Gemstone Education

Like flowers, colored gemstones come in every hue, tone and saturation. Both are born of Nature and evolve into something exquisite. But, unlike flowers whose beauty fades with time, the beauty of colored gemstones is everlasting.

Gathered from all corners of the world, every colored gemstone is a unique creation that brings with it a rich history that blends the mystery of Nature with the skill of man.

Tips for Buying

It's reasonable to expect lasting value and enjoyment when you purchase colored gemstone jewelry. Learning a few things about gemstone quality and value will help you make sure you get what you want – and deserve.

You can start by trusting your instincts. Sensory appeal is always paramount. So, if a particular gemstone or jewelry design "speaks" to you, by all means listen!

You can also use what you know about the 4Cs. The familiar diamond value factors of color, cut, clarity, and carat weight apply to colored gems as well. However, each gem variety is judged by its own potential: no one expects an aquamarine to have the same color as a sapphire or an emerald to be as flawless as an aquamarine. But there are a few general rules you can use to judge gemstone quality.

How to judge the value & quality of a gemstone

Simply put, the type of gemstone and color you select should be the one you like the most, the one that will give you the most pleasure to wear. However, colored gemstones are judged by their beauty and rarity. The same "four Cs" that establish quality in Diamond are used for colored gemstones: cut, carat weight, clarity and most importantly, color.

Color: The more pure and vivid the color, the more valuable the gemstone.

Cut: All gemstones must be cut well to attain their maximum potential for beauty. Quality cutting is what produces the brilliance and scintillation that captures the eye of the beholder.

Clarity: Gemstones contain characteristic inclusions that provide proof of their natural origin. Those inclusions should not be so visible that they detract from the beauty of the gemstone.

Carat Weight: Obviously, larger gemstones are rarer. However, some gemstones, such as Amethyst and Tourmaline, routinely occur in very large sizes while others, such as Ruby and Sapphire, rarely occur in sizes above 2 to 3 carats.

Birthstones

January:GarnetJuly:Ruby
February:AmethystAugust:Peridot
March:Aquamarine or BloodstoneSeptember:Sapphire
April:DiamondOctober:Opal or Tourmaline
May:EmeraldNovember:Topaz or Citrine
June:Moonstone or AlexandriteDecember:Turquoise, Zircon or Tanzanite

Gemstone Shapes and Descriptions

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