A List of Pastel Gemstones
Sri Lanka (the old Ceylon), Myanmar (the old Burma), Tajikistan, Vietnam, Tanzania, Madagascar.
Spinel comes in a wide array of colors from blues to reds and everything in between but here we show some posh pastels.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE SPINEL
Spinel is a special gemstone that has been historically mistaken for other rare gems in royal jewels and has just recently begun to get the attention it deserves in the world of gems.
HOW TO WEAR SPINEL
Like many of the stones on this list, spinel is a very hard and durable stone that won't scratch easily making it very versatile.
A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF SPINEL
Two famous old spinels in history are:
- The Black Prince’s 'ruby'
- The Timur 'ruby'
The Black Prince’s 'ruby' - or red spinel as it actually is - is set in England’s Imperial State Crown and displayed in the Tower of London. Its name first appears in the historical records of Moorish Spain in the 14th century as the possession of Abū Sa'īd, the Moorish Prince of Granada. Through several wars and conquests, the stone eventually ended up with the Prince of Wales, the Black Prince, who received it as a payment for a victory of battle.
The Timur 'ruby' has some illustrious provenance too. Ranging from Mughal emperors to Persian rulers, and ultimately being acquired by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1813. When the British annexed the Punjab in 1849, they took possession of the Timur ruby from Duleep Singh, the son of Ranjit Singh and the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. The East India Company then presented the Timur Ruby to Queen Victoria as a gift in 1851...
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Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Namibia, Madagascar, USA, and Afghanistan
Tourmaline comes in an ever wider range of colors than spinel, including the beautiful pastel tri-color tourmaline shown here. Bi-color stones also occur.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE TOURMALINE
Anyone who loves color, will love the soothing and vibrant hues of this stone. There is a tourmaline shade for everyone!
HOW TO WEAR TOURMALINE
Tourmaline is a relatively durable stone that can tolerate many different settings.
A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF TOURMALINE
Tourmaline has been around for many centuries so, of course, there are a few legends surrounding its history. One of these legends is that the ancient Egyptians believed tourmaline traveled over the rainbow, gathering a vast array of colors as it passed which is why we have so many different color varieties of tourmaline available today.
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3. Malaya Garnet
Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar
Pink-orange ranging from salmon-y pastel to deeply saturated hues
WHY YOU’LL LOVE MALAYA GARNET
Malaya garnets have remarkable brilliance, and the finest quality can display scintillating red flashes. Its pink-orange hue also makes for a great substitute for the even rarer (and highly priced) padparadscha sapphire. Fine quality malaya garnets are so rare and special that you’ll be one of the few on the planet wearing one…
HOW TO WEAR MALAYA GARNET
Malaya garnet's great hardness and brilliance make it one of the world's highest quality rare gemstones. It can be worn in a variety of jewelry pieces. Why not use it to build your dream custom jewelry piece for any and every occasion?
A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF MALAYA GARNET
Malaya (Malaia) garnet was first discovered in the 1960s. It was found in the Umba River Valley bordering Tanzania and Kenya, which remains the primary source for Malaya garnet today. In the 1990s, a second commercial source was discovered in Bekily, Madagascar. The term "malaya" was derived from a Swahili word meaning 'outcast'. Miners gave it this name because when it was first discovered, local dealers wouldn't buy it, simply because it didn't fall into any of the standard garnet categories that were known thus far; and so, it was cast aside! If only they’d known. Malaya garnet is one of the rarer and more interesting 'hybrid' varieties of garnet. In fact, garnet comes in 6 main mineral groups / species -- almandine, andradite, grossular, pyrope, spessartine and uvarovite -- and often they form chemical mixtures between 2 or 3 garnet species, as is the case here with Malaya garnet.
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Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains of Russia, Tanzania, Colorado (USA), and Zambia
Light blue, blue and bluish-green
WHY YOU’LL LOVE AQUAMARINE
Instant glamour comes with this cool, ocean-hued stone. It is also considered a "love" stone that helps rejuvenate relationships and attract new friends helping the owner sustain a fulfilled life.
HOW TO WEAR AQUAMARINE
Up your glamour factor while adding instant polish to your outfit with this beautiful pastel blue gemstone.
A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF AQUAMARINE
The aquamarine gemstone is rich in history dating back long before its first documented discovery in 1723 which was in the Adun-Chalon mountains of Siberia. The early Christians associated the aquamarine with the Apostle St. Thomas because of its sea-like coloring and the Saint made long journeys by sea to India and other countries to preach salvation. It was also widely known as the antidote to poison in the late 1300s as mentioned in William Langland's "The Vision Concerning Piers and the Plowman". This made aquamarine in popular demand at the time as poisonings amongst royalty were fairly common .
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Ceylon (today's Sri Lanka), Burma (today's Myanmar), Madagascar, Tanzania, Australia and Thailand
Sapphires come in every color but red → a “red sapphire” would be called a ruby. Rubies and sapphires belong to the corundum family. In other words, when a corundum is red, we call it a ruby. When it comes in any other color, it's called a sapphire with the color prefix attached, so a 'pink sapphire, green sapphire, blue sapphire', etc.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE SAPPHIRE
Sapphire is an extremely durable stone with very good hardness and high brilliance, which makes it one of the world’s top gemstones - on par with rubies, diamonds and spinels.
HOW TO WEAR SAPPHIRE
Sapphire is another gemstone with great hardness, making it a perfect center for any piece.
A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF SAPPHIRE
The stone has been associated with royalty and romance for centuries. In fact, royalty give blue sapphires over diamonds as engagement rings because they’re known to be far rarer than diamonds. Ancient Greeks and Romans were convinced that these stones protected their owners from envy and harm, while in the Middle Ages, the clergy wore sapphires to symbolize Heaven and the common people believed them to attract heavenly blessings. If you've never seen a high quality blue sapphire in your life, expect to be blown away by its intense, blue hue!
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