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Colored Diamonds and Gemstones 101

Color Cues
So which hue suits you? Pick a color and intensity that match your fashion palette. Most stones occur in a range of shades, so you should fall in love with a color, not a gem. If a blue diamond is beyond your budget, there are at least seven different stones to consider, from a light aquatic aquamarine to a deep blue sapphire. Translation? You can pick the best gem for your budget or lifestyle.

Worn by a woman, blue gems are said to represent jealousy in love, politeness, and vigilance; on a man they stand for wisdom and noble thoughts.

  • Blue Topaz: Pastel to dark blue to blue green.
  • Iolite: Violet blue.
  • Aquamarine: Pastel to deep blue to blue green. Aquamarine is the universal symbol of youth, hope, and health. To dream of aquamarine represents the making of new friends; to wear aquamarine earrings brings love and affection. A beautiful cerulean shade, this gem was supposedly presented to the mermaids by Neptune, king of the sea.
    Spinel: Gray blue to green blue to true pastel blue.
  • Chalcedony: Smoky to milky blue.
  • Tanzanite: Violet blue.
  • Sapphire: Cornflower blue to green blue to inky blue. To the ancients, sapphires symbolized the heavens, and were believed to empower the wearer with innocence, truth, and good health; protect one from poisons and evil spirits; and preserve chastity. Some thought the heavens crystallized to form a huge sapphire upon which the earth rested.
  • Tourmaline: The indicolite variety is inky or green blue; Paraiba ranges from intense blue to violet blue to green blue.
  • Diamond: All shades of blue.
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