Category: Market Trends

Large Colored Stones

The GemGuide Market Trend article typically covers a single gemstone that has shown an interesting trend in demand and/or price. However, this report presents a trend that is more general in nature. Such an observation has been made lately and was mentioned by several gem dealers following Tucson gem shows. That is that big and bold gemstones are getting increasingly popular.

Marine Cultured Pearls

South Sea and Tahitian cultured pearl producers have experienced significant interruptions to the cultivation process during the pandemic. The effects will be felt during the course of the coming few years.

Heliodor and Golden Beryl

The demand for heliodor in the gem market fluctuates by fashion to an extent. Since one of the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021 is a bright yellow named “Illuminating,” all tones of heliodor should get more attention.

Red and Hot Purple Tourmaline

Unheated and vividly colored purplish red cuprian tourmalines have gained a special niche and become more of a collector’s stone, while rubellite remains one of the favorite tourmalines in the market.

Pink Spinel

Gem quality spinel has a long history of being confused with other gems or even a misguided reputation of being a ruby simulant. Thanks to newly gained appreciation and understanding of its own qualities, it now stands on its own merit as a fine gemstone in the modern gem market.

Paraiba Tourmaline

Tourmaline is one of the most popular and complex gemstones and has a long history. Due to its rich chemistry and growth conditions, it comes not only in many different colors but also in unusual…


The upbeat albeit uneventful Tucson gem shows at the beginning of 2020 have been followed by the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. While it is too early to predict any outcome, it is clear that almost everything in the gem business has been experiencing an extreme slowdown.