When creating a custom piece, sometimes you will have heirloom jewelry to work with and use a stone you already have to create a new custom piece. At Caleesi Designs Jewelers in Austin, Texas, we can help you pick a gemstone that is right for you in case you don't already have a gemstone! We have compiled a list of gemstones by color with brief descriptions to help you make your custom jewelry gemstone selection. This post will cover purple gemstones.
Alexandrite: This stone is a color changing stone depending on the type of light you're in. It changes from purple to blue-green. So if you can't decide on a color for you custom piece, this might be the stone for you! Genuine alexandrite is very expensive, but lab created alexandrite is a great alternative and often has better color.
Amethyst: Most of us will think of amethyst before any other purple gemstone because it is so common. The great thing about amethyst is that it is so common, that it's relatively cheap. Not great for an engagement ring because it's on the softer side, but most other jewelry, it's a great option because there are very few inclusions to distract from its beautiful color.
Iolite: A lesser known stone that looks similar to tanzanite but a bit on the greyer side. Some might call this stone blue as well as purple. It's sort of in the middle of the two colors.
Lavender Jade: Similar to lavender chalcedony ("cal-sid-nee"), but much tougher and more durable. Very popular in Asian cultures.
Tanzanite: A blue-purple vibrant gemstone from Tanzania, go figure.