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Gemstones

Alexandrite

Oval alexandrite ring in sterling silver. Oval color change stone is offset and a light purple color.

Alexandrite is one of two birthstones for June (pearl and alexandrite). View our color-change alexandrite jewelry here.

 
Amethyst

Small round purple amethyst is center in a sterling silver heart, on a sterling band

To view more amethyst jewelry at Brilliant Sparkles, click here. Amethyst is a variety of quartz that can vary from a light violet color to a rich deep purple color. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is traditionally used as the birthstone for February. The best varieties of Amethyst are frequently mined in Africa and Brazil. Amethyst is a sturdy gemstone, ranking 7 on the Mohs scale, which makes it perfect for everyday use.

 

Green amethyst

Large oval green amethyst on a thick sterling silver band. Light green gemstone is on a filigree silver band.

Click here for more green amethyst rings. Green amethyst is also known as green quartz or prasiolite.

 
Apatite

Neon blue apatite oval, offset into a sterling silver band. Medium size design

 Apatite is a bright blue green stone. To view more apatite rings click here

 

Aquamarine

Large emerald cut (rectangle) aquamarine in a sterling silver band. Pretty pale blue aquamarine in a delicate silver band
A beautiful emerald-cut aquamarine ring in sterling silver. Click here for more aquamarine jewelry. Aquamarine is a blue colored variety of beryl and is the official birthstone of March. The majority of aquamarine is mined in Brazil, where the largest aquamarine was found, weighing over 10,000 carats. Aquamarine is a semiprecious stone, and has a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, which makes it an excellent gemstone to withstand wearing daily. 

 

 

Blue topaz

Three stone ring on a sterling silver band. Slightly larger center stone is a medium blue london blue topaz, smaller side stones are sparkly white cubic zirconia

Blue topaz come in dark blue, medium blue, and light blue. Blue topaz is one of the birthstones for December. View more blue topaz jewelry.

 

 
Citrine

A sunny round yellow citrine stone is set inside silver sunflower leaves on a sterling silver band

Sunflower citrine ring in sterling silver. View more citrine rings here. Citrine is a type of quartz that can range in color from a bright sunny yellow to a rich golden orange. Citrine is a semiprecious stone and is commonly used as the birthstone for November, along with imperial topaz. Citrine, also called lemon quartz, is found mainly in Brazil and Madagascar. Citrine is a hard gemstone, ranking 7 on the Mohs scale, which makes it sturdy enough to wear everyday.

 

 
Diamond

Sparkling white cubic zirconia set into a dark black oxidized sterling silver band. The white stone contrasts with the dark band

Diamond is the birthstone for April. Alternatives to diamond include white cubic zirconia and moissanite. See more white CZ rings here.


 
Emerald

A tiny round emerald stone is set into a delicate sterling silver band. The band is smooth and great for stacking with other rings

Small emerald stacking ring in sterling silver. More emerald jewelry. There are many ways to create most lab created gemstones, however since emerald belongs to the quartz family, the only way to successfully grow them is hydrothermally. This process requires heat and pressure, imitating the conditions deep in the earth that forms natural emeralds. The hydrothermal growth of emeralds is slow and expensive which makes them more expensive than lab created rubies and sapphires. Natural emeralds are full of imperfections, often hidden by coating the gemstone with oil. These imperfections cause the natural emeralds to break or chip easily. Lab created emeralds do not have imperfections, which makes them sturdier than natural gemstones. Emeralds have a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, and are the traditional birthstone for May.



Garnet

A medium red garnet is surrounded by sparkling white cubic zirconia. This garnet halo ring is made with sterling silver

Garnets are available in almost every color including purple, green, and yellow. The most common color of garnet is a deep red. Garnet is a semiprecious stone and is the birthstone for January. Red garnets are mined in Madagascar and South Africa (Mozambique) and have a hardness of 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale. For more garnet jewelry click here. Rhodolite garnets can vary from a purple-red to a raspberry red color. Rhodolite garnets are mined in Brazil and India.

 
Iolite

A 14k gold band with an offset iolite stone. The small oval Iolite is a medium blueish purple color

Iolite rings available in 14k gold (white or yellow) and in sterling silver.

 

Moissanite

A two stone ring with a round medium blue topaz and a round white moissanite, set into 14k white gold

Moissanite jewelry is used as an alternative to diamonds.

 

Opal

Colorful rainbow white opal set into a thick sterling silver band. The sterling is darkly oxidized. The white opal contrasts with the dark band

 A colorful opal set in an oxidized sterling silver band. Opal and tourmaline are both birthstones for October. More white opal rings and fire opal rings are available.

 

Pearl

A medium sized white pearl is set into a swirled sterling silver band

Natural freshwater pearl ring in sterling silver. Pearl and alexandrite are birthstones for June. For more pearl jewelry click here.

 

 
Peridot

A two stone ring with round stones, a period and emerald set into sterling silver

Peridot and emerald two stone ring in sterling silver. View more peridot rings. Peridot is a semiprecious olive-green stone that is made of the mineral olivine. The color of peridot is natural and not enhanced. Peridot is mined in many countries, including the U.S., Brazil, and Australia. Peridot is the birthstone of August, and has a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale.

 

Ruby

A large medium red ruby oval with a small white cubic zirconia accent stone next to it set into sterling silver

A beautiful rich red ruby in sterling silver. Ruby is the birthstone for July. View more ruby jewelry here.

 
Sapphire

Two stone ring with oval stones, a blue sapphire and a light blue aquamarine, in sterling silver

Blue sapphire and aquamarine ring in sterling silver. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. View more blue sapphire rings.

 

Tanzanite

A medium purple round stone set into a sterling silver solitaire band

Both lab created and natural tanzanite jewelry is available. To view our tanzanite rings, click here. The majority of tanzanite gemstones are heated to achieve their purple color. Most tanzanites start off as a brownish/gray color and unheated purple tanzanites are rare. Tanzanite is one of the birthstones for December.

 

Tourmaline


Tourmaline comes in many different colors. Tourmaline and opal are the birthstones for October. To view our tourmaline rings, click here. 

 

Turquoise


Sleeping beauty turquoise is a vibrant blue variant of turquoise. For more turquoise jewelry, click here. Turquoise ranges from a sky blue to a blue-green color. Turquoise is mined in the southwest United States, and Arizona is the leading producer of excellent quality turquoise. Sleeping beauty turquoise is only mined at the Sleeping Beauty mine in Globe, Arizona. Since the mine is now closed, the value of natural sleeping beauty turquoise has risen. Sleeping beauty turquoise is known for it's pure sky blue color, without veins or webs, which occurs in most turquoise. Turquoise is the birthstone for December, along with zircon, tanzanite, and blue topaz, and it has a hardness of 5-6 on the Mohs scale.