What Are Some of the Most Precious Gems?


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Some of the most precious gems in the world include tanzanite, black opal and jadeite. Other precious gemstones include taaffeite, benitoite, alexandrite, musgravite and painite.

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Many of the most precious gems in the world are mostly unheard of due to their rarity. Tanzanite is a valuable bluish-purple gem that sells for $600 to $1,000 per carat. Tanzanite is found only in Mount Kilimanjaro's foothills.

Jadeite is much rarer than jade and costs about $20,000 per carat. It is a dark green gemstone that is found in Myanmar.

Musgravite is a rare gem that ranges in color from greenish-gray to purple. Musgravite has a market value of $35,000 per carat and is found in only a select few places worldwide including Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Greenland and Antarctica.

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