Rarest Engagement Gems

Padparadscha Sapphire, GIA Certified, Natural GIA Certified Diamonds, 18k

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Pink Topaz, to be mounted. No treatment, very rare. Most topaz is irradiated to get this color. Ready to mount. Brazil.

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Teaberry Pink (also known as Imperial Pink) Malaya Garnet. Very Rare, ready to mount. One of the rarest garnets on earth. Hard enough for everyday wear. Perfect engagement gem. Rough Malaya garnet may no longer be legally removed from East Africa.

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Considered the finest example of Russian, dichroic Rubellite. This super rare tourmaline is not the standard red or pink and comes with an information sheet explaining just how rare this gem is and why it is so dazzling and beautiful,) This mega-Rare, flawless, tourmaline is one of the rarest in the world. This flawless, master-cut gem is known as “The Tigress,” and it is as exotic as its namesake, the tiger. Shown here in shade it is even more dazzling in sunlight. An engagement gem for the wild child.

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This neon-pink Mozambique Rubellite, though large at 7 carats, is stunning and would make any girl happy mounted in platinum with a couple of accent diamonds. A dead ringer for ruby this is natural, earth mined, Rubellite tourmaline.

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Over 50,000 times more rare than sapphire; this blue spinel is from one of the rarest locations and most desirable, Madagascar. Usually over 3500.00 per carat for true Madagascan, blue spinel (untreated), you’ll be pleased with the price. About as hard as sapphire it will stand up to daily wear. Royal Blue!

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What Is Rubellite and Why Is It So Expensive?

Rubellite is a form of tourmaline which closely resembles ruby. Specimens have been found in royal jewel collections mistaken as ruby for centuries. Under modern testing techniques large rubies mounted in crowns, necklaces and scepters have turned out to be rubellite tourmaline.

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Rubellite is one of the most valuable tourmalines and can sell for thousands of dollars a carat. Lower quality or standard pink and red tourmaline may sell for much less. The word rubellite was coined from the root word(s), “ruby like,” which morphed into the more scientific sounding term, rubellite.

The price of tourmaline has gone up substantially with the resurgence of interest in colored gems and popularity of tourmaline which comes in virtually every color. The most expensive varieties are rubellite and the (usually,) artificially heated newcomer, “Paraiba,” tourmaline which is subjected to high heat to go from pinkish red to greenish-blue or “swimming pool blue,” that is so prized in jewelry. Naturally occurring (no heat,) Paraiba, blue tourmaline from Brazil can exceed the price of unheated sapphire and sells in excess of 10,000.00 a carat.

Heating also improves clarity, so beware of the, “too perfect,” rubellite. While Paraiba for the most part has gone down in price; rubellite continues to increase in value right along with its namesake, the ruby. As ruby prices soar the price of rubellite climbs too. Rubellite like emerald is a type III gem, meaning it rarely comes without inclusions (imperfections visible to the naked eye) however, unless the imperfections detract from the beauty or integrity of the gem they do little if anything to bring down the gem’s value.
You will almost never see an emerald without eye visible inclusions and the same goes for rubellite.

Rubellite should have inclusions and the “gemmy,” look of an emerald; only in the ruby range shades of red to purplish pink. While they do exist, the chances of you finding a large (5 carat +) rubellite without inclusions for less than $10,000.00 a carat would be, odd and highly suspect. If a rubellite has no inclusions it is most likely not of the highest quality, or even a fake. However, as with emeralds, the inclusions should not detract from the beauty of the gem. In other words, expect inclusions in fine rubellite and emerald it is part of the gems identity and signature. If the inclusions detract from the gem’s beauty, on, too close to the surface, or unattractive, pass it by. If the gem is beautiful get over this American obsession with clear and clean, which is fine for diamonds but not rubellite, or emerald, again like emerald they are Type III Gems.

After color and clarity, origin affects value in rubellite the most. The finest rubellite we have seen comes out of Nigeria. Mozambique and Brazil and is a dead ringer for the color of a top ruby. This material is expensive and hard to come by but some dealers were fortunate to buy the rough early on. This allows those dealers to sell the gems at competitive pricing, for now.

Rubellite has retained, even gained in its value and is considered by many in the jewelry industry to be a top investment gem but be sure you know who you are dealing with. If in doubt it is strongly suggested you buy a gem certified by experts such as the labs of GIA. They can detect heat, type of stone and even the origin of a gem. Though large (5 carat+), rubellite can still be too expensive for many people to invest in if you buy wisely it should maintain its value and may be handed down from generation to generation.

Rubellite is hard enough to be worn in rings, but most people consider it too precious for everyday wear. Gems are always safer in pendants than on the hand and a large rubellite set in an enhancer and hung from a strand of pearls can make a regal statement in any crowd. But it will take daily wear if you choose, but avoid chemicals.

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Remember, a top-quality gem does not need diamonds to be beautiful, usually small accent diamonds are enough. A good stone should look good even if mounted alone in a solitaire mounting. Diamonds drive the price up. If you do use diamonds, high quality is better than larger inferior diamonds. A lot of younger buyers are choosing man-made diamonds which are real diamonds but not earth- mined and they are conflict free plus less expensive than earth-mined diamonds.

A quality rubellite set in jewelry with accent diamonds will be more rare than the diamonds surrounding it. Diamonds are not rare as gems go. They are expensive because the mine owners control the release of the gems to keep demand up. They have to store them in underground vaults because if they were all released at once people would start thinking about the fact that you can buy diamonds at Walmart, but not rubellite tourmaline.

One other fact is, the finest rubellite is never brown in tone. Pigeon blood red, (purplish pink) is the finest color of rubellite tourmaline, at least as far as most jewelers are concerned.

Places Rubellite are mined:
Afghanistan, Nigeria, Madagascar, United States, Brazil

This blog was written by Ezekiel Loftin of Chateau Peridot a subsidiary of Twisted South LLC.

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Engagement Rings, Brokering Your Own Ring to Save Money.

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This teaberry pink spinel is an example of the gems women are choosing in place of Diamonds. Millennial buyers want rarity, color and value.

Most of the cost of your engagement ring is the main stone, usually a diamond in the past. Did you know engagement size diamonds are not rare, they are a controlled commodity. The huge diamond companies keep them vaulted underground and release them in increments. If they released all of them at one time the cost of diamonds would crash. Like in the movie, Blood Diamonds this would really happen which is why the huge diamond companies wanted the free flowing mines shut down, too many diamonds were flooding the market without the careful inventory control. Think about this. Walmart sells diamonds but never an untreated blue spinel, sapphire or ruby. They are really rare and they are not abundant enough to even fill an order and unlike diamonds the more spinel that hits the market the higher they go because many of the mines are depleted and there are no huge underground warehouses hoarding the excess material.

Blue spinel is an example of a gem so rare that when one buying surge hit the market it depleted almost the entire supply in Sri Lanka, Burma and Vietnam. The price went off the chart and it will rise even more in the future unless they find a new source and currently there is not one. That makes spinel an investment gem. Something you buy now because it may not be there later or be so expensive like Burmese and Kashmir sapphire it will be mined out completely and sell for astronomical prices per carat. And blue spinel was never treated like 99% of all sapphire it was naturally the vivid blues, pinks, violets, purples and reds. Blue is now treated with cobalt which is the natural element in spinel that makes it blue. The treated stones are generally gray or muddy in color and almost worthless and treated spinel is not worth much more and can be detected by the labs like GIA. Ruby can still be found untreated as well as sapphire but if we send the same gem to two labs they can come back as treated from one lab and untreated from the other. Spinel treatment on the other hand is of only one type and can be easily and accurately detected. The bulk of the blue spinel gems we have at Chateau Spinel were purchased prior to any treatment even being available so we have high confidence in our gems and our sources.

Ruby and sapphire even if treated with simple heat only are often much more beautiful than any diamond. Diamonds sparkle and have the illusion of being rare regardless of size and now they can treat diamonds to improve their color and clarity. All treatments lower the value, period. Even oiling an emerald can drop its value by over 10,000.00 a carat! The labs can even detect oil on the gem from the equipment they use to mine the rough.

Untreated good. Treated bad is a simple rule of thumb. Exceptions are simple heat in sapphires. Just assume your sapphire is treated unless you have a GIA cert saying otherwise.

Also, people are now buying synthetic diamonds like Moissanite that are lab created diamonds that will fool diamond testing equipment. Why? Because the equipment only realizes they are a real diamond not that they are manmade. These manmade diamonds are creeping into the market every single day and being sold as natural earth mined diamonds.

People are choosing diamonds as accent stones for engagement jewelry which allows them to add nicer diamonds at a smaller size and then add a ruby, spinel, emerald and even rare garnet or tourmaline as the main gem. Sapphire also continues to be a popular choice as the main gem in engagement rings and blue spinel (untreated, see our blog on buying blue spinel,) is an up and comer more rare than ruby, sapphire and diamond and comes in extraordinary shades of pink, red, clear and the rarest and most beautiful blues.

By purchasing your main gem you can get as much as 300% savings and stretch your engagement budget. Chateau Peridot will allow you to make reasonable offers on gems just like they do their wholesale customers (jewelers) but you have to ask (via email contact@chateauperidot.com , and we generally do not advertise this fact. Chateau Peridot will also allow you to use their artisan and wholesale jewelers to design and build your ring in platinum and gold settings and you can have an original ring for less than the cost of a cookie cutter ring setting. They do not mark up settings by 100-300% but instead offer it as a service for an average 29% fee or less.

Here are some examples of main stone alternates available at  Chateau Peridot and you may make offers as high as 50% off on any gem. More than that and your request will possibly be rejected or we would counter. On some gems we have room in price due to our bulk buys and cutting our own rough which we buy direct from the mines or our agents worldwide. Pricing is formulated based on the current value of the gem. I would not make offers on sale items. Below are blue and pink spinel, green tsavorite garnets cut by an award winning gem cutter, and top quality ruby.

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Chateau Peridot, Fine Gems

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7+ carat rare Cobalt Blue Spinel, Ceylon

Chateau Peridot was named after our French Second Empire home in Virginia, built in 1875. My wife our dogs and I live in the Chateau and do business in an office in Roanoke by appointment only. We sell our gems primarily to jewelers but we recently opened our stock to the public online.

We strive to help our customers save money by using the same formula the jewelry stores use. Purchase the finest main stone you can afford. Have your gem certified if you wish (We will help you get a GIA certification,) and choose your mounting from thousands we have available through the same companies jewelry store use, but for a fraction of the cost. We provide free design assistance and when you have found your ideal mounting be it silver, gold or platinum you may add diamond accents if you wish and we will work with you from beginning to end on your budget.

What does this mean for me how do I save?

First like a jewelry store you are buying your main gem wholesale and we carry much finer gems than most jewelry stores. We never buy our gems (except diamonds,) through the companies that make our mountings. We have found none that can match our quality and price. They do however give us very reasonable costs on the diamonds, platinum and gold you will want to mount your gem in. Since we do not have a large overhead we are able to work on small margins on the mountings giving you close to the cost the average jewelry store pays. In essence you have cut out the middlemen.

Why are you saying your gems are better?

Because we go direct to the mines, mine agents, and gem cutters to buy the finest material they have to offer. They know our standards and when gems come up they know we would be interested in we have bought the gems almost immediately after they are discovered and many times we have bought up all of the finest gems and/or rough before the jewelers even know they exist. Jewelers rarely have time to do this, they would have to hire a team. This is what we do and we risk our money at times in turbulent oversea locations because the most beautiful gems seem to appear in the most dangerous places on earth both geographically and politically. We buy direct from award winning cutters on three continents and are proud to represent the finest cutters in the United States, Europe and Asia. We can buy these gems cheaper than you can buy them direct from the cutter, because we get volume discounts.

How do I save money on design?

We offer all basic design free and if you want something even more special it will cost you 100.00 to 350.00 more. Or if you want a fabulous piece for the red carpet the sky is the limit but you always get discount rates even when working with our top design firms.

How do I save on the mounting?

We do not make our money on the mounting. This is a service we offer. Many jewelers double and even triple their mounting costs. Our charge is 10 to 30% of the total cost of the mounting and that is WHOLESALE COST! Whether you have 300.00 or 50,000.00+ to spend we will respect your budget and old fashioned advice is free. We love to talk to our customers and we are located in the United States and are a small family company

How do I know I am getting a good deal?

Our stones are not treated (a few exceptions exist and they are marked TREATED very prominently. We only carry the treated stones our customers have requested and have less than 20 in stock. Our gems are of the finest quality, cherry-picked by us out of what is available. We buy them before the market drives the prices up and pass that savings on to you in the gem, design and mounting prices. We save you a lot of money! We buy the best color, clarity and cut the miners and cutters offer. Our estate jewelry is below appraisal value. When we finish your piece we will happily have your piece appraised for a reasonable fee and if it is not worth at least 50% more than we charged you then you pay nothing. We will credit back your account 100% and not ship your piece.