You’d be surprised.
Something we’re asked a lot: what’s the most valuable stone you have?
Our answer is always: that depends. More often than not, our customers come to us with a good idea of what stones they like or want featured in their custom-made jewellery. Our goal is always to give you something that will be lovingly worn daily.
Still, it begs the question: what gemstone is the most valuable?
First off: it’s probably not a diamond. At least, not the diamonds you’re thinking of. On the official appraisal market, the value of a stone is determined by the four C’s - Color, Cut, Carat, and Clarity. Most of these variables are, well, variable and objective. It can take years of training to determine what makes for an idea cut or clarity. Even then, it may come down to preference.
Still, all in, most diamonds on the market today average somewhere around 5,100 CAD. And while that falls within most diamond marketer’s idea of a “two month’s salary,” it is nowhere near the value of something like a:
Discovered as recently as the 1960s, this stone might be the rarest in the world - which certainly adds to its value. On record, only about 10 of these stones exist, and only one of them was large enough to cut into a gem. While the Musgravite is not available for consumer markets, the ones that have been sold have gone for upwards of $35,000 per carat.
If you’re looking for something more available and a little more affordable, you might consider the beauty of the:
Discovered and mined almost exclusively in Northern Tanzania, this stone was also first discovered in the 60s. To the untrained eye, the blue versions of this stone can be mistaken for a sapphire. To maximize the color and clarity, we suggest using tanzanites that are five carats or greater - and this one goes for upwards of $1,500 a carat. We also suggest getting it soon, as the limited supply of this stone could be depleted before long.
But if you want something truly valuable, we suggest:
Letting Us Guide You.
The price tag on a stone is only one factor in the overall value. From what you pick to who you select it for, all the way down to the occasion you want to remember, the value of a gemstone is just as much about the story behind the stone as the stone itself. Additionally, the setting of the stone, the materials of the ring, and the artisanship of the designer is all just as important.
We believe you are just as much a part of the value of the gemstones as anything else, and we stand behind this idea with every custom piece of jewelry we make. Whether you have an event on the horizon or are just browsing for fun, we invite you to come in and take a look at what our designers and gemologist can come up with for you.