Today we’re going to take a look at some otherworldly gemstones that you’ve likely never heard of, including some incredibly expensive ones. Many of these gemstones are akin to deep sea creatures. They’re fascinating and mesmerizing to look at, but you’d probably never want anyone near you. Some of these are so expensive that making jewelry out of them would cause you to attract unwanted attention. Still, it’s good to know that they exist:
You’ve probably heard of Opals, but did you know that there’s a variation of Opal that makes you feel like you’re staring into space? Black Opals are so weird and so rare that there really aren’t any two that are alike. They’re nearly impossible to cut and any waste from cutting the gemstone would cause thousands of dollars in ‘loss’.
If you were to ever want one of these, you’d have to go to a high-class auction and have a security detail on hand. Even the cheapest, ugliest, most deformed black opals go for $15,000 per carat. The good ones? Well, that depends on the auction.
With much more consistency than Black Opals in terms of aesthetics, Musgravite boasts an impressive price tag of $35,000 per carat. Even weirder is the color combination. Musgravite comes in a very dark, dull purple and/or a murky green. While the gemstone can be beautiful, the colors are not overly aesthetic, making this one a bit of a head scratcher. Even stranger is that both of the colors are often present in the same gemstone. Musgravite’s very existence in jewelry seems to make the jewelry fade into the background rather than come to the foreground. This is, quite honestly, mostly bought by people who are looking for an excuse to buy something at an auction.
In short, Jadeite makes jewelry look very.. froggish. It’s a very basic and solid green with a hint of cloudiness. Of course, that can look excellent in jewerly. The issue is, of course, that it costs over $3 million per carat.
Of course, it’s price is a result of it’s rarity. While the stone was used in the Mayan era as a form of gift exchange, it’s very hard to find and most of the old Jadeite pieces that have been discovered are in museums; mostly plaques and beads.