Purple gemstones have long been adored, and for good reason. There’s something about purple that intrigues people, and the colour is often associated with royalty, wealth, passion, power, luxury, ambition and magic!
While naturally occurring, purple gemstones are very rare, there are a few interesting and beautiful stones that have been found in this enigmatic hue.
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Historically, purple gemstones have been renowned for having deeply spiritual powers that help the stone’s owners heal from various ailments. Purple gemstones are also thought to have an effect on mindset and are believed to inspire clarity in one’s thoughts.
Of course, as with any gemstone, the hues of purple vary from stone to stone and no two gems are alike. While gorgeous variants of purple like lavender, lilac and mauve are more commonly found, it’s the deepest colours that are most rare, and as a result, the most expensive variants of gemstones that one can find.
If you’re passionate about purple, take a look at the dazzling options you have to choose from.
List of Purple Gemstones
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List of Purple Gemstones
No list of impressive gemstones would be complete without the mention of the most popular stone of all – the diamond.
Diamonds can be found in a wide range of colours, and of course, purple is one of them. For a purple diamond to be formed, there need to be extremely high amounts of hydrogen present during its formation. Because of this, purple diamonds rank amongst the world’s rarest coloured diamonds. A purple diamond of a single carat can typically fetch tens of thousands of dollars.
The higher the quality of the diamond, the deeper the shade of purple. While finding purple diamonds may not be a common occurrence, some of the names given to various shades of the purple stone include lilac, grape, orchid and lavender. Purple diamonds are most commonly found in Russia and Australia, although they have recently been discovered in Canada too.
Most famous purple diamonds:The Royal Purple Heart has been described as “a true work of art.” However, it’s shrouded in mystery. Weighing in at a massive 7.34 carats, it’s a fancy vivid purple heart-cut stone. The Julius Klein Diamond Corporation is responsible for cutting the stone and accentuating the brilliance of its colour. While it’s thought to be the largest purple stone ever discovered, not much else is known about the Royal Purple Heart. It’s unclear where it was found, as well as who currently owns it and how much they paid for it.
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Tourmaline is a fairly popular gemstone, but, purple tourmaline is not easily found. While many people aren’t even aware of the existence of purple tourmaline, these stones are renowned by gemologists for their brilliance. They have the ability to absorb light in different ways from different angles, a phenomenon known as pleochroism.
Jewellers tend to facet purple tourmaline as a means of adding to their pleochroism. Seeing as how the stone is not a particularly hard one, purple tourmaline often undergoes heat treatment in order to strengthen it. The more heavily treated it is, the less valuable it becomes.
Purple tourmaline meaning & properties
Purple tourmaline also goes by the name of Siberite. It’s believed to be able to promote serene energy, ground its wearer, and help you relax. Purple tourmaline can also release emotional attachments that no longer serve you and help manage headaches and migraines.
The Power of Purple Gems
While purple gemstones aren’t as common as stones of other colours, they remain popular because of how rare they are, and very few of them need to undergo any treatments to enhance their natural hues.
The depth and layering of their colours and facets make for beautiful trinkets that stand out in a way that most other stones don’t. Purple also goes very well with all colours of metal, so these gems can be used in almost every kind of jewellery setting. While white metals like silver, white gold and platinum give purple stones a more contemporary look, rose and yellow gold settings make the jewel look more vintage. Either way, they are sure to dazzle!
If you’re interested in other coloured gemstones, have a look at the names, meanings and properties of different coloured gems: