Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Basic Guides On Buying A Fine Gemstone Jewelry

By Olive Pate

There are several minerals and rocks that are polished and used for jewelry. The diamond and gold for instance, are among the most expensive jewelry items while copper and silver are also common jewelry minerals. Gems are rare stones and come in stunning beauty, wide variety and colors. Many people are not aware that a diamond jewelries are also part of fine gemstone jewelry. There are several other gemstones that also look good in jewelry and cost far less as compared to diamond.

The main consideration is the color characteristics of the stone. There are three aspects of gemstone color; the hue, saturation and the tone. The hue describes the stone's primary color and can be described as a tint or a shade of blue, red or any other color.

The saturation on the other hands is its purity or color intensity and the tone represents the color depth and can vary from light to dark. The value increases with color intensity. Other than the color, the second consideration is gem clarity.

When dealing with the colored gems, the color is the most important aspect and it can determine 50% to 70% of its value. The hue, saturation and the tone are the color determinants and depending on them, there are all colors of gems in the market. When looking at color, the buyer need to concentrate on the hue (color shade or tint), saturation (color intensity), and the color tone.

As such, the tip when choosing a colored gem is giving more attention to the different color characteristics. Generally, it should not be too light or too dark. The best ones are those that are brighter, rich, intense, and pure with more vivid colors. This can be easily seen by looking at them against a white surface under different light conditions.

Although it also pays to look at the clarity, color should always be given more importance than the clarity. In order to examine the clarity, the procedure is to examine it from the face up position. Look for an inclusion or flaw from the top position, if none appears, then it is better that way. The imperfections can be seen well through the magnifying glass or a microscope.

The other clue is gemstone cut. As much as possible, the client is advised to always choose the ideal cut gems that have the desired shape. It does not really cost more to get a good cut, but it may add a lot to the gem beauty. The other consideration is the carat weight. This largely depends on the buyer's budget. With a decent budget, it is better to choose an average size gem that has a good looking color, clarity and cut instead of choosing a larger one that means sacrificing the color, clarity and cut.

The last tip is to always ask for the certificate particularly if buying a costly gemstone. It may mean that you have to spend more but it provides the necessary peace of mind. In the certificate, there are details that can help you in comparing different options before the actual purchase.

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