Friday, May 25, 2012

Things to Consider When Buying Gemstone Jewelry

Buying gemstones is a big decision. Gemstones are a prized possession so when it comes to purchasing genuine gemstone jewelry, here are several things you need to consider before making that jewelry purchase.

Clarity - The majority of gemstones do have flaws (also called inclusions) within the stone. Gemstones are rated on their clarity/inclusions on a scale and these flaws and inclusions are mostly seen under a jewelers microscope or loop. Obviously the fewer flaws that a stones has, the more expensive it will be.

Setting - Gemstones are set in a wide variety of costume metals, semi-precious and precious metals. A setting will vary in price greatly on the piece you are purchasing depending on the type of metal you select and the design.

Carat - All gemstones are weighed and then their carat weight is determined. One carat in weight is equivalant to 200 milligrams. The bigger and heavier your gemstone jewelry is in carat weight will also help to determine the price that you will pay for that piece of jewelry.

Cut - Gemstones are expertly cut by qualified expert artisans who cut gems for a living. You will find a wide variety of cuts like princess cut, marquis cut, barion cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, etc. Some gemstone cuts are more expensive to create than other cuts, so the cut of you gem can also determine the price.

By knowing this type of information when you go to a jeweler's to purchase your next gemstone jewelry piece, it will help you to understand their pricing as well as to determine what a good value is for you personally.

by Kaye Lefier, Contributing Editor at, online store specializing in wooden jewelry boxes and leather jewelry cases. Kaye is an avid Jewelry Collector and writes about Jewelry and Jewelry Trends.

1 comment:

  1. This is helpful info. I have to say, though, I actually like some imperfections in my gemstones. It reminds me of the natural beauty I am wearing. Lucky for me it also makes pieces that much more affordable! :) Thanks for the guide!