The world’s most precious stones and ‘Conflict Free’ minerals
There are many precious stones in the world, and their value varies widely. The cost varies depending on how widespread they are and whether or not they are easy to extract and process. Naturally, the more difficult the stones are to extract and process, the higher the cost.
Precious stones since the earliest civilisations have meant power and wealth. Some people believe that wearing them can bring success in business, good luck and keep bad luck at bay.
Gemstones, minerals and gems are a collection of natural materials of different origins.
These materials take on their particular value based on certain characteristics, such as:
But which stones have the highest value?
Taaffeite is a lavender to pale pink stone found only in Sri Lanka and southern Tanzania. The cost of this stone ranges from 1000 to 2500 euros per carat. The stone was first discovered in 1945 and is now used for jewelry production.
This is a pink-coloured mineral discovered in the late 1980s in Canada. The mineral took this name in honor of the family that owned the mine. Coming onto the market in the 2000s, this stone, although recent, costs around 3,000 euros per carat.
A gemstone also widely used in jewelry for its very intense blue color is the sapphire. This is a world-famous stone precisely because of its particular coloring, but this is not the only shade available. There are white sapphires or pinkish orange sapphires. Today, finding blue or pinkish orange sapphires is almost impossible. Many of those on the market are in fact artificially coloured. The last real sapphire was found 20 years ago, carat 1.65 and worth 9,000 euros. Sapphires over 5 carats are collectors’ items only, are not used in jewelry and are worth around 15 thousand euros.
A stone with a deep red color, it is mainly found in excavations in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. Ruby is red due to the high presence of chromium in it, although other shades of this stone can also be found. Rubies can therefore be found mainly on Asian soil, if pure they have a value of around 7500 euros per carat.
The emerald is a world-famous gemstone. The stone is characterized by its dark green color. The main mining area is in South America, mainly in Colombia, which holds the international trade in it. Emeralds are easily found impure. On the other hand, it is much more difficult to find pure emeralds that cost 4,000 euros per carat.
In second place among rare stones is the white diamond. The white diamond is among the most expensive minerals. The value is quite variable and the price also depends on several factors such as: clarity, color, cut. On average, a good diamond can cost from 8,000 euros per carat upwards.
The Red Diamond
In first place is the red diamond. The red diamond is a rare stone unlike any we are used to, and above all one that has the highest sale value in the world. The red diamond can only be mined in Australia at the Argyle mine. If it weighs more than 0.1 carat, it has a price tag of over 100,000 euros.
What are Conflict-Free Minerals?
The term ‘conflict minerals’ refers to four chemical elements: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.
More specifically, the origin of these minerals is important, and whether the ore used to produce these base metals comes from mines illegally controlled by government forces and militias. Conflict minerals finance and facilitate armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring countries. They provide an important source of funding for warlords in the DRC region, fuelling the violence that has plagued the region for decades.
Anularis is committed to the use of Conflict Free minerals, so as not to fund these troops and militias that exploit the considerable profits from the mines to pursue their own goals and to prolong the war by purchasing weapons.