Monday, 18 March 2013

The Most Popular Precious Gems and Stones in Jewelry Today

The typical jewelry aficionado can list her favorite gemstones without thinking. However, every woman has a slightly different wish list when it comes to rare rocks and precious metals. Aside from the fact that "diamonds are a girl's best friend," each and every precious gem gives its own hint as to the wearer's tastes and personality quirks.

The rarest gemstones - rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds - tend to rank high in the gemstone popularity contest. Luckily for the gift buyer with an average annual income, not every jewel lover lusts after the world's most expensive rocks. The earthy tones of citrine stones and the royal colors of amethyst, for example, attract their fair share of fanfare.

Some of the world's best-selling gem stones aren't especially surprising - think diamonds - but others are a bit more curious. Here, then, are some of the world's most sought-after gems and stones.

Diamonds: These colorless sparklers aren't exactly the underdog of gemstones. In the U.S., men traditionally get down on one knee before their bride-to-be with a diamond ring in hand and countless cultural institutions - movies, novels, pop songs - have made specific mention of the diamond's endless appeal. Today, the diamond takes many new and popular forms, appearing in pinks, yellows, blues and black. This classic stone is popular among both genders and represents timeless elegance.

Pearls: Nothing underscores classic style like these soft white globes. Indeed, these rare beads have been immortalized by Glenn Miller's '40s swing hit "A String of Pearls" and iconic wearers like Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn. Although you may not think of pearls as stones, they are in fact gems of the most organic order, formed when a tiny grain of sand finds its way into an oyster shell. Their popularity can be attributed to the fact that pearls are sleekly glamorous and can be worn with any attire. Although white tends to be the popular choice, gemstone buyers are drifting toward champagne and chocolate-colored pearls as well. Black pearls are counted among the rarest of these gems.

Peridot: The yellowish-green August birthstone has been gaining its fair share of traction in the rock popularity contest. Its newfound popularity among both designers and buyers may have much to do with its relative rarity. Olivine, the class of stone to which peridot belongs, may be incredibly abundant, but gem-quality peridot is not.

Emeralds: Even rarer than diamonds, emeralds can be difficult to obtain in large stone form. Perhaps this is a factor of their popularity: We all want that which is difficult to come by. The rarity of emeralds certainly contributes to their hefty price tags, but these soft green stones are beloved for more reason that one. Today, emeralds mined in Colombia make gorgeous additions to rings, pendants and necklaces.

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