Whether you’re buying jewelry or selling it secondhand, the value of your piece will largely be dictated by whether it includes precious metal or gemstones. Luxury accessories almost always include precious metals and stones because they elevate the price of the piece and add to its rarity. While many consider gold and diamonds to be the most desirable materials to own in a jewelry piece, they’re actually oftentimes not the most expensive. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most valuable stones and precious metals on the market, so when you stop by Watch & Wares Tustin, you’ll know exactly why your piece is valued at its listed price.
There are four precious metals used in jewelry: platinum, gold, silver, and palladium. Of the four, platinum is often the most expensive and definitely the most exclusive. It’s 30 times rarer than gold and used in a purer form. It’s the densest, strongest, and most non-corrosive of the precious metals, which makes it an ideal choice for those who want a low-maintenance metal whose beauty will stand the test of time.
Because of its desirability, durability, and malleability, gold is the most popular precious metal option. It’s a traditional precious metal choice that has been coveted for thousands of years as both a jewelry base and a currency. Its value fluctuates daily and is measured by the purity of the gold used, with 24 karat gold being the most valuable with 100% gold.
Silver is the most popular jewelry base option after gold. Sterling silver is often considered the standard for high-quality silver jewelry since it’s over 90% pure silver. Silver is more affordable than gold, making it a great options for those on a budget, but its price is also much more volatile than gold. If you’re selling silver jewelry, be sure to monitor the market price before you sell to ensure you’re getting the best value possible for your piece.
The fourth and least common precious metal option is palladium. Palladium is used to create white gold alloys in jewelry. It is combined with one or more other white metals such as nickel, platinum, manganese, zinc, or silver in order to create a stronger material than silver that replicates the same desirable silver color.
When it comes to gemstones in jewelry, many consumers value colorless diamonds for their classic appearance and high desirability. However, they’re far from the most valuable gemstone available. From colored diamonds to rare gemstones, here are some of the most valuable stones on the market.
The most expensive gemstone in the world is a diamond, but it’s not just any diamond. The ultra-rare blue diamond is valued at $3.93 million per carat. Blue diamonds consistently sell for millions of dollars at auction to some of the world’s top collectors. The world’s biggest blue diamond, – a 14.62-carat emerald-cut – was sold at auction for $57.5 million in 2016. While it’s not the most expensive jewel ever sold, it does take home the prize for the most valuable price per carat.
Jadeite comes in at a close second for most valuable at $3 million per carat. Jadeite is the purest, rarest, and most vivid form of jade in the world. Despite being known for its vibrant green color, jadeite can actually come in a variety of colors such as red, yellow, and black. Jadeite plays a significant role in Chinese culture, symbolizing prestige and status.
Ruby is one of the most sought-after gemstones due to its range of stand-out fiery red hues. The ruby is often referred to as the “King of Gemstones” and it’s become a symbol of passion and life due to its blood-like color. The most expensive ruby ever sold, a 26-carat stone named the Sunrise Ruby, was sold for $30 million in 2015, making it worth $1.18 million per carat.
Emeralds, known for their unique green tones, are some of the most popular gemstones in the world. Most emeralds are found with flaws, so those that are found to not have any often fetch enormous figures at auction. The most expensive emerald per carat ever sold was the Rockefeller Emerald, an 18-carat gemstone that was sold for $5.5 million, or $305,000 per carat.
If you’re looking to buy or sell jewelry with precious metals or stones, stop by Watch & Wares Tustin for a free appraisal. We buy gold jewelry and offer jewelry loans if you’re not ready to part with your piece permanently. Our expert appraisers have years, if not decades, in the fine jewelry industry, and we consistently offer the most competitive rates in the area. To find out what the value of your gold jewelry is, stop by Watch & Wares today.