Earth, A Beautiful Catalogue
This beautiful planet that we live on has over 4000 minerals. A single individual will in their life probably not even see a quarter of that in real life. Our list of current top 5 gemstones are not just pretty to look at but also offers a great investment value. This is due to the popularity of the stone as well as the rarity of the stone.
Counting down from the 5 to 1 let’s emerge ourselves into the world of gemstones and view the best 5 that any collector or jewellery lover should have.
#5 The Black Opal
Part of what makes this so incredibly precious is that it can only be found in one place in the world and that is in New South Wales in Australia. Opals are usually a creamy white colour with rainbow inclusions that reflect the light. The black opal, as you can guess is black with rainbow inclusions. The darker the black and the brighter the inclusions the more the opal is worth. The Aurora Australis which was discovered in 1938 is amongst the rarest and best quality black opal and was valued at about R12.4million in 2005.
#4 The Diamond
Diamonds are the hardest gemstones that you can find. Because they don’t easily damage, they have been used in jewellery for almost as long as we can remember. They come in a variety of colours but the most popular is most certainly the clear diamond. The Koh-I-Noor is the most expensive diamond to date and resides in the royal crown in Britain. Its value is said to be somewhere between R165billion and R200billion, of course, this is not the case for your average diamond which will set you back between R75 000 and R115 000 for a round brilliant cut diamond.
# 3 Aquamarine
The word aquamarine comes from the Latin word meaning Seawater. Due to its brilliant hues that mimic the ocean, it has become a much-loved stone. Like emeralds, it is part of the stone family called beryl. This incredibly durable stone is mainly found in the USA, Madagascar, Russia, Pakistan, and Brazil. At a brilliant blue 1 carat, this stone could set you back about R12 000.
This stone was only discovered as recently as 1951. Only one was discovered and was placed in the British Museum. By 2004 about 2 dozen were discovered and it is only in recent years, that just over 1000 has been excavated. It gets its R1.3million price tag due to its scarcity.
#1 Paraiba Tourmaline
The Paraiba Tourmaline is the only tourmaline in the world that brags with its bright colours. Having been incredibly rare it is only in 2003 that the gem became more discovered in the mines in Nigeria and Mozambique and started being seen on the gemstone market. Today it is incredibly sought after by collectors and can cost about R17 000 per carat.