Gemstones have sparkled in our imaginations for ages. 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 less than any precious stone in terms of beauty. With our gemstones expertise and the help of expert jewelers we have made a listing of 10 incredible but overlooked and underrated gemstones.
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.
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. It is a famous December Birthstone
Red and Pink spinel
Red spinel is the best alternative to 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.
Sometimes this green variety of garnet name tsavorite garnet is more beautiful than emerald. With 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.
It is one of the most traded types of opal and one of the important gems 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.
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. It is a January Birthstone
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 the 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. Amethyst is February Birthstone
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.
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.