Loose Gem Wholesaler
Welcome to Boston Gems, a wholesaler of fine colored gemstones operating in the Jeweler’s Exchange Building in downtown Boston for over twenty years.
Boston Gems has an enviable collection of colored stones such as Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, and many more. Boston Gems also specializes in selling the highest quality Moonstone and holds one of the largest collections in the country. Our inventory includes Indian Blue Sheen, Ceylon, Burmese, and African Rainbow Moonstone.
We are committed to providing unmatched service, product, and knowledge to our valued customers. Boston Gems has a commitment to fair trade practices and to disclosing gemstone treatments and enhancements.
What We Offer
Ruby is the red to purplish-red variety of the mineral corundum that has been treasured by people throughout the ages, and has been called the “King of Gems.” Ruby is known as a gem of power and passion.
Moonstone includes several types of the mineral feldspar that show adularescence, which is a glow that seems to hover and move over the top of the stone. This effect is created by light scattering through the different layers of the gem. Moonstone is known as a gem of vision and intuition.
Sapphire is best known as the blue to violet-blue variety of the mineral corundum. However, it comes in a rainbow of colors. Sapphire has been prized as a symbol of wealth and wisdom throughout the ages.
Emerald is the green to bluish-green variety of the mineral beryl. It has been prized since the times of ancient Egypt and was also treasured by the Incas in South America as a royal gem. Emerald is known as a gem of love and abundance.
Tourmaline is a mineral that comes in a rainbow of colors, sometimes within the same stone! It is dichroic and will show different shades on different orientations of the crystal, so planning goes into the cut in order to show the best colors of a faceted gem. Each color of tourmaline has its own significance and meaning.
Tanzanite is the gem version of the mineral zoisite that shows a violetish-blue to bluish-violet color. It was discovered in the 1960’s in Tanzania and was popularized by Tiffany & Co. Tanzanite is known as a gem of transformation and optimism.
Aquamarine is the blue to greenish-blue variety of the mineral beryl. It is name is related to the sea “aqua” meaning water “marina” meaning sea. Aquamarine is known as a calming and protective gem.
Opal is a mineral that is composed of hydrated silica spheres. The light scattering within the stone causes “play of color” with bright flashes of different colors appearing as it moves. Opal is known as a gem of luck and magic.
Garnet is a family of related minerals that range in color from red to purple, and all the way through orange and green. Garnet was a favorite gemstone for jewelry during the 18th and 19th Century in Europe and is known as a spiritually grounding gem.
Diamond is known for its sparkle and is the cubic form of carbon with a dense structure, making it the hardest gemstone. Diamonds were set in royal jewelry in ancient India. It is known as a gem of faithfulness and commitment.
Peridot is a green gemstone that is the gem variety of the mineral olivine. It has been used in jewelry since the times of ancient Egypt. It is known as a gem of compassion and balance.
Spinel is a mineral that comes naturally in a rainbow of colors. It is a relatively hard stone similar to corundum (sapphire) and red spinel was regularly mistaken for ruby until the development of chemical analysis. Spinel is known to promote courage and optimism.
Alexandrite is the variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that naturally changes color from green to purple when moved from daylight to incandescent lighting. It is known as a gem of courage and prosperity.
Zircon is a natural mineral that comes in a variety of colors and is highly dispersive, showing rainbow flashes. Blue zircon is sourced in Cambodia and is the most popular and well known color of this stone. Zircon is known a gem of mental and emotional balance.
Topaz is a mineral that is naturally white to yellow, pink, and orange. It can be irradiated to many shades of blue. Topaz was prized in Roman times as a gem that would give strength and dispel anger.
Quartz is a silicate mineral that is very plentiful and comes in several colorful varieties. Clear quartz, amethyst, citrine, and ametrine are the most well known and popular. Each variety of quartz has been used in jewelry throughout he ages and has its own lore and meanings.