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Coloured Stones

COLOURED STONES

Simon Pure are experts at working with diamonds and unusual stones. As nature's own creations, they are the inspiration for many of our designs. Our stone dealing contacts are international and where possible we deal directly with the gem mines. This guarantees fantastic quality, certainty of origin and great value for money. This also helps to ensure future colour matches. We even commission specially cut stones to compliment our unique designs. Here is a flavour of the gems we offer.

Garnet

Garnet

Tsavorite is vivid green with a brilliance comparable to diamond, it is a lovely and strong alternative to emerald. Found as the green variant of garnet in Kenya, Africa.

HARDNESS: 7

Tsavorite

Tsavorite

Tsavorite is vivid green with a brilliance comparable to diamond, it is a lovely and strong alternative to emerald. Found as the green variant of garnet in Kenya, Africa

HARDNESS: 7

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst is an exquisite purple stone. The crystal structure of this stone is such that bigger gems can be cut, making a dramatic statement in any piece of jewellery.

HARDNESS: 7

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Aquamarine and Beryl are from the same family of beautiful delicately coloured stones which have a subtlety like no other. Aquamarine is the original sea blue, Morganite – pale pink, Beryl -pale green or yellow and of course the vivid green of the most famous family member – Emerald. With careful application and nuturing these gemstones will give pleasure for eternity.

HARDNESS: 7.5

Diamond

Diamond

Diamonds were formed millions of years ago within the Earth’s crust. Highly sort after for their superior lustre and strength, they are perfectly suited to a wide variety of setting styles and designs. Occurring naturally in a myriad of colours from jet black, ice whites and luxurious chocolates to the highly prized natural pinks and blues. The rarest of all coloured diamonds is red, the famous Hancock diamond weighed less than one carat but sold for $880,000 in 1987 due to its very rare colour.

HARDNESS: 10

Emerald

Emerald

Emerald is famously intense green in colour, this delicate stone has always been very popular. A member of the beryl gem family its fragile nature even spawned its own special ‘emerald cut’ devised with no corners to make setting the stone easier. Looks fabulous set in both 18ct white and yellow golds.

HARDNESS: 7

Pearl

Pearl

Pearl, once believed to be the tears of the gods, pearls are in fact formed within shellfish, most commonly oysters and mussels. Built up of many layers they are characterised by their unique lustre and iridescence. Their delicate nature requires gentle handling in return for years of pleasure.

HARDNESS: 7

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby was extremely popular in Victorian times, this gorgeous stone is due a resurgence. From the same gem family as sapphire, hence as hard, the ruby can vary in colour from fuchsia pink to a deep rich red.

HARDNESS: 9

Peridot

Peridot

Peridot is a lime green stone from the mineral olivine. The Crusaders first brought peridot to Europe from Egypt where it had been mined for over 3,500 years.

HARDNESS: 6.5

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire comes in a variety of colours from vibrant pinks and fiery reds to delicate cornflower blues, lilacs and peaches. Since the Middle ages sapphire has symbolised the tranquillity of the heavens, bestowing peace and amiability upon the wearer. With hardness rating just one below diamond they are a versatile and beautiful choice to set in any piece of jewellery.

HARDNESS: 9

Tourmaline

Tourmalines

Tourmalines are true miracles of colour with most crystals offering various different colours and nuances in one and the same stone. The spectrum of colour is so varied that the tourmaline family alone would suffice to cater to the gemstone wishes of everyone in the world. We offer unique platinum tourmalines, the only true silver gemstone, rainbow tourmalines lots of colour in one stone and Paraiba tourmalines the increasingly rare Caribbean sea blue gemstone.

HARDNESS: 7

Topaz

Topaz

Topaz occurs in a range of different colours, the most recognisable being vivid blue, pink is rare and therefore more expensive with the most exclusive being Imperial Topaz. The word Topaz derives from the Sanskrit word tapas.

HARDNESS: 8

Citrine

Citrine

Citrine is the yellow to golden yellow variety of quartz. A pretty zesty colour that looks stunning set in yellow gold or silver, the name being derived from the word ‘citrus’.

HARDNESS: 7

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

Tanzanite was only discovered in 1967 it is found in only one location in the whole world Tanzania, Africa. Blue with lilac undertones it is a truly beautiful stone and with careful consideration viable in most designs.

HARDNESS: 7