Jewelry has been a part of civilization since the dawn of time, whether it was made from bits of bones, rocks, or shells. People’s love for rare stones set in copper, silver, or gold has stood at the core of trade initiatives, diplomatic relationships, or geopolitical matters throughout history and in some parts of the world they still do. We in the civilized world value gems for their rarity more than anything else, because they barely have any properties other than their aesthetic value. Depending on their rarity, some gemstones are much more valuable than others. Over the next few minutes, we’ll find out what are the ten rarest gems in the world and where they’re found.
Discovered in 1883 by a Russian mineralogist by the name of Pavel Jeremejev, Jeremevite (ye-REM-ay-ev-ite) is now one of the rarest gems on this planet. It can be transparent, pale yellow, and sky blue. Crystals of this gem assume an obelisk shape, and its purest form comes from Namibia. Jeremejevite looks a lot like aquamarine, and it has actually been mistaken for this mineral in the past.