What yellow gemstones are Where to buy yellow gemstones And your options for yellow gemstones
What Are Yellow Gemstones?
As more people shift towards colored gemstones, the yellow types are slowly gaining popularity.
If you’re also in the yellow frenzy, you probably know how bright and vibrant a touch of yellow can add to your outfit. The color also symbolizes good luck, health and wealth in some cultures.
If you’re looking for an attention-seeking gemstone with a sense of freshness and enlightenment, then buckle up as we find out more on the best types of yellow gemstones for jewelry.
The following video will tell you more about yellow gemstones that are popularly used in jewelry:
Where To buy Yellow Gemstones?
Most yellow gemstones such as citrine or imperial topaz are easily available throughout jewelry stores and malls.
For more tech savvy buyers, there are online shops selling varieties of yellow gemstones at a fraction of what you may spend on local stores. You can check out my review on James Allen or Blue Nile to get a feel of the online shopping experience.
What Are The Types of Yellow Gemstones?
- Yellow Sapphire
- Yellow Diamond
- Yellow Tourmaline
- Yellow Topaz
- Yellow Chrysoberyl
- Yellow Garnet
- Yellow Jade
- Golden Beryl (Heliodor)
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Yellow Gemstones Used in Jewelry
- Good brilliance
Talk of sapphire and the first thing that comes to mind is blue. There are as many as the rainbow colors type of Sapphire except red (“red sapphire” is actually ruby).
Yellow sapphires are quite vivid and have nice hues of yellow ranging from light to intense yellow. Since sapphires are made of corundum, the yellow tone is a result of iron impurities during crystal formation.
Generally, yellow sapphires are less costly than its blue and ruby counterpart is. The stone is quite hard (Mohs 9) and surpasses diamond in terms of toughness due to its sturdy chemical formation.
Great yellow gold alternative Very hard
Requires regular maintaining
- Some types are very expensive
- Reactant to chemicals
- Organic gemstone
Amber is a unique organic gemstone typically made from fossilized tree resin. It is popular for its inclusions such as plant and insect remains, or other unique patterns that make the stone unique.
Unlike most gemstones, the inclusions in amber drive the values up, along with how deep the color is. Sometimes it will go through heat treatment, just to deepen its yellow-orange hue.
On the flip side, amber is not a great option for tough environments. With a mere hardness of 2, the gemstone can easily break or fracture. It is also sensitive to a few chemical solutions like cologne and alcohol. Temperature changes may also cause amber to fracture.
Each piece is unique
- Very cheap
- Medium durability
- Highly transparent
Citrine is a well-known yellow gemstone, coining its name from the French word citron for lemon. It has a beautiful yellow-orange hue that can light up any jewelry wardrobe.
Citrine is a form of quartz, hence its abundance and inexpensive nature. It is hard to find a natural-color citrine and heating is a common process in the citrine family.
Citrine is highly transparent with a vitreous luster and rarely comes with inclusions. It is a popular stone among crystal healers as it is believed to symbolize happiness and contentment.
Great for everyday jewelry Popular gem
Most are heat-treated
Hardest gemstone Excellent fire and brilliance $1,000-$5,000
Yellow diamond is a more common form of colored diamonds and usually less expensive. They possess their great color from trace amounts of nitrogen present during the formation of the stone.
In essence, diamonds are famous for having excellent brilliance and fire, and yellow diamonds are not any different.
Secondary undertones also affect the prices a bit. Greenish undertones tend to raise the prices, while brownish hues can bring the price down.
Being one of the most expensive yellow gemstones, there are synthetic forms or high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) yellow diamonds at fairer prices.
Commonly type of colored diamond Highly durable
Very expensive Very rare Medium durability $100-$500
Tourmalines are not rare but you’ll have to go through hundreds of retailers to find a perfect yellow tourmaline.
In fact, brick and mortar stores rarely stock these stones. That’s why they can be quite expensive.
Their yellow hue is attributed to the presence of manganese as well as iron during crystal formation. The stone is quite vivid and is more often faceted to enhance its near perfect brilliance.
Yellow tourmaline is generally hard (7 to 7.5) and with regular maintenance, it can last for decades. Most yellow tourmaline stones have inclusions but due to their rarity, it barely drags their value.
Great for everyday jewelry
Most have inclusions
Royal gem Highly durable
- Incredible brilliance
Probably named after the Greek island of Tapazios, topaz has been a popular choice for jewelers throughout the years. Yellow topazes have a stretched array of colors ranging from orange to dark yellow and finally to bright yellow.
The latter may be common and available but darker varieties like Imperial Topaz are quite rare and much valued. Imperial Topaz was popularly spotted among the Russian royalty.
Yellow topaz is hard (8 Mohs) and suitable for everyday wear. Although there are a few instances of heat treatments, most yellow topaz specimens will come with their natural color.
Yellow topaz has incredible clarity and brilliance with a transparent vitreous sheen.
Not readily available
Highly durable Great sparkle Common variety
Chrysoberyl commonly occurs as a transparent to translucent gem in hues of yellow-green to yellow. However, there are other expensive varieties of this gem including alexandrite, and cymophane (cat’s eye). Luckily, the yellow types should fit into your budget.
When faceted, these stones exhibit a glass-like luster and can show recommendable brilliance.
However, the stone may lack enough fire to successfully disperse light into the spectrum colors. The stone is quite sturdy (8.5 Mohs) and only diamond and sapphire are harder than chrysoberyl. This makes is an ideal gem for everyday jewelry like engagement and wedding rings.
The stone may not be so popular
- Poor “fire”
Most are rare High dispersion rates Excellent fire $300-$2,000
For instance, Hessonite can be yellow-colored or topazolite (a variety of andradite garnet). However, stones like topazolite are rare to find and a single carat could amount to several ten thousand dollars.
These gems are popular since they exhibit higher dispersion rates than diamond (excellent fire too!). Yellow garnets are generally eye-clean and will rarely have inclusions.
They rank 6.5 to 7 Mohs on the hardness scale and their gemstones have a wider price range that could fit any size of budget.
Eye clean specimens
Some types are costly
Very rare Has larger crystals $300-$1000
Nephrite is more common that jadeite and often occurs as large crystals. It is not only used in jewelry, but large pieces are suitable for sculpting and carving. Jadeite occurs in smaller pieces and is mostly used in jewelry pieces.
Yellow jade has a Mohs hardness of 6 and may not be the toughest gemstone in this category.
However, most jade sold on the market is enhanced and has lesser quality. Yellow jade comes in varying colors ranging from deep gold to pale yellow.
Not quite durable
Golden Beryl (Heliodor)
Transparent gemstone Sapphire alternative Affordable
Some forms of heliodor may go through irradiation to enhance its color. It is also cut in unique settings to maximize its pristine clarity.
Heliodor can be used as a substitute for yellow sapphire and due to their hardness (7.5 to 8 Mohs), they are also great options for engagement rings and other forms of everyday jewelry.
- Minimal inclusions
- Generally durable