Tips On Buying Gemstones

Tips On Buying Gemstones



Tips on Buying Gemstones
Gemstones have been sought after and treasured throughout history .​
They have been found in​ ruins dating several thousand years .​
They are valued as​ gifts symbolizing love .​
Generally, the price of​ any gemstone is​ determined by: size, cut, quality (color/clarity/treatments), and type .​
Here are some questions to​ ask about quality:
Has it​ been treated?
Is the stone natural or​ synthetic?
Are there any noticeable scratches, chips or​ inclusions?
Is the color even throughout the stone?
How good is​ the color? (Is it​ vivid?)
If you are buying the stones for earrings or​ cufflinks, are the stones well matched?
There are many ways that dealers treat gemstones .​
The savvy buyer asks lots of​ questions and hopefully tests the results .​
Here are some treatments to​ look for:
Irradiation: It is​ common to​ irradiate Aquamarine, London Blue Topaz, Emerald, and Diamond as​ well as​ other stones .​
This treatment brings out color and removes imperfections .​
Many dealers know if​ the stones they are selling have been irradiated .​
Honest ones will tell you if​ they are aware of​ the treatment .​
Heat Treatment: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Ruby, Tanzanite and Topaz are often heated at​ high temperatures to​ enhance color .​
Dye: This is​ the most common treatment used .​
On clear stones, dye may be visible in​ cracks that are darker than the rest of​ the stone .​
Sometimes dye appears as​ a​ residue that rubs off or​ white patches .​
Lapis and Rose Quartz are commonly dyed .​
Amethyst and Citrine are often dyed .​
Black Onyx is​ permanently dyed in​ normal processing .​
Coatings: Jasper is​ often dipped in​ petroleum products to​ bring out color and to​ seal it .​
Emerald is​ oiled; turquoise is​ waxed .​
Fake stones: Some dealers will try passing off fake stones instead of​ natural ones .​
There are fake stones for most gemstones on the market .​
Always ask what stone something is​ if​ you are not certain .​
Honest dealers will tell you .​
If a​ stone looks too perfect it​ may be fake, irradiated or​ dyed .​
I​ avoid Laboratory made products are known as​ synthetics .​
Tips on buying beads:
Good sized holes (so can use a​ stronger thread)
Evenly shaped beads (as appropriate)
If the beads are being sold in​ a​ 16 strand -- I​ make sure it​ is​ 16 -- not 14 or​ 15 if​ possible .​
Look for the best quality stone (if buying real stones)
Make sure beads are not cracked or​ chipped by the holes as​ this tears the thread
Good color (so can create harmonious necklaces and matching earrings)




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