Other Stones

Above: Australian Boulder Opal & Hiddenite

Learning About Gemstone Variety

Gemstones exist in every colour under the rainbow, with some types available in more than one colour. The lore and legends of these gemstones can prove fascinating. Nothing expresses one’s individuality in their jewellery more than a unique coloured stone. 

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A few notable coloured stones:


A fossilized resin that can come in the colours yellow, orange, and brown. Many prehistoric plants & animals have been found trapped inside this stone. It is associated with the astrological sign, Taurus.


A variety of Quartz, Amethyst is the purple February birthstone. It has been used in royal luxury pieces and everyday jewellery alike.


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A fresh greenish-blue seawater-like blue gemstone that is the birthstone for March. It is a colour variety of the mineral, Beryl.


Citrine is a yellow-orange to orange-red variety of Quartz and comprises one of the November birthstones, along with Topaz.


Emerald is one of The Big Three gemstones, along with Ruby and Sapphire. Its gorgeous green-to-blue-green colour complements it being the birthstone for May. Emerald is also a variety of Beryl.


Garnets can be found in all colours and fall under the ‘Garnet group’ of minerals. Red Garnets are the most common. This gemstone is also the birthstone for January.


Jade can come from various minerals: Nephrite, Jadeite, and Green Omphacite. This stone may also come in colours other than green, such as light purple, orange, white, yellow and black.


One of the birthstones of October, Opal is composed of hydrated silica. The five main types are white/light opal, black opal, fire opal, boulder opal, & crystal/water opal.


This August birthstone is known for its yellow-green colouring. It comes from the mineral Olivine and can be found in meteorites and lava.


Rubies are one of the most valuable gemstones. A variety of the mineral Corundum, this stone is the July birthstone and only comes in one colour, red.


Sapphire is the September birthstone. It is from the mineral species Corundum and comes in every colour except red, though is most commonly known as a brilliant blue stone.


Many red Spinels have historically been confused for Ruby. A new addition to the other birthstones of August, Spinels can be found in red, orange, pink, blue,  purple, and black.


This stone can only be found in one place, Tanzania. Its colours range from blue-violet to violet-purple. It is a December birthstone.


Topaz can take on almost all of the colours of the rainbow. It can be pleochroic, meaning that it displays different colours by positioning the crystal at various angles. It is also a November and December birthstone.


Tourmaline is an October birthstone. These gems can, too, be found in almost every colour. Some names for these varieties include Rubellite, Indicolite, watermelon tourmaline, and Paraíba.


The traditional birthstone of the month of December is also one of the world’s most ancient gemstones.


Zircon comes in a variety of colours, and when colourless has historically been confused for Diamond. Australian Zircon is the oldest mineral on the planet. Zircon is one of the December birthstones.



There are many different types of pearls available on the market today ranging from cultured Akoya, freshwater, mabe, South Sea and natural. As no two pearls are identical, there are a range of qualities judged by their shape, size, colour, lustre, surface appearance, and nacre thickness. Pearls come in a myriad of colours and their soft lustre gives them a unique versatile quality making them elegant and demure or cool and sophisticated.