Your Gemologist: What You Should Know

Gemologist with a loupe

The role of gemologist is crucial to the gem trade. A gemologist is someone who has trained professionally at an accredited institution in colored stone identification and colored stone grading. The training may also include diamond grading. Gemologists may work in gemological laboratories, in retail jewelry stores, and in manufacturing organizations using their knowledge in … Read more

Appraisals and Insurance: Is Your Jewelry Covered?

Understanding Gemstone Appraisal

Whether you have a beautiful family heirloom or have just received a priceless engagement ring, it is important to make sure that your jewelry is protected and to think about having an appraisal done.  However, appraisals are not all created equal and it is important to know what to ask for when having your jewelry … Read more

The Questions Some Gemstone Dealers Wish You Wouldn’t Ask

Jeweler presenting ring

An educated consumer is a gemstone vendor’s best kind of customer. You have taken the time to investigate the types of gemstones available in the market, you are aware of the common treatments that gemstones are routinely subjected to, and your expectations of price and availability are realistic. But what about the questions that make … Read more

Buying a Gemstone: The Right Questions to Ask

Image of Review gemstone jewelry before buying

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 … Read more

Gemstone Pricing: What You Need to Know

Gold Coins for Gemstone Prices

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