From soft pastels to deep jewel tones, every gemstone tells a story. But there is more to gemstones than color. Our Gemstone buying guide will introduce you to discover the world of gem types, styles, gemstone shapes and the key quality factors to consider when making a selection for gemstone purchase.
In the gemstone jewelry industry, there is a universe of gemstone jewelry beyond diamonds. Each has its own unique history, characteristics, quality, gemstone color, depth, hardness and gemstone durability and value. It is important to know about these elements when you are in the market for the purchase of quality graded gems before purchasing from the store.LEARN MORE
The skill with which a gemstone is cut determines its brilliance. Smooth quality cutting treatments can maximize the natural beauty of a gemstone while minimizing its flaws, turning it into an expensive gemstone.LEARN MORE
In the jewelry industry, GIA gemstone buying guides, the most important criteria in colored gemstones (and treated gemstone) valuation for a grading report by gem professionals, gem color is broken down into three attributes: hue, tone, and light saturation. These attributes, natural or resulting from treatment, combine to create the jewelry stone color we perceive and color will vary depending on the gem variety. These are important to know since colored gemstones are the favored betrothal ring presents among royalty. (Think- Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire ring!).LEARN MORE
Most gemstones contain microscopic flaws called inclusions, which can affect brilliance, color, and overall gems appearance when graded in a lab report, even the budget. Clarity describes the degree to which these imperfections are present in the jewelry, whether natural or from treatments and how these will look when worn.LEARN MORE
Gemstone Carat Weight
Not to be confused with size, carat refers to a gemstone’s weight. Because different gemstones have differing densities, two gemstones of the same carat weight can be very different sizes. The carat weight is the common determinant of the purchasing budget.LEARN MORE
Gemstones are sometimes heat-treated to enhance their color, clarity, and durability. For instance, heating is a common treatment used to improve the appearance of a sapphire gem.LEARN MORE
Not all gemstones can be cared for in the same way. Especially when worn often, it is important to learn how to properly care for your gems jewelry to help preserve its beauty and extend its lifetime.LEARN MORE
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is the birthstone guide, in both the traditional and modern lists:
January – Garnet. The garnet is both traditional and modern January birthstone
February – Amethyst. Amethyst is also in the traditional and modern list.
March -Aquamarine. In the modern list, it is aquamarine, while bloodstone is the March traditional birthstone
April – Diamond, in both traditional and modern lists.
May – Emerald, likewise listed in the traditional and modern.
June – Pearl in the traditional list. In the modern list, the pearl has been replaced by gem world newcomer alexandrite.
July – Ruby, in both the traditional and modern lists.
August – Sardonyx in the traditional list. Peridot in the modern list. Recent listing shows the spinel as an option to the peridot as the modern August birthstone.
September – Sapphire, in both traditional and modern listings.
October – Opals in the traditional list and tourmaline in the modern list. The tourmaline has many varieties. There are also multicolored tourmaline stones.
November – Topaz is both the traditional and modern November birthstone, but recently Citrine is a modern option.
December – Traditionally, turquoise and lapis lazuli while modern listing shows tanzanite, blue topaz and blue zircon as alternatives.
Treated gemstones are not “fake” and are different from synthetic gemstones. …
There are many types of treatments specific to the type of gemstone. …
Treated stones are less expensive than untreated stones.
Natural, untreated gemstones are not always “the best.”
Nowadays, it is considered a safe practice to request a lab certificate for above $1000 purchase of ruby, sapphire, or emerald.
One gemstone that is rarely made cabochon is the diamond (especially for a ring) because faceting reveals its beauty in finely balanced proportions.