What is the difference between a gemstone and a semiprecious gemstone ?

Why is the purple amethyst more expensive than a blue topaz ?.Is a purple amethyst or a blue topaz a gemstone or a semi precious gemstone?

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  • lb2k
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    1 decade ago
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    In the past, precious stones refered to Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald. Semi-precious refered to all other gemstones. Although these terms are still used by consumers and some jewelers, Gemologists do not differentiate gemstones along the "precious" "semi-precious" line because it is grossly inaccurate.

    For instance, tourmalines are usually considered "semi-precious". However, a fine Paraiba tourmaline is more expensive than many rubies and sapphires. In this day and age, the "precious" "semi-precious" classification is meaningless.

    To answer your question: There is no difference. ALL gemstones are precious. Amethyst is generally more expensive than blue Topaz because of a higher market demand for it. Both are not particularly rare, although Amethyst is possibly the rarer material.

    Prices differ because of a variety of factors. For instance, rarity, market demand, marketing, treatments available and accepted, fashion etc.

    Rarity on its own does not guarantee that a gemstone will be more expensive. Market demand is equally important. Have you heard of Painite? Taafeite? Will you pay "big money" for them? The answer is probably "No". The reason is not only because they are rare and are not available in large/commercial quantities, but also because the market doesn't know them and therefore there is low demand for them.

    Hope that helps!

    Source(s): I LOVE gemstones and I teach gemology.
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  • 1 decade ago

    There really is no difference they are all stones. The difference is in the rarity of the stone. There are less purple amethysts than there are blue topaz, therefor, making the purple amethyst more expensive.

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  • 3 years ago

    Garnets are silicate depending, it rather is they in many situations are composed of an SiO4 crew, bonded with different cations which provide different colorations of gem. Ruby and Sapphire are both sorts of Aluminum Oxide (Alimina), or Al2O3. Iron or Titianium recent makes it blue, like a customary sapphire, chromium in small quantities makes it ruby pink. organic Al203 is white without the presence of those hint aspects.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The stones are rated by rarity. I believe it goes something like this:

    Diamond, Emerald, Aquamarine....

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