Top 9 Best Orange Gemstones In Jewelry (2021 Review)

Orange gemstones represent creativity and vitality. Furthermore, these colored precious stones are rare which make them an essential element in making stunning jewelry.

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What orange gemstones are
  • Where to buy them
  • And the best orange gemstones when it comes to fine jewelry!
best orange gemstones

What Are Orange Gemstones?

Orange gemstones portray a bright sunny color when worn in jewelry. Its brilliant sparkle is a mixture of red and yellow blending the heat of red with the brightness of yellow.

Although orange is not the most popular color out there, a couple of orange gemstones may tickle your fancy.

Orange gemstones have a touch of exotic and if you would like to know more about these colored gems, you’re in the right place!

The following video will tell you more about the meaning and benefits of orange gemstones along with the other hues of these precious stones:

Where To Buy Orange Gemstones?

Orange gemstones are available in local jewelry stores and online retailers too.

You can choose the type of orange gemstone you want depending on the cut, carat weight, clarity, among other variations. Make sure you check out James Allen as they have nice 360 HD videos for their gems.


What Are The Types Of Orange Gemstones?

Although the number of orange gemstones is not exhaustive, the list is still too long for this write-up. However, I’ve selected the top orange gemstones seen in jewelry.

  1. Orange Diamond
  2. Orange Sapphire
  3. Orange Spinel
  4. Orange Tourmaline
  5. Imperial Topaz
  6. Orange Zircon
  7. Orange Amber
  8. Spessartite Garnet
  9. Mexican Fire Opal

Reviews of the 9 Best Orange Gemstones Used in Jewelry

1. Orange Diamond

  • Extremely rare
  • Great brilliance
  • Very expensive
  • $1 million - $4 million+

Just like its yellow counterpart, the orange diamonds’ main source of color is the presence of nitrogen.

orange diamond jewelry

The arrangement of nitrogen during formation is what sets the tones apart.

Orange diamond is also as rare as the pink or red diamond with the purest form fetching the most value. 

These diamonds may contain secondary hues of brownish, yellow, yellowish, and pinkish, all of which drastically drag the price of the stone.

Like the rest of the diamonds, it is very hard and exhibits impeccable brilliance shown by its high refractive index. In fact, in the list of orange gemstones, diamond is the most expensive gem.

These stones are sometimes known as “pumpkins”, because of their color and also due to a famous diamond called the Pumpkin Diamond. As they are a rare gem to find, synthetic versions of orange diamonds are available at reduced prices.

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Excellent jewelry choice

Cons

  • Very expensive

2. Orange Sapphire

  • Heat treatment is common
  • Highly durable
  • Rare
  • $500 - $3,000

Naturally, orange sapphires are really hard to come by. 

orange sapphire jewelry

Even if you find one it’s likely that it was dyed to enhance the orange tone.

The orange variety comes in bits of yellow or pink and most of the times the border between these colors overlap.

The presence of vanadium facilitates the sapphire’s color.

Orange sapphire is quite durable and makes for almost all kinds of jewelry. The Padparadscha is one of the most valued gemstones in the orange sapphire family. These stones are extremely rare and an exclusive variety of sapphire.

Pros

  • Excellent durability

Cons

  • Somewhat rare

3. Orange Spinel

  • Some exhibit asterism
  • Good brilliance
  • Good durability
  • $1,500 - $3,000

Orange as the main color is an unusual hue for spinel. 

Obtained from traces of chromium, orange color ranges from vivid-intense to a faint, pinkish orange. The former is a collector’s delight! Spinel typically occurs inclusion free although some types may show needle-like inclusions forming asterism.

Orange spinel has a high dispersion and refractive index, bringing out great brilliance. It is a durable stone (Mohs 8) but very sensitive to heat as the color can fade when exposed to heat for a long time.

That being said, there are other forms of orange spinel being heat treated, although the process is not as common.

Pros

  • Popular choice
  • Unique selections

Cons

  • Heat treatment is common

4. Orange Tourmaline

  • Medium durability
  • Brilliant
  • Vitreous luster
  • $200- $1,500

Tourmaline is quite a colorful gem and one of the few occurring in all colors of the rainbow.

The orange type can sometimes be brownish or completely bright orange, which is the most valued too.

However, it’s still not the most popular in the tourmaline family.

Tourmaline has few undertones and mostly exhibits pleochroism, a phenomenon where a stone displays two colors (brown and orange in this case) when viewed from different angles of light.

Orange tourmaline is faceted to heighten its brilliance and clarity levels. It is generally durable and with extra attention, the gemstone can last for a long time. Heat treatment is sometimes used to bring out its color. Synthetic versions are available but somewhat rare.

Pros

  • Pleochroic nature
  • Common jewelry selection

Cons

  • Some undergo heat treatment

5. Imperial Topaz

  • Most sought after topaz
  • Very rare
  • Vitreous luster
  • $1,000- $3,500

Imperial topaz comes in a broad range of orange from light peach to intense shades of orange. 

The stone is very hard (8 Mohs) and is almost always faceted to bring out its optical properties.

The orange gemstone has a vitreous luster and rarely has inclusions. Orange topaz is a great choice for almost any jewelry type and brings out a fiery vibe to your outfit. Interestingly, the word topaz is coined from the Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire.

Pros

  • Good durability

Cons

  • Very rare

6. Orange Zircon

  • Relatively rare
  • Affordable
  • Great brilliance
  • Transparent
  • $50 - $150

Confused with cubic zirconia and used as an alternative to diamond, orange zircon is one of the rarest types of zircon.

It is a natural gemstone exhibiting high brilliance (comparable to diamond) and excellent transparency.

Even as an alternative to diamond, the stone is not that durable and ranks at 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale.

Orange zircon is generally faceted to maximize the stone’s optical properties, including its vitreous luster. It is a great choice for most jewelry types as it is also relatively affordable.

Pros

  • Diamond alternative

Cons

  • Not very tough

7. Orange Amber

  • Organic gemstone
  • Pine scent
  • Unique inclusions
  • $5 - $30

Amber is one of the few organic gemstones we have today. Made of fossilized tree resin, the stone often has a pine smell and come in hues of gold, orange, and yellow.

It’s also an ancient stone used thousands of years ago.

Amber often comes with the inclusion of plants and insects. However, these inclusions tend to spike the prices of amber, as opposed to a typical gemstone market.

On the flip side, the stone is very soft (2 Mohs) and may not be a suitable pick for your jewelry. Orange amber is also reactive to chemicals such as colognes and alcohol.

Pros

  • Each gem is unique

Cons

  • Very soft
  • Not good for everyday wear

8. Spessartite Garnet

  • Most famous orange gem
  • Somewhat affordable
  • Medium durability
  • $800 - $2,500

Probably the most popular stone of all the orange gemstones is the spessartite garnet.

It belongs to a larger group of the garnet family and obtains its color from traces of manganese. The gemstones occur in large deposits but are quite rare and valuable.

Spessartite garnet has no cleavage and with a hardness ranking of 7 Mohs, the stone is an excellent choice for necklaces, pendants, and other types of jewelry. The gemstone is typically transparent and can either be faceted or cut into cabochons.

Pros

  • Popular gem
  • Eye-catchy brilliance

Cons

  • Sometimes rare

9. Mexican Fire Opal

  • Waxy to vitreous luster
  • Rare gemstone
  • Low durability
  • $1 - $20

Though typically white, opal also comes as orange stones. 

mexican fire opal jewelry

An entirely orange opal is known as fire opal, while jelly opal is used to describe those that lack the play of colors.

Though typically white, opal also comes as orange stones. An entirely orange opal is known as fire opal, while jelly opal is used to describe those that lack the play of colors.

The most sought after variety of opal is vivid orange opal and commands very high prices on the market.

Fire opal is transparent to translucent and the former is usually faceted to bring out its clarity. The dull varieties are mostly cut in cabochons since they are somehow soft (5.5 to 6.5 Mohs). Such varieties may not be suitable for everyday jewelry unless you take care of them.

Pros

  • Vivid orange highly sought after
  • Very cheap

Cons

  • Low durability
  • Translucent opal not great for jewelry

Conclusion

I hope I have given you a lot of insights with regards to Orange Gemstones, in this article. 

And before we get this thing all wrapped up, let me tell you why my personal favorite is the "pumpkin" diamond, apart from the fact that I love the sweet sound of it's name... 

It's impeccable brilliance (shown by it's refractive index) and its durability plus the rarity of this orange diamond are a few of the reasons why I like it so much. It will be a total showstopper to have it as a necklace, a pair of earrings or a classy ring on my finger. 

So what's your pick? Tell me about it in the comments box below! 

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