10 Most Expensive Gemstones In The World

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Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are all considered to be precious gemstones, whereas most other types of gemstones (quartz, tiger’s eye, agate, etc.) are filed under the semi-precious category. The reason that diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are so prized is largely because they are rare, whereas most semi-precious gemstones are relatively common by comparison. The rarer a gemstone is, the more expensive it tends to be.

What are the most valuable gems in the world according to both rarity and price? We all know that diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds fall on the list. Let’s take a look at some particularly unique species of these stones as well as others you may not be as familiar with.

10. Blue garnet

Flickr / wildfishgem

Flickr / wildfishgem

When you picture a garnet, you probably picture a deep red stone. There are also blue garnets, but they are very rare, and can sell for $1,500 per carat. Generally these blue hues are only spotted in color-changing garnets, which may look blue or purplish red depending on the angle you hold them at. Are there true blue garnets which are always blue? Maybe, maybe not. There are rumors that they exist. If they do, they are worth even more.

9. Painite

Painite (Wikimedia)

Painite (Wikimedia)

This is another gemstone you probably have not heard of, unless perhaps you read the Guinness Book of World Records, which once described it as the rarest mineral on the planet. As a boron-based piece, painite is so rare that in 2005, there were only eighteen pieces known around the world. If you want to purchase one of these beautiful red-brown minerals, expect to pay around $1,800 per carat for the rare privilege. As it is, most of us will never see a piece of painite except in photographs.

8. Jeremejevite

Jeremejevite (Wikimedia)

Jeremejevite (Wikimedia)

This clear stone may be white, colorless, blue or yellow, and was discovered in Siberia by Pavel Vladimirovich Eremeev. They have been found throughout the world, including in Namibia, Germany, and Tajikistan, but they are very rare nonetheless, which is why they cost around $2,000 per carat.

7. Red beryl

Flickr / Orbital Joe

Flickr / Orbital Joe

Red is not only an uncommon color in diamonds, but also in beryl, which is generally in the blue-green hue range. Beryl is closely related to aquamarine and emerald. It is often translucent and captures the light beautifully. For this reason, red beryl is also sometimes referred to as red emerald, although this name is colloquial and not entirely accurate. How much will you pay for a piece of red beryl? Probably around $10,000 per carat.

6. Alexandrite

Flickr / JOBAfunky

Flickr / JOBAfunky

This is another color changing gemstone similar to the color changing garnet mentioned earlier in the list. Alexandrite is even more valuable than blue garnet, and you may pay up to $10,000 per carat for a nice piece. Alexandrite has been in increasingly high demand over the past few years, which is driving the prices higher and higher. Alexandrite typically ranges between purplish-pink and bluish-green in color. Some pieces may also range between red and blue, similar to blue garnet in appearance.

5. Serendibite

Serendibite (Wikimedia)

Serendibite (Wikimedia)

This is probably one you haven’t heard of. Nonetheless, it is very valuable, prized at around $18,000 per carat. Only two regions have ever produced serendibite, one in Sri Lanka and the other in Burma. Colors may vary, ranging from gray-blue to blue-green to pale yellow. Many pieces are also black, and may contain subtle hues or no coloration at all.

4. Grandidierite

Grandidierite (Wikimedia)

Grandidierite (Wikimedia)

This is one of the rarest gemstones known to exist. Like painite, there are only a finite number of known pieces. Although this gemstone is not as rare as painite (there are at least several hundred around), it may be even more expensive, valued at around $20,000 per carat. The stone is a light grayish blue in color.

3. Red diamonds

Flickr / Fancy Diamonds

Flickr / Fancy Diamonds

Have you ever seen a red diamond? Probably not. The majority of diamonds are white, yellow, or brown. If you find a red diamond, you probably have found the most expensive gemstone you can imagine. A nicely cut red diamond can easily sell for $20,000 per carat, and that isn’t even the upper end. Some stones may sell for substantially more. The majority of red diamonds are not a true red; they generally have a purplish tint to them. If you find a true red diamond, its value will be even greater.

2. Jadeite

Jadeite (Wikimedia)

Jadeite (Wikimedia)

Then again, it may be that jadeite is the most precious stone in the world. This type of gemstone can sell for more than $30,000 per carat. As a pyroxene mineral, jadeite may be either a bright, bold green, an emerald hue, blue, or white. Some jadeite pieces contain several different hues. The brighter the green, the more valuable the jadeite is. Note that jadeite is a type of jade, but not the most common variety. That is nephrite. If you find affordable jade on the market, it is almost certainly nephrite, not jadeite, or something else altogether such as serpentine which is used as a jade substitute. If you see really expensive jade, you are probably looking at genuine jadeite.

1. MusgraviteMusgraviteThis silicate mineral gemstone was first found in Musgrave, Australia, and thus the name “musgravite.” Since then, the stone has been found in Sri Lanka and Madagascar, as well as in Greenland. Musgravite is generally violet in color, usually with a grayish tint. Stones may be light or dark in color. As this stone is still incredibly rare, it may be valued at around $35,000 per carat.

Take special note that the prices which are quoted in this article are estimates only. The worth of a particular gemstone may rise or fall with popular trends as well as new discoveries in the field. Some specimens may be more valuable than others because of elements such as clarity or cut. The setting of a gemstone can also influence its value. Each of these gemstones commands a high price on the market, and every one of them has its own unique beauty. Count yourself lucky if you ever get to see one in person.

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19 Comments

  1. Eng.Haidar

    Eng.Haidar

    April 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

    hi Sir ihave gem indecater i bay it from USA is this instrument good to know the stone i test or i need more ways to test the stones thank u very much

  2. Jon Allyn

    Jon Allyn

    February 7, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I have some faceted painite and serendebite.

  3. Danmadami

    Danmadami

    November 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I am really impressed, thank you all .By the way I have Amethyst,White quartz,Rose quartz and Monazite. I am looking for a buyer, if interested please contact me

  4. Anthony Mgina

    Anthony Mgina

    October 17, 2016 at 6:37 am

    We deal with germstones and gold locally in Tanzania and now we have ruby germstone for more detail contact with us.

  5. Tahet

    Tahet

    July 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I have a big green agate for sale, interested ? If yes contact me

    • Sajid

      Sajid

      September 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      I would like to see photos if u don’t mind please send me on my email address thx

    • Joe

      Joe

      October 22, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Still got green agate

  6. Michael

    Michael

    June 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    ive got 208.ct of jadeite ive had it not knowing the value was so high
    anyone have any ideas where i could sell two hundred and eight ct.?

  7. rarest blue topez,huge clear piece

    rarest blue topez,huge clear piece

    May 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Blue topez stone clear huge piece,looking for buyer in America or Europe.interested?contact me.

  8. Alh isa

    Alh isa

    February 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    ssyg

  9. Alh isa

    Alh isa

    February 7, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I have metireot stone I am looking for buyer

  10. Ruby

    Ruby

    October 15, 2015 at 2:20 am

    My favorite gem are rubies, and also it’s my name. I have a ruby, but I’m not gonna sell it. I always put it in my collection.

  11. RAYMOND

    RAYMOND

    August 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    we have the following minerals tourmaline, topaz, amathyst aquamaline, sapphire, then Matalic Minerals we have lead, zinc, cupper,iron ore,caol,gypsum, koaline clay, quartz smoky,etc at a very large deposit in nigria try and see pls

    • Blood Diamond77

      Blood Diamond77

      August 17, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Ramond sounds like a poucher

    • haroon

      haroon

      May 15, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Blue-topaz stone,huge piece, looking for buyer in Europe or America,sample available on request.if interested contact me.no chancers.

    • Resat

      Resat

      January 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Dear please send me your mail adress.

  12. kayode

    kayode

    April 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

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  13. RAYMOND ANWANGABONG

    RAYMOND ANWANGABONG

    February 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    ALL THESE PRECIOUS STONES ARE ALSO FOUND IN NIGERIA WE ARE LOOKING FOR A BUYER I MAY SENT THE SAMPLE IF THEY ASK ME TO SENT, I STUDY MINING ENGINEER, AM READY TO SENT THE SAMPLE THANKS

    • Tony

      Tony

      April 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Raymond,

      Please, send your contact number by sms to this number +44790368990.

      best regards

      Tony

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