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What is your favorite gemstone?


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Initial post: Jun 20, 2011 9:56:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2011 3:07:14 PM PDT
Amber? Amethyst? Jade? Lapis? Malachite? What of all the beautiful gemstones on this wonderful planet of ours is the most popular? Would love to hear jewelry-wearer's thought?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2011 11:00:55 PM PDT
A. Burns says:
I love peridot and aquamarine

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 2:28:03 PM PDT
I love rubies and emeralds. Also different colored sapphires are beautiful. Actually, I love them all and am trying to collect them all. Too bad my one and only daughter doesn't really care for jewelry, one way or another. I hope she has a daughter some day that I can turn into a jewelry lover.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 10:26:24 AM PDT
My favorite jewelry has amber. I think it's pretty, and my name is Amber. ;) I also really like amethyst.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 1:37:46 PM PDT
Kennedy says:
Mystic Topaz is probably my favorite. However I do like sapphire and aquamarine (:

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 5:26:49 PM PDT
It has to be Diamonds..its my birthstone also.
My husband gave me a 5Ct. for our 25th Anniversary , but being held up, I don't wear it anymore..it sits in the safe!!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 8:58:41 AM PDT
My favourite is ruby, because it is my son's birthstone and because it is my favourite colour, which is red! I do love all of the rest, too.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 6:37:57 AM PDT
I have access to all gemstones, but I must say that out of all of them, garnet is my favorite. Tanzanite comes in second.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 2:44:23 AM PDT
Jen says:
Hands down, star sapphires are my favorite.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 4:42:02 PM PDT
Elsa Hilden says:
My newest favorite is a blue diamond. They are a stunningly different color of blue.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 4:54:29 PM PDT
Elsa Hilden says:
My newest favorite is a blue diamond. They are a stunningly different color of blue.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 7:47:02 AM PDT
I work with all different types of gemstones and have the stones all of you have mentioned. However, I cannot have just one favorite! I love tanzanite, malachite, Australian opals and pink tourmaline; although there are several others that run a close second... :-)

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 2:30:54 PM PDT
Milky aquamarine is pretty. I also like tanzanite.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 8:20:12 PM PDT
Opals

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 10:57:17 PM PDT
Molly Bloom says:
Oh, now, this is a VERY tough question!! So many gemstones, so little time...not to mention so little money, lol!

IF I could afford the best, I would go crazy for emeralds, diamonds, sapphires, rubies...and tanzanite, which is utterly awesome. Oh, and alexandrite--stunning color change besides being gorgeous!

I like aquamarine (as long as it isn't too washed-out!) both because it's my birthstone and because I find the color so soothing, and it reminds me of seawater/the beach which I love! I ADORE amethyst, esp. the deep purple with flashes of red. Opal is wonderful only I worry about it--you have to be very careful with opal. Same with truly fine pearls--just gorgeous and classic of course, but you do have to be careful with them!

I also love jade and wear a lot of it. It's a nice tough stone and lovely besides. Nephrite is excellent but all things being equal I prefer jadeite. (Which OF COURSE is more expensive than nephrite--grrr!)

My secret love? SPINEL!!! No, not the cheap kind you find in, for example, class rings--that's man-made spinel and NOT the genuine spinel I'm talking about. I am always amazed by the number of ppl who just do not know that there really IS a totally natural, NON-SYNTHETIC, NON-LAB-CREATED gem spinel--but there is, and I am crazy about it! Spinel in fact is one of the most under-rated gemstones in existence. It comes in a stunning array of colors, it has a nice hardness which means it's safe to wear in rings etc, it often has few inclusions which mean a lot of spinel is very clear or nearly so, and it can very easily be mistaken for other gems such a ruby, sapphire, etc--at a fraction of the price! In fact the famous "Black Prince's Ruby" in the British Crown Jewels is NOT a ruby at all--it is a marvelous, ginormous, deep-red to-die-for red spinel!!!

So for me, I guess (1) amethyst and (2) spinel.

But of course if anyone would like to send me ANY of the above, all gifts gratefully accepted--LOL! ;-)

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 6:26:13 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Garnet. I tend to like deeper tones of these, and usually end up buying blood red garnets, when I can find them, 3-6 carats. When I get rich, I'll switch to Emeralds. When I have all the emeralds I want, I'll buy sapphires (and rubies).

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 5:32:53 PM PDT
HPfan says:
Sapphire. It's my birthstone. And gorgeous. Just got a sapphire pendant, with a tiger for my birthday a few days back.

Other than that, I'm a huge fan of green, and purple shades. Emerald, peridot, and amethyst. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 12:00:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2011 1:57:56 AM PST
well, I lack knowledge in this area as well as finances. Heck I am lucky to get food and TP these days but I will say I LOVE amethyst with no doubt ( love purple and I am STILL looking for a pair of dangle amathyst earings I lost car camping like 15 years ago. I course know I will never find them but that is how much i loved those earings and miss them. I still never forgot them. They were just the stones more or less so they were really showed off. )

Amber of course is fascinating and gets my imagination going and i love it for that. I do know comes in different colors but I am not a yellow person but will take all other colors of it then the bright yellow ( Im sure if it were the right piece I would do the real yellow type too ) .

Most of all I really love anything heavy on the irridesent so I think lots that I tend toward may be semi precious gemstones???

I would just love to have opal. It hAs been on my mind a very long time and I have never had one . I know I would simply adore it but it is that "it breaks easily" thing. I already tend to drop and break stuff due to health issues and some inherent clutziness so I KNOW it if anyone would break or loose their opal it would be me 1st.

Is there no way to protect them ?? I mean have gemologists /artists/ jewlers found no way to protect these without wrecking their natural beauty ?? I guess answer is not so far.. maybe I can have opal in something not to wear.. wonder how earings would hold up/look as far as presentation. I can see how in a ring it would be way too fragile .

Thanks to all for mentioning a few stones I feel I never even heard of ( and may have not seen ) course maybe I have seen some of these and just do not have the name recall so cannot picture them by their name offhand. Seriously though, as an artist ( that is my training ) I am attracted to anything with awsome color , shape , light etc. and have a particular interest in all of nature . I tend to get stuck in any gem /rock /bead shop or show I come across. I used to spend my whole lunch hour in a semi precious stone and bead shop when I was working a block away from one. (yes that is meaning a little less high end since I cannot begin to afford buy the expensive stones at this time ( & not even the lesser pricey either now) The result is I am not always comfortable looking in the ritzy type shops so maybe am missing out on just looking at some interesting designs and stones. I have no idea.. but I am looking forward to investigating some of the stones mentioned here thus far

~ alison

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 12:16:27 AM PST
D. L. Johnson , want to adopt me? :) I already am an adoptee actually and honestly I would not mind a second adoption :)

I love jewlery & especially necklaces though I never go without earings but necklaces are were I think I really go for the art , beauty and wow factor . Dont like things on my wristes but otherwise I can come help you out if your future jewelry loving grandaughter and you need some help over there :) ~ alison

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 9:29:43 PM PST
Trend says:
Blue topaz is my fav....all shades from london to sky blue. Coming in second is diamond, and third is the turquoise, with little or no maxtrix. Although I love many different gemstones. When it come to jewelry, I'm very easy to please.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 4:48:46 AM PST
Mystic topaz, Kyanite, Diamonds, and Rubies (my birthstone). Russian Diopside comes in next.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 2:13:06 PM PST
michael says:
spessartine, tsavorite, rubelite, bixbite.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 2:57:26 PM PST
Saphire because its my birthstone and the blue is my favorite color but i also like diamonds. Something about black and white diamonds together strikes me ! like this ring i got

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:35:18 AM PST
kestergayle says:
alison,
like you, I love opals (along with every other gemstone out there! LOL) Look into Ethiopian opals, a "new" gem find. Still affordable, and more durable than Australian opals. Also, talk to your jeweler about doublets or triplets. A thin slice of opal is mounted onto a 'host rock" and then a "lens" of rock crystal is placed over the opal. You get the look of opal at a little less cost and a great deal more durability. A doublet does not have the host rock backing. And, do your research. There is tons of info on all gemstones at the shopping channel websites, and Paul Deasy of ShopNBC has written a beautifully illustrated book about opals, and it's very reasonably priced. I love gems and jewelry, as I said, so I love to learn more when and where I can. Good luck!

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 11:45:30 AM PST
kestergayle says:
As far as a favorite gemstone, I have a real weakness for the organic gems like mother of pearl, pearls themselves, and amber. No bugs in my amber, please! I also love the stones that 'do things', like tigers eye and labradorite. I love to watch the light play over stones like that as it makes them dance. Opals are high on my list, as is kyanite, chrome diopside, rainbow calsilica, malachite, blue lace agate, amethyst, not to mention the ever-popular Mexican fire opal.
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