For thousands of years people have found precious stones to be something exhilarating, adorning themselves with gems to point out a certain superior social status or simply to astonish crowds. Gems have been worn in all shapes, sizes and anywhere on the body, be it necklaces, bracelets, brooches, hair pins, rings, pendants, crowns, scepters, etc., and people love them. Here are some of the most valuable precious stones in the world. Could you afford them?
Red diamond $2-2.5 million/Carat – there have been found only a few red diamonds in the world in the Argile Mine in Australia. Despite its name, this highly rare diamond is not pure red, but rather has a purplish nuance of
Jadeite $3+ Million/Carat – considered until recently a mystery mineral, the jadeite is the most expensive and rare gem stone in the world, primarily found in Guatemala, but also in California. All Mexican jadeite is in ar
Serendibite $1.8 million/Carat – originating in Sri Lanka, this cyan coloured gem stone only exists in three cut specimens worldwide, of 0.35 carats, 0.55 carats and respectively 0.56 carats.
Blue garnet $1.5 million/Carat – primarily found in Madagascar but also in parts of The U.S., Russia and Turkey, the Garnets species comes in red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, black, pink, blue and colorless, the
Painite $50,000-60,000/Carat – firstly discovered by Arthur C.D. Pain in Myanmar, this was thought to be the rarest mineral on earth, and now it still is one of the rarest, as before 2005, only 25 crystals were known to ex
Grandidierite $50,000/Carat – a bluish-green mineral, firstly found in Madagascar; the gem stone is trichroic, transmitting blue, green and white light, so imagine the effect of wearing such jewelry.
Musgravite $35,000/Carat – one of the latest discovered and rarest gem stones, a silicate mineral composed of beryllium, magnesium and aluminum, originating in the Musgrave area in Australia, hence the name.
Red Beryl Emerald $10,000/Carat – mainly found in the Thomas Range and the Wah Wah Mountains of Utah, it is also present in a location in Mexico. Very few cut specimens exist so far.
Black Opal $2,355/Carat – originating in Australian mines, as well as Mexico and Brazil, this colourful gem is simply stunning and will definitely draw the attention on the wearer.
Jeremejevite $2,000/Carat – a colorless, sky blue or pale yellow precious stone of the highest quality originating in Namibia.