These two gemstones display some level of similarity in terms of their appearance, but they have their own specialty. What makes Rhodolite stand out is its high refractive index, which gives it an extraordinary brilliance. Even under poor lighting conditions, this gem manages to emit a bright shine.

In ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, people would often set peridot in gold, and use it as a powerful talisman against nightmares and evil spirits. Other legends claimed that peridot promoted happiness and self-esteem. This stone that has been mined for thousands of years has also found a mention in the Bible under the Hebrew name “pitdah”.

Diamonds are believed to have been first mined around 4000 years ago in India along the banks of river Krishna, Penner and Godavari. According to historians, India began trading diamonds as early as the 4th century BC. In the 1700s, Brazil emerged as the important source for diamonds. The first great South African diamond deposit was discovered in the late 1800s.

Brazil is the leading source of aquamarine with mines spread all across the country. This clear blue crystal is also mined in Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as USA. The largest documented aquamarine was found in 1910 in Brazil, which weighed around 244 pounds.

Blue topaz stones are reasonably priced in comparison to other popular blue gems, such as sapphire and tanzanite. This is mainly due to its abundant availability in nature. However, when found in its rough form, a topaz is generally clear white or brown in color. Since natural blue topaz stones are extremely rare, most of the Swiss and London blue varieties available today are actually treated white topaz gems

Amethyst has been a highly esteemed gem for centuries and was once equivalent to rubies and sapphires. The discovery of huge deposits of amethyst stones in South America and other countries increased its availability and simultaneously reduced its rarity and price

Pearl has four main types – Freshwater, Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian. They come from different locations around the world, and are born within diverse oysters and mussels. Since natural pearls are almost extinct, they are now obtained through painstaking cultivation efforts