You dont need to be a jewelry industry insider to know how to pick quality pieces. This guide is intended to help you learn about jewelry- precious metals and gemstones, and what to consider when selecting and choosing gemstones- whether it is for personal fashion, gifts, bridal jewelry or an event such as an engagement or anniversary.
We have a series of fine jewelry education pages covering the Four Cs (cut, clarity, color, carat) of diamonds and gemstones in addition to choosing and buying jewelry guides.
Learn all about the Four Cs of gemstone grading: color, clarity, cut, and carat (weight). Gemologists grade gemstones based on these properties. We will also touch on gem enhancements and gemstone care.
Frequently Asked Questions
The study of jewelry is called gemology. A person who studies jewelry is known as a gemologist.
Warm water and a mild dish soap detergent is generally the safest option. Avoid using hot water or scrubbing jewelry with any abrasives or harsh chemicals. After cleaning, rinse in clean water and pat dry.
Fine jewelry should be stored in soft cloth bag or fabric-lined jewelry box to keep is safe and protected when not being worn. Store like-metals together and keep delicate gemstones separate so they dont scratch one another.
A simple solution of warm water and a mild dish soap detergent is generally the safest option for most metals and gemstones.
Fine jewelry is a term used to describe jewelry featuring precious gemstones such as diamonds and rubies, precious metals such as gold, sterling silver, and platinum. Whereas fashion costume jewelry is usually made with non-precious stones and metals.
For an elegant classic woman, consider a striking large diamond ring made with yellow gold and high-quality diamonds or Diamond earrings like Classic Round Brilliant Diamond Studs. Eye-catching modern pieces like Falling Star Diamond Drop Earrings can make a statement. A playful fashionable woman might love stackable bands or rings made with rose or white gold. For necklaces, a traditional girl will love a pearl pendant or for a romantic gift try a heart-shaped pendant like the Coeur Vert Diamond Pendant.
Rare gemstones like the red diamond can fetch over $1 million per carat and there are less than 30 red diamonds found in the world.
It is a good idea to look at your skin tone as certain metals are best suited to particular skin colors. People with fair or cool skin tones best suit white metals such as white gold, platinum and silver. People with warm skin like olive and darker tones, are better suited to yellow and rose gold jewelry. If you have a neutral skin tone, you are lucky because you can wear any type of metal.