Many people purchase gems by type - for example, they want to buy a sapphire, a tourmaline or an amethyst. But one thing we've learned in the colored gem business is that most customers are concerned above all with color, and are less concerned with gem variety, as long as the stone they buy is durable enough for their purpose. Since color is indeed the most important factor for most people when it comes to buying loose gemstones, it only makes sense to start your search by shopping for gemstones by color.
Finding gems by color can often be difficult; since websites tend to organize their inventory around gem varieties rather than colors. So for those who want to know what their options are in particular colors, here is a list of gem types organized by color.
Since there are hundreds of color variations in colored gems, we have organized this list around "base" colors or color families. This means that a red-orange gem can fall into the "orange" or "red" category and a blue-green stone would be in the "green" or "blue" category.
The classic blue gemstone is sapphire. Deeply saturated blue is also found in spinel and kyanite. There are a number of choices in the lighter blues, including topaz, zircon and aquamarine. Tanzanite and iolite are more of a violet blue, while Paraiba tourmaline, apatite and fluorite tend to be blue-green.
By far the most popular blue gemstone available, ranging in colors from pale sky blue to rich midnight blue and is perfect for all types of jewelry.
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Star sapphire is cut as cabochon to bring out the asterism (star effect); most popular color hue is medium to dark blue.
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The most popular type of topaz is blue with London Blue, Swiss Blue and Sky Blue the most common types of topaz.
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In very rare cases tourmaline is found in blue color, most famous being Paraiba tourmaline and indicolite tourmaline.
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A gemstone with a distinctive blue-violet color that is found exclusively in Tanzania, birthstone for December.
Popular variety of the Beryl gemstone family with colors ranging from light to rich vibrant blue (known as Santa Maria).
A popular gemstone with a blue-green hue that has been used for centuries in jewelry and decorative objects.
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Kyanite usually occurs in various shades of blue similar to Sapphire, it is common to see color zoning in Kyanite gems.
Iolite is usually light to dark blue, the most desirable color is an intense violet blue that can rival that of tanzanite
A deep blue gemstone with golden flecks of pyrite and white streaks of calcite, often used in decorative objects and jewelry.
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A gem with neon, electric blue color hues that is very close in color to the super rare Paraiba Tourmalines from Brazil.
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Larimar is an exquisite turquoise to teal blue colored gemstone that is only found in one place, the Dominican Republic.
Rare type of Fluorite with deep blue to blue-green hue, famous for its strong fluorescence under UV light.
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Gemstone with Intense blue color, Diamond-like luster and pleochroism (different hues when viewed from different angles)
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A gemstone with a blue-grey hue that exhibits a unique play of color known as labradorescence.
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Azurite is famed for its vivid blue color with the intensity of its hues making it popular as jewelry & collector stone
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Hemimorphite is a rare gem most commonly found in blue to blue-green hues, similar to chrysocolla or turquoise.
Moonstone with a blue or sometimes rainbow-colored sheen, gems that exhibit the strongest blue sheen are most desired.
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A gemstone with a blue-green color that is often used in decorative objects and jewelry.
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A gemstone with uniformed color ranging from pale blue to deep blue which is the most valuable color for chalcedony.
Colors range from blue-gray to greenish-blue and cobalt blue. The lighter tones tend to display more brilliance and fire
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Blue diamonds range from pale to highly saturated blue to blue-green color. Almost always treated to achieve its color.
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Dumortierite colors range from dark to light blue, may also exhibit whitish streaks or spots along with their blue color
Blue jadeite is a very rare type of jade that typically has a light blue to blue-green color and is usually cabochon cut
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Blue opal is a variety of opal that comes in shades of blue and blue-green; it is the birthstone for October.
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One of the rarest gem types available, found in shades of blue and green with soft neon blue color the most sought after.
Hawk's eye is type of quart that is normally blue-gray to blue-green in color, gems often have stripes or wavy patterns.
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An extremely rare and valuable gemstone with a bright blue color that is only found in California.
Lazulite is a rare gem type that has a stunning azure-blue to deep blue color that is normally cut into cabochon gems.
A type of cultured pearl with a bright blue color that is often used in high-end jewelry.
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A rare mineral found in copper deposits with color range from vivid blue to blue-greens and dark navy blue.
Smithsonite is typically found in varying shades of light-blue to blue, and is often mixed with green & blue turquoise hues
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Vivianite is lush blue to blue green gem, it is very fragile and soft with a hardness of 1.5-2 so rarely cut into gems.
An unusual mineral with a bright blue to cobalt blue color hue that is rarely cut into gemstones.
A gem with a deep blue color, similar to the color of lapis lazuli, & often has white veins or patches running through it
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Red gemstones are actually quite rare, and mainly occur in ruby, spinel and garnet. There is some very fine red tourmaline (sometimes called rubellite), but it is not often found.
Ruby is the red variety of corundum, and the most desired color is a vibrant red to slightly purplish red color.
A gemstone with a deep red color that is often used as a more affordable alternative to ruby.
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A rare and valuable type of tourmaline that comes in pinkish red to deep crimson red colors.
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Red diamonds are extremely rare and the most expensive of all diamonds, with pure red colors barely existing at all.
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Type of quartz that has a color range from orange-red to deep red. The color comes from iron impurities.
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A variety of quartz with a deep red color that is often used in pendants and bracelets.
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Rare type of zircon with a vivid red, to purplish red shades, also famous for its Diamond-like luster.
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A variety of chalcedony with a deep red color that is very popular for unique jewelry pieces.
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Rhodolite garnets can be rose pink, purplish-pink, raspberry-red or purplish-red. The most desired color is raspberry red.
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Almandine garnet colors can range from pure red, reddish-orange and slightly purplish-red to dark, brownish-red.
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Also known as Bixbite, is an extremely rare type of beryl with a raspberry pink to purplish red color hue.
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A type of coral with a red to pinkish-red color that is often used carved into beautiful objects.
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Rhodochrosite has a raspberry red to pinkish red hue, and often has striped or zig zag color patterns.
A variety of opal with a vivid burnt red-orange combination. The more saturated orange-red stones are especially valuable.
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Typically deep red to orange red in color with some gems showing a metallic shimmering effect caused by copper inclusions.
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Rhodonite varies from a soft rose-pink to a bright flesh-colored red, with black dendritic inclusions.
Most often reddish with traces of green and yellow, the most valuable color range from red to honey-red.
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Very rare type of apatite that displays a lush pinkish-red to crimson red color hue.
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The characteristic dark-red of pyrope garnet is found in smaller stones; with bigger gems having a very dark, almost black color.
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A variety of garnet with a deep red color that displays a star-like pattern when cut as cabochon.
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Star rubies range in color from pinkish to purplish and brownish-red, depending on their chromium and iron content.
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Range in color from warm yellow to orange-red. The most desired color is a reddish-orange, which is known as "aurora red".
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Very rare gem type that is often mistaken for red beryl. The color range from raspberry red to pinkish purple.
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Typical color is brick-red, cinnamon red or bright scarlet red. It is rarely cut into gems due to its softness (2-2.5).
Eudialyte is a rare ruby-red to violet-red gemstone that often has black and white flecked inclusions.
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Cuprite is a rare gemstone that has a very distinctive ruby-red color and stunning brilliance.
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Proustite has magnificent red color rivaling that of top quality rubies. It is very soft so usually only used as collector's stones.
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Crocoite is a very rare gem type with colors ranging from saffron orange/red to intense red.
With a hardness of only 1.5-2, this rich red to orange-red mineral is only used as collector’s item.
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The traditional green gem is emerald, but tsavorite garnet, chrome tourmaline and chrome diopside are also good alternatives. See our feature article on chrome diopside for the recent history of the market for the finer green gemstones. Peridot, which tends to be olive green, has become an important jewelry gemstone.
Colors range from green to greenish blue, the most prized emeralds have a pure green color with a vivid color saturation.
Green sapphire comes in a range of color hues from light mint green to dark forest green.
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Green Tourmaline is a stunning green gemstone with color ranging from bright electric green to dark, almost black-green.
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Peridot is a very affordable green gemstone with colors ranging from yellow-green and olive to deep intense green.
Color ranges from bright yellowish green to deep green, with the most desired color being an intense, highly saturated green.
Tsavorite Garnet Information
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Chrome Diopside is a green gemstone with color ranges from a bright grassy green all the way to dark shadowy forest green.
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A rare variety of tourmaline that displays an attractive light green to medium-rich, forest-green color.
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Green Fluorite is a beautiful gemstone that comes in a range of green hues with the bright emerald green being the most popular.
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Green apatite is found in yellow green to deep green with the vivid olive green being the most valued color.
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A classic gemstone that has been used in jewelry for thousands of years with colors ranging from light green to vivid green.
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Green Turquoise is popular for jewelry and gemstone carvings, it usually has a combination of blue and green colors.
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Green Agate is a versatile gemstone that comes in a range of shades of green and is often used in jewelry and decorative objects.
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Demantoid Garnet is a rare gemstone that is known for its high brilliance and stunning light yellowish-green to deep green color.
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Idocrase occurs in a shade of green, ranging from dark green to green-brown and yellow-green to olive green.
Malachite is a light to very dark green gemstone that is highly valued for its unique banded pattern and beauty.
Chrysoprase color range from light, minty-green to intense deep, apple-green color. Deeper colors are considered more desirable.
Grandidierite is a rare bluish green or greenish blue gemstone that can appear to be two or three different colors depending on which angle it is viewed.
Amazonite is a beautiful green to turquoise gemstone that is very popular for pendants and bracelets.
Aventurine typically appears in light green to dark green hues with slightly banded color zones.
Kornerupine is normally brownish green in color with strong pleochroism (different color when viewed from different angles).
Maw-Sit-Sit is a unique and highly sought-after green gemstone that is known for its unusual coloring and beauty.
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Bloodstone is a classic green gemstone that is highly valued for its unique red and green coloring.
Actinolite cat's eye is typically green to yellowish in color and is known for its unique cat's eye effect.
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Serpentine is typically light to deep green in color and is often used for gemstone carvings.
Prehnite occurs in a range of green colors, including pale green to dark green and yellow- to brown-green.
Variscite is an attractive green gem with range from light pale-green to emerald-green with solid mint-green the most desirable.
Seraphinite is typically dark-green to gray, with silvery feather-like inclusions throughout the gem.
Green Sphene is a rare green gemstone that is known for its high brilliance and stunning color.
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Quartz Cat's Eye is a green gemstone that comes in a range of shades of green and is known for its unique cat's eye effect.
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Rare type of diamond with a color range of grayish green or brownish green, to vibrant electric green.
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Green chrysoberyl occurs in a variety of colors, including light green to yellowish-green.
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Prasiolite is a green variety of quartz ranging in colors from very light green to lush mint green.
Moldavite occurs in a variety of shades of green, including deep, forest-green and pale to olive-green.
Green zircon is a rare gemstone that is known for its brilliance and fire. It has a high refractive index and is often mistaken for green diamond or green tourmaline.
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Ekanite is a green gemstone that is found in Sri Lanka. It is a rare and unusual stone that is known for its intense green color and high dispersion, giving it a fire-like appearance.
Hiddenite is a pale to bright green gemstone variety of spodumene. It is named after William Earl Hidden, who first discovered the gemstone in North Carolina in 1879. It is valued for its rarity and unique green color.
Gaspeite is a green gemstone that is primarily found in Western Australia. It is a relatively soft gemstone and is often used in jewelry as beads, cabochons, and inlay due to its unique green color and patterns. It is also used in decorative objects.
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Citrine is the most common yellow to gold gem, but yellow sapphire is highly sought after. There are also good choices in harder gems such as beryl and chrysoberyl. Canary yellow tourmaline from Malawi is very rare.
A variety of quartz with color ranges from a light lemony yellow all the way to an earthy brown color with some very nice oranges in between.
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Yellow sapphire comes in a range of hues, from the palest yellow or lemon, to honey and yellow-orange.
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Yellow Quartz is a beautiful and versatile gemstone that is available in a range of shades from pale yellow to deep golden hues.
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While blue is the most famous color; Apatite also comes in a stunning yellow color from light yellow to golden yellow.
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Yellow Agate has color hues spanning from light yellow to rich orange yellow. Gems with evenly saturated colors are preferred.
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Yellow tourmaline is a rare gemstone with color ranging from light yellow to the most valued canary yellow.
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Yellow Sphene is a beautiful yellow-green gemstone that is known for its high brilliance and stunning color.
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Yellow diamonds are very rare and comes in color hues from very faint yellow all the way to deep canary yellow.
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Yellow chrysoberyl is found in yellow and golden-yellow to yellowish-green color hues, and is a popular jewelry gemstone.
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Yellow Cat's Eye Opal is a beautiful and rare gemstone that is known for its unique optical properties. It is highly valued by collectors.
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A beautiful gemstone that is part of the beryl family; comes in a range of colors from a vivid lemon-lime to a deep golden yellow.
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Grossularite garnet can range in color from lemon yellow to greenish-yellow with fully saturated gems being the most valued.
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Star Lemon Quartz is a unique and beautiful gemstone with light yellow green to vibrant yellow colors.
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Mali garnet ranges in color from bright yellow to almost honey yellow-brown. Bright yellow stones are highly desirable.
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Yellow Calcite is a beautiful and versatile gemstone that is available in a range of shades from pale yellow to deep golden hues.
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Yellow Cat's Eye Apatite is a beautiful gemstone that is known for its unique optical properties and strong yellow color.
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Yellow moss opal usually has a banana yellow color with inclusions that resemble moss or leaves.
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Color change diaspore is a lovely yellow gemstone in the daylight but deepens to a peachy orange when under incandescent light.
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Yellow Pearl is a beautiful and highly valued gemstone that is prized for its luster and unique color.
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Yellow Rutile Quartz is a beautiful and unique gemstone that is known for its yellow color and distinctive rutile inclusions.
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Yellow Sillimanite is a beautiful gemstone that is not that well known. It comes in lovely light to golden yellow color tones.
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Yellow Jade is a beautiful and versatile gemstone that is available in a range of shades from pale yellow to deep golden hues.
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Yellow Topaz is a gemstone that is known for its beautiful yellow color and is very popular for jewelry.
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Yellow Zircon is a bright gemstone with a range of colors from light yellow to medium and strong yellow.
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Yellow amber is a very soft gemstone found in a range of yellow-orange to yellow-brown tones.
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Yellow Fire Opal is a variety of opal that has a bright yellow to bright orange-yellow color hues.
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Yellow scapolite is a rare gemstone with light yellow to honey yellow color tones.
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Yellow sphalarite tend to range from pale yellow to deep fiery orange yellow and is known for its tremendous luster.
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Yellow Legrandite is a very soft gemstone with intense lemon yellow color, and is most used as collectors stone.
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The most popular pink gemstones are tourmaline and spinel. Pink sapphire is lovely but rare, especially in gems weighing over 1 carat. Rhodolite garnet tends to be purple-pink. Compared to other colors, the list of pink gemstones is quite short.
Morganite is a pink colored gemstone of the beryl mineral family which ranges in hues from light pink to salmon colored pink.
Pink tourmaline is a gemstone with a range of pink hues from soft pink to reddish-pink; the electric hot pink gems are the most valued.
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The range of colors present in pink sapphire is vast and consists of delicate bright pinks to fully saturated pastel pinks.
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Pink zircon is a rare and beautiful gemstone that is prized for its brilliance and fire. It can come in shades of light pink to deep magenta.
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Pink coral is a precious coral that is naturally pink in color and comes in a large variety of colors including pink, pink-orange and salmon pink.
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A pink member of the quartz family, rose quartz gemstones range in color from a delicate light pink up to a deeper cotton candy pink.
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Pink mystic topaz is a treated version of natural topaz that has a stunning fully saturated pink color hue.
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Pink rhodolite garnets color ranges from rose pink to hot pink, and this seems fitting as the name Rhodolite comes from the Greek word for rose.
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Kunzite is a beautiful gemstone with delightful pink and violet hues, the darker more intense tones fetch the higher prices.
Pink spinel is a stunning gemstone that can come in various shades of pink from light pastel pink to a screaming hot pink.
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Pink Opal is a rare opal variety that comes from mountains of Peru and comes in delicate pink hue with deeper pink color being more valuable.
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Pink pearls are a beautiful type of pearl that comes in colors from silver pink to peachy pink hue.
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Star rose quartz is a variety of rose quartz that displays a six-rayed star when cut en cabochon. It has a lovely soft pink color.
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Pink moonstone has a pale pink to medium pink color and often has a glowing sheen that seems to float on their surface.
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Pink smithsonite is a lovely gemstone that has a pale pink color with a soft glow, the color comes from presence of cobalt.
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Pezzottaite is a rare collectors stone that is almost impossible to source, it has has a pink to pinkish-red color.
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Rhodochrosite is pink to raspberry red colored gemstone that often has striped or zig zag color patterns.
Pink rhodonite is a gemstone that has a pink to rose-red color and usually has black dendritic inclusions throughout the gem.
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Malaya garnet is cherished for its color and rarity and is available in beautiful colors such as peach, pink, and even shades that resemble fine wines.
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Pink agate comes in colors from light pink to deep purple-pink; many gems have white color bands in them.
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Pink diamonds are very rare; the color tones vary from very light to medium pink. Most pink diamonds available today have been treated to improve the color.
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Strawberry Quartz is one of those rare gemstones in which it is the inclusions that define its character and beauty, these inclusions create the pink to pink-red color.
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Pink Sunstone is a beautiful gemstone with a warm pinkish-orange hue, with some gems showing a metallic shimmering effect caused by copper inclusions.
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Natural pink topaz are extremely rare, the gems available today are a treated version of natural topaz that has a stunning vibrant pink color.
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We occasionally stock black diamonds (produced by irradiation). But by far the most popular black gemstone is tourmaline. The black star sapphires only found in Chanthaburi, Thailand are also very popular.
Black opal body tones range from a dark gray to black, and the dark background acts as the base for the spectrum of colors it can display.
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Cat's eye scapolite is typically black, greenish, gray or brown in color, and is known for its unique cat's eye effect.
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A natural diamond with a dark body color caused by inclusions of graphite or other impurities.
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Black Jasper a member of the quartz family and its color ranges from dark grey to a dense black.
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Jet is an organic material composed of fossilized wood that has a charcoal black color.
Melanite garnet contains titanium, which gives it a lustrous black hue. The deep black color of melanite is comparable to black tourmaline and black diamond.
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Nuummite is light-gray to almost pitch black with flecks of iridescent color ranging from yellow to golden, green to metallic blue, and reddish to violet.
Black obsidian gets its color from the presence of iron and magnesium. The color hue range from black-brown to a glossy black color.
Onyx has a black base and white upper layer, but may contain bands of various other colors between these layers.
Black pearl is a pearl with a dark body color, typically caused by pigments in the nacre.
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Black spinel is an affordable and beautiful black gemstone that rival the colors of black diamond and black sapphire.
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Star Diopside is typically black or blackish-green and is unique in that it only exhibits four rays; most star gemstones feature six-ray asterism.
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Black star sapphire is an unusual type of sapphire; when cut as cabochons it brings out the asterism (star effect).
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Most black tourmaline has an even pure black color, but some gems may have brown or even blue hue in them as well.
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This category includes both colorless gems, such as diamond, sapphire, zircon and topaz, as well as white gemstones like opal and moonstone.
White agate is a variety of chalcedony with that has a milky white or grayish-white color. It is often used for gemstone carvings.
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White albite is a type of feldspar with a white to grey color which is often cut into cabochon gemstones.
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White Aragonite is usually white or colorless, but impurities can create a wide range of pale colors.
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White Barite is generally white or colorless but is rarely cut into gemstones.
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Goshenite is also known as white beryl, and is the colorless to near-colorless variety of beryl.
White calcite usually has a milky white, to pale white color and some gems even have light grey hue in them.
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White coral has a very nice gemstone ranging in color from pure white to white with a small tone of brown, orange or red.
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White danburite can occur in a variety of colors ranging from colorless to very light-pink, but typically only colorless danburite is ever faceted as a gemstone.
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Although diamonds can be found in other fancy colors, it is the sparkle of white diamond that is most sought after.
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Dolomite is a white gemstone that ranges from pure white to brownish-white and sometimes pink-colored.
White euclase is a rare gemstone that is often found with some color impurities such as green and yellow.
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White howlite is milky white or grey, and is interspersed with black or dark brown veins. It is often cut into cabochon cut gems and beads.
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White Jade: A variety of jade with a white to light green color, often used in carving and jewelry.
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White moonstones are valued on the glowing sheen that seems to float on their surface. A clear, colorless body allows this effect to be displayed at its best.
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White onyx usually has a black base and white upper layer, but may also be white color only.
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White Opal usually has a pale white appearance with some gems having bright flashes of rainbow colors. It is also known as milky opal.
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White orthoclase is a type of feldspar with a white to pale pink color.
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White pearl is the most classic and widely preferred pearl color, it ranges from creamy white to silvery white.
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White quartz, also known as colorless rock crystal, is a common transparent white gemstone that is often used as a diamond alternative.
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White sapphire is the colorless type of corundum. The most valued gems are stones with pure white color without any undertones at all.
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White scapolite is a very rare gem type with color ranges from pure white to light brownish-white.
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Scolecite color ranges from pure white to pale shades of pinkish white. Most gems have minor to large color streaking in them.
Selenite is a variety of gypsum with a white or colorless appearance. It is very soft so not often cut into gemstones.
Spinel is most known for its red color, but spinel is also found in colorless form. White spinel is rare and can rival the color and beauty of white diamonds and white sapphire.
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Crystal clear White Topaz is an almost perfect transparent white gemstone, and is often used as an affordable substitute to diamonds because of its strong resemblance.
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White tourmaline is an unusual variety of tourmaline with a white to colorless appearance.
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White zircon has long been used as an affordable substitute to white diamonds because of its strong resemblance.
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Spessartite garnet is the most famous orange gem but there are a number of other options as well. Orange sapphire is produced by heat treatment, while the finer fire opal occurs in hues from yellow-orange to red-orange.
Orange fire opal comes in vivid oranges and orange-reds that are difficult to surpass in the world of colored gems.
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Orange Moonstone can be a delicate orange or an intense orange. Many gems also have a lovely sheen or glow known as Adularescence.
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Orange sapphire comes in a range of hues from yellowish orange to orange to reddish orange, and it also varies in color intensity.
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Orange sunstone is a beautiful gemstone with glittery, sunburst-like effect caused by copper inclusions.
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Orange tourmaline is quite rare and they display a range of orange colors, from pale yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange.
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Orange zircon colors range from pale orange to a fiery orange red; colors without any secondary hues are the most valued.
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Orange opal is capable of displaying some fantastic colors that can vary from reddish orange to yellowish orange.
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Amber is golden yellow to honey brown. It is a very soft stone so usually cut as cabochon gems.
Orange andesine-labradorite gems can be pink-orange, amber, honey-orange and can have a fantastic metallic sheen.
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Orange aventurine is an unusual type of aventurine that has a peach to bright orange color hue.
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Orange calcite is a very beautiful stone with light orange to deep orange-red color hues.
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Carnelian is a beautiful reddish orange to brownish orange variety of quartz with the vivid colors coming from iron content in the mineral.
Orange citrine is a yellow form of quartz with a stunning vibrant orange or burnt yellow color.
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Orange coral is a type of coral that exhibits a range of orange hues, with the bright orange being the most valued.
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Orange diamonds are very rare and range from orangey-red to yellowish-orange. Diamonds with pure orange with no overtone colors are the most valued.
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Grossularite garnet can range in color from greenish-yellow to orange, honey yellow or orange reddish, and is a variety of the garnet family.
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Hessonite garnet is orange, honey yellow, or reddish brown gemstone and it is a variety of grossular garnet, so it gets its color from Manganese.
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Spessartite garnet is a variety of Garnet colored by manganese; the colors range from yellowish orange to reddish brown.
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Imperial topaz is the most valuable of all the topaz varieties. It comes in a variety of hues as it can appear yellow-orange, pinkish-orange, from bright yellow to golden brown.
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Orange jade is a type of jade that exhibits a warm, orange color, and is often used for carvings, bangles and gemstone beads.
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Orange jasper have a light to orange-red color hue, often with some secondary colors present. It is very popular as gemstone beads and carvings.
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Malaya garnet occurs in a variety of unique and interesting colors including pinkish-orange, reddish-orange and yellowish-orange, all with varying light and dark tones.
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Orange sardonyx is a type of chalcedony that exhibits distinctive bands of orange and white, and is often used in cameos and other carved jewelry.
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Orange spinel comes in a range of color tones from light orange to vivid orange-red. Gems with an even color are the most sought after.
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It is fair to say that brown is not the most popular color in gemstones. But there are some notable exceptions, such as the peach-orange-bronze of imperial topaz.
Brown agate is a type of chalcedony that typically has a chocolate brown color, some gems can also have color banding.
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Brown andalusite has lovely rustic autumn colors such as brown, reddish-brown, green brown and golden brown.
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Axinite's color can vary depending on its exact composition, but most axinite gemstones occur with a golden brown color. Other colors range from brown to reddish brown.
Boulder opal is a valuable opal variety that is found embedded in large boulders of ironstone with a brown base and a range of colors throughout the stone.
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Cassiterite gemstones may be brown or black and have an extremely high refractive index, giving them remarkable fire and dispersion.
As its name suggests, chocolate opal has a distinctive chocolate brown color, which may be light- or dark-brown.
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The most frequently seen colors in color change garnet are brownish-green or bronze under daylight and rose or pink under incandescent light, though some stones may be other color combinations.
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Brown diamond, also known as cognac diamond, comes in a range of colors from champagne to cognac. Diamonds with the highest saturation of color are the rarest and most valuable.
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Enstatite gemstones can range from brown-green to a rich dark-brown color; enstatite is rarely found in gemstone quality.
Brown hessonite is a honey-yellow, orange or reddish-brown garnet variety that is also known as "cinnamon stone" or "kaneel stone" because of its brown-red color.
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Each brown jasper has a unique color scheme often with a dark brown to reddish-brown color tone.
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Kornerupine is normally brownish green in color and is known to exhibit strong pleochroism, usually yellowish green to reddish brown colors, so depending on the angle from which it is viewed, it can exhibit different colors.
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The colors of brown Mali garnet range from yellow to brown, the high refractive index give Mali garnet wonderful fire and brilliance.
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Brown moonstone varies in color from light brown to a rich chocolate brown. Moonstone is famous for having a lovely sheen or glow known as Adularescence.
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Brown obsidian has a dark brown to almost black body color, due to the presence of iron and magnesium.
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Pietersite is a rare type of quartz that is characterized by its swirls of brown, gold, reddish-brown and blue.
Rutile quartz is quartz that contains rutile inclusions in the form of needles; rutile quartz stones that contain dense, brown rutile inclusions look brown.
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Brown scapolite is a rare gemstone that that is mostly seen in medium to dark brown colors. Some gems have parallel-aligned inclusions causing light to be reflected in the shape of the slit eye of a cat.
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Brown sillimanite cat's eye almost always has a rich, dark brown color. Parallel-aligned inclusions causing light to be reflected in the shape of the slit eye of a cat.
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Smoky Quartz is a dark colored stone which can range in tones from a light grayish brown all the way to an almost black color.
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Brown sphalerite has a lovely honey-brown color, but due to its lack of hardness, it is mainly a collector's gemstone.
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Tiger's eye is normally golden brown to brownish-gold in color. Tiger's eye is typically multicolored with brown, black or golden colored stripes and wavy patterns.
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Tiger's Eye in Matrix can depending on composition show a range of colors from chocolate brown, golden, gray, black and red colors, in swirls or bold bands.
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Brown tourmaline comes in the full range of brown colors from light brown to rich Mahogany and almost black.
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There are very few gemstones which are predominantly gray or silver. In our experience the most popular is spinel, whose brilliance and single refraction show gray and silver at its best.
Gray agate has a wide color range from light gray to charcoal gray. It is not uncommon for the gems to show some color banding.
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Cat's eye moonstone most often occurs with a silvery sheen and base body colors of gray. Parallel-aligned inclusions cause the cat’s eye effect.
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Gray cat's eye scapolite usually occurs in a silvery to dark gray color. The deeper the color saturation, the more valuable the stone.
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Gray chrysoberyl cat's eye is typically found in shades of light blue-gray to medium ash-gray.
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Gray diamonds have a color ranging from light gray to a deep smoky or cloudy gray. These are sometimes referred to as silver diamonds.
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Gray hematite gemstones are generally silvery gray to almost black with a nice shiny polish and a smooth surface.
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Gray jadeite is a form of jade with a silver-gray to blue-gray color hue. Gray jadeite is often used for bangles and gemstone beads.
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Gray moonstone tends to have a silvery gray body color and a glowing sheen that seems to float on their surface.
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Gray obsidian tend to have a very dark gray base color and often have some color flecks in golden, black or other colors.
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Gray pearls usually have a silver-gray to dark gray color; pearls with the characteristic shiny pearly luster are the most sought after.
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Gray quartz cat's eye is a gem known for its unique cat's eye effect and is found in a range of colors from light gray to greenish-gray.
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Gray sapphire is quite a rare type of sapphire that is found in light silvery gray to bluish gray color.
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Gray sillimanite cat's eye is a beautiful gem with light silver-gray to brown-gray color tones. Parallel-aligned inclusions cause the cat’s eye effect.
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Gray spinel usually has some minor secondary color hues such as blue or violet; it is very rare to find spinel with a perfectly neutral gray color.
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Gray star sapphire is variety of sapphire that exhibits a rare asterism under specific lighting. The colors range from light gray to silver gray.
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Gray tourmaline is an unusual type of tourmaline that has a light gray to bluish gray color tone.
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Gray enstatite is a mineral that is rarely found as gemstone; the color hues are light to dark gray-brown.
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Gray jasper is a type of chalcedony and the colors are not restricted to just one but tends to have two, three or even more colors on the same gemstone.
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The quartz itself is usually transparent but the rutile inclusions are gray or black causing the gem to appear gray.
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In the category of multicolor gemstones we list those gems which display multiple colors in a single stone. Some of these gems, such as tourmaline, fluorite and ametrine, have zones of different colors. Others, such as andalusite, are strongly pleochroic and display different colors from different angles.
Agate is a multicolor gemstone with a wide variety of natural colors, brown, red, lilac, pink, yellow as well as black.
Amazonite is a multicolor gemstone with green to turquoise as the main color hues, but off-white or gray stones with a hint of green also exist.
Ametrine is a unique multicolor gemstone that displays a beautiful blend of purple from amethyst and yellow from citrine.
Ammolites can come in almost any color you could imagine and often all on the same gemstone. Green and red is the most prevalent color whilst blue and purple are more rare occurrences.
Andalusite is a multicolor gemstone which usually occurs in earthy or fall colors such as orange, yellow, brown, green and gold.
Black Opal is a stunning multicolor gemstone with a range of hues, including blues, greens, and reds.
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Bloodstone is mainly a deep green to almost black looking gemstone decorated with red, orange or brown spotting caused by iron oxide inclusions.
Boulder Opal is a multicolor gemstone with a beautiful interplay of colors, including blues, greens, and oranges.
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Cat's eye opal is a unique multicolor gemstone that displays a chatoyant effect and a range of hues, including blues, greens, and yellows.
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As its name suggests, chocolate opal has a distinctive chocolate brown color with a range of hues, including browns, oranges, and yellows.
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Chrysocolla gemstones are the bright blue or green with turquoise and teal being the favored hues. Chrysocolla often have swirls and patches of color and pattern that enhances the gemstone’s looks.
Coral can exhibit a wide range of natural colors, ranging from white and pink, to brown, gray, black, yellow and red. Coral color may vary widely within a single stone.
Dendritic agate is typically colorless to whitish-gray in color and accompanied by brown to black branching tree-like inclusions.
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Fire agate has a brown to near-blackish body color. When viewed under light, iridescent effects can encompass a rainbow of colors including red, gold, green, blue and occasionally, blue-violet.
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The hallmark fluorite color is purple, while other popular colors include blue, green and yellow. Many fluorite exhibits multiple colors arranged in bands or zones.
Fossil Coral is a multicolor gemstone with a range of hues, including pinks, browns, and yellows.
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Jasper color tends to be earthy tones; reds, browns, oranges, yellows and greens are the most common. Jasper tends to have two, three or even more colors on the same gemstone.
Most Labradorite has a dark base color with blue, green, yellow or red the most likely colors to be on display. Gems showing a whole rainbow of colors are the most sought after.
Moss Agate is mostly creamy colored with greenish inclusions that look like moss, plants or grass.
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Mother-of-pearl can be white, gray, silver, yellow, blue-green, bronze, pink, red, brown, black or banded.
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Mystic quartz is a type of quartz that has been coated, giving it a unique rainbow color effect which changes as it is tilted.
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Mystic topaz is a type of topaz that has been coated giving it a unique color effect including rainbow, pink, peacock blue, red and more.
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Nuummite is light-gray to almost black with flecks of iridescent color ranging from yellow to golden, green to metallic blue, and reddish to violet.
Obsidian ranges in color from very dark to rainbow, gold, silver, blue, violet, green or combinations of these colors.
Opals possess all the colors of the rainbow but rarely in a neat pattern like a rainbow, with the exception of fire opal which tend to have a uniformed color.
Opal doublet is a multicolor gemstone that possess all the colors of the rainbow.
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Opal in matrix is a type of opal that forms within a host rock, creating a unique multicolor appearance.
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Pietersite body colors include blues, which range from light or grayish blue to dark midnight hues, red, gold, orange and brown.
Rainbow pyrite displays a shimmering rainbow of colors, including shades of gold, green, pink and blue.
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Rhodochrosite is raspberry red and pink. It is usually striped, often with zig zag patterns. Deep raspberry red are the most sought after but rare.
Ruby in fuchsite can vary tremendously in color and pattern from blue-green to emerald-green color, to pink to purplish-red color.
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The quartz itself is usually transparent but the rutile inclusions can be red, gold, orange, brown, silver, gray, or, very rarely, green in color.
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In rare cases sapphire can be found in a multicolor spectrum of hues, including pink, yellow, and blue.
In some stones inclusion of small, white clustered crystals produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern, and this is known as snowflake obsidian.
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Sodalite can be gray, yellow, orange or pink. However, for gemstone use, sodalite is typically a deep blue color, and often has white veins or patches running through it.
Spectrolite is a multicolor variety of labradorite that displays the full spectrum of colors; it is only found in Finland.
Tiger's eye is typically multicolored with brown, black or golden colored stripes and wavy patterns. It can appear darker or lighter color tones depending on the viewing angle.
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Tiger's eye matrix is a multicolor gemstone that combines the chatoyant effect of tiger's eye with the host rock it forms in.
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Tourmaline can at rare times be found with multi colors including pink, green, red, yellow, orange, white and blue.
Turquoise is the only gemstone that has a color named after it. Pure blue turquoise is rare and turquoise is mostly interspersed by brown, dark-grey or black veins, which can be sparse or dense.
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Purple gemstones are often used for unique pieces of jewelry or in connection with a rainbow selection of colored gemstones such as sapphires in a bracelet. There are three famous gemstones representing this color; sapphire, rubellite tourmaline and spinel. Sometimes Amethyst comes in purple as well but is mostly violet in color.
Purple amethyst is a type of quartz, from lilacs with pink undertones and delicate lavenders all the way up to deep plums and raspberries with hints of red and blue.
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Purple diamonds are extremely rare and are found in color hues from faint to very vivid purple, and may contain a secondary hue like pink.
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Purple Fluorite is a beautiful gemstone that is known for its unique color variations and natural patterns.
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Purple jade is a rare type of jade that has a lovely lavender purple color hue.
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Purple jasper is not a very common type of jasper and the colors are not restricted to just one but tend to have two, three or even more colors on the same gemstone.
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Purple Malaya Garnet is a unique and beautiful gemstone that is known for its warm, reddish-purple color.
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Purple sapphires range in color tones from a soft violet to a fully saturated deep purple.
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Purple spinel is a stunning gemstone that has a wide range of colors from violet to magenta to a reddish-purple wine color.
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Purple sugilite range in color and can be pinkish, lilac, plum, magenta, reddish-purple and bluish-purple. The most desirable color is a uniform reddish-purple.
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Tanzanite is known as a blue gemstone but it is so much more than that. Its colors vary from light almost sky blue all the way up to red or purple.
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Purple rubellite gemstones come in a short range of pinkish purple red to deep crimson red colors and are one of the most valuable of all Tourmalines.
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Purple Kunzite is a beautiful and unique gemstone that is known for its soft, pastel shades of purple.
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Purple Opal is a rare and unusual gemstone that is known for its beautiful violet and purple hues.
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The list of violet and purple gemstones is quite short. Amethyst is the classic example, though fluorite can also be found in an amethyst-like purple. There are wonderful violet hues in spinel, tourmaline and sapphire. Chalcedony frequently occurs in a unique lavender hue.
Amethyst is a stunning gemstone with colors from violet all the way up to deep plums and raspberries with hints of red and blue.
Violet diamonds are extremely rare. The violet color is caused by a combination of blue diamonds and purple diamonds.
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Violet fluorite ranges from light violet all the way to a vibrant rich purple-violet color.
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Violet kunzite colors tend to be quite delicate in most cases although some more vivid and vibrant gemstones can be found.
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Violet chalcedony is a pale colored gemstone with lovely soft violet or lavender-violet color hues.
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Violet sapphire is a rare type of sapphire with a mix of blue and purple color tones.
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Violet spinel tends to have a pale color, but there are many fine deep violet spinel gems available.
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Violet agate is a variety of chalcedony that comes in bands of different shades of violet and white.
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Violet Charoite appears purple but look closer and you will see swirls of lilac and violet, lines of white, patches of black and touches of brown, red and yellow.
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Violet druzy amethyst usually has a dark violet layer of tiny crystals on its surface, giving it a sparkly appearance.
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Violet iolite is typically light to dark blue and violet, the most desirable color is an intense violet.
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Violet jadeite is a rare type of jade that comes in various shades of violet, lavender, and purple.
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Violet tanzanite has a stunning blue-violet to purple-violet color. Depending on the angle it is viewed you can see not just one but three different colors.
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Bi-color gemstones are very uncommon and only available in a handful of gemstones. The most prominent member of this group is Ametrine, a mix of violet Amethyst and yellow Citrine. The most desired Bi-color gemstones have a clear separation of colors; they do not blend the color over the entire gemstone.
Ametrine comes in bands of yellow and purple. Both colors will typically only reach a medium level of saturation, so ametrine is not usually very vivid or intense.
Bi-color fluorite displays two or more colors in a single gemstone, ranging from blue and green to purple and yellow.
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Bi-color sapphires are very rare and these gems display two colors as a result of color zoning.
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Bi-color tanzanite are very rare and typically displays a blend of blue and violet or blue and green in the same gemstone.
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Bi color tourmaline gems are rare and these gems show two or more different distinct colors together, most often pink and green, but other colors also exists.
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