GemSelect Newsletter - Peach Gems; Ripe for the Picking
We often get a request for a peach gemstone that is not orange and not pink, but something between the two. The color "peach" is named after the skin color of the delicious eponymous fruit. However, therein lies some confusion, because if you take a close look at a peach fruit, you will see various hues; yellow, orange, pink, red and some in between. This means that some people's idea of peach color may differ from others'. Furthermore, when searching for peach gems, it is difficult to know how to filter by color, which means raking through pages of pink, yellow, golden and orange in order to find anything suitable. Therefore, we would like to offer a guide to peach colored gemstones, to save our customers from a fruitless search.
Like the skin of the fruit, some peach gems are pastel, some are more vivid and they vary in their blend of pink and yellow. The best peach colors have a good balance of pink and yellow. Let's take a look at the available options.
Brilliant Peach Sapphire, Spinel & Zircon Back to Top
One of the most sought-after peach gemstones is padparadscha sapphire. This is a rare pinkish-orange sapphire named after the Sinhalese word for lotus flower. Due to the rarity of padparadscha sapphire, it comes at a high price, but many consider it a great investment gem. For those who cannot find or afford padparadscha sapphire, there are sapphires available in various colors between pink and orange. Color change sapphire also occurs in peachy hues, which may appear warmer under incandescent lighting. When it comes to brilliance, hardness and color, sapphire is hard to beat.
Another brilliant peach gem is spinel, which like sapphire, has many different colors, from blue to pink. Spinel gems can tend toward pinkish-gray or violet-pink, but perfect peach gems can also be found. Spinel gems can be on the small side, but they pack a mighty sparkle and like sapphire, they are suitable for lasting jewelry designs.
Zircon can be more yellow or brownish, but can also be found in some beautiful pale orange and pink hues. In fact, some of our new zircon gems have stunning peach colors with a great balance of pink and yellow. Such zircons were traditionally called "jacinth". Apart from its color, another benefit of zircon is its brilliance. Since zircon is a dense stone, it is a good idea to buy by size, rather than carat weight. Unlike sapphire and spinel, zircon gems are not suited for pronged ring settings in jewelry that will be worn daily, but are fine for bezels.
Imperial Topaz & Peach Tourmaline Back to Top
One of the most important and valuable peach gem types is imperial topaz. This combines great hardness and durability with a stunning blend of pink and golden hues. The exact color of imperial topaz used to be orange with red dichroism, but nowadays, the definition has widened to include yellow, pink, red and peach-pink topaz. Imperial topaz is not the most affordable gem, but its wonderful hard-to-find color and large sizes make it unique and worth investing in. Similar and more affordable golden apricot colored gems include citrine quartz, though these lack the pinkish tones of imperial topaz.
An increasingly popular gemstone that is available in a whole array of colors, including pink, orange and peach is tourmaline. The choice of colors, shapes, sizes and cutting styles is phenomenal when it comes to tourmaline gems, with both pastel and highly-saturated color options. Tourmaline has it all, from orange and apricot to pinkish-orange and bicolored gems in which both orange and pink can be discerned. Indeed, those having trouble finding padparadscha sapphire may consider being open to tourmaline, which can be found in similar colors at a fraction of the cost.
Morganite, Malaya Garnet & Color Change Garnet Back to Top
An extremely popular peach stone that is currently in high demand is morganite, which occurs in wonderful pastel peach, pink and salmon colors. The balance of pink and pale orange varies in morganite. Some prefer the pastel pink, while others are more partial to the pale apricot hues. Since it is a variety of beryl, morganite is sometimes referred to as "pink beryl" or even "pink emerald". It is one of the rarest forms of beryl, but unlike emerald, morganite is quite clean and more affordable.
Malaya garnet tends to be rose than peach, lacking the yellow balance, but peachy malaya garnet stones can be found. All garnet stones possess excellent durability. Color change garnet often occurs in beautiful pink and peach colors, which become warmer under incandescent light, so color change garnet may be peach or cool orange in daylight and then pinkish-peach in incandescent light.
Cabs and Organic Peach Gems Back to Top
Peach cabochon gemstones include moonstone and fossil coral. Moonstone varies between cream, orange and mocha, and may show asterism (the star effect) or a characteristic silvery sheen known as adularescence. Fossil coral has beautiful flower-like patterns, which are made by the fossilized remains of the coral, which over time were replaced by agate. This is why fossil coral is known as "agatized coral". The patterns vary according to the type of coral that the stones are formed from. Peachy fossil coral may be cream, beige, pink or often a multicolored combination of all of these hues.
Organic gems such as pearls (including conch pearls and melo pearls) occur in golden, pink and peach colors. These can have a silvery or golden secondary hue. Another organic gem that varies from cream to pink, peach and orange is coral. Coral has been used as a gemstone since ancient times and is popular with Native Americans and Tibetans, who traditionally make fabulous silver jewelry with coral and turquoise gems. Loose coral gems are often carved into interesting and unique gemstones in the shape of flowers and other natural objects.
Jewelry Ideas to Feel Peachy Back to Top
Peach is a neutral color that suits every skin tone. Depending on the warmth or coolness of the particular stone, peach gems may be set into white metals, yellow gold or rose gold, which is particularly popular at the moment. Peach can be toned down by white metal or warmed up by yellow and rose gold. Those who intend to make a statement can pair peach gems with blue, aquamarine and turquoise colors for an extra pop of color. Since it is quite neutral, peach is very easy to wear. This may be why peach gems are so popular. The feelings inspired by peach colors include warmth, contentment and comfort. Therefore, when you wear peach, everything will be just "peachy".
Featured Gems - New Arrivals Back to Top
Golden beryl is one of the lesser-known members of the beryl family, which includes the more famous gemstones green emerald, pink morganite and pale blue aquamarine. This golden variety of beryl also goes by the name, "heliodor", which comes from the Greek meaning "gift from the sun". Looking at the gem, it is easy to see why, since it appears like a golden drop of sunshine. While golden beryl is a relative of emerald, it is much more affordable, yet just as beautiful in its own way. Golden beryl gems range from pale yellow to deep, golden hues. For those who love sunny gems, golden beryl comes highly recommended.
Spessartite is a member of the garnet family and belongs to the same group as color-change and malaya garnet. It is orange to red-brown, ranging from golden yellow to mandarin orange and red-orange. Spessartite garnet's high refractive index and vitreous luster give it great brilliance. In fact, it has a higher refractive index than even sapphire, which is prized for its brilliance. Spessartite gems were rarely seen until deposits were found in Namibia, Mozambique and Nigeria in the 1990s. Now, spessartite is more readily available for those who love sparkly orange gemstones.
Gem & Jewelry News for June 2016 Back to Top
An "impossibly rare" violet diamond was discovered recently at the Western Australian Argyle Mine. The 2.83-carat, oval grayish-blue violet gemstone has been named "The Argyle Violet" and will be showcased at the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. It is expected that the uncommon find will achieve between $2.5 and $5 million US.
The highest ever price paid for a rough diamond was set at $63 million US early last month, when an 812.77-carat piece of rough called "The Constellation" from the Lucara Karowe Mine in Botswana was sold. An even larger piece of rough weighing 1,109 carats, known as the Lesedi la Rona is anticipated to achieve an even greater amount at Sotheby's at the end of the month.
Gem & Jewelry Events for June 2016 Back to Top
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- First Published: May-30-2016
- Last Updated: April-29-2017
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