Tourmaline is an extremely versatile gemstone, due to its great diversity of colors and tones. There is a color and shade of tourmaline to suit every taste and skin tone. When designing tourmaline jewelry, the preferred color can be first considered. Tourmaline jewelry can be vivid and striking or subtle and understated. Intense pink tourmaline, emerald green and Paraiba tourmaline gemstones are often accented with diamonds in rings by Chopard, Chanel, Dior and Cartier. Both white and yellow precious metal settings are equally stunning. Tourmalines make beautiful central stones and are often available in large, affordable sizes. Smooth, unfaceted tourmaline beads are used in tribal-style jewelry and wire-wrapping. Tourmaline is perfectly suitable for tough everyday-wearing tourmaline gemstone rings , and fashion jewelry too, including bracelets, pendants, earrings and brooches. Additionally, men's jewelry can be fashioned from the more masculine-hued gemstones.
Smoky quartz is a popular variety of quartz. It has an unusual color for a gemstone and is easily recognized and is well known by the general public. Only a few other brown or black minerals are ever cut for gemstones such as black diamond , smoky topaz , the very rare black beryl , the very common black tourmaline schorl or brown corundum . Smoky quartz is also popular as an ornamental stone and is carved into spheres, pyramids, obilisks, eggs, figurines and ornate statues. Smoky quartz, a variety itself of quartz, has a few varieties of its own.