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5 Of The Rarest Gemstones

Rare and Unique Gemstones

We stock a comprehensive collection of stunning gemstone pieces, but it’s crazy to think that each one of these stones has taken millions of years to form, before being discovered, mined, cut, set in their precious metal of choice and sold to gemstone jewellery fans like yourself. There are however semi-precious stones that are rarer than others, and whilst diamonds are known as a girl’s best friend, the world’s rarest stones demand a much higher price. Here we countdown five of the rarest gemstones on the planet…

Steinmetz pink

After fetching the highest price ever recorded when it was sold at auction in 2013 - £52 million to be exact – it’s no wonder than Steinmetz pink takes the crown for the rarest gemstone in the world. This particular stone, known as the ‘Pink Star’, was mined in Africa in 1999 and took two years for jewellers to cut and polish it to its finished 59.6 carat state.


Despite its unusual brown colour, painite is one of the most valuable stones on the planet. A rare borate mineral, there are few gemstones of this kind available on the market, with those that are accessible commanding a particularly high price. Some experts even describe painite as ‘priceless’.



Discovered in Australia, musgravite is a stunning stone known for its green-grey to purple shade. This gemstone is so rare that just two faceted stones are known worldwide. After the first stone was discovered in 1967, only small quantities of musgravite have been found in Greenland, Antarctica, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Tanzania.


Whilst many semi-precious stones are known for their pronounced and vibrant colours, jadeite (often referred to as jade) is renowned for its deep green shade. Again this gemstone has only been discovered in small quantities, meaning when a prized jadeite necklace went up for auction in 1997, it was sold for almost $10 million. Unfortunately the rareness of jadeite has led to many forgeries on the market, as traders have used colour treatment to pass off less valuable stones as jadeite.


It’s fitting to include alexandrite in our top five, as not only is it one of the rarest and most valuable stones around, it is also one of the birthstones for June, alongside pearl and moonstone. Named after Tsar Alexander II after being discovered in Russia, alexandrite is known for its colour changing properties. Whilst the original mine in Russia has run dry, small finds have been made in Brazil, Africa and Sri Lanka.

Alexandrite looks different colours in different lights and always looks truly wonderful. Some of you may have seen a stone called "mystic quartz" which is plain quartz treated with a multi coloured film. It is not alexandrite!

You may not have the budget for these rare gemstones but you can still add to your jewellery collection. Browse our online store to discover a vast selection of gemstone jewellery pieces.

Created On  18 May 2015 13:49  -  Permalink


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