Nothing says dazzling more luxuriously than fine jewelry set with rare, colored gemstones from Spark Creations, a unique partner of Scheherazade Jewelers at the Edina Galleria.
Founded in 1972, the New York City–based company quickly built its reputation as a premier source for extraordinary, one-of-a-kind gemstones. Spark Creations is widely recognized for sourcing the world’s finest colored gemstones so rare that they can only be seen in jewelry created by this exclusive designer.
Today, precious color gemstones are some of the most sought-after collectibles in the world, and, although many jewelry enthusiasts believe gem-quality diamonds are the finest, there are several colored gemstones that are far more rare than diamonds. Black opal, for instance, is so rare that per-carat prices have reached $20,000. Royal One, a 306-carat black opal, is known to have sold for $3 million.
Alexandrite is an extraordinary gemstone that exhibits two distinct colors: green in natural sunlight and red in incandescent light. Per-carat prices have reached an astounding $1 million.
Red beryl crystals, often called red emeralds, are indigenous only to the mountains of Utah. This brilliant gemstone is so rare that just one is found for every 150,000 diamonds. Per-carat prices have climbed to $50,000.
The neon-blue Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline is found mainly in small sizes of one to two carats and is valued at $16,000 per carat. This per-carat price goes up exponentially in sizes of three carats and larger.
From Montana to Myanmar, sapphires have been discovered in many areas throughout the world — but only a handful of sources produce the world’s finest. The scarcest of all, Kashmir sapphires, have been found at elevations of 15,000 feet and higher in the northwest Himalayas. Mining these rare treasures along this dangerous, mountainous terrain demands a per-carat price of $50,000.
Rubies and sapphires come from the same family of gemstones. Although rubies are mined in most regions of the world, Myanmar rubies are the most prized. The signature “pigeon’s blood” rubies from the city of Mogok are exceptionally rare. Per-carat prices have reached $425,000.
A collection of precious gemstones wouldn’t be complete without the classic emerald. This distinctive, cherished jewel is mined in Brazil and Zambia, but Colombian emeralds are the most coveted because of their signature, lush green color.
In 2011, when Christie’s sold Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, her emeralds realized historic per-carat prices. At auction, a 23.46-carat Colombian emerald sold for $6.6 million — $280,000 per carat.
You don’t have to be a world-famous diva to appreciate and own these remarkable gemstones. See them, touch them and try them on September 18 and 19 at the Rare Gem Event at Scheherazade Jewelers at the Edina Galleria.