“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
The white sparkly gem has always been the most popular gemstone, deemed to be the most coveted. But are these white diamonds really the most precious of all gemstones? Not necessarily. Let’s take a look at other coloured gemstones, which may often be more valuable.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many coloured diamonds which would be more valuable than the highest-grade white diamond! This is because of the extraordinary rarity of natural coloured diamonds. Extremely rare natural colours include: pink, blue, red, orange, purple, and green. Top quality coloured diamonds are generally the most valuable of gemstones. A 1ct D Flawless round brilliant diamond can be valued for approximately USD20,000 while a 1ct VIvid Pink diamond can be closer to USD1,000,000!
Besides diamonds, there are a number of other precious coloured gemstones that can be more valuable than white diamonds. For example:
- Top quality Burmese Rubies and the best of Colombian Emeralds can reach over USD1,000,000 per carat for the best pieces.
- The colour-changing variety of Chrysoberyl called Alexandrite and the “Paraiba Neon Blue” variety of Tourmaline can also reach dizzying price levels for the finest stones.
- Vivid Red Spinels are also extremely rare, and prices of top stones can be equivalent to traditional Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.
The value of coloured gemstones is dependent on a number of factors.
The more saturated and vibrant the colour, the more valuable the stone. Beauty is very subjective, but top-quality coloured gems really speak for themselves! For example, an emerald is desired for its unique shade of intense green, and the purer the “Emerald Green”, the more valuable. Burmese rubies are most valuable because of the unique, vivid “Pigeon’s Blood Red” displayed by top stones. The velvety, luminous blue of rare “Kashmir Blue” Sapphires is another fine example, with top Kashmir Blues reaching record prices.
The key rule of thumb is that the fewer visible “flaws” the gemstone has, the better.
However, an interesting thing to note is that in the case of coloured gemstones, they are not judged in the same way as diamonds. Natural internal inclusions might not be a bad thing. Expert gemologists look out for true “flaws” such as chips, cracks, scratches and abrasions, a characteristic of 100% natural, untreated beauty of fine quality gemstones. This is how experts distinguish quality between different gems.
Now you know. The next time you’re buying jewellery, don’t just go straight for the (white) diamonds! Life is colourful, so why not celebrate that with your jewellery? We welcome you to explore the many available options at La Putri, one of the best bespoke jewellery shops in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.