You slide the taaffeite ring on your finger and the greyish-violet gemstone glimmers in the morning sunlight. Holding your hand into the air, you are lost for a moment inside the swirling colors of the jewel. Taaffeites are one of the rarest gemstones on the Earth. The first one was discovered by Richard Taaffe in Ireland during 1945. The difference between these gems and other stones with similar properties comes down to their birefringent quality, which creates a double refraction of light that passes through the precious gems. In many cases, taaffeite jewelry is nearly impossible to get hold of, because of its rarity and the fact that it is usually bought up by knowledgeable jewelry collectors. But you can take advantage of the fact that many of the loose stones are available in the large inventory on eBay. Simply find a gem to your liking and have it cut to fit in the jewelry piece that suits it best. The gem can be found in a variety of violet, red, and green hues. Perfect a piece of your jewelry with an exquisite, precious taaffeite.