Selecting the Right Gemstone

You have discovered the colorful world of gems; now it is time to decide on the perfect gemstone for you! Which gemstone will suit you best? How much do gemstones cost? Which gemstones are the most durable? What types of gemstone jewelry are in fashion right now? How long will my gemstone last? Is … [Read more...]

Carats and Clarity: Some Clear and Specific Answers

If you have shopped for a diamond or gemstone recently, you have no doubt been apprised of the “4 C’s”: carat weight, clarity, color, and cut. The 4 C’s play an important role in the description and valuation of diamonds and gemstones. Here, you will learn key information about two of the four C’s: … [Read more...]

Cut and Color in Gemstones

The world of colored gemstones is enticing and beautiful. Minerals formed deep within the earth are brought to light and then expertly fashioned by lapidarists into coveted and prized treasures. Gem cutting is an art, a collaboration between man and nature. And while no two people perceive color in … [Read more...]

Gemstone Pricing: What You Need to Know

If you are shopping for a gemstone, no doubt you have encountered some confusing price issues. One vendor may list a gemstone at a particular price, and then you might see a similar gemstone offered for sale for hundreds of dollars less! How can you be sure you are getting the best price on your … [Read more...]

Heavy Metal and Rock Stars: The Setting of a Gemstone

If you have purchased an un-mounted or “loose” gemstone, there are several things you need to know before choosing a setting that will show off your gem to its best advantage. The kind of jewelry metal, the type of setting, even how you choose to wear your gem can greatly alter its visual … [Read more...]

How to Find the Perfect Gem for You

If you’ve ever wondered how to select the perfect gemstone for you, one that will flatter and transcend the seasons and fashions, you can start by simply looking in the mirror. It has been said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. By selecting the right gemstones for your earrings, you can … [Read more...]

Buying a Gemstone: The Right Questions to Ask

Whether you are in the market for a fine ruby or an amethyst, there is a lot to know before finalizing a gemstone purchase. How can you be sure of what you are getting? Are you aware of the different gem treatments that can alter the appearance of a gemstone? Some treatments will greatly affect a … [Read more...]

Deciphering Your Gemstone Certificate

A gemstone certificate can be a wonderful comparative tool. But what exactly is a “cert” and why should you get one? With all the different gemstone treatments in use today, a detailed evaluation of your gemstone will be a great asset if you need your gemstone appraised or if you plan to sell it. It … [Read more...]

Finding Your Gem Dealer: Where and How to Look

Are you in the market for a gemstone? How can you be sure that you are dealing with a reputable company? Are there any industry watchdogs on your side? Apart from customer reviews, is there a way you can investigate and evaluate your gem dealer before deciding on that big gemstone purchase? Here are … [Read more...]

Understanding the Four C’s

If you have ever shopped for a gemstone, you have no doubt encountered the Four C’s. The Four C’s were developed by the Gemological Institute of America in the 1940’s to 1950’s as a means to communicate to the diamond buying public the four major value determinations that affect a diamond’s price. … [Read more...]