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Top 15 Rare gemstones in the World

Top 15 Rare gemstones in the World

Exploring the crystal world? We bet you wanna have all of them crystals as soon as possible, right? Before you go on that long journey of finding all the crystals on earth, let us show you the 15 rare gemstones in the world so that you can have an idea what you really want. Some crystals are a million times rarer than diamond, you wouldn’t believe.

Well, let’s get started!

Which Are the Rarest Rare Gemstones in The World?

stack of precious rare gemstones in the world

If you’ve heard about any of the crystals below, will you promise to talk about it in the comments below? We would love to know their energies if you’re a crystal user too. Without further ado, let’s find out which are the rarest gemstones on Earth.

·      Painite

Priced approximately $50,000 to $60,000 per carat, painite is a borate crystal. It has aluminum, zirconium, oxygen and calcium in addition. Discovered first in Myanmar, Painite is named after its discoverer Arthur Pain. Iron in painite gives it the typical brown to red color. It shows a natural hexagonal shape and truth be told, only two faceted stones and two dozens of painite have been known until 2004.

Even Guinness Book of World Records has named Painite the rarest gemstones in the world. For years, only two stones were to known to us. In recent years, more painite is discovered in Myanmar, amounting to a 1000.

·      Grandiderite

A gemstone originating from Madagascar, Grandiderite transmits blue, white and green lights.  It was first discovered in 1902 by Alfred Lacroix. He named it after the Madgascar historian Alfred Grandidier. Souther Madagascar is famous for the stone now. Blue green variety of the stone is the rarest.

Sri Lanka is another place where Grandiderite is found in the world. It was first thought of as Serendibite at first. Only one stone is known till date. It is a scratch resitatant stone perfect for jewelry.

·      Musgravite

Seen in olive green to greyish purple color, Musgravite only ten musgravite are found in the world. It was once confused with taaffeite and hence easy to miss. Musgravite was first found in 1993 and then in 2005.

·      Taaffeite

Another one of the most expensive gemstones that is also rare, Taaffeite fetchest $2,500 per carat. It is found in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Named after Bohemian gemologist Richard Taaffe for his discovery of the stone in 1945, Taaffeite is found in scarce quantity. It was discovered by chance and first thought of as Spinels. The truth is less than 50 taaffeite stones exist in the world!

·      Poudretteite

Discovered in Quebec, Poudretty quarry, it is one of the elusive stones in the world. It was found in 1965 and named after the family that owned the quarry. There are no clean poudretteite weighing more than a carat. This rarest gemstone was found in 2000 that broke the odds with 9.41 carats in total. It can be seen at Smithsonian Museum after it was acquired in 2007.

·      Red Beryl

Originating from one mine in the Wah Wah mountaints, Ruby Violet Mine, Red Beryl is discovered once every 150,000 diamonds. Manganese is the reason why this beryl is red. It is also mined in Mexico, Utah and New Mexico. Red beryl in 2 to 3 carats are rarest of the rare as usual finds are just a few millimetres in size. It is known that 95% of red beryl found are lower grade. It was discovered in the early 20th century by Maynard Bixby and seen in colors of red and raspberry pink.

·      Benitoite

Named after the place of Discovery- San Benito in California, Benitoite was first found in 1907. J. M Couch is the discoverer of the stone and mistook it as a sapphire. It contains aluminum, barium and titanium minerals too. Found almost-always less than 2 carats, it is often mistaken as spinel too.

 The colors range from blue to purple. When placed under UV light, Benitoite glows like a fluorescent chalk. It is the State Gem of California with the mining closed since 2006. The same gemstone is found scarcely in Japan and Australia too.

·      Jadeite

The highest prized shade of jadeite is the dark transparent green. It was in 1997 that Christy’s sold a Jadeite for 10 Million. Barbara Hutton’s Jadeite was sold off to Cartier for 27.44 Million. It is known to fetch prices as high as 3 Million per carat.

·      Alexandrite

The pleochroic effect of changing colors is what makes Alexandrite unique. It is emerald by day and ruby by night!

But, do you know, Alexandrite is one of the rarest stones in the world? It is a mineral with titanium, chromium and iron. The Smithsonian is known to have World’s largest gemstone Alexandrite weighing 65.08 carats. It can fetch up to $70,000 per carat. Found in Russia, Alexandrite is named after Alexander II.

·      Paraiba Tourmaline

With a neon hue, Paraiba Tourmaline is selective and eye catchy. One stone is mined for every 10,000 diamonds. Nigeria and Mozambique are the chief sources of world’s most rarest Paraiba Tourmaline.  It was discovered in 1987 by Heitor Dimas Barbosa.

·      Tanzanite

Originating from Tanzania, Tanzanite is a type of zoisite. It is usually found at Killimanjaro in Tanzani. It is supposed to finish up in 20-30 years, if the mining of tanzanite continues like this. The extremely rare stone was first discovered in 1960. Scoring 7 on MOHS, Tanzanite was first brought to the world by Tiffany and Co. The purple stones fetches anywhere from $800 to $1200 per carat.

·      Black Opal

The beautiful iridescent stone is rare and mined from New South Wales in Australia. Black Opal is also the nation stone of Australia. Priced $3,500 per carat, biggest black opal is called the Royal One. Another popular black opal is Aurora Australis, weighing 180-carats, found in 1938.

·      Larimar

Originating from the Dominican Republic, Larimar is a turquoise colored stone of translucent hues. It is named after the daughter of Miguel Mendez- Lairssa with the word for sea- mar.

·      Serendibite

Found in 1902 by Dunil Palitha Gunasekara in Sri Lanka, Serendibite is named after the Arabic name of Sri Lanka. It is refered as such as in Sixth Voyage of Sindbad. There are three serendibite in the world weighing 0.35 carats, 0.55 carats and 0.56 carats. It is composed of Oxygen, boron and silicon.

·      Jeremjevite

Valued $2000 per carat, jeremjevite is a stone found in Siberia. One of the most expensive gemstones in the world, Jeremjevite occurs during the formation of Serendibite.


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