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10 Valuable Gemstones to Look For at a Pawn Shop

10 Valuable Gemstones to Look For at a Pawn Shop

10 Valuable Gemstones to Look For at a Pawn Shop
When you shop for gems and jewelry at local pawns shops, you really never know what you’re going to find. We, however, can help at least help you know what to look out for. Just take a look below to see the 10 most valuable gemstones you might find when you shop at Traders Loan and Jewelry!


Topping the list of valuable gemstones is jadeite. It is considered one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones in the entire world, and is mined mostly in areas throughout Guatemala and Chine. The stronger the jadeite’s green hue, the more valuable it is, with a base value of $3 million per carat.

Red Diamonds

Naturally red diamonds are extremely rare, and range in color from a rich red, to deep reddish-purple. Most are mined exclusively in Australia, which makes them even harder to find unless you have a supplier with connections. For this reason, a quality red diamond, on average, will cost you up to $2.5 million per carat.


Known for its unique composition, which includes traces of boron, serendibite comes from Burma and Sri Lanka, and costs around $1.8 – $2 million per carat. If you can find this beautiful bluish green stone though, you’ll certainly be in for a treat.

Blue Garnet

You might think garnet is a common stone, but you’re probably thinking of red garnet. Blue garnet, however, can only be found in the United States, Madagascar, or Turkey. For this reason, a blue garnet gem will cost you as much as $1.5 million per carat.


Commonly mistaken for serendibite, grandidierite is another stunning blue-green stone. This precious stone, however, is worth far less, at “only” $100,000 per carat.


Found exclusively in Burma, painite is a unique gemstone featuring a rustic reddish-orange hue. Finding one though, is always exciting as they only cost around $50-$60,000 per carat, which is significantly less than the other gems so far on our list!


Found in a variety of colors, musgravite is a rare mineral that is found only in Greenland, Australia, and Sri Lanka. If you can get your hands on this gem though, it will only cost you around $35,000 per carat to take home.


Known as the “red beryl emerald” this berry-toned gem is a beauty found only in the warmer climates of Utah and New Mexico. However, abundance of this gem puts its value at only $10,000 per carat.

Black Opal

Love opal jewelry? How about black opal? It’s the rarest of all the gem in the opal family, and comes mostly from Australia. You can often find it for as little as $2,300 per carat.


By far the most affordable gem on our list is jeremejevite, with a general value around only $2,000 per carat. Its colors range from a gorgeous pale yellow to periwinkle blue, and come all the way from Namibia, Germany, and Tajikistan.

Ready to try your luck at a pawn shop near you? Our inventory at Traders Loan and Jewelry is one you won’t want to miss! To get your pawning adventure started, come visit us today at 18505 Sherman Way Reseda, CA 91335, call 818.345.8696 , or simply fill out the form on our contact page if you have any questions.