There are more than 40 popular gem varieties and many more rare collector gemstones. Although some gemstone varieties have been treasured since before history began and others were only discovered recently, they are all nature's gifts to us, and our gifts to our children.
Instead of choosing by variety, you might want to choose a gemstone by color. Some varieties also come in a range of colors. Are you particularly fond of sapphires? Are you looking for something in orange? Either way, you will be surprised by the number of choices.
Gemstones are among the most individual of nature's creations: perfect crystals, with no two alike. Below, we list some of the most popular gemstone varieties but there are many more rare collector's gemstones.