UK’s last remaining gold mines have given birth to some really rare, expensive and exquisite gemstones. Many more are imported over the years and sold from London as their own due to stores of jewellers Hatton garden popularity as the biggest jewellery hub. Here are 5 expensive gemstones that you can find in the city of London.
Bright red rubies are found in mines near London. There is a place in Fife known as the Ruby Bay, where most of the rubies are mined. The word ‘Ruby’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Ruber’, which literally translated to the red hue. The glistening blood red colour of this expensive gem is what gave it the name. Although, rubies are also rarely found in other colours such as orange, pink and even purple tints. Similar to diamonds, even rubies are judged on the basis of the 4 C’s (Carat, Colour, Cut and clarity. The finest quality of rubies are one of the most expensive gemstones found in the world.
Sapphires are available in a variety of colours. The common ones include red, blue, green, yellow and even black. Rare colours such as purple and pink are also found. In the year 1996, sapphires were found in some of UK’s last remaining gold mines. They have a very high demand in the global jewellery market because of their extraordinary colour variety. Also, sapphires closely resemble coloured diamonds and are often purchased when one does not have the budget for diamonds, as sapphires cost significantly less than diamonds.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. The name is aptly suited as the stone is the colour of clear, sparkly blue ocean water. People who believe in zodiacs and birth elements often prefer wearing stones that are specific to their birth month or sun sign. The qualities of this stone include having a calming effect on the wearer, similar to water. In olden times, sailors used to wear Aquamarine to connect with the element of water on their journey at sea. Fine quality Aquamarine is expensive and most cheap-rated ones sold are fake imitations.
Amethyst is a lovely purple-violet coloured quartz-like stone for February. It is worn for spiritual healing, serenity and wisdom. It is also known to have physical and emotional healing properties. Amethyst is not as expensive as the other gemstones found in London, but it is considered a rare gemstone. Many people prefer wearing their birthstones as wedding or engagement rings instead of the classic diamonds and this is where the demand for stones like Amethyst and Aquamarine and other birthstones has increased.
And finally, diamonds of course. London has a variety of the finest quality of diamonds to offer; both coloured and white. Coloured diamonds are more expensive as they are rarer. Diamonds get their colour as a result of some chemical getting mixed with the carbon during the making process. For example, nitrogen causes yellow diamonds, sulphur makes green and boron makes blue. Coloured diamonds hatton garden jewellery is high in demand in the global market. People prefer colourful diamonds to the regular white ones now.
You can find every single one of these in one spot – the Hatton Gardens. There are amazing varieties available at affordable prices. If you’re new to London, and looking to buy gemstones, then this is the place you simply must visit.