Learn About Coloured Gemstones

At Larsen Jewellery, we love creating unique pieces of jewellery that express individual style and ideas. Using coloured gemstones allows us to introduce exciting design elements to our pieces in every colour of the rainbow. Get to know our most popular coloured gemstones, including sapphires, rubies and emeralds, learn all about what makes them special and discover how to best use them in a jewellery design.

At Larsen Jewellery, we love creating unique pieces of jewellery that express individual style and ideas. Using coloured gemstones allows us to introduce exciting design elements to our pieces in every colour of the rainbow. Get to know our most popular coloured gemstones, including sapphires, rubies and emeralds, learn all about what makes them special and discover how to best use them in a jewellery design.

Precious Gemstones

Learn about sapphires

Sapphire

Most notable for it’s royal blue variety, sapphire is the name given to the corundum gemstone in every colour except red. Sapphires are by far our most popular gemstone for use in jewellery after diamonds, because of their exceptional durability, wide range of beautiful colours and their preciousness.

Learn about rubies

Ruby

Ruby is the most valuable and rare variety of the corundum mineral species. The brightest and most valuable shade of red, called blood-red or pigeon blood, is the most sought-after colour and commands a higher premium than all other tones. Rubies have excellent hardness, making them the perfect gemstones for everyday wear.

Learn about emeralds

Emerald

Emerald is the bluish-green to green variety of beryl, a species of mineral that also includes aquamarine and morganite. The most valuable variety of the Beryl gemstone, emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, and pharaohs. 

Learn about pearl

Pearl​

Perfect shining spheres and radiant organic forms, pearls are a staple in any jewellery collection. Despite being classified as a gemstone, pearls differ considerably from all other gems since they are the only ones to be created from a living creature.

Semi Precious Gemstones

Learn about aquamarine

Aquamarine

From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of clear blue colours. Aquamarines are a colour variety of the mineral beryl. 

Learn about spinel

Spinel

For centuries, spinel masqueraded as ruby in Europe’s crown jewels. Although it is frequently confused with Ruby, Spinels are exquisite in their own right. Available in a beautiful range of striking colours, they feature in some of history’s most famous pieces.

Learn about tourmaline

Tourmaline

Tourmalines come in a variety of spectacular colours, with one of the widest colour ranges of any gemstone.  The most valuable variety of tourmaline is the coveted Pariba, which boast vibrant greenish blue, blue and violet hues.

Learn about tanzanites

Tanzanite

Named after Tanzania, the country where it was first discovered in 1967, this rare gemstone can be found only in one area on earth, near Mount Kilimajaro.  Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral Zoisite. Its colours range from blue to violet to purple.

Learn about birthstones

Birthstones

Birthstones have been used for centuries as a way to give good luck on ones’ birthday. Our birthstone guide lets you identify the right stone for yourself or a loved one.

Learn about anniversary stones

Anniversary Stones

Find the traditional anniversary stone and precious metal associated with each wedding anniversary. Our helpful guide will help you choose the perfect anniversary gift.

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