Gemstones offer a never- ending world of beauty, rarity, romance, and mysticism that only nature can create.
The variety of shapes and colors available in natural gemstones opens an infinite range of fashion statements and gift ideas, which are destined to become cherished family heirlooms.
What is a gemstone?
In order to be classified as a gemstone, a naturally occurring mineral or organic material must possess beauty, rarity, a reasonable degree of durability, and value.
Materials as diverse as sapphire, coral, and opal are all considered gemstones.
What are Fashionable Cuts and Styles?
Gemstones are available in a wondrous array of cuts, shapes, and styles thanks to the endeavors of creative lapidary artists. Traditional shapes include round, oval, pear, marquise, and emerald cuts. Other popular styles of colored gemstones include the versatile cabochon (rounded, non-faceted forms) and fancy cuts (sculpted gemstones) which offer incredible diversity and unique shapes.
How Is Value Determined?
The value of a gemstone is determined by a combination of its color, clarity, cut and rarity. While clarity and cut affect the overall value of a gem, color has the greatest impact on the quality. Generally, the purest and most vibrant color possible in any given colored gemstone is the rarest and most valuable.
Which Gemstone Is The Best To Buy?
The most important consideration when selecting a gemstone is that it is a stone you will enjoy. You should choose a stone that fits your lifestyle and possesses a color you find attractive. Whatever gemstone you choose, you will want to buy the best quality you can afford.
Where Should You Buy Gemstones?
Consult a reputable jeweler, such as Ben Bridge Jeweler, whom you know and trust. If you don't know one, obtain referrals from friends. Check the qualifications of a jeweler carefully before you make a purchase. Also be realistic. There are very few "bargains" and you usually get what you pay for.