Selecting a Gemstone
Understanding Gemstone Properties
Gemstone jewelry has been an increasingly popular trend in jewelry and wedding ring selection due the unique aesthetic qualities and rarity of precious gems. Gemstones are cut and polished mineral rocks and organic materials used as adornment due to their vibrant colors and beautiful composition. Since it takes millions of years for crystals to form in nature and only a fraction as found, mined and sold as gemstones, gemstones are very valuable and rare (even rarer than diamonds in some cases!).
The origins of a gemstone are highly influential in determining their value, since there are natural gemstones and synthetic gemstones.
Natural gemstones refer to those found in the natural world and created without human interference until the point of extraction. A gemstone with origins that stand true to this definition is considered a natural gemstone regardless of whether or not it has been treated to enhance color and intensity.
Synthetic gemstones are, while identical to natural gemstones in physical properties and chemical composition, grown and manufactured in laboratories under controlled environments which mimic the natural gemstone process. While these gemstones tend to have less flaws or “impurities,” they artificial origin reduces their rarity and therefore their value.
Specific gemstones can hold different value both physically and spiritually. Since ancient times, gemstones have been associated with spiritual symbolism and meaning due to their unique compositions and vibrant colors. The many types of gemstones found in the natural earth. Like diamonds, gemstones have essential characteristics that determine quality and value.
If you are looking to purchase a gemstone, it is important to the qualities of your stone to best prepare yourself for your purchase.
Color: The value of the color of a gemstone is scaled according to the purity of its hue, depth of its tone, and degree of saturation. The most valuable of gemstone colors have very slight traces of other colors and are highly saturated in color.
Clarity: A gemstone’s clarity refers to the degree to which imperfections and “birthmarks” are seen and present within the stone. The formation process of mineral stones beneath the earth makes “birthmark” imperfections a commonality While nearly all gemstones contain imperfections and inclusions, the more “flawless” the stone, the more valuable it stands.
Cut: While diamonds have an “ideal” geometric cut, the value of gemstone cuts rely less-so on its geometric purity and more-so on the ability of the cut to optimize the gemstone’s color and minimize the visibility of its inclusions.
Enhancement: Due to the formation process of mineral stones, nearly all market gemstones contain enhancements to boost their brilliance and desirability. The less infused the gemstone is with enhancement features, the more rare and valuable the stone is.
Size: Size is a misleading gauge of gemstone worth. While diamonds are valued according to carat weight, different types of gemstones have different densities and therefore cannot be valued on the same scale.