Byreuvenveksler
October 28, 2022
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Top 10 gemstones for investment

Top 10 gemstones for investment
Rare gems

The tumultuous events of recent years have caused many individuals to contemplate how to safeguard – and ideally increase – their wealth.

How can one feel secure about the future? Which investments are steady? What is certain to retain its worth?

When economic conditions are volatile, interest in putting money into natural precious stones has risen once more. Over the past few decades, they have not merely maintained their value, but exhibited consistent appreciation.

In this article, we will examine investment not in diamonds, but in other precious gems. We will evaluate the potential and hazards, and also consider which stones make the optimal choice for investment.

Does it make sense to invest in stones?

Gemstones have historically been highly coveted. In the past, they were accessible only to elite groups like royalty.

The situation has evolved – diamonds and gems are much more obtainable nowadays than before. But one thing is constant – they remain coveted and sought-after. Moreover, their value not only isn’t decreasing or stagnant, but is in fact consistently rising.

Nevertheless, it’s crucial to realize that not every gemstone is ideal for investing in. They need to be natural, scarce and extremely popular in the marketplace.

What are the top stones for investment?

When economic conditions cause the stock market to go down and currency to lose value, gemstones can be a good investment choice that is easy to carry and keep confidential.

Here are the 10 best gemstone investments to consider.

Ruby

2.60 ct Ruby

Ruby

Top-notch rubies are the most prized and sought-after gemstones available today. Specifically, rubies from Burma have traditionally been the premier investment gem.
 
For example, high-quality Burmese rubies can fetch $400,000 to $500,000 per carat at auction. The most valuable ruby hue is termed pigeon blood – a bright, vivid red shade. Given that nearly all rubies have inclusions, their color is the key factor by which exclusivity and value are evaluated.
 
Although Burmese rubies appear to be as the finest, stones from Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania are also in high demand and gaining traction.

Blue Sapphire

Blue sapphires are the second most sought-after gemstones for people looking to invest in precious stones. The rarest and most coveted blue sapphires come from Kashmir. However, it’s clear that Kashmir’s sapphire resources are dwindling: in the past century, not one new sapphire source has been found there.

After Kashmir, the most valuable blue sapphires are extracted from mines in Ceylon and Madagascar.

Rb sapphire
23.41 ct Sapphire
Emerald
10.50 ct Emerald

Emerald

An additional favorite of investors is natural, untreated emeralds. Only emeralds that haven’t been altered or treated should catch your notice. These alone qualify as investments.

Colombian ones are the most valuable, and they come in big quantities. Brazilian emeralds come next, and some exceptionally high-grade emeralds are also mined in Zambia.

Spinel
0.66 ct Spinel

Spinel

Spinel has only recently started to be seen as a valuable gemstone for investment. But some of the most prized rubies in history, like the Black Prince’s ruby in the British Crown Jewels, turned out to actually be spinels. For a long time, spinels were incorrectly identified as rubies.

The most prized spinel colors are red, vivid pink, and fiery orange. One relatively new spinel on the investment market that is quickly gaining popularity is the neon pink spinel that originates from Mahenge, Tanzania.

Tsavorite Garnet

Tsavorite is a green gemstone that comes from East Africa. This gemstone can rival emerald in terms of the intensity and attractiveness of its green color. Also, unlike emerald, tsavorite is never treated to enhance its appearance. Furthermore, tsavorite has more sparkle than emerald owing to its higher refractive index. Tsavorites that weigh over 2 carats are incredibly uncommon, and stones weighing more than 4 carats are viewed as extraordinarily rare.

          Tsavorite         

           3.55 ct Tsavorite

Spessartite garnet

Spessartite Garnet

Spessartite garnet is a gemstone with a bright orange hue. The highest quality and most prized variety of Spessartite Garnet is known as Mandarin Garnet because of its intense orange color. These uncommon orange stones are from Africa, originating from Namibia and Nigeria.

Alexandrite
3.00 ct Alexandrite
Alexandrite
3.00 ct Alexandrite

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a stone that changes color like a chameleon. It shows a beautiful green color in daylight but turns brownish or reddish purple under artificial light like lamps or candles.

This gemstone was first found in Russia, so Russian alexandrite specimens are extremely rare and valuable.

       Jadeite

Jadeite

While there are several colors of jadeite, green is the most popular.

The world’s most sought-after emerald green is a particular shade known as “Imperial Jade,” which is semi-transparent. Only discovered in Burma, this precious diamond is sought for by gem collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.

Imperial Topaz

The most uncommon and sought-after type of topaz is Imperial Topaz. It typically displays hues ranging from golden-orange to orange to pink.

When investing in topaz, it’s critical to ascertain that its coloration is completely natural and hasn’t undergone any enhancements. Specimens with traces of pink or red command the highest prices, and a pure red natural topaz is deemed remarkable.

Imperial topaz
6.59 ct Imperial Topaz
Paraiba
37.47 ct Paraiba Tourmaline

Paraiba Tourmaline

The Paraiba tourmaline is the final stone on the list of the finest gemstones to invest in.

The tourmaline from Paraiba is a special stone that glows brightly like neon. It wasn’t until 1989 that it came to light for the first time in the Brazilian state of Paraiba. Even though further deposits were later found in Mozambique and Nigeria, the Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline remains estimated as the most expensive.

The two most crucial aspects of this gemstone are its color and its clarity. The most precious and sought-after Paraiba tourmalines are those with particularly bright color and are clean. 

Several tips to invest in gems

Study the market (and, if possible, seek professional help)

Understanding the topic is really helpful before making any purchases. To invest in stones, of course, you don’t need a professional education in gemology, but it can be helpful to grasp the fundamentals and which stones are in demand.

Getting expert assistance would be the best course of action. Depending on your budget, an expert who is aware of the nuances and market trends will assist you in making a purchase that is sure to be successful.

Decide on a budget

If you are going to make an investment, it is best to decide ahead of time how much of your budget you are willing to commit to it. Of course, there could be a few minor variations from a set amount, but it’s best to know what you’re capable of beforehand to prevent making disastrous purchases.

Buy from trusted sources and always ask for a certificate

The rule is as old as time itself: pay close attention to the things you spend your money on. When making an investment in precious stones, keep in mind that it’s best to purchase stones from reliable vendors.

Furthermore, it is crucial that you always request a certificate for your gem. This will aid with future stone resale in addition to enabling you to confirm the accuracy of the information provided about the stone you are buying. You won’t be able to profitably sell the stone without a certificate.

Consider adding value to a gemstone 

Recutting and fixing gems can occasionally boost possible profit.

The two operations that cause a significant price increase in gems are cutting the diamonds and making the jewelry piece as a whole. These steps will pay off in the long run, but they demand a significant amount of work and extra expenses.

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