Precious Stones That Look Great But Won't Break The Bank

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Jewelry is a beautiful thing that can enhance the look of any outfit, but it comes at a cost - literally. It’s not hard to spend $5000 on a necklace or a ring. And at the end of all that spending, you have one new accessory that you can add to your wardrobe. It’s a travesty. 

The good news, though, if that you don’t have to buy the most expensive gemstones, like diamonds and sapphires. There are hundreds of precious and semi-precious stones from which to choose, all with interesting features. 

The current market for precious stones is somewhat rigged anyway. The price of diamonds probably wouldn’t be as high as it is, were it not for the monopoly that certain companies have on the world’s most productive diamond mines. The companies that dig the stones out of the ground limit the number that they supply to the market. Combined with clever branding that portrays diamonds as the ultimate in desirability, we end up with high prices and little to show for it. 

The same setup is not true of other precious and equally beautiful stones. Aquamarine, jet, topaz, and ruby are all considerably less expensive and allow you to wear much larger rocks. Stones are often double or triple the size you’d get if you went for jewelry made with traditional precious stones. Plus, the price would be about ten times less. 

While the metal element of jewelry - the gold and silver - is expensive. It is nothing like as costly as you might think. For most items, the real costs are in the gemstones themselves, unless, of course, you buy a thick chain. Your strategy for purchasing jewelry, therefore, should be to choose quality metals and then combine them with stones that look great but don’t empty your bank account. 


Opal is a kind of bluey-turquoise stone that looks like a swirl of color. It is, allegedly, the queen of gems and often features colors that look as if they have been blended. It is the October birthstone.

Wearing an opal nose ring can help to complete any outfit. You can also find this stone in regular rings as well as earrings. 


Peridot is different from the majority of precious stones out there, including diamonds. The stone only comes in a single color - a dark, leafy green. Companies mine peridot across the world in countries like the USA, China, and Pakistan. The stone is beautiful but also highly affordable. Legend has it that the wearer protects themselves against nightmares!


Tanzanite, like peridot, is a rare gemstone that comes in a single color - this time a deep navy blue. Tanzanite is only found in one place in the world - the mines surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. 

Tanzanite is available in various shapes and sizes and is usually presented as a single, large stone on items of jewelry. It is famed for its ability to provide the wearer with mental stability and focus - ideal for the office.

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