Within each gemstone variety, quality dramatically affects price: a gem
can sell for $100 or $2,000,000. When buying a gemstone - buy the best
quality, most experts recommend. Choose a smaller stone of higher
quality over a larger stone of lower quality, or buy a higher quality
gem from an unusual variety if your budget is too small.
Well-known gemstone like ruby, emerald and sapphire - which have been
known for centuries - are more valuable than more recently discovered
gemstones which are also beautiful and rare. You may be surprised how
beautiful and affordable garnets, tourmalines, tanzanites, and other
exotic gemstones can be.
judge the quality of the jewelry setting, pay close attention to
details. Is the metal holding the stone even and smoothly finished so it
won't catch on clothing? Is the stone held firmly and square in the
setting? Is the metal well polished with no little burrs of metal or
Inexpensive jewelry often is very lightweight to give you a bigger look
for the money. If a piece is lightweight, pay special attention to the
prongs holding the stone: are they sturdy? Do they grip the stone
tightly? You won't be happy about the money you saved in gold cost if
you lose your stone!
If the piece is gold, does it have a karatage mark? Is the company
trademark stamped next to it? If it is, the company is standing behind
that mark and assuring you that the karatage is as stated.
When buying a necklace, make sure it lays well around the neck. Try it
on or ask a salesclerk to model it so you can check how it fits against
the skin. For earrings, check to make sure that they hang well from the
ear and don't tip forward. Designs that are asymmetrical should have a
left and right which mirror each other.
Here is one final hint from real jewelry buying pros: if a piece of
jewelry is really well made, the back will be well finished also.
If you are buying a gift and you are not sure about the style of the
piece of jewelry, why not give the perfect gemstone in a black velvet
pouch and let the lucky recipient design her own perfect setting: many
jewelers offer custom design services. Gems can speak louder than words.
You can choose a gemstone that symbolizes what you want to say with your