According to GIA, in 2015, Christie’s and Sotheby’s had reported an estimated $1.2 billion in gemstone and jewelry sales, in addition to the $70-$80 million by Bonham’s of London and Tiancheng in Hong Kong. Gemstones and fine jewelry continue to set records at large auction houses by collectors all over the world. Gemstone collecting continues to grow in popularity and if you’ve wanted to start your own collection, but are unsure where to start, we’ve got a few tips on how to define a collection. \r\n1. All about Color\r\n There are many ways to approach collecting, and developing a collection based on color can be a great and interesting place to start. If you google “green gemstones”, you will be presented with at least 43 specimens that bear a green hue. Tourmaline alone comes in a wide variety of colors, but you can focus on as many shades of green as possible for your collection.\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Travel the World\n\r\n\r\nGoing to a gem show can have you traveling the world without ever leaving the country. With hundreds and sometimes thousands of gemstones right at your fingertips you can focus on specimens from a particular region or country. In Brazil alone, you could focus your collection on diamond, topaz, beryl, opal, sapphire, tourmaline, and so much more! \r\n\n3. Focus on the Rare\n\r\nIt’s always fun to say you have an item that is highly coveted and gemstones are no exception. If you’re passionate about the color red, then an unheated Burmese ruby is a must. Blue sapphires are always a safe place to start, but Kashmir is the most valuable. It hasn’t been mined for more than 100 years. Colombian emeralds continue to be very valuable. Other notable gems are pink-red spinel, tsavorite garnet, spessartite garnet, alexandrite, imperial jade, imperial topaz, and Paraiba tourmaline. \r\n\r\nThe Stotesbury Emerald, a 34.4 carat Colombian Emerald up for auction at Sotheby’s Gemstone collectors are drawn to this hobby for various reasons like natural beauty or for investment purposes. The only rules for gem collecting are the ones that you set for yourself. As long as you love what you have, you’ll never be disappointed!\r\nJoin Spectrum Fine Jewelry, Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 6 pm for our annual Gem Show with world renowned gem "hunters" Artinian Gems!