5 Blue Gemstones to Know for 2020
Written by Annabelle
May 1, 2020
Pantene is famous for announcing the color for each year, and this year's shade has been officially declared as “Classic Blue.” With that said, the best way for you to get on trend is to snag some gemstones in the right color! Read on to learn more about 5 blue gemstones for 2020.
2020 Blue Gemstones
Without a doubt, sapphire is the most well-known blue gemstone. With traditionally renowned shades ranging from deep blue to cornflower, the sapphire is the stone of the year! Interestingly, it doesn't just come in blue- sapphires can be green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, or white. Modern designers are now experimenting with these colorful options for rainbow-like pieces, including pave set rings or cartilage piercings. Opt for a classic blue sapphire look (see what we did there) or get creative with its alternatives!
This pretty gemstone is only found in Tanzania, and its rarity definitely enhances its pretty color! While it's not quite as versatile as sapphire, tanzanite ranges from a pale pretty sky blue or lavender to a deep blue purple. It's not as durable as sapphire, however, so you should be more careful when wearing this gem. Tanzanite is readily available for rings and pendants, but you can also try for a pop of color near your face with a pair of tanzanite earrings!
3. Lapis Lazuli
Used by Ancient Egyptians and other civilizations, this gem has had a long and storied history thanks to its magnificent deep blue color, often flecked with spots of gold pyrite. It was used to decorate the coffins of royal mummies, it adorned protective talismans because it was believed to have magical properties, and it was even crushed up to create ultramarine- an extremely expensive paint used by 14th century artists. There's no denying its magnetic charm; lapis lazuli only comes in this strong blue color and it's an eye-catcher no matter what design it's set into.
Much like lapis lazuli, turquoise was also considered a spiritual stone as its bright blue color mimicked the sky. Used heavily by Native American societies, turquoise has become deeply associated with Southwestern jewelry, often set in handmade pieces of silver as bangles, rings, and bracelets. It's a relatively fragile stone that will change color over time due to sweat exposure, and cannot be cleaned with harsh chemicals, so make sure to maintain this gem properly if you're interested in purchasing one for yourself.
5. Blue Topaz
Topaz is another gem that comes in many colors, and blue topaz happens to be a rich variation of this stone. Blue topaz itself comes in different shades, ranging from Swiss blue topaz (a light, bright blue) to London blue topaz (a dark blue.) The best thing about blue topaz is that it's quite affordable, as most commercial topaz is treated to enhance coloration. As a result, there are a lot of designs available on the market that utilize this stone.
Now you're up to date on the best blue gemstones for 2020! Comment below and let us know which one is your favorite.