You know about diamonds and rubies, garnets and sapphires. All gems that have long decorated the most famous pieces of jewelry. You love the lush tones of an amethyst, and know how to spot a fiery opal from miles away. But there’s more than just those familiar gems.
Sometimes I look at my collection of gems and I think ‘oh you are criminally underrated!’ – so today I’m going to introduce you to a few of my favorite gemstone alternatives!
Sunstones are stunning. That’s all I want to say really. It often comes with inclusions that make it look like a glitter bomb had just exploded! But even without inclusions, they refract light beautifully to give you a brilliant show every time you look at it. We’ve got a few Oregon Sunstones in stock, and these are special because Oregon Sunstone crystals can be quite large.
SUNSTONE FUN FACT: Here’s a fun word to describe the sunstone; aventurescence. It means an optical illusion which looks like metallic glitter. I prefer to just say glitterific!Build your own sparkly Custom Oregon Sunstone Ring in Gold here.
Having only recently been promoted to a birthstone (shout out to August babies!), spinel is available in so many gorgeous colors. From red, pink, blue, lavender, violet, dark green, brown, black, to colorless! The color depends on the mining location and what other mineral it interacted with during its creation. All I know is that I want them all.
SPINEL FUN FACT: Spinel is often mistaken for rubies! One of the most famous instances is a Timur Ruby, which is actually a red spinel weighing 361 carats. It’s currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II.Treat yourself with a Spinel Star Ring and a matching Spinel Star Earring!
A deep, soulful green that will trick even the wisest dryad into thinking that it’s a lush tree. Diopsides are a bit on the soft side, and like our forests - they must be protected! They come in a clear color, or with inclusions that make it look like a star is contained. My favorite thing about them is how bright the colors are even when the stone is tiny. I love embedding them on our ring bands as little details to brighten up other gemstones.
DIOPSIDE FUN FACT: They’re tough to visually identify, and as such they have a lot of names. Like, a lot. We’d name them all, but there’s more than 15!
My favorite silver stack rings! Take home this bright Opal and Diopside Ring Set.
Milky and smooth, like a lovely cup of hot matcha. Chrysoprase is the green variety of chalcedony, or quartz. It’s a pretty tough cookie, rating 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a good choice for an everyday ring! They usually come with inclusions that attracts your eyes to follow its lines.
CHRYSOPRASE FUN FACT: The Greeks, Romans, and the Egyptians loved using chrysoprase in their jewelry and ornaments. Have a quick visit to a historical museums, and see if you can spot the chrysoprase.
This popular stone is disappearing fast from our shelves, grab your Chrysoprase and Green Tsavorite ring quickly!
The sweetest and softest pink, morganite are blushing varieties of beryl. They sometimes comes with patches of yellow, though most go through a heat treatment to make it more uniform in color. I adore how it looks either way. There’s just something inherently innocent about a morganite. It looks a little like how a first love feels!
MORGANITE FUN FACT: "The Rose of Maine" is one of the largest morganites ever found weighs a whopping 23 kgs. It was found at the Bennett Quarry in Buckfield, Maine. It was soon cut up and polished into smaller pieces though!
Play around with how you can have your morganite on our Build Your Own Custom Rose Cut Morganite and Diamond Ring.
Zircon can be found on the crust of the earth. They come in a lot of colors, ranging from reddish brown, yellow, green, blue, gray, and clear. They’re dazzling in their clarity. I’ve always ended up designing them as individual pieces because I like having zircon as a focus. But they also make stunning partners to other stones.
ZIRCON FUN FACT: Using Uranium–lead dating, zircons from Western Australia is so far dated as the oldest mineral on earth. It goes back 4.404 billion years, to what is often interpreted as the age of crystallization.How much do you love these Zircon Leaf Necklaces? Snap one up before they blow away!