1. Spessartite Garnet

ORIGIN
Namibia, Burma (Myanmar), Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, USA

COLOURS
Orange, yellow-orange, red-orange to red-brown. Before the discovery of Fanta orange mandarin garnets in the 1990s, bright, orangish reds were the most valuable spessartite colours.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE SPESSARTITE GARNET
The brilliance and hardness of spessartite make it a great choice for jewellery, especially as its one of the few high-quality orange gemstones out there.

HOW TO WEAR SPESSARTITE GARNET
With reasonable care, this stone can last for decades in an unbeatable jewellery piece. Always store this stone separately from other hard stones or make sure its properly wrapped in cloth and protected from rubbing up against other stones to prevent scratches.  

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For summer, find a piece featuring a spessartite garnet in a yellow gold setting - the perfect way to highlight the warmth of this stone.
✨ For winter, choose a white gold setting and some diamonds scattered around it to add a stunning contrast and a cool winter look.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF SPESSARTITE GARNET
Spessartite deposits were first found in the Spessart Mountains in Germany in the 1880s. In fact, the name spessartite came from the Bavarian word "Spessart" meaning "forest". In ancient times, spessartite garnets were used to represent authority and power among the Egyptians, Greek and Romans. In the Middle Ages, the stone was used as a symbol of truth and faith. Today, the bright hues of spessartite are believed to help battle depression and stimulate creativity, communication and analyticaly thinking. 

DID YOU KNOW?
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Although spessartite is a very common garnet, gem quality spessartite is actually very rare.
✨ The most expensive spessartites are the rich mandarin oranges and the deep burnt orange/red gems.
✨ Spessartites are typically included with small bubbles or crystals and can give the stone a slight glow that's hard to capture on camera.

2. Malaya Garnet

ORIGIN
Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar

COLOURS
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 jewellery pieces. Why not use it to build your dream custom jewellery piece for any and every occasion? 

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✨ For summer, try a lighter pastel malaya - a perfect colour to match any sun-kissed skin-tone.
✨ For winter, the dark malaya garnet with a reddish-orange tone would add brilliant sparkle to your winter attire.

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; 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. 

DID YOU KNOW?
✨ Malaya garnet is primarily a mix of the species pyrope and spessartine garnet, but some stones can even contain parts of the other 4 garnet groups. This makes garnet one of the hardest stones to identify and always forms a nice challenge for gemologists…
✨ Garnets are one of the few gemstones that typically do not receive treatments (i.e. they are not ‘enhanced’) in any way, and so their colours are fully natural. And so far, this variety also hasn’t been recreated as a synthetic (man-made) gemstone either.
✨ Since its discovery, the production and mining of malaya garnet has been very irregular, and because of its rarity, it is highly prized by gem collectors.

3. Padparadscha Sapphire

ORIGIN
Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania

COLOURS
A mixture of pink and orange. The perfect padparadscha should be 50% pink and 50% orange. Where and how to draw that line is always open to debate...

WHY YOU’LL LOVE PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE
The delicate colour of this stone makes for a rare, show-stopping sparkle. Paired with the unbeatable quality characteristics of sapphire, it makes the perfect alternative engagement ring stone or statement ring for daily wear.

HOW TO WEAR PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE
Getting engaged? Nothing compares to the elegance and rare colour of a padparadscha sapphire for an unbelievably stunning alternative engagement ring

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For summer, with colour that mimics a summer sunset, the padparadscha sapphire will fit any summer style from day to night.
✨ For winter, use this stone to warm your usual darker cold weather wardrobe in a statement ring with some diamonds or in a necklace.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF PADPARADSCHA
For over a hundred years, reference has been made to an extremely rare sapphire which was first discovered in Sri Lanka, in the mesmerizing colour of a lotus flower which most people in the West have never seen before. The term padparadscha actually comes from a Sinhalese word used to the describe the colour of an aquatic lotus flower. The stone’s colour is caused by a combination of iron and chromium trace elements. Traders often push gemology labs to state the name ‘padparadscha’ on a gem certificate for a stone that doesn’t actually fall within the true padparadscha range as they know the jump in price a stone with that title will bring. What matters most is for the colour grading to be carried out by gemologists from an international lab who have knowledge, experience and expertise and also an eye for beauty - rather than being driven by commercial intentions. That way, we can at least trust the certificate when it states ‘padparadscha sapphire’.

DID YOU KNOW?
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Due to the rarity of rough padparadscha, the stone will often be seen with an asymmetrical shape because they're cut to preserve as much of the stone as possible.
✨ Clarity is an important aspect of the padparadscha sapphire. This is because their light colour can easily reveal inclusions and imperfections.
✨ Padparadschas over 2 carats in weight are considered extremely rare.
✨ Madagascar padparadschas are known to be a bit pinker in colour and usually sell for about 20% less than those from Sri Lanka - where the highest quality padparadschas are normally found. These stones from Madagascar can be heat-treated to intensify their pink colour.
✨ Princess Eugenie of the UK got engaged with a padparadscha sapphire.

4. Zircon

ORIGIN
Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), and Vietnam have the highest deposits of gem-quality zircon. However, zircon in some form can be found on all continents.

COLOURS
Orange, yellow, yellow-red, red-brown, green, blue, colourless

WHY YOU’LL LOVE ZIRCON
With its high refractive index and strong dispersion, zircon displays a ton of brilliance and flashes of fire - otherwise known as multi-coloured light. For that exact reason, the stone has often been confused with diamond for centuries and more recently, with the lab-grown stone cubic zirconia, a diamond simulant. 

image credit: GIA.edu

HOW TO WEAR ZIRCON
The autumnal, earthy tones of the orange zircon makes it perfect for warmer skin tones. As the stone is brittle and therefore sensitive to knocks and pressure, best to wear in a protective ring setting or use as earrings or in a necklace.

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For summer, a pair of orange zircon earrings glimmering in the sun paired with an olive green beach cover up would make a glamorous earth-inspired look.
✨ For winter, glow up your casual deep brown sweater dress with a zircon pendant or let it shine as a compliment to your sparkly gold evening gown for your special holiday occasions. 

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF ZIRCON
At 4.4 billion years old, zircon found in Australia is the oldest mineral on Earth. colourless zircon was widely used a diamond simulant in the early 1900s which has given it a bad reputation and association with being an imitation. For many years now, more convincing diamond replacements have come to light and zircon now deserves to be known as the charming, colourful stone that it is. Because of its wide range of colours, there is some confusion about where the name zircon derives from - some believe it comes from the Arabic word zarkun meaning "cinnabar" or "vermillion" while others believe it comes from the Persian word zargun meaning "gold-coloured". 

DID YOU KNOW?
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While zircon sources are limited, typical sizes of zircon also depend on the colour. Yellows and oranges are normally found up to around 5 carats.
✨ In the Middle Ages, this stone was thought to induce healthy sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote wealth, honor, and wisdom.
✨ Tiffany's famed gemologist, George Kunz, was a zircon advocate - once proposing the name "Starlight" to promote the stone's blue coloured variety, which is created through heating other zircons. This name never caught on.
✨ Zircon is a stone not commonly known to jewellery buyers but it is a favorite among collectors and gemologists. 

5. Imperial Topaz

ORIGIN
Brazil 

COLOURS
Reddish-Orange, Sherry Red, Peach, Champagne, Yellow, Golden Brown

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IMPERIAL TOPAZ
Its unique, extraordinary colouring and reputation as one of the rarest jewels around make it worthy of your consideration when shopping for a loose gemstone or rare gemstone jewellery piece. Looking for something to break out on special occasions and dazzle anyone in your path? You've found your jewel (if you're so lucky to get your hands on one that is!).

From GIA.edu: "The Imperial Flame, a superb natural colour Brazilian topaz, was fashioned from a 615 ct crystal recovered over 20 years ago. The finished piece measures 89.53 × 20.56 × 19.15 mm and weighs 332.24 ct. Photo courtesy Sonja Kreis Unique jewellery."

HOW TO WEAR IMPERIAL TOPAZ
Imperial topaz is best cut in elongated shapes, emerald cut, oval, pear-shaped, etc. It would surely make for a one-of-a-kind alternative engagement ring on its own or set between two smaller stones. Bezel settings are recommended (rather than pronged settings) for daily wear to protect the stone which has something that's called 'basal cleavage' and makes it more fragile to break.

BY SEASON
✨ For summer, an emerald cut imperial topaz ring is sure to turn some heads at your poolside cocktail parties.
✨ For winter, add a touch of warm pink-orange sparkle to your winter attire with a set of exquisitely rare pear-shaped imperial topaz drop earrings.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF IMPERIAL TOPAZ
One of the rarest and most valuable varieties of topaz, the now famed Imperial topaz is normally a pinkish orange with red flashes and is solely found in Brazil. The name imperial topaz originated in nineteenth century Russia when Russia's Ural Mountains were the leading source of all topaz. It was named in honor of the Russian Czar and was only allowed to be owned by royalty at that time. Today, this variety of topaz comes in much smaller quantities on the market than the treated blue topaz. Top imperial topaz can sell for thousands of US Dollars per carat on the wholesale market...

DID YOU KNOW?
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Sherry-red is the most valuable hue of imperial topaz.
✨ The Field Museum of Natural History (USA) holds the famous "Blaze Imperial Topaz" which weighs 97.45 carats
✨ Imperial topaz has perfect basal cleavage which makes it easier to cut than other gemstones but also means it can break easier than most other stones with equal hardness.

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A   List   of   Yellow  Gemstones

1. Mali Garnet

ORIGIN
Mali in Africa

COLOURS
Yellow, green-yellow, golden-yellow, brown

 WHY YOU’LL LOVE MALI GARNET
Mali garnet is one of the rarest of the garnet group with a spectacular brilliance and dispersion that will turn heads wherever you go.

HOW TO WEAR MALI GARNET
This rare beauty is suited for all kinds of wear - the sky is the limit...

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✨ For summer, this glowing yellow stone is a perfect match for all of your summer adventures. Try it set in matte gold with two smaller diamonds on either side for an extra sparkly look.
✨ For winter, a deeper golden hue pairs well with an earth-tone winter wardrobe (think forest greens and warm browns).

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF MALI GARNET
Mali garnet was named after Africa's Republic of Mali where the gem was first discovered in 1994. Mali continues to be the only known source of this stone to this day.

Mali garnets first appeared on the market around the 2000s when parcels were offered by African dealers in Bangkok. The lack of water and the high temperatures in Mali makes the mining of these stones problematic and production has been declining, making this jewel more of a collectors item - rare and valuable. 

DID YOU KNOW?
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The rarest chrome-green colour is mali garnet's most valued hue.
✨ Mali garnet is perfect for faceting because of its remarkable fire and dispersion. ✨ Like its sister stone, tsavorite garnet, mali garnet owes its green colours to hints of chromium (for the green variety).
✨ Stones over 5cts are quite uncommon and price per carat increases dramatically with size.

2. Golden Beryl

ORIGIN
Namibia, Brazil, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka

COLOURS
Lemon-yellow, golden-yellow

WHY YOU’LL LOVE GOLDEN BERYL
Golden beryl is another gemstone with great durability - suitable for daily wear in rings, bracelets, earrings, necklace and any other dream jewellery piece. If you've dreamed of a rare yellow stone that's different from the rest, this one is a beautiful alternative.  

HOW TO WEAR GOLDEN BERYL
With its great hardness and durability, golden beryl would make a beautiful solitaire engagement ring but if you're looking for a different daily-wear piece, this stone is also for you!

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For summer, try a pair of stunning golden beryl stud earrings to show off with your hair pulled back in the summer heat.
✨ For winter, a golden beryl drop necklace with some diamonds adds brilliance to any winter look.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF GOLDEN BERYL
Golden beryl was discovered in Namibia in the early 1900s in a deposit where aquamarine was normally found. (Aquamarine is the light blue variety of the same gem species "beryl"). It had been found in other places such as Brazil and Madagascar at an earlier time but the discovery in Namibia was the first to make it known worldwide. Golden beryl can sometimes be confused with heliodor, a light yellow-green variety. However, as there is no clear distinction possible in the yellow and yellow-green tones compared to golden beryl, heliodors are generally rejected as an independent precious beryl variety and are rather seen as belonging to the weak-coloured golden beryls. Real golden beryls are usually found at a higher price point. 

DID YOU KNOW?
✨ Golden beryl is believed to have many spiritual attributes including protecting its wearer as well as bringing positive energy, assertiveness, strength, confidence and control.
✨ Some rare golden or yellow beryl exhibits a "cat's eye" - a thin white line that runs down the center of the stone. Yellow beryl with perfect colouring and the "eye" clearly contrasting against the yellow are considered most valuable.
✨ The largest golden beryl to be successfully faceted is over 2,000 carats and is displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. (USA). 

3. Lemon Quartz

ORIGIN
Brazil, Madagascar, USA

COLOURS
Lemon-yellow

WHY YOU’LL LOVE LEMON QUARTZ
Its brilliant tangy yellow colour reminds you of a refreshing glass of sparkling lemonade... what's not to love?

HOW TO WEAR LEMON QUARTZ
Quartz has good hardness and can be worn in a stunning ring, set of earrings or necklace.

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For summer, stun at your evening events with bright yellow sparkles in a ring set with diamonds around it.
✨ For winter, stun in a pair of lemon quartz earrings to add a golden glow throughout your daily adventures. 

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF LEMON QUARTZ
The known history of quartz dates all the way to the 1800s, possibly sooner, and has been valued for a variety of uses since then including use as oscillators in watches, radios and pressure gauges. Of course, the colourful varieties of quartz are also valued for fine jewellery design. 

DID YOU KNOW?
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Lemon quartz (along with other colourful quartz varieties) can also exhibit a cat's eye or star phenomenon within the stone due to fine asbestos or rutile fibers.
✨ Quartz can be found in many varieties of colour - each colour is due to trace elements added to the silicon dioxide base.
✨ Natural yellow quartz - also called citrine but that can include the orange quartz variety as well - is rare. Most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts (a fully acceptable treatment in the gem market).

4. Danburite

ORIGIN
Danbury (Connecticut, USA), Mexico, Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Japan, Madagascar, Russia

 

COLOURS

Colourless, light pink, light yellow, light brown/tan

WHY YOU’LL LOVE DANBURITE
It's hardness is up there with the more popular stones like quartz and topaz - making it an excellent choice for a custom, colourful jewellery design.

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HOW TO WEAR DANBURITE
Rings, necklaces, pendants - danburite is suited for all jewellery applications (if you can find one...). 

BY SEASON
✨ For summer, a danburite pendant necklace will glow up any flowing cocktail party dress.
✨ For winter, try a danburite bracelet paired with your favorite colourful pants and coat.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF DANBURITE
Danburite was first discovered in the early 1800s (1830) in Danbury, Connecticut - from which it was named. Oddly enough, this deposit is buried deep beneath the city and yields no gem-quality danburite deposits. Most of the today's danburite comes from Mexico but gem-quality danburite can also be found in the places noted above (under 'Origin'). Top grade gemstones exhibit high transparency and very few inclusions.

DID YOU KNOW?
✨ Yellow danburite between 7-10 carats is considered extremely rare.
✨ Danburite is valued more by gemstone connoisseurs because it lacks the fire required by most mainstream jewelers and designers. Don't let that deter you from this stone - its luster makes up for it!
✨ Oval is the most common shape for cutting danburite as it is the shape that will preserve most of its carat weight. 

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