Gemstones are a reflection of a person’s status in life. The more rare that it gets, the more desirable it becomes. That is why those seemingly innocuous stones and minerals can actually command millions of dollars. On the dark side, it can also be a cause for exploitation and even war.
|Corundum var. ruby on large painite crystal, Mogok, Burma.|
Up to 20.000 $ per carat
|Natural Musgravite Pear,7.80 mm (multicolour)|
Named after the Musgrave Ranges, Australia, where it was first discovered. Its hardness is 8 to 8.5 on the Mohs scale. Only eight specimens of this gem have been identified. Musgravite, however, is very similar to another gem called taaffeite, so it is possible that some taaffeites have just been misidentified. Up to $35.000 per carat.
|Alexandrite step cut cushion|
Poudretteite is an extremely rare mineral and gemstone that was first discovered as minute crystals in Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec,Canada, during the 1960s. It was initially thought to be extremely rare, but several of this gemstone was discovered in Myanmar in 2003.
It was first described in 1907 by George D. Louderback, who named it benitoite for its occurrence near the headwaters of the San Benito River in San Benito County, California. It has a strong blue color and emits dispersion similar to that of a diamond. Under ultraviolet light, it radiates an intense blue-white color. Benitoites usually come less than a carat, though the largest ever found weighed 15.42 carats.
Serendibite is an extremely rare boron-bearing mineral that is only rarely found as facet grade material. There appear to be only two sources for gem quality serendibite, the Ratanapura area in Sri Lanka, and the Mogok stone tract in Northern Myanmar.
|Crown of Fire Photo by Robert Weldon.|
It was first described in 1904 for an occurrence, its type locality, at Maynard's Claim (Pismire Knolls), Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah. Red beryl is very rare and has only been reported from a handful of locations including: Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah; Paramount Canyon andRound Mountain, Sierra County, New Mexico. Prices for top quality natural red beryl can be as high as $10,000 per carat for finished stones.