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“What are the current trends in the world of gemstones?”

For most coloured stone dealers, the most common answer will be “smaller and finer”. Consumers are increasingly asking for smaller, finer quality coloured gemstones to suit fashion trends, and the industry is adjusting to this trend.

Smaller sizes, from one to three carats, are very wearable and easy for designers to work with in creating jewellery suitable for daily use. Extremely fine, incredibly expensive top-quality gemstones can be enhanced with setting to create whatever level of impact the wearer desires. Or they can be set very simply for a minimalist appeal, which is very suitable for many low-profile gem lovers. The heavy cost of large, fine stones is one factor, on top of clients’ desire for smaller, more wearable jewellery.

Smaller sizes, from one to three carats, are very wearable and easy for designers to work with in creating jewellery suitable for daily use. Extremely fine, incredibly expensive top-quality gemstones can be enhanced with setting to create whatever level of impact the wearer desires. Or they can be set very simply for a minimalist appeal, which is very suitable for many low-profile gem lovers. The heavy cost of large, fine stones is one factor, on top of clients’ desire for smaller, more wearable jewellery.

Another trend possibly due to the increased education on gemstones is the rise of the coloured gemstones. There are many new shades of coloured gemstones that aren’t commonly known previously. For example:

Sapphire: Most people know of the Blue Sapphire, but there are also many fancy coloured sapphires that come in brilliant shades of Pink, Orange, Green, Yellow and Purple, all sharing the superior qualities of Blue Sapphire. These sapphires come in truly one-of-a-kind colours.

Ruby: New sources for Ruby such as Mozambique, Madagascar and Vietnam also produce rubies in different shades of red than the traditional “Pigeon’s Blood” Burmese variety. Again, these stones display the superior durability and lustre of corundum (the mineral species that comprises all Ruby and Sapphire), but in beautiful new shades of vibrant red.

Emerald: Zambian Emeralds are famous for incredible clarity, and the colour is often distinctly different from the more familiar Colombian variety.

Garnets and Tourmalines: These come in a staggering array of natural colours, and prime specimens are highly sought after. Richly coloured Dementoid, Tsavorite, Malaia, Red and “Mint” garnets are wonderful gems, and Tourmalines in brilliant shades of red, pink, peach, green, yellow and blue are simply lovely to look at in all ways. Relatively new sources from Africa to Afghanistan have brought gem lovers many more choices than ever before.

On top of these, fine examples of exceptionally rare “collector” stones such as Alexandrite, Cobalt Blue spinel, Paraiba tourmaline, and Padparadscha sapphire are always very desirable for those seeking something truly unique.

The neon-bright Paraiba Tourmaline, for example, is one of the most sought-after
gems in the world for its intense colour, and is extremely rare.

Many discerning clients are primarily interested in completely natural gemstones, 100% free from any type of unnatural enhancement. Top quality, verifiably unaltered natural stones are very rare indeed, and command the highest values. Prime stones usually come with an independent gemological laboratory certificate to confirm their 100% natural status. “Gem” quality untreated rubies, sapphires, and emeralds scan fetch stunning prices, and truly rare stones such as paraiba tourmaline, dementoid garnet and alexandrite can also be extremely valuable. You really must see these type of gems with your own eyes to appreciate and understand why they are so costly!

Coloured sapphires, rubies, emeralds, spinels… there really is an astounding array of coloured gemstones in the world. Don’t worry if you’re new to coloured gemstones; La Putri’s in-house designers will gladly ease you into the world of coloured gems, and show you their unique beauty at our boutique in Mandarin Gallery. So if you’d like, feel free to drop by La Putri, one of the best jewellery shops in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and take a look at the wide array of coloured gems that we have on display.

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