Gemstone ColourSee the different gemstone colour variations

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The beautiful colour of a gemstone is its most defining characteristic, and many jewellers consider it to be the most important evaluation criterion. When deciding upon gemstone colour, examine hue, tone, and saturation.


The most valuable gemstones are those that exhibit a pure colour and only "slight" hues of other colours in addition to their primary colour. For example sapphires range in hue from "slightly purplish-blue" to "slightly greenish-blue," pink sapphires always range from "pink" to "slightly purplish-pink," and rubies range from "slightly orangish-red" to "slightly purplish-red".


Tone represents the depth of colour, ranging from colourless to black. Gemstone tone is described as "light," "medium-light," "medium," "medium-dark," and "dark." La Mode Fine Jewellers offers gemstones with the most sought-after tones that fall within the medium-light to medium-dark range.


Saturation, or colour purity, refers to the degree to which the gem is free from brown or grey hues. The most desirable gemstones, which show little grey or brown, are often described as having "vivid" or "strong" colour saturation. Generally, the levels of colour saturation will not be called out in the product details because the gemstones in our jewellery are hand-selected for their vivid colours

Buyers Tip

Always request that a stone be accompanied by a grading report to ensure its quality and
accuracy. At La Mode Fine Jewellers we offer loose gemstones through our Black Box Gemstone program. All stones are accompanied by their own individual grading report and are serial number engraved to ensure its quality and accuracy. Buy with confidence.