Color Diamonds

All About Color

At Mark Loren Designs, we’re passionate about exotic, vibrant, beautifully colored gemstones of every color in the rainbow. In fact, we have one of the most spectacular collections of colored gemstone jewelry, both raw and cut and polished in Fort Myers! Colors that range from the calming shades of blue and turquoise, reminiscent of the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, to the vibrant orange and red hues of a spectacular sunset. Colored gemstones are one of our specialties, and we love sharing what we know about our wide selection of gems. Here are a few of our favorites:

GARNET

January Birthstone

This gem is available in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite. We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron. Garnets have long been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home. With its stunning variety of colors and its mystical powers, it has been given as a gift for all occasions for centuries.

AMETHYST

February Birthstone

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Amethysts complement both warm and cool colors, so they look just great set in both yellow and white metals. This unique ability also means it pairs well with almost every color in your wardrobe.

AQUAMARINE

March Birthstone

The name aquamarine speaks for itself, meaning seawater. Aquamarine immediately brings to mind its serene pastel sky blue or the brighter colors of the sea. Aquamarines are found in a range of blues; from a pale pastel to a greenish-blue to a deep color. Darker shades of blue are increasingly rare and, in turn, make the value increase. Aquamarine is more common as a pastel gemstone, but the color can be more intense in larger gemstones. Smaller aquamarines tend to be less vivid.

DIAMOND

April Birthstone

Since ancient times, diamonds have been much-admired objects of desire. Formed far beneath the Earth’s surface over a billion years ago, diamonds are the hardest gem of all. They also have a long history of folklore; some say diamonds were created when bolts of lightning struck rocks, and others claim the gem possesses healing powers. You can read more about diamonds here.

EMERALD

May Birthstone

Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous female monarch, was as famous for wearing emeralds in her time as Liz Taylor was for wearing diamonds in ours. The deeper and more vivid the color of green, the more valuable the emerald. The most valuable and beautiful emeralds exhibit an intense bluish hue in addition to their bold green color. Emeralds, among the rarest of gems, are almost always found with “birthmarks”, known as inclusions. Some inclusions are expected and do not detract from the value of the stone.

ALEXANDRITE

June Birthstone

If you like magic, you’ll love alexandrite, the color-changing, trick-to-the-eye gem. In daylight, it is a cool blueish, mossy green. But, if you step inside a building’s interior and it is a red gem with a warm, raspberry tone. You can also watch the colors flicker back and forth by switching from fluorescent to incandescent light. The value of alexandrites increase as the color change becomes more distinct.

MOONSTONE

June Birthstone

Ancient Romans believed that this shimmering rock was formed from frozen moonlight, giving it the name moonstone. With colors ranging from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink and clarity that goes from transparent to translucent, the best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color. Found in India and Madagascar, the rainbow moonstone has a variety of colors, from pink to yellow, to peach, purple, and blue.

RUBY

July Birthstone

The ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion. For centuries, this gem has been considered the king of all gems. The color of a ruby is the most important feature of the gemstone. You’ll find them in a range of red hues from purplish and bluish red to orange-red. The brightest and most valuable color of ruby is often “a Burmese Ruby” – an indication that it is a rich, passionate, hot, full red color with a slight blue hue.

PERIDOT

August Birthstone

Believe it or not, most peridots come from Arizona, but it is also found in China, Myanmar, and Pakistan. Peridot is available in several colors ranging from yellowish green to brown, but the bright lime greens and olive greens are the most desired. If you prefer citrus tones or earth tones, you’ll find that peridot belongs in your jewelry collection. Peridot gemstones smaller than three carats are quite common but gemstones over five carats are rare, and therefore have a higher value. Peridots in 10 to 15 carats are even rarer but provide a big and bold look at an affordable price.

SAPPHIRE

September Birthstone

When people hear the word sapphire, it immediately conjures up a stunning violet-blue gemstone because the word “sapphire” is Greek for blue. The sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires with highly saturated violet blue color and “velvety” or “sleepy” transparency are rare. The purer the blue of the sapphire, the greater the price. Sapphires are not only blue. They come in almost every color of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet to name just a few. The most sought-after color sapphire is the rare and beautiful padparadscha: a pink-orange corundum with a distinctive salmon color reminiscent of a tropical sunset. These ultra-rare, ultra-expensive stones are among the most coveted gems in the world.

OPAL

October Birthstone

In ancient times, the opal was known as the Queen of Gems because it encompassed the colors of all other gems. Each opal is truly one-of-a-kind; as unique as our fingerprints. Some prefer the calming flashes of blues and greens; others love the bright reds and yellows. With its rainbow of colors, as you turn and move the opal, the color plays and shifts, giving you a gem that can be worn with anything. Since opals are the most individual gemstone with its range of colors, you should choose one that showcases your color preference and pattern.

TOURMALINE

October Birthstone

Available in a wide range of colors and combinations, tourmaline lives up to its name, which means “mixed stone”. Cranberry red, hot magenta, bubblegum pink, peach and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet: tourmaline is all of these and more. Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in one gemstone. These bi-color or tri-color gems are available in many combinations and are highly prized. With tourmalines in so many colors, you’re sure to find one in your favorite!

CITRINE

November Birthstone

The bright and shining citrine was said to be a gift from the sun. The name citrine, which is French for “lemon”, fits well with its color range of juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown. Most people choose a citrine based on their personal preference, but some of the most sought-after citrine gemstones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red color. Citrine is one of the most popular and affordable gemstones. It is relatively plentiful and available in a wide range of sizes and shapes. These reasons make it a great gem for any big, bold, statement piece you’re craving.

TOPAZ

November Birthstone

In shades of yellow, brown, honey, green, blue, red, pink and sometimes no color at all, topaz is very appealing. It can be more commonly found in an amber gold, yellow, or a blushing pink orange but a pale pink or a sherry red topaz is very exceptional. The most prized color of topaz is called imperial topaz and features a magnificent orange with pink undertones. Blue, once the rarer color of topaz, is the most common today due to man’s ability to enhance its color; topaz with a naturally blue color is very rare. With its worldwide appeal throughout the centuries, once you find that perfect topaz, you’ll soon be under its spell.

TANZANITE

December Birthstone

Tanzanite is a unique gemstone found in only one place on Earth: the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite has surged in popularity and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and striking assortments of violet blue to purple tones. Rarely pure blue, tanzanite almost always displays its signature overtones of purple. In smaller sizes, tanzanite usually contains lighter tones with the lavender color being more common. In larger sizes, tanzanite typically displays a deeper, richer, beautiful blue or violet blue.

TURQUOISE

December Birthstone

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones and its popularity has spanned the globe for centuries.

Turquoise is an opaque, light to dark blue or blue-green gem with its finest color being an intense blue. This gemstone may contain narrow veins of other materials isolated or interwoven. They are usually black, brown, or yellowish-brown in color. Known as the matrix, these veins of color are sometimes in the form of an intricate pattern, called a spider web.

ZIRCON

December Birthstone

The zircon is available in beautiful earth tones of green, dark red, yellow, brown, and orange. Today, the most popular are the vivid blue and bright Caribbean Sea colors. The spectrum of beautiful colors, its rarity and affordability are why it is becoming more popular today. Some gem collectors seek out zircon from different locations, capturing these gems in every color of the rainbow – colorless, green, blue, yellow, brown, orange, dark red, and all the colors in between.

Beyond birthstones, there are a myriad of gemstones we love. Here are a few:

JADE

Dating back to 2950 B.C., jade has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone. Because it was thought to preserve the body after death, jade can be found in emperors’ tombs from thousands of years ago. Even to this day, many people believe that jade will protect them from harm. Jade is known for its vivid green and is typically cut in shimmery, smooth shapes but it also comes in lavender, pink, yellow, and white. Wearing a stunning piece of jade jewelry is sure to make anyone ‘green’ with envy.

MORGANITE

With its dazzling brilliance and soft colors of clear pink, peach, and hot fuchsia, it’s no wonder this gemstone, growing in popularity, is known as the stone of divine love. The delicate pink gem promotes love and prosperity. With shades of pink dominating the fashion industry, morganite is a favorite for women of all ages. Coming in pinks from subtle lavenders to bright fuchsias and even pastel pink apricot blends, morganite exudes charm and tenderness. Its wide appeal is due to its coloring that complements all skin tones and can be set in both white or yellow gold.

ONYX

Onyx is most commonly a black gemstone, but it surprisingly is also available in white, reddish brown, brown, and banded. A variety of onyx that is reddish brown with white and lighter reddish bands is known as sardonyx. Black is timeless and never goes out of style, which is why you can never go wrong with black onyx. Its appealing rich black color is both classic and contemporary.

Looking for more information on colored gemstones? You can find it at the American Gem Trade Association.