The four Precious Stones the Sapphire, Ruby, Diamond and Emerald are beautiful but expensive. There are other stones that may not be as rare, but still have a lot of great qualities to them. In fact there are some stones that closely resemble these Precious Stones but for a fraction of the price.
Why would you want just one gem for a huge price tag when you can get other stones that are just as beautiful for less?
Let’s begin with the this Sapphire, it is perfectly eye clean and heated for $5,250.00 for 1.32 carats. There is a lot lesser quality Sapphire that is 1.22 carats for $195.00.
Tanzanite is a beautiful color it has a more purplish color, but you can get it in a Sapphire blue. For the same price of the quality 1.32 Carat Sapphire you can get 9.41 Carats of the beautiful Tanzanite. Or a 1.22 carat Tanzanite if that would suit you more with the cost of $136.00.
Let’s move on to the Rare Beautiful gem the Emerald. The Emerald is the most rare Precious stone. So lets look into other beauties such as:
Chrome Diopside, it is a softer gem, so it is best in earrings. It is possible to put in a ring, but you need to be VERY CAREFUL! However it is inexpensive enough being $112.o0 for 1.56 carats, that it will be Okay if something happens to it. Which is the beauty of these least expensive gems, it will not be the end of the world if it happens to be lost or scratched!
Chrome Tourmaline – is another fun inexpensive option. For $160.00 you can get a beautiful 1.06 carat gem.
Let’s move on the beautiful Ruby this beautiful Precious gem is worth $9,500 for 1.26 carats.
For those of you who love the Ruby color, there are other beautiful gems that can give you a beautiful reddish color!
There is this beautiful stone called the Rubellite Tourmaline, that does not necessarily have the deep red, but it has a lighter tone, which makes it more on the pink side, but there is a hint of red. And the cost is significantly cheaper, for $255.00 you can get 1.74 carats.
Fancy Tourmaline is a neat gem, because it can be a lot of colors, including a red! The Tourmaline I chose is more on the orange side of a red, but I am sure with all the choices of colors that tourmaline offers, that there could be a closer replica of that Ruby Red! For $99.00 you can get 1.49 carats.
Since my birthday is in January I am a huge Garnet fan. I know that Garnet is not a Ruby. However, a Garnet can be darker or lighter depending on the gem that you find. And the lighter the Garnet, the more of a Ruby like appearance it will be. Take for example these two Garnet pieces are redder in color and for $70.00 for 3.21 carats, it is worth a shot!
The Sunstone Gem is more on the orange side. It is a beautiful gem and very inexpensive, you can get a 0.97 carat for $58.00. This stone can be as light and as dark you as you would like. The darker you go, the more you will find the Ruby look. Who doesn’t like orange though? It is my moms favorite color!
The finale will be the Diamond. I know that it will be hard to convince diamond lovers that there are other options…But I will do my best! In fact this is the easiest one to duplicate, because it is white! For the other gems, it is hard to get the perfect color to match what a Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald is. But the diamond has some tough competitors:)
White Zircon is beautiful and to be able to get a 2.61 carat for 90.00, that is awesome!
White Sapphire is available for 1.31 carat for $225.00. Sapphire is a fun gem, because it can be several colors, the dark blue is the most famous. They do come in a brilliant white though!
Goshenite Beryl is hard, clear and it comes with a beautiful price of $48.00 for a 5.31 carat rock!
I am not even finished yet:) Here is Petalite for 3.74 carats for $56.00.
I will save the best for last, let me introduce Danburite, you can get 2.2 carats for $32.00! I don’t know about you but I will be able to save up for that!
Oh let me remind you how much a Diamond is, $1,056.00 for .40 carats.
My next challenge for myself will be to find a perfect jewelry piece for each of these beautiful gems and also research to know how hardy each of these gems are. Stay tuned for next week!
My main point here it to let you know that there are other beautiful gems out there. And though they might not be as rare, they are stunning nonetheless! In fact how often do you see these gems around? So many people are wanting to get the four main precious stones that oftentimes the most common but beautiful gems are overlooked. And so by buying the semi precious gems, you may be the most unique of all!
Tales of the Shop!
December 6th was my Dad’s Birthday, the creator of the jewelry designs in our Shop .
I asked each of my brothers and sisters something that our dad has taught them.
Collette – Dad has taught me many things but one of the things I admire most and have learned from him…is he has lived in a way that has taught me that anything is possible. What a great way to think! All things are possible!
Angela – My dad has taught me how to be patient. I cannot think of one time that he raised his voice to us. He has always been so soft spoken:) I also love how creative he is, he has taught me to think outside the box and to pursue your dreams. He has also taught me how to work hard and to keep on learning. I consider my dad the smartest man alive!
Nicole – He has taught me that taking the time to teach us kids how to make something was more important than getting the job done.
Thomas – Dad taught me the importance of trying new things and experimenting to find what’s the best!
Daniel – I learned from his incredible patience in forgiving low quality work. he never gave up on me & never showed frustration.
Lisa – When I was playing tennis, dad would tell me to read books on how to serve better. He’d come to all my matches and remember pointers to tell me after. He always had a different outlook aside from my coach, I loved it. When dad teaches you something, he’s willing to support it all the way. He’d play with me, buy books (always buys books), and follow up. The best kind of teacher.