They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Every person on the face of the planet has a different idea of what represents pure beauty, so when it comes to judging which are the most beautiful gemstones in the world each and every person will have their own opinion.
However, here are three choices which should at least be considered by those who love the beauty of natural gemstones. In no particular order – you make the choice of which should be at the top of the list.
When one thinks of Sapphires the color blue immediately springs to mind. However the truth of the matter is that Sapphires come in a variety of colors, in fact every color except for red – red is reserved for the beauty of Rubies. Strangely enough the other color Sapphires, like the yellows and oranges are rarer than the blue variety, but they are considerably cheaper. The one color that does approach the fine blue Sapphire in price is the
so called ‘Padparadscha sapphires’ which are a pinkish orange.
The distinctive rich green color of Emerald’s puts them firmly into the top three of the most beautiful gems in the world. Research indicates that Emerald’s have been valued for at least 5000 years. Civilizations as far apart as those in Asia, South America and Africa have valued the beauty and rarity of the Emerald. Emerald’s are a variety of the mineral Beryl, which is naturally colorless. However, add chromium or vanadium and the green color of the Emerald leaps to the fore.
The beauty of Emerald also however has a weakness. Most Emerald’s have fractures which are filed with resin or other substances when they are cut and then sold. Therefore the gems can be delicate. this is why most Emerald jewelry is only worn on special occasions.
The gemstone of power, love and passion the rich red of Rubies has made them among the most desirable gemstones in the world. For thousands of years the beauty and durability of Rubies has made them the stuff of legends. Empires and Kingdoms have sent scouts out to locate and bargain for Rubies which would them form a valuable part of the royal treasury.
For many years India was seen as the home of the Ruby. In fact the Sanskrit description of ruby is Ratnaraj – the ‘king of gemstones’.
Rubies are made from the mineral corundum – one of the hardest substances on the face of the planet. Usually colorless the addition of aluminium oxide as well as chrome (and trace amounts of other additives) give Rubies there magnificent red color.
The beauty of Rubies reaches its absolute zenith in the Star Ruby. In this type of Ruby the mineral rutile forms a star-shaped deposit in the ruby. When this happens the rarest of Ruby types is formed. This is the Ruby that is most coveted by royalty across the world.