Unboxing 10 Stunning Red Gemstones | Ruby, Spinel and Garnet

Today, we want to show off some of our favorite red gemstones and probably some you have never seen before!
Crocoite is sometimes called "Red Lead Ore" due to its lead content. This specimen generally comes in yellow, orange, and dark red hues; the best specimens come from Australia. Crocoite is very fragile and should be handled with great care.

Hematite is a mineral with great history; its colors include dark grey, black, and sometimes red, which is unknown to most. Some of the records of hematite include ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, most including funeral use. 

Rhodonite is a pretty and unique mineral that is very rare, making it sought after by gemstone and specimen collectors. Its name means "rose-colored stone" in Greek. The colors range from pink to rose-red to brownish-red and generally have black veins throughout the stone. Rhodonite ranks 5.5-6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it more of a delicate gemstone.

Garnet is January's birthstone and comes in every rainbow color. Garnet ranks 7-7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale making for good toughness. There are over twenty different garnet species, some being very valuable. 
July's birthstone is one of the market's most popular and valuable red gemstones. Ruby is the red variety of corundum; therefore, a red sapphire is simply a ruby. Ruby ranks nine on the Mohs hardness scale making for excellent toughness in jewelry wearing. Hindus once called ruby "the king of gems."

We also have spinel, vanadinite, and more minerals to unbox! Join Rebecca and Rob; they will take you through these specimens and teach you just how they get their gorgeous red colors and fun facts about these beautiful gems!