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Gemstone Buying Guide - Best Steps to Choosing a Gemstone

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 4:31:38 AM America/Los_Angeles

How to Choose A Gemstone | Gemstone Buying Step by Step

What is Gemstone?

A gemstone (also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments.However, certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli) or organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. Apart from jewelry, from earliest antiquity engraved gems and hardstone carvings, such as cups, were major luxury art forms. A gem maker is called a lapidary or gemcutter; a diamond worker is a diamantaire.

Colored gemstones are one of the most attractive and fascinating gems available in the market. Every gem is unique in terms of its hardness, toughness, adamantine luster and most importantly its color.

How to choose Gemstone by color

Nowadays, many people buy gemstone. Usually, everybody chooses a colored gemstone as it gives you an attractive and fascinating look. People are less concerned with the variety of gem. They only wish for a stone that they buy should be durable enough for their purpose. There are hundreds of variations in colored gems. Here is the list of some colored based gems that will help you in choosing a perfect and desirable gemstone.

Red gems

Red is actually an eye catching color and red gems draw attention to their wearer. Red gemstone comes in many varieties such as pendants to necklaces, bracelets and ear-rings and many more. Red gemstones are quite rare and they mainly spinel, ruby, and garnet. There are many other red gems available in the markets which include almandine garnet, coral, andesine labradorite, ruby, carnelian, fire opal, zircon, spinel, rubellite tourmaline, star ruby, star garnet and many more. But ruby is probably the most famous kind of red gemstone.

Pink gems

Pink has been one of the hottest colors in gemstones. The list of pink gemstones is quite short as compared to other colored-gemstones. Spinel and tourmaline are among the most popular pink gemstones. Pink sapphire looks lovely but it is rarely available. Spinel is actually an excellent choice for those who love pink gems. If you are looking for a hot pink gem, then you should go for tourmaline. And if you are searching for a fine pink gem for a pendant, then kunzite would be a good choice for you. Another popular pink gem is Morganite which is unfortunately not widely available but has very good hardness.  Malaya garnet, coral, opal, pearl, topaz and zircon are some other gems that comes in the list of pink gems.

Blue gems

Blue gems are mostly a sign of class. The most classic blue gemstone is sapphire. Other popular gemstones include spinel and kyanite. The list of blue gems is quite long which includes agate, amazonite, apatite, iolite, spinel, moonstone, gem silica, fluorite, larimar, sodalite and many more. There is a wide variety of gems when it comes to blue gems.

Green gems

Emerald is a type of traditional green gem. There are also some good alternatives of emerald which includes chrome tourmaline and chrome diopside. Peridot which is olive green in color has become an important jewelry gemstone. Alexandrite, bloodstone, gaspeite are some of the other gems that comes in the list of green gems.


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You may find lots of Gemstones wholesalers who deal in Semi-precious gemstones and Natural gemstones. You should look for a genuine supplier who offers authentic gemstone. 

Posted in Gemstones By

pradeep sharma