Characteristics of Top Gemstones

Common High-Quality Gemstones

Nothing can bring glamor and vibrant color to an ensemble like a well-cut gemstone. Their unique ability to reflect light and offer rich hues makes them essential accessories for date nights, dinner parties, weddings, etc. Our experts at Frank Adams Jewelers have put together a guide to some of the most commonly sought-after gemstones and their distinct characteristics.


Rubies are known for their charming red color, said to represent the strongest of human emotions, such as passion and love. Of all of the corundum mineral species, of which sapphire is another common variation, rubies are the most valuable and are, in fact, the most valued colored stone per carat. While red is the most common color of rubies used in jewelry, the presence of some aspects in the formation process can result in many variations of color. This stone is also the birthstone of July.


Another member of the corundum family, sapphires are most commonly known in their deep blue form but, like rubies, can come in various colors. September’s birthstone, this gem is said to symbolize truth, nobility, faith, and sincerity. Its extraordinary hue is perfect for cool-toned ensembles and will make a striking statement anytime it is worn. Many jewelers pair this stone with metals like white gold, sterling silver, and platinum to complement its cool nature beautifully.


The emerald is May’s birthstone, serving as the perfect symbol of spring with its rich green hue reminiscent of verdant landscapes and lush grasses. Emeralds are a variety of beryl. This mineral species also includes aquamarine and other stones. While there are other green gems, such as peridot and tourmaline, emeralds are considered by many to be the most iconic, regal shade of green. The first known emeralds were mined in Egypt and were a particular favorite of Cleopatra’s.


Of all the most common gemstones used in jewelry, opals are the most varied and dynamic. They are characterized by a unique iridescent effect, containing many colors in one stone, which appear to shift as they are moved in the light. Although there are many more, the five main types of opals are white or light opals, black opals, fire opals, boulder opals, and crystal or water opals. They are one of the primary birthstones for those born in October.

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