Kirkland Jewelry's Guide to Gemstones

  • Alexandrite

    Green in sunlight. Red in lamplight. Color-changing alexandrite is nature’s magic trick.

  • Amber

    Amber is nature’s time capsule. This fossilized tree resin contains remnants of life on earth millions of years ago.

  • Amethyst

    The essence of the color purple, amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for class rings.

  • Ametrine

    This transparent quartz has colors of both amethyst and citrine, and is called ametrine or amethyst-citrine.

  • Aquamarine

    Named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.

  • Citrine

    Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz.

  • Diamond

    Diamonds are among nature’s most precious and beautiful creations.

  • Emerald

    Emerald is the bluish green to green variety of beryl, a mineral species that includes aquamarine.

  • Fancy Color Diamond

    Dazzling brilliance. Captivating color. The planet’s most valued gems are fancy color diamonds.

  • Garnet

    Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color.

  • Iolite

    According to legend, Vikings used iolite slices to reduce glare when checking the sun’s position.

  • Jade

    “Jade” is a generic term for nephrite, jadeite, and under certain conditions green omphacite. In China, a pierced jade disk is a symbol of heaven.

  • Kunzite

    Collectors love kunzite for its color range, from delicate pastel pink to intense violetish purple.

  • Lapis Lazuli

    Lapis is a beautiful rock; an aggregate of several minerals, mainly lazurite, calcite, and pyrite.

  • Moonstone

    A ghostly sheen moves under the surface of this feldspar, like moonlight glowing in water.

  • Morganite

    Morganite is the pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, a mineral that includes emerald and aquamarine.

  • Opal

    Fireworks. Jellyfish. Galaxies. Lightning. Opal’s shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors is unlike any other gem.

  • Pearl

    Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.

  • Peridot

    Found in lava, meteorites, and deep in the earth’s mantle, yellow-green peridot is the extreme gem.

  • Rose Quartz

    Rose quartz is a quartz variety that gets its name from its delicate pink color.

  • Ruby

    Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire.

  • Sapphire

    The name “sapphire” can also apply to any corundum that’s not ruby, another corundum variety.

  • Spinel

    The Black Prince’s Ruby. The Timur Ruby. For centuries, spinel, the great imposter, masqueraded as ruby in Europe’s crown jewels.

  • Sunstone

    Sunstone’s phenomenal varieties show a distinct and lively glitter called aventurescence.

  • Tanzanite

    Poised between lush blue, vibrant violet, and rich purple, exotic tanzanite is found in only one place on earth, near majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Topaz

    Honey yellow. Fiery orange. Cyclamen pink. Icy blue. In warm or cool tones, topaz is a lustrous and brilliant gem.

  • Tourmaline

    Tourmalines have a variety of exciting colors with one of the widest color ranges of any gem.

  • Turquoise

    Azure sky, robin’s egg blue: Vivid shades of turquoise define the color that’s named after this gem.

  • Zircon

    Zircon is a colorful gem with high refraction and fire that’s unfairly confused with cubic zirconia. Known for its hues of brilliant blues, warm autumnal yellows and reddish browns, as well as red and green hues.