Explore Precious Gemstones

A World of Beauty and Colour

At Guthrie’s we love precious gemstones, we have been dealing in fine quality gemstones for generations. Below we highlight some of the more popular, and a few of our favourites.

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Emeralds boast varying hues of green, ranging from deep, dark brilliant green to lighter, softer shades. The deeper the colour Emerald, the better quality stone, a really rich, green, clear emerald will be a very valuable gem.

Measuring 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, Emeralds are not as hard as Diamonds, Sapphire and Rubies, they can de-stabilize above 1000 Deg C however, they will last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Sapphire

Sapphires are also the ideal choice for those who have a September birthday as they represent the birthstone of this month. Sapphires range in shade from very pale hues to deep and luscious midnight blues.

Rated highly on the Mohs scale, Sapphire ranks 9, almost as hard as Diamond so it should last forever, looked after properly.

Each shade of Sapphire has its own specific name, the most expensive Sapphire is known as Cornflower Blue or “Kashmir”. Very rare Sapphires are called “Padparadshah” and this colour changes according to the light it reflects.

Sapphire

Sapphires are also the ideal choice for those who have a September birthday as they represent the birthstone of this month. Sapphires range in shade from very pale hues to deep and luscious midnight blues.

Rated highly on the Mohs scale, Sapphire ranks 9, almost as hard as Diamond so it should last forever, looked after properly.

Each shade of Sapphire has its own specific name, the most expensive Sapphire is known as Cornflower Blue or “Kashmir”. Very rare Sapphires are called “Padparadshah” and this colour changes according to the light it reflects.

Ruby

The best quality Rubies are those with a warm and deep hue with a hint of blue but it is very difficult to find a Ruby which is flawless, the greater the clarity of a Ruby, the more valuable it will be. Rubies suit every skin colour but make a perfect choice for a redhead because of the tone of the gem. Wear as a necklace combined with diamonds or as a large, eye-catching cocktail ring, Rubies continue to fascinate and appeal to all who wear them.

The birthstone of July, a Ruby makes the ideal birthday gift and rating 9 on the Mohs scale, Rubies are notoriously strong so they are the type of stone which will last several lifetimes cared for properly.

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