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Receiving a gemstones can signify many different things. Some give gemstones to express love. Others treat themselves because they like the way that wearing their favorite diamond earrings or ruby necklace makes them feel. Some buyers may be seeking something very specific, such as a sapphire necklace or an emerald ring. Then there are gemstone dealers who purchase loose gemstones.

No matter what your reason for selling or buying gemstones, you’ll find a vast selection of precious and semi-precious stones on eBay.

Gemstone Basics

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or you want to buy loose gemstones online, there are a few things you should know:

  • There’s a difference between precious and semi-precious gemstones. The distinction goes back to the ancient Greeks and stems from rarity. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds were considered precious, and all the other gemstone rocks were semi-precious. These days, rarity isn’t so much a factor, but the labels still remain.
  • The Four Cs count. Often reserved for diamonds, the Four Cs—cut, clarity, carats and color—apply to other gemstones as well. In general, the larger, clearer and more evenly toned the gemstone, the higher its value. Keep these factors in mind whether you’re shopping for an opal necklace, emerald earrings or some other type of gemstone.
  • There are real gemstones and lab-created synthetic and simulated gemstone rocks. Some jewelers create synthetic gemstones to bring the cost of jewelry down. Part of buying and selling gemstones online is being able to tell the difference between a genuine and a synthetic stone. A gemstone dealer with a keen eye will easily be able to tell the difference between a freshwater pearl ring with pearls that actually came from the ocean and a freshwater pearl whose origin was a factory on dry land.

Make eBay Your Gemstone Store


Few things are as timeless and precious as gemstones. A set of antique amethyst earrings may hold as many stories as they do a rainbow of purple hues. The setting of the gem, metal used and design all tell so much about the time the jewelry was made. Whether you want to buy and sell gemstones online as a hobby, or you’re in the market for the perfect sterling silver pearl necklace or tanzanite ring for the special lady in your life, eBay has an enormous selection of gemstone jewelry to choose from.
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