Add a fresh splash of color to your warm weather outfits with a piece of jewelry set with these sprightly precious and semi-precious gemstones.
Amethyst is the violet variety of quartz. Natural amethyst ranges from a light pinkish purple to a rich, darker purple, with “Deep Siberian” purple being the most desirable—and costly. (It’s worth noting: pale amethyst stones can be artificially darkened to appear a deeper shade of purple so inquire if your desired stone underwent any processing before you purchase.) Amethyst offers remarkable style flexibility: it looks sharp set in white or yellow metals and the rich color transitions seamlessly from your spring into autumn wardrobe.
BulgariBulgari Tronchetto 18K Yellow Gold With Amethyst RingPre-owned$859CarelleAmethyst And Diamond Post Drop EarringsPre-owned$2,275David YurmanDavid Yurman Renaissance Sterling Silver And 14K Yellow Gold Cuff BraceletPre-owned$1,917
The birthstone for March is aquamarine, a bright blue gemstone that perfectly suits the start of springtime. Aquamarine comes in a range of blue shades with the darker shades being the more expensive variety. However, for breezy spring, we love aquamarine in a pastel sky blue which feels even more ethereal set in white gold or surrounded by white pavé diamonds.
Peter Suchy14K Yellow Gold Aquamarine Quartz Druzy Dangle EarringsPre-owned$1,250Unbranded14K White Gold With 1.70ct Aquamarine & Diamond Halo EarringsPre-owned$469 $890CartierCartier 18K White Gold Aquamarine Ring<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Pre-owned$800
Ranging from a sunny yellow to a bright orange, citrine echoes the cheerful spirit of spring. And given that citrine is a very affordable gemstone, large stones are easier to come by and wallet-friendly, so freshen up your spring look with a piece of statement jewelry that won’t break the bank.
Lapis lazuli (or simply lapis) is mesmerizing dark blue semi-precious stone with sparkling golden pyrite inclusions. This breathtaking stone’s appearance has been likened to the midnight sky, complete with twinkling stars. The unique properties of lapis makes is a cool hue to add to your warm weather ensembles and, for the trend driven, looks particularly striking set in rose gold.
Morganite is a semi-precious stone on the rise (for more on morganite’s recent boom in popularity, read our post “5 Colorful Precious Gemstone Alternatives to Diamonds” here.) You can also score a statement piece of jewelry with an impressive morganite stone to suit any budget. The romantic peach pink stone looks best set in rose gold or surrounded by pavé diamonds.
Unbranded14K Rose Gold With 3.00ct. Morganite & 0.08ct. Diamond RingPre-owned$640$3,000Unbranded14K Rose Gold 1ct Natural Morganite And 0.40ct Diamond RingPre-owned$770 $2,900Unbranded14K Rose Gold With 2.00ct. Morganite RingPre-owned$400
Of all the gemstones on this list, paraiba tourmaline is by far the most precious and valuable. Discovered just in Brazil in 1989, paraiba tourmaline usually contains lots of inclusions which cloud the stone’s appearance; in turn, flawless paraiba tourmaline stones are very rare and expensive. While this lavish stone may fall out of budget, its uniquely vivid shades of tropical ocean blue are too beautiful to not include on this list!
Unbranded950 Platinum With 3.32ct Paraiba Tourmaline And 1.03ctw Diamond RingPre-owned$10,040 $36,470Unbranded18K White Gold Diamond Paraiba Tourmaline Dangle EarringsPre-owned$19,500UnbrandedPlatinum With 4.52ct. Paraiba Tourmaline & 2.37ct. Diamond Cocktail RingPre-owned$19,500
Springtime naturally conjures imagery of green tree boughs and flora abound. And, to carry on that theme, we look to peridot which comes in a playful shade of lime green. Smaller peridot gemstones (think three carats or less) are common which makes them a budget-friendly jewelry option. But, as the size of the stone scales up, so does the cost.
IppolitaIppolita Lollipop 18K Yellow Gold With 0.20ct Peridot And Diamonds Mini NecklacePre-owned$622 $895CarelleGreen Tourmaline, Peridot And Diamond Cluster Post Stud EarringsPre-owned$2,625 $3,670BulgariBulgari 18K Yellow & White Gold With Peridot Dome Design RingPre-owned$1,939
One notable exclusion from our list of colorful gemstones are fancy diamonds. While we typically think of white or colorless diamonds, “fancy diamonds” in beautiful shades of pink, blue and yellow are increasingly popular as unconventional engagement rings. Learn more about how fancy and colored diamonds are made here!