without the fading issues. This difficult to hit top lavender pink gemstone has come from Brazil for two short periods of time over the last forty years. Currently of this stone has limited availability.

rose de france amerthyst

Peridot from Pakistan

For the last 15 years a  superior color Peridot has come from  high in the Himalaya Mountains in  Pakistan. It is not in typical yellow green  that turns those born in August away  from wanting to own their birthstone.  The Pakistani peridot is a rich blue-green and I personally find that is one of the  most beautiful gems that I cut. Currently competition for this gem has made the  supply very limited.

peridot pakistan


It is a color changing garnet and like garnet  with a color change identical to that of  the rarest birthstone alexandrite.  Several sources are currently producing  including Kenya and Tanzania, but the premier source is piquillo Madagascar.


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