Most Expensive Crystals
Crystals and gemstones have always been objects of wealth, beauty, and rare pieces of possession. It takes millions of years for crystals to form in nature and only a fraction of those will ever be found, mined, cut, and sold as gemstones. The value of gemstones depends on many factors, including rarity, quality, setting, and even politics
Dig in to the world of incredibly expensive jewels with the rundown of ten of the world's rarest and most valuable gemstones as follows :
1. The Pink Star Diamond - $1,395,761 per carat :
The Pink Star Diamond is a "Fancy Vivid Pink" diamond that was mined in 1999 in South Africa. Weighing in at 59.6 carats, this gem was sold by Sotheby's for a record $83 million: more than any other diamond - or any gem - ever sold.
2. Painite - $50,000-60,000 per carat :
In the 1950s, minerologist Arthur C.D. Paine encountered an unusual brownish stone in Myanmar (Burma) that turned out to be one of the planet's rarest gems. For decades, only two cut specimens were known to exist, causing the jewel to be more or less "priceless." In recent years, a few more crystals have been found.It has a composition of Calcium, Zirconium, Boron, Aluminum, Oxygen.
3. Musgravite - $35,000 per carat :
Another precious stone in the same family as Taaffeite, this stone's color ranges from a brilliant greenish gray to purple. Musgravite was discovered in 1967 in the Musgrave Range of Southern Australia, and for many years there were only eight known specimens. Recently, small quantities of Musgravite have been located in Greenland, Antarctica, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Tanzania.
4. Jadeite - $20,000 per carat :
Prized most when it is colored a deep, translucent green, Jadeite is mainly found in limited quantities in Myanmar. In 1997, Christie's auction house sold a Jadeite necklace for nearly $10 million. The highest quality "Imperial" Jadeite can sell for millions of dollars per carat when cut and polished. It is composed of Sodium, Aluminum, Iron, Silicon, Oxygen.
5. Alexandrite - $12,000 per carat
6. Red Beryl - $10,000 per carat
7. Benitoite - $3000-4000 per carat
8. Opal - $2355 per carat
9. Taaffeite - $1500-2500 per carat
10. Tanzanite - $600-1000 per carat
These crystals and gemstones are the most prized possessions for many and its limited nature makes it all the more valuable. These crystal gemstones are also widely used in gemmology, which is believed to bring in good luck when properly prescribed to any individual.