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Color Gemstones Enhancements

The Jewelry Hut offers consumers, our valued customers, the highest, authentic color gemstones.  The Jewelry Hut expert jeweler buyer personally inspect all color gemstones to ensure they meet the stringent quality standards.

Due the rarity and unique visual properties, almost all color gemstones sold at fine jewelers an The Jewelry Hut Gemstone Jewelry Gallery Boutique are enhanced using various techniques.  Many of these gemstone enhancement techniques have been used for centuries. Colored gemstones that have not been enhanced are very rare and command much higher prices.

The diamonds sold at The Jewelry Hut Diamond Jewelry gallery Boutique are not enhanced in any way, other than normal cutting and polishing.

Color Gemstone Enhancement Processes

There are many established methods of enhancing colored gemstones. The most common method of gemstone enhancement are described below:

  1. Heat Treatment
    The application of heat to enhance the color and/or clarity of gemstones has been a common practice around the world for centuries. It is part of the standard polishing and finishing process for many color gemstones. As such, it is accepted by jewelry industry and the American Gem Trade Association, or known as AGTA. The enhanced color and /or clarity of heat treated gemstones is permanent.
  2. Infusion
    The filling of a gem material with an oil, wax, glass, resin, or other material, colored or colorless, to improve a gemstone appearance.  This process began centuries ago by gemstone merchants who found that immersing emeralds in oil or waxes made them look clearer to the unaided eye. Today, this practice continues with many colored gemstones.
  3. Coating
    The use of wax, resin, or oil applied to exterior of a porous colored gemstone to protect the natural substance, and to improve sturdiness and appearance.
  4. Bleaching
    The application of chemicals or other elements to lighten or enhance color consistency.
  5. Dyeing
    The act of adding coloring agents so that they permeate a colored gemstone to enhance or alter color.
  6. Irradiation
    The alteration of a gemstone’s color through the use of radiation. This is often followed by a heating process. The enhanced color of a irradiated gemstone is permanent.
  7. New and Future Enhancement Technologies
    Techniques for enhancing color gemstones, either detectable or not detectable, are continually being developed.  These techniques may be difficult, or in rare cases, impossible to detect, even for the most sophisticated gemstone laboratory.  The Jewelry Hut will work with gemstone jewelry industry groups and gemological experts who are committed to the identification and discloser of new and future gemstone enhancement techniques i order to maintain higher stringent quality standards.

Basic Gemstone Jewelry Care

While gemstones are durable, they require varying levels of care.  For example, some gemstone are specially vulnerable to household chemicals and temperature changes. Cleaning color gemstones presents special challenges.  While many gemstones should be cared for by following The Jewelry Hut gemstone jewelry care guidelines (as shown below), one should refer to The Jewelry Hut Gemstone and Cultured pearl Care and Enhancement overview to understand the care requirements for your specific color stone. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service.

  • Gemstone Jewelry Cleaning
    After removing gemstone jewelry, clean it by following the directions on a nonabrasive gemstone jewelry cleaner. Make sure that the jewelry cleaner specifies that it is safe to use with your gemstone.  Use a soft cloth to remove any remaining dirt or other residue.
  • Storing your Gemstone Jewelry
    Store your gemstone jewelry in a lined case or a soft cloth, so the gems do not touch each other or parts of the jewelry.  Gemstones are harder than gold, silver, or platinum and can scratch the surfaces of your fine jewelry if they are not kept separate.
  • Gemstone Wear
    While it is true that gemstones such as ruby and sapphire are second only to diamond on the hardness scale, it is not a measurement of their indestructibility.  It means that these gemstones are able to resist scratching almost as well as s diamond. Abrasive surfaces, harsh chemicals, and sharp blows can damage even the hardest gem. Your gemstone jewelry should be the last thing you put on when getting dressed and the first thing you take off at the end of the night. Store  your gemstones jewelry carefully and they will be enjoyed for generations.

Gemstones and Cultured Pearl Care and Enhancement Overview

Gemstones

Accepted Gemstone  Enhancement

Gemstone Care

Amethyst

Heated to alter color,

Basic gemstone care.

Aquamarine

Heated to alter color and clarity.

Basic gemstone care.

Blue Topaz

Heated and/or irradiated to alter color.

Basic gemstone care.

Citrine

Heated to alter color.

Basic gemstone care.

Diamond

None.

Basic gemstone care.

Emerald

Infused to alter clarity and/or color.

Do not use ultrasonic cleaning machine.  Avoid sudden temperature changes, chemicals, perfume, cosmetics, and hairspray.

Garnet

None.

Avoid sudden temperature changes.

Opal

Coated to alter surface consistency and durability.

Do not use ultrasonic cleaning machine.  Avoid sudden temperature changes, chemicals, perfume, cosmetics, and hairspray.

Cultured Pearl and Natural Pearl

Bleached, dyed, polished and coated.

Do not use ultrasonic cleaning machine.  Avoid sudden temperature changes, chemicals, perfume, cosmetics, and hairspray. To learn more, visit Cultured Pearl Education.

Peridot

None.

Basic gemstone care.

Pink Tourmaline

Irradiated to alter color.

Do not use ultrasonic cleaning machine and sudden temperature changes.

Ruby

Heated to alter color and clarity. Infused to alter color and clarity.

Avoid household chemicals and ultrasonic cleaning machines.

Sapphire

Heated to alter color and clarity. Infused to alter color and clarity.

Avoid household chemicals and ultrasonic cleaning machines.

Tanzanite

Heated to alter color and clarity. Infused to alter color and clarity.

Do not use ultrasonic cleaning machine and sudden temperature changes.

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