Gray colored gemstones may not be as popular or well-known as others, but they offer a unique and sophisticated look that can add a touch of elegance to any jewelry collection. One of the most popular gray gemstones is gray diamonds. These diamonds are naturally gray in color and can range from a pale gray to a dark steel gray. They are a more affordable alternative to traditional white diamonds, but still valued for their beauty and uniqueness.
Another gemstone that exudes a subtle gray color is smokey quartz, a type of quartz that gets its gray color from exposure to natural radiation. It is said to have grounding and protective properties. Another option is Gray moonstone, a variety of feldspar that exhibits a unique and beautiful adularescence, a phenomenon which makes the gemstone change color depending on the light.
Labradorite, a mineral that can come in a range of colors including gray, is a lesser-known gemstone, but it offers a unique and beautiful color that displays a play of colors, called labradorescence. Also hematite, a mineral that is known for its metallic silver-gray color, can also be polished and carved into jewelry pieces.
It's worth noting that some gray stones can be treated or enhanced to achieve that color, and it may affect the value of the stone. Always ask if the stone has been treated before purchasing if that information matters to you.