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8 Rare Gemstones (and Where to Find Them)

A diamond can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $1,8,00 per carat, depending on the cut and quality. But the thing with diamonds is they’re overrated. They’re not rare, and they’re not valuable.

So if you’re looking for a truly rare and stunning stone, check out these rare gemstones.

1. Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a fascinating gemstone. The color looks different depending on the source of the light that hits it. In natural light, it takes on a greenish-blue hue that morphs into reddish-purple in incandescent light.

While it’s color-changing properties are captivating, this rare stone is hard to get your hands on. It’s valued at $30,000 per carat.

2. Painite

Painite was once considered the rarest gemstone of all time. It was discovered in Burma in 1951, and there are only about 1,000 stones known to exist at all.

3. Larimar

Due to its stunning sky blue hue, larimar is also called the stone of the sea. It’s only found in the Dominican Republic, so while the stone is commercially mined, it’s still rare.

4. Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a stone that’s a deeper blue than any Saphire you’ve ever seen. Tanzanite is only found at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and when the mines run dry, tanzanite will vanish. So it’s referred to as the single generation gemstone.

Even still, tanzanite is usually cheaper than sapphires, even though it’s arguably much more stunning. If you’re considering a tanzanite gemstone, check out this tanzanite buying guide.

5. Musgravite

Musgravite was only discovered barely more than 50 years ago in 1967 in Australia. Since then, a few other spots in the world have found musgravite, but always in small quantities.

This stunning rare gem is a beautiful soft purple color sometimes ranging to light pink or nearly black.

Of all the musgravite gemstones found, only 8 of them were big enough and pure enough to turn into jewelry. And it’s valued at nearly $35,000 per carat.

6. Black Opal

Black opal isn’t black at all. Instead, it’s a glimmering disco ball of stunning, captivating colors. Unlike white opals, the darker color of black opals helps deepen all the colors within the gemstone.

Black opals run for a hefty price tag, but they’re truly extraordinary rare gemstones.

7. Benitoite

Found only in San Benito, California, this deep blue gemstone has a fire that rivals even the most beautiful diamonds. And despite its rarity and beauty, it remains an affordable gemstone.

8. Red Diamonds

Definitely not to be confused with blood diamonds, red diamonds are one variety of diamonds that are hard to find. So they’re worthy of the rare, high value that’s traditionally associated only with diamonds.

The rarest red diamond the Moussaieff Red is valued at over $8 million.

Rare Gemstones Create Stunning, Unique Jewelry

These rare gemstones each hold their value. So when you’re looking for a unique gift for a loved one, avoid traditional jewelry and opt for these stunning gemstones instead.

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