• Published on:  3/16/2020
  • Hi, it’s Katrina! Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but believe it or not, there are other stones that are much more valuable. From Sapphires to emeralds, here are 12 things that are more expensive than diamonds!

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    12. Padparadscha Sapphire
    Padparadscha sapphires are the world’s rarest sapphires. Their beauty is defined by their stunning combination of pink and orange shades, which typically amount to a salmon hue that’s almost akin to a mix of ruby and yellow sapphire.

    11. Black Opal
    The term “black opal” is used to describe opals that are dark in body color, including black, dark gray, and dark blue or green. They’re the world’s rarest, most valuable, and most sought-after opals.

    10. Bixbite
    Bixbite, also known as red emerald and red beryl, is a member of the beryl family that was discovered in 1904. Utah’s Wah Wah Mountains are the only place where it’s available in gem quality.

    9. Serendibite
    Discovered in Sri Lanka in 1902, when the country still went by the name Ceylon, serendibite is a dark, extremely rare mineral with a complex chemical makeup consisting of calcium, magnesium, aluminum, silicon, boron, and oxygen, and which is even rarer in crystalline form. It’s named after Serendib, the ancient Arabic name for Sri Lanka.

    8. Grandidierite
    Grandidierite is a rare blue-green mineral that was discovered in Madagascar in 1902. Gem-quality material has also been found in Sri Lanka. Other sources include New York, Wyoming, Algeria, Czech Republic, Italy, India, Malawi, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, and Suriname. So maybe you can find some!

    7. Musgravite
    Musgravite is one of the world’s rarest gems. This smoky gray jewel is known to have violet and/or green undertones. It was discovered in 1967 in southern Australia’s Musgrave Ranges. Facet-quality musgravite was not found until 1993, and as of 2005, there were only eight known specimens in the world, three of which were identified by Canadian gemologist Murray Burford.

    6. Taaffeite
    Often misidentified as spinel, taaffeite is an extremely rare mineral named after its discoverer, Austrian geologist Count Edward Charles Richard Taaffe. He first identified the gem in 1945 as he sorted through a box of Sri Lankan spinel gemstones at a jeweler’s shop in Ireland and noticed inconsistencies between the specimens.

    5. Painite
    Painite is a deep orange-red or brownish stone that is only found in Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. It was first identified as a new gem species in 1957. Between then and 2001, only two more specimens were discovered. Two of these three original gems are on display at the Natural History Museum in London.

    4. Alexandrite
    Alexandrite is a color-changing gem that was discovered in Russia in 1833 and named after the Tsar Alexander II. Under natural and fluorescent light, it appears green, and under artificial light, it’s red. The gem also changes colors when it’s viewed from different angles. My mom has a class ring and a cocktail ring inherited from my grandmother that is an alexandrite. It is very pretty!

    3. Emerald
    My favorite stone! But you probably already know that since hopefully you’ve seen my other videos!! Always remember, size isn’t everything when it comes to valuable gemstones! Emeralds are well-known for their deep green color and have been steadily sought-after for over 4,000 years.

    2. Ruby
    Nicknamed the “King of Gemstones,” rubies are one of the most popular precious stones, and they’re more historically associated with wealth and power than practically any other gem. They get their color, which ranges from pink to dark red, from their chromium and iron content.

    1. Jadeite
    Jadeite is one of two minerals that can be classified as jade, the other being nephrite, which is far more common. While nephrite can be mined in many places throughout the world, jadeite is primarily found in just ten places, including California; New Zealand; Myanmar; Itoigawa, Japan; Guatemala; Kazakhstan; British Columbia, Canada; Italy, and Turkestan.