WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A GEM

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A GEM

WHEN BUYING A GEM, YOU ARE OVERWHELMED BY THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE GEM. WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT? WHAT EXACTLY ARE THESE TERMS AND NUMBERS? HERE IS A SHORT GUIDE TO EXPLAIN A LITTLE, AND HELP YOU FIND THAT PERFECT GEM.

DIAMOND

THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A DIAMOND IS COLOR AND CLARITY. IF LOOKING AT 'WHITE' DIAMONDS, YOU WANT A GEM THAT HAS A COLOR RATING FROM "D" TO "I". A "D" COLOR IS COLORLESS. ANYTHING PAST "I" HAS SOME TINGE OF COLOR, YELLOW, BROWN OR GREY.

CLARITY GRADE RUNS FROM "F" OR "IF", WHICH IS FLAWLESS, TO "I", WHICH MEANS THE GEM IS FULL OF INCLUSIONS, NATURALLY OCCURRING PARTICALS OR FISSURES INSIDE THE GEM. AN "I" GEM CAN LOOK LIKE CRACKED ICE, OR LIKE THERE HAS BEEN PEPPER SPRINKLED ON IT. THE BEST, MOST AFFORDABLE GRADE IS "SI". THIS MEANS THE GEM HAS SOME INCLUSIONS, BUT THEY ARE SMALL, AND THEY DON'T AFFECT THE GEM'S APPEARANCE.

COLORED GEMS

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO LOOK FOR IN ALL COLORED GEMS IS THE INTENSITY AND BRIGHTNESS OF THE COLOR. THE CLARITY IS ALSO IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT CAN ADD INTENSITY TO THE COLOR.  INCLUSIONS ARE GENERALLY MORE COMMON IN MANY COLORED GEMS, BUT THE SMALLER AND FEWER, THE BETTER.

YOU WANT A COLORED GEM TO 'POP' AT YOU. THE COLOR SHOULD BE INTENSE, BRIGHT, VIVID, VIBRANT! DON'T BOTHER WITH A LACKLUSTER GEM. PAY A LITTLE MORE, AND GET THAT TRULY MAGNIFICENT STONE!

MULTI-COLORED GEMS

IN GEMS THAT HAVE TWO OR MORE COLORS IN ONE GEMSTONE, THE COLORS SHOULD BE BOLD, AND THE LINE OF DELINIATION (THE LINE THAT SEPERATES THE COLORS) SHOULD BE CLEAN. A CLEAR STONE IS DESIRED, BUT SMALL INCLUSIONS ARE OK, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T LESSEN THE COLOR.

 

COLOR CHANGING GEMS

THE COLOR IS IMPORTANT, BOTH UNDER ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL LIGHT. a GEM THAT IS BRIGHT UNDER NATURAL LIGHT, BUT IS GREY OR DULL UNDER FLUORESCENT LIGHT IS NOT A QUALITY GEM. aLSO, LOOK FOR GEMS THAT CHANGE ACTUAL COLOR (I.E. GREEN TO RED) INSTEAD OF MERELY SHIFTING COLOR FROM PINK TO DEEPER PINK.

CLARITY IS IMPORTANT IF IT AFFECTS THE GEM'S COLOR, OR CHANGE ABILITY.

STAR GEMS

GEMS THAT HAVE A STAR, SUCH AS STAR RUBY OR SAPPHIRE, AND CAT'S EYE GEMS, THAT HAVE A SINGLE LINE, ARE NATURALLY CLOUDED IN CLARITY. THE NEEDLES IN THE GEM THAT MAKE IT OPAQUE ARE WHAT MAKES THE STAR OR CAT'S EYE APPEAR. IN THESE GEMS, A VIVID COLOR IS KEY. A STAR RUBY SHOULD BE INTENSE RED, NOT GREY OR PINK. A STAR SAPPHIRE SHOULD BE BLUE OR PURPLE, AND NOT SHOW GREY OR TAN. CAT'S EYE GEMS ARE GENERALLY IN THE YELLOW AND GREEN COLOR GROUPS, AND THE COLOR HERE SHOULD BE STRONG. AVOID ANY STAR OR CAT'S EYE GEM THAT DOESN'T HAVE A CLEAR, CLEAN STAR OR CAT'S EYE.

COLOR SHIFT GEMS

THESE GEMS, SUCH AS ANDALUSITE, HAVE TWO COLORS APPEARING AT ONCE, SUCH AS GOLDEN BROWN AND GREEN. THESE GEMS DO NOT ACTUALLY CHANGE COLOR, BUT CAN APPEAR TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER COLOR, OR BOTH UNDER ANY LIGHT. THESE GEMS SHOULD BE CLEAR, AND THE COLOR SHIFT SHOULD BE VERY APPARENT. MUDDY, GREY, OR MUTED COLORS ARE NOT DESIRED. SMALL INCLUSIONS ARE OK IF THEY DON'T AFFECT THE COLOR.

 

I HOPE THAT THIS GUIDE HELPS YOU FIND THE PERFECT GEM. IF YOU REMEMBER AND USE THESE TIPS, AND ARE WILLING TO SPEND A LITTLE MORE, YOU CAN GET A QUALITY GEM AT A GREAT PRICE!

 

 

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