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Gemstone Rings

The term "gemstone" refers to almost any stone used in jewelry, even when they are not minerals, such as amber, which is fossilized tree resin. Gemstones are also often referred to as precious or semi-precious. That categorization stems from the Ancient Greeks, who called diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires "precious," and all other gemstones semi-precious.

The Four C's – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight – are very important for gemstones, especially diamonds. The higher a stone scores on the Four C's, the more valuable it is. Clarity, however, does not play a role with non-translucent gemstones for which the texture is what signifies higher quality. Lapis lazuli, for example, is more appreciated when it has golden specs in it, and malachite and tiger-eye when they have very distinct banding.

Not all gemstones are suitable for use in rings. The hardness of gemstones is measured on the Mohs scale, with the diamond as the hardest gemstone at 10, and talc at the other end of the scale at 1. The higher the rating, the better the gemstone can withstand impacts, which helps determine if it is suitable for a ring.


Quick Facts

  • Some gemstones are treated to enhance their features. This is not necessarily a problem, as long as the buyer is aware of it
  • Tanzanite and alexandrite are among the rarest gemstones in the world
  • Birthstones are types of gemstones that are connected to birth months. They are believed to originate from the shield of Aaron, which was set with twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel

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Very Fine Platinum Gold Designer Tanzanite Diamond Ring
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Very Fine Platinum Gold Designer Tanzanite Diamond Ring
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Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $3,000- $4,000
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MARSH & CO., JADEITE AND DIAMOND RING
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MARSH & CO., JADEITE AND DIAMOND RING
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Beautiful 12 ct. Aquamarine Filigree Sterling Silver Ring
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Beautiful 12 ct. Aquamarine Filigree Sterling Silver Ring
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Est: $10- $1,000
$174 Bids
Lot Of Sterling Silver Rings LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
Lot Of Sterling Silver Rings LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
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Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Ring w Topaz and Marcasite
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Est: $20- $50
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STERLING Rose Quartz Wire Ring W/ Amethyst & More
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
STERLING Rose Quartz Wire Ring W/ Amethyst & More
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Est: $40- $80
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Beautiful 2 ct. Amethyst Sterling Filigree Ring
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Beautiful 2 ct. Amethyst Sterling Filigree Ring
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Est: $10- $1,000
$133 Bids
Beautiful Tanzanite and Blue opal Sterling Silver Ring
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Beautiful Tanzanite and Blue opal Sterling Silver Ring
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Est: $10- $1,000
$173 Bids
STERLING Gemstone Ring, Amethyst, Citrine, More
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STERLING Gemstone Ring, Amethyst, Citrine, More
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Est: $40- $100
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Green Nephrite & Sterling Silver Ring 5g
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Green Nephrite & Sterling Silver Ring 5g
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Est: $0- $0
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2pc. Sterling Blue & Pink Topaz Rings
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2pc. Sterling Blue & Pink Topaz Rings
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Est: $0- $0
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Twenty-four Ancient And Ancient Style Silver Rings
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Twenty-four Ancient And Ancient Style Silver Rings
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Est: $200- $600
$2253 Bids
VARIETY OF LADIES RINGS
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
VARIETY OF LADIES RINGS
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $10- $30
$133 Bids
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STERLING SILVER Pave Crystal Cocktail Ring
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STERLING SILVER Pave Crystal Cocktail Ring
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$83 Bids
9.4 g sterling silver size 10 1/2 shell ring
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9.4 g sterling silver size 10 1/2 shell ring
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Est: $175- $250
$72 Bids
Lot of 5 Sterling Rings
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Lot of 5 Sterling Rings
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$152 Bids
Beautiful Emerald and Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring.
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Beautiful Emerald and Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring.
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$112 Bids
Beautiful Citrine and Fire Opal Filigree Sterling Silver Ring
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Beautiful Citrine and Fire Opal Filigree Sterling Silver Ring
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Est: $10- $1,000
$132 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gemstone Rings


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Ramblin Rose Auction Co

Ramblin Rose Auction Co

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company