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Gemstone Education

 

From soft pastels to deep jewel tones, every gemstone tells a story. But there is more to gemstones than color. Our guide will introduce you to a variety of gemstone types and the key quality factors to consider when making a selection.

Gemstone Types

There is a universe of gemstones beyond diamonds. Each has its own unique history, characteristics, and value.

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Cut

The skill with which a gemstone is cut determines its brilliance. Quality cutting can maximize the natural beauty of a gemstone while minimizing its flaws.

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Color

The most important criteria in valuation, gemstone color is broken down into three attributes: hue, tone, and saturation. These attributes combine to create the color we perceive.

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Clarity

Most gemstones contain microscopic flaws called inclusions, which can affect brilliance, color, and overall appearance. Clarity describes the degree to which these imperfections are present.

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Carat Weight

Not to be confused with size, carat refers to a gemstone’s weight. Because different gemstones have differing densities, two gemstones of the same carat weight can be very different sizes.

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Enhancements

Gemstones are sometimes treated to enhance their color, clarity, and durability. Heating, for instance, is a common treatment used to improve the appearance of sapphire.

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Care

Not all gemstones can be cared for in the same way. Learning how to properly care for your gemstone jewelry can help preserve its beauty and extend its lifetime.

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