Yellow gemstones are particularly popular with those with great imagination and an optimistic mindset. There are a large number of gemstones in this color that vary a lot in terms of the chemical composition, texture and hue. Highly popular players such as yellow diamonds and yellow sapphires are playing an important role at auctions or in the high-end jewelry industry.
Alexandrite is the one of the most amazing yellow gemstones in the world. It is said that the alexandrite was first found in an emerald mine in Ural, Russia in 1830. The miners dedicated this gem to Prince Alexander II on his 21st birthday. The prince set this newly discovered bizarre gemstone on his crown and gave it the name “Alexandrite”, or in Russan, “Александрит”.
Meanings of alexandrites: Emotional well-being, prosperity and longevity
As a birthstone for June, the alexandrite promotes emotional well-being by increasing confidence, self esteem and eventually making the person happy.
It also symbolizes luck, good fortune, prosperity and longevity.
Colors: the alexandrite effect
Under daylight, its color is usually gray-green, light yellow-green or blue-green; but under incandescent light sources, it usually looks maroon or purplish red. That’s why Alexandrites are commonly known as “emeralds during the day, rubies at night“. The alexandrite contains a small amount of chromium, which makes it the strongest to transmit green light, second strongest to red light, and super strong absorption of all other light.
Therefore, during the daytime under the sunlight, the stone transmits the green light the most, making it appear green. When illuminated by approximately white light which is similar to daylight, it also appears blue.
But at night, when we use red-rich candles, oil lamps, or tungsten filament incandescent lamps, the stone transmits the most red light, so it appears red.
The strong and obvious discoloration of such yellow gemstones makes them an excellent treasure.
How to choose
Since the color of Alexandrite stones is greatly affected by light, many of them are not as bright as other kinds of gemstones. High-quality Alexandrites have a strong red/ green discoloration effect. Alexandrites of such quality are extremely rare and often very expensive.
To choose quality Alexandrites, the first thing to notice is the obvious discoloration. The second is to ensure that the stone is clear enough.
Currently it is rather difficult to find Alexandrites that satisfy both standards, as generally speaking, the more obvious the discoloration is, the more impurities there will be; vice versa, if the stone is almost transparent and flawless, then the discoloration will be weakened.
Up till today Alexandrites in the Ural Mountains, Russia are of the best quality, but currently the production is almost discontinued.
We can also expect a limited number of good quality Alexandrites from Brazil, while Madagascar and Tanzania are offering large scales of average quality ones.
Care and maintenance
Alexandrites have excellent durability due to a hardness of 8.5. This means we can wear the stone with easy and wash with gentle jewelry cleaner solutions.
Citrine is one of the most popular yellow gemstones in the market today, with bright colors, a crystal clear texture, and an affordable price. It has a unique warm tone that matches our skins.
Since the citrine is light in color and it is easy to see the flaws and impurities within; therefore when making a purchase we should take this into account. Natural citrines are not very common in nature. Among all mining sites, Brazil is famous for producing the top notch ones.
Meanings of the citrine
Just as its vivid and bright color, citrine provides happiness by adjusting people’s emotions and calming them down. Citrine is also able to help the owners gain self-confidence and make better decisions, which are all sources of happiness.
A yellow diamond is a type of colored diamonds with a vivid yellow or golden hue. Compared with white diamonds, yellow ones are more valuable because of scarcity. Yellow diamonds are generally priced 1/4 to 1/2 higher than white ones at the same weight and of the same quality.
Such yellow gemstones are rated from low to high as Fancy Light Yellow, Fancy Yellow, Fancy Intense Yellow, Fancy Deep Yellow, Fancy Vivid Yellow. And the top one, Fancy Vivid Yellow dismonds are extremely difficult to find. According to statistics from the GIA, of all yellow diamonds less than 5% of them are identified as Fancy Vivid Yellow.
Heliodor, known as Yellow Beryl
Heliodor is also called yellow beryl, with a pale lemon yellow color. Regarding the quality of yellow beryl, the brighter and more intense the color is, the better.
The English name heliodor comes from Greek, meaning the “sun”. I would have to say that the comparison really stands as the gem itself is as dazzling as the sun. The composition of heliodor is almost the same as that of the aquamarine: it is pure and crystal clear, giving off a very pleasant feeling.
Nothing brings our thoughts back into summer quickly like yellow sapphires. They have bright colors, good looking and affordable at the same time. As the best substitute for yellow diamonds, the yellow sapphire has more choices in colors and cutting; therefore, in recent years, it has become one of the most popular stone for wedding rings.
The most popular yellow sapphire shade is “Canary”, a very vibrant color. Generally speaking, the brighter and purer the yellow tone, the higher the value of yellow sapphires. Although the most famous mining site of yellow sapphires is Sri Lanka, they are also produced in Tanzania, Madagascar, Thailand and Australia. Some might worry that the value of yellow sapphires varies depending on the origin. Well in fact, it does not.
The topaz is hard, has a high degree of transparency, a good reflective effect and really beautiful colors; there it has been popular for a long time. For example, as early as in the seventeenth century, the Braganza diamond, i.e. 1640 carats on the Portuguese crown was once considered the largest diamond in the world, which later was proven to be a colorless topaz.
Topaz stones are mainly produced in Brazil, Mexico, Saxony, Scotland, Japan, and the Ural Mountains.
A typical topaz is yellow or burgundy, other colors including white, gray, blue, and green and transparent. Among all of them, intense yellow is the most precious one. And the value of such yellow gemstones significantly reduces as the color gets dark and tan. Colorless topaz may be mistaken for diamonds when well cut.
Tourmaline: the rainbow that fell into the earth
Tourmaline, also known as the wish stone, has strong energy itself and is a gem that tends to absorb.
In 1500, a Portuguese exploration team discovered a gem in Brazil that glowed with colorful neon lights. This gem hidden at the foot of the rainbow that day was therefore called tourmaline by future generations, also known as “the rainbow that fell into the earth“.
At present, tourmaline together with ruby, sapphire, aquamarine, tanzanite, emerald, is classified as precious gemstones, which is deeply loved by the public and have huge market values.
Meanings: Joy, Positive energy, Charm and Self confidence
The tourmaline has bright and vivid colors like the rainbow, which gives people a happy and cheerful feeling, helps to expand their minds and horizons, and has a certain auxiliary treatment effect for curing mental illness such as depression.
The energy contained in tourmaline has a calming effect, which helps people focus. In addition, those changeable colors inspire ideas and creativity, so that people could behave steadily, do their best, and make their careers flourish.
Tourmaline can also emit a magnetic field with great affinity, which can eliminate the indifference among individuals, and therefore have a natural attracting effect regarding love and friendship. At the same time, people wearing tourmaline jewelry can release more charm and become more attractive.
In addition to the above effects, red and green tourmalines also have the meaning of accumulating wealth and riches.
Conclusion on yellow gemstones
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- Black gemstones: Carbonado commonly known as black diamond, Obsidian, Onyx black, Pearl black, Sapphire black, Schorl known as Black Tourmaline, Spinel black
- Blue gemstones: Aquamarine, Diamond blue, Indicolite or Blue Tourmaline, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Topaz blue, Spinel blue
- Green gemstones: Agate Green, Amazonite, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Emerald, Jade, Malachite, Peridot, Tourmaline Green, Tsavorites- known as Garnet green
- Orange gemstones: Amber Orange, Carnelian Orange, Diamond Orange, Fire Opal or Pyrophane, Fluorite Orange, Sapphire Orange, Sunstone Orange, Sphalerite Orange, Sunstone Orange, Topaz Orange, Zircon Orange
- Pink gemstones: Diamond pink, Kunzite, Morganite, Rose quartz, Sapphire pink, Spinel pink, Tourmaline pink
- Purplegemstones : Amethyst, Chalcedony Purple, Kunzite, Sapphire purple, Sugilite, Tourmaline Purple
- Red gemstones: Carnelian, Diamond red, Fire Opal or Pyrophane, Rhodolite- red garnet, Rubellite- red tourmaline, Ruby, Spinel red
- Yellow gemstones: Alexandrite yellow, Citrine, Diamond yellow, Heliodor known as Yellow Beryl, Sapphire yellow, Topaz yellow, Tourmaline yellow