Buying guide: How to Buy a Gemstone
Buying a gemstone can be an intimidating task. It requires reliance, not only for buyer’s sense and judgment, but also the reliability of the person selling the stone. Learn how to recognizing the quality of the stones used in jewelries, it is a must and will assure that any gemstone, necklace, ring, pendant, or other pieces you acquire will keep their value.
When considering buying a gemstone, there are few but important things you must keep in mind:
Determine whether the gemstone is natural, laboratory-created or an imitation
Natural gemstones are produced in the nature without human intervention. Synthetic gemstones have the same chemical, physical & visual properties as natural ones, but they aren’t as rare and are less expensive. Imitation stones are stimulants that do not have the same natural properties the true gemstones have. Don’t forget to ask what kind of gem you are looking at before buying it, so you can pay a fair price for it.
Be informed about misleading names
Be aware of delusive gem’s names like Evening emerald (which is really a peridot), Brazilian sapphire (a blue tourmaline), Australian jade (a chrysoprase quartz) and Balsa ruby (a red spinel).
Ask if the gemstone has received any treatment
A jeweler should be able to tell you whether the gem you’re looking at has been treated or not. Gemstones that have been enhanced need distinct cleaning and care and the process it was submitted to significantly affects its value. Some of the most common techniques are heating, irradiation, impregnating and filling. Ask the jeweler, for instance, has this ruby had heating treatment, or has this yellow sapphire been filled up?
Ascertain the quality of the cut, which is what gives the gem its shine and charm
A perfect cut reflects the light in an even manner, with no gloomy areas or windowing (where a too-shallow or poorly proportioned stone allows the light straight through lessening the brilliance of the gem).
Check out the color under different illumination
A superior gem should look good under any kind of lights. Its color should be pure, intense, bright and vivid. Also keep in mind that daylight varies during the day and the place you are located in the world.
Do you really like the stone?
Does the gemstone match your style and personal taste? Does it combine with your skin tones? Would you like to possess it for life and pass it on to the next family generation?
Buying jewelry can be fun, exciting and expensive. Whether you’re thinking on buying a gift of jewelry for someone special or as a luxury for yourself, take some time to learn the terms used in the industry so you can get the best value and quality, regardless of whether you’re buying in a traditional store, by catalog or on the internet.