The Truth Behind Gemstone Certifications

Difference between artificial and organic gemstones

Have you ever heard that a stone is “certified” and wonder what this means?  Whether you’re looking at a beautiful sapphire or a brilliant diamond, there are often “certifications” given to gemstones to prove their origin, grade and/or rarity. Certifications offer buyers validation and confidence in their purchases.  They are also helpful for appraisals, insurance … 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

Buyer Beware: 8 Tips on Purchasing Fine Gemstones Online

Image comparing advertised gemstone image and received gemstone

Purchasing gemstones online can be more complicated and difficult than purchasing in person, but purchasing in person means visiting a retail store where prices may be much higher and selection limited.  This online price advantage can have numerous disadvantages.  Viewing a gemstone in person allows one to visually see the brilliance, polish, cutting, color, inclusions, … Read more

Is it ‘Real’? The Differences between Natural, Synthetic and Imitation Gemstones

Difference between artificial and organic gemstones

It can be difficult, when making jewelry or gemstone purchases, to decipher the terminology used to describe the origins of a gemstone. The significant differences in price of natural, synthetic and imitation stones can easily turn what looks like a good deal into a costly overpriced purchase. Use this guide to learn what these words … Read more

Deciphering Your Gemstone Certificate

Gemstone Certificate

What is a 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 … Read more

Finding Your Gem Dealer: Where and How to Look

Finding a Reputable Gem Dealer

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 a … Read more