The World’s Rarest and Most Expensive Gemstones

The World’s Rarest and Most Expensive Gemstones
Comments Off on The World’s Rarest and Most Expensive Gemstones

A luxury collateral lender like Beverly Loan Company often sees high-end and rare stones, including colored diamonds and expensive gemstones that are GIA certified. Most people think of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds when the term “gemstones” is mentioned, however gemologists know that there are thousands of unique, beautiful, and expensive colored stones around the world.

Gemstones have fascinated and intrigued people for thousands of years, which is why Beverly Loan’s certified gemologists provide a premium for such stones when evaluating antique, vintage, estate, and modern jewelry. Royalty in particular is known for using stunning colored stones in their crown jewels. Ironically, some of these stones are not what they thought it was – many gemstone traders considered any blue stone a “sapphire”, and any red stone a “ruby”. Turns out that many of these stones were in fact spinel, a stone that comes in a variety of different colors – traders in Europe did not discover they were different stones until the 1800’s.

While most gemstones have been used for centuries for healing and spiritual purposes, some of these stones have only been discovered recently; Tanzanite was only just discovered in 1967 in northern Tanzania. The beautiful purplish blue gemstone was marketed by Tiffany & Co. and rose to fame quickly.

Black opal, which is only found in the Lightening Ridge mine in Australia, comes with a very steep price tag – these stones can easily be sold for over $2,300 per carat. Used by luxury jewelry houses like Cartier, Piaget, and David Webb these unique and colorful gemstones demand extremely high prices.

A gemstone that is local to California, found in San Benito County about 4 hours north of Beverly Loan Company, is the only mine for Benitoite. This bright blue stone is a coveted stone for collectors, and used in some jewelry applications – although the stone is rarely found larger than a carat.

Jade, or Jadeite, is a stunning mineral that is usually a bold opaque green, although jade can also be found in lavender, pink, white and black. Often confused with nephrite, this stone was once considered more valuable than gold and silver. High quality jade can sell for more than $10,000 per carat – and is often seen commanding high prices at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses.

Padparadscha sapphire is a stunning sapphire that is identified by its distinctive color, this variety of sapphire are usually a bright color between pink and orange. Untreated, natural Padaparadscha’s can fetch remarkable prices. In 2011 Christie’s sold the unique sapphire for $52,960 per carat, the highest per carat price this color gemstone has ever seen.

Beverly Loan Company works with all variations of gemstones, and asks that you bring GIA certification with you if you are interested in obtaining a pawn loan or selling your precious gemstones. Contact a loan officer at 310-275-2555 or email

Comments are closed.