|GemSelect's Best Selling Gemstones of 2011
Here are our top 10 best selling Gemstones for 2011.
These top 10 gemstones are consistently our most popular selling stones. For example, if I look at the best sellers for right now, and take a snap-shot for November 2011, the top 5 remains the same.
GemSelect have more than 130 gemstone types to choose from so we offer a huge choice and these figures represent an accurate picture of what is being purchased. We sell to jewelers small and large and private customers so it seems these gemstones are the ones most in demand.
So, why these specific gemstones?
The bi-color Tourmalines, in particular those called "watermelon" named for its distinctive pink/red and green bands, are highly desired.
The clarity of sapphire ranges from IF to opaque as well. Opaque sapphires are usually cut as cabochons. They are second in hardness to Diamonds, being rated at 9 on Mohs scale. So, ideal for rings or jewelry that is intended to be worn every single day!
Interestingly, for those new to the world of gemstones, Ruby and Sapphire are the same material, the mineral corundum. Red corundum is known as Ruby, while all other colors are referred to as Sapphire.
We also sell Star Sapphires that contain unusual tiny needle-like inclusions that intersect each other at varying angles to produce a star effect on the gemstone (called an asterism.). Star Sapphire stones are often used in men's rings.
Blue Topaz is the top selling jewelry gemstone in the USA. This is due to its excellent brilliance, luster and clarity and the fact that it is very reasonably priced and available in big sizes.
Our biggest sellers are London Blue and Swiss Blue Topaz. However, blue topaz occurs very rarely in nature, and then only in a very pale blue. The shades of blue topaz you'll find in the market are the result of widely-used enhancement techniques, usually involving irradiation and heating. These techniques produce a deep blue with a slight green - inky tone, known as London Blue; a saturated medium blue known as Swiss Blue; and a bright light blue known as Sky Blue.
There is a large choice of types of Topaz to choose from. 2 new types of Topaz have even been introduced to the market the last couple of years! Azotic Topaz and Mystic Topaz is a clear topaz with a thin layer at the back of the stone (pavilion), creating all kind of colors and effects. So, if you like very colorful stones, you should check out Mystic and Azotic Topaz. You will find a rainbow of colors in a in a kaleidoscopic pattern.
The clarity of amethyst gemstones is excellent and you will be able to select a beautiful stone in big sizes as well.
Interestingly, until the beginning of the 19th Century Spinel were thought to be Rubies. Many were fooled and the British Crown Jewels even holds a Spinel called "The Black Princes Ruby", which since the 14th Century was always believed to be a Ruby.
We sell Spinel in a vast array of colors, red, pinky-red, black, blue, violet, pinky-violet, rose-orange, purplish-pink, violet, and many more. If you are having trouble finding a particular shade of color it maybe worth having a look at this gem. It can be found in a range of beautiful pastel shades. These outstanding shades of pink, purple, orange, blue, plus every combination in between make Spinels some of the most desirable stones in the world.
These gems range in clarity from IF to Opaque and are hard gemstones, having a rating of 8 on Mohs scale, so you can use this gemstone in jewelry that you wear every day.
But what makes natural Spinel special is that it is never heated or treated in any way. In fact there is no known treatment that can improve the color or clarity of natural Spinel. By contrast, nearly all the sapphire and ruby in today's market has been enhanced by heat treatment. It is surprising then that untreated Spinel still sells for less than 50% of the price of heated sapphire or ruby.
So if you're looking for a good gemstone to invest in, Spinel could be the one.
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