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Buying Gemstones

Jewelry is special. It lasts a lifetime. It has always been an emotional and sentimental experience that evokes wonderful memories while still giving pleasure for years ahead. When buying for yourself of for others, one has to have an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of jewelry, which is why Surat Diamond has put forth this article.

Gemstones & it’s Legandary Powers:

Your desire to own or wear a coloured gemstone is not new or unique. Gems have held fascination – sometimes even a legendary power – for people from all cultures.

The mystery and romance of gemstones goes back as far as we can trace, to those ancient days when people coveted these beautiful stones as charms or amulets to ward off evil. Later, as life became more sophisticated, the rarity and beauty of gems established as the ultimate status symbol.

Today, the pride of possessing a rare and beautiful Gemstone is as great as ever. There is, however, one major difference – at one time, only the very wealthy or the very powerful could hope to own a Gemstone. Now, thanks to discoveries of the rich mining and alluvial sources, no one needs to be a millionaire to afford a Gemstone.

What is a Gemstone:

Most simply stated, the majority of Gemstones are minerals, (except – Pearls and Coral are of animal origin; Jet and Amber are vegetable). These minerals have been crystallized as a result of high temperatures and pressures exerted by nature on the elements that form the earth’s crust.

Of more than 3,000 minerals found on earth, only a small percentage qualify as Gemstones due to their beauty, durability, colour and rarity. The most sought-after are transparent Gems, drops of pure colour cut from a single crystal, which were once divided into precious and semi-precious categories.

This is no longer true as Gem discoveries have added new varieties to the traditional selection of Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire. In fact, some of the more unusual Gemstones command higher prices because of their beauty and rarity. For example, fine Jade, Opal, Tsavories and Alexandrite could be more valuable than lesser quality Diamonds or Emeralds of the same carat weight.

The selection of fine quality Gemstones included such stones are Alexandrite, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Chrysoberyl, Citrine, Garnet, Iolite, Jade, Kunzite, Lapiz Lazuli, Moonstone, Opal, Peridot, Spinel, Tanzanite, Topaz, Tourmaline, Tsavorite, Turquoise and Zircon. Each of these Gemstones has a particular charm, colour and identity.

Why buy a coloured Gemstone?

Each person has his or her own reason for buying, owning or wearing a coloured Gemstone. There are, however, several basic and valid reasons that make Gemstones desirable possessions. 

  • Gemstones are primarily beautiful. Every stone has a natural work of art, each one having a distinct and separate personality and possessing unique and distinguishing beauty marks.
  • Gemstones are durable. Gemstones can last for generations and, in some cases for centuries.
  • Gemstones are rare. While it is true that there are new sources of gemstones, today’s economy has brought higher disposable incomes to more people than ever before. As the demand for Gemstones is greater the supply has become limited in its ability to meet this demand.
What determines the value of a gemstone?

There are several factors that determine the value of a Gemstone.

Colour:The strength and purity of a Gemstone’s colour is of prime importance. There is no established right or wrong colour, and there are literally thousands of shades of red, blue and green. Therefore, you should make your selection according to your own personal taste.

Cut: The cut of a Gemstone is of extraordinary importance. The proper cutting emphasizes the richness of the Gemstone’s inherent colour, which is a focal point of the gem’s beauty that attracts the eye.

Clarity: While the clarity of a Gemstone is an important feature, it is equally important to remember that completely flawless Gemstones are very rate. Inclusions are inherent to practically every Gemstone and are nature’s way of adding variety and individuality to a Gemstone. Even the most expensive contain some inclusions. 

Carat weight: The size or weight of a Gemstone also affects its value. Remember, 1.00 ct of gem weight equates to one fifth of a gram. 

Gemstones and Birthstones:

The variety of colours and qualities of valuable Gemstones is almost limitless. Some of the most popular ones have been allocated to months of the year, bringing all people born in their months under the protection of that stones.

Caring for your gemstones:

Buying a Gemstone is your investment in lasting beauty. Treat it accordingly. A Gemstone’s durability means it can last for generations – but it must be handled with care. Here are some easy guidelines for taking care of your Gemstones. 

  • Keep your jewelry separately when you put it away. Never let one item touch another and always put in soft fabrics,
  • Apply colognes and toiletries before you put on your jewelry,
  • Clean your jewelry regularly.