Color gemstone jewelry is a Lewis Jewelers favorite! We love how a color gemstone can be the perfect reflection of you. We love their allure and how they make you feel. And we love the individuality they bring to your wardrobe. Color gemstones have captivated us and people throughout the world with their vibrant hues and undeniable beauty. From the deep blues of sapphires to the fiery reds of rubies and the lush greens of emeralds, color gemstones have a unique ability to evoke emotion and make a distinct fashion statement.
What you may not know.
Color gemstones are without a doubt exquisite, but they also carry deep symbolism and cultural significance. For instance, rubies symbolize passion and vitality, while sapphires are associated with wisdom and protection. Emeralds are known for rebirth and renewal. And here’s a great fact: These vibrant colors are believed to have therapeutic properties! So now you can look and feel beautiful! It’s believed that each hue is associated with different energies and healing qualities. Some of these vibrant colors are thought to have the power to bring up your spirits, enhance your mood, and bring positivity into your life.
There is an abundance of fabulous color gemstones, but below are some of the most popular and some facts about each!
Ruby: The ruby represents love, passion, courage, and emotion. For centuries, this gem has been considered the king of all gems. Like most gemstones, the color of a ruby is its most important feature. Rubies are available in a range of red hues from purplish and bluish red to orange red. The brightest and most valuable color of ruby is often “a Burmese Ruby” – an indication that it is a rich, passionate, hot, full red color with a slight blue hue.
Sapphire: When hearing the word sapphire, many people immediately envision a stunning violet-blue gemstone. Fittingly, the word sapphire is Greek for blue. The sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires with highly saturated violet blue color and “velvety” or “sleepy” transparency are rare. The purer the blue of the sapphire, the greater the price. Sapphires are not only blue, they come in almost every color of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. The most sought-after color sapphire is the rare and beautiful padparadscha: a pink-orange corundum with a distinctive salmon color reminiscent of a tropical sunset. These ultra-rare, ultra-expensive stones are among the most coveted gems in the world.
Emerald: Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous and powerful female monarch, was as famous for wearing emeralds in her time as Liz Taylor was for wearing diamonds in ours. The deeper and more vivid the color of green, the more valuable the emerald. The most valuable and beautiful emeralds exhibit an intense bluish hue in addition to their basic bold green color.
Amethyst: The ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Amethyst complements both warm and cool colors so it looks equally fabulous set in both yellow and white metals. This unique ability means it enhances almost every color in your wardrobe.
Aquamarine: The name aquamarine speaks for itself. It immediately conjures a stunning pastel sky blue or the bright color of the sea. Aquamarines are found in a wide range of blues; from a pale pastel to a greenish blue to a deep color. Darker shades of blue aquamarines are increasingly rare and, in turn, make the value increase. Aquamarines frequently display their color display as pastel in smaller sizes, but the color can be more intense in larger gemstones.
Tourmaline: Available in a spectrum of colors and color combinations, tourmaline lives up to its name, which means “mixed stone”. Cranberry red, hot magenta, bubblegum pink, peach, and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet: tourmaline is all of these colors and more. Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in one gemstone. These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations and are highly prized. With tourmaline available in so many colors, you’re sure to find one in your favorite color.
Color gemstones have timeless appeal! Whether you're drawn to the fiery reds of rubies, the ethereal blues of sapphires, or the lush greens of emeralds, color gemstones not only express your individuality and style, but they also afford you the opportunity to “Live Life Colorfully”. And isn’t this what jewelry buying is all about?
Want to learn more about color gemstones? Visit one of the leading authorities on color in the jewelry industry: Agta.org.