Majesty, mystery, allure, luxurious color and brilliance...these are the qualities that draw us to natural gemstones. Colored gemstones are enjoying a renaissance in popularity. Now is a fantastic time to begin collecting from the colorful world of gems. 




Color is the most deciding factor in choosing a gemstone. In considering color, there are several components to think about: 

Hue - basic color sensation: blue, red, green, etc. Plus blends, like purplish red and violet-blue. In some gemstones, like rubies and emeralds, having a true hue is more desirable. In others, a combination of colors, like  blue-green in tourmaline, or violet-blue in tanzanite may be more desirable  and will command a higher price. 

Saturation - visual intensity. Imagine putting drops of orange food coloring into a glass of water. With one drop the water has a slight orange tint, or low intensity. With 50 drops in the glass, the water is obviously orange - we all this high intensity. The more saturated a colored gemstone is, the more expensive it is. 

Tone  is shade. Most gemstones should be at least a medium tone, but there are always exceptions. For instance, Aquamarine will never be a dark tone. 

The most important thing to remember when choosing a gemstone - we are automatically drawn to the best. Each gemstone is unique and doesn't need to rank highest in the realm of technical characteristics to be beautiful to you. 

For five generations, Ben Bridge has been committed to offering the finest jewelry and unsurpassed personal service at the best value.

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