This gemstones education guide defines the five essential characteristics of gemstones quality. By understanding these characteristics, you will be able to shop with confidence for your fine gemstone jewelry at The Jewelry Hut. Educate yourself (or you may print this information guides) and use it to make the best choice on a beautiful piece of fine designer gemstone jewelry, when you are shopping.
The Gemstone jewelry industry recognizes the highest quality gemstones by purity of their hue, the depth of tone, and the color saturation. The best value in gemstone color that includes slight traces of other colors, are not too light or dark, and have a lot of saturated color. Here at The Jewelry Hut Gemstone Jewelry Gallery, you will find the highest quality color gemstones available. Today, nearly all gemstones have been treated to enhance their color. The most common methods of gemstone treatment are ‘heating’. The heating treatment is nearly always seen with gemstones such as Aquamarine, Citrine, Amethyst, Sapphire, Ruby, and Tanzanite; and bleaching treatment is commonly seen with Cultured Pearls, and irradiation treatment performed nearly on all Blue Topaz.
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Almost all gemstones contain inclusions. even those most highly prized have at least some inclusions. Flawless gemstones are very rare and very expensive. The best value in gemstone is found in gems that are lightly to moderately have some inclusions. Emeralds gemstones are typically treated with colorless oil wax or resin to minimize surface reaching inclusions.
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Unlike diamonds, there is not an ideal cut with gemstones geometrically configured to maximize brilliance. But a high quality gemstone cut is one that presents the most even color, exposes the fewest inclusions, and displays the majority of the gemstones weight when set in jewelry.
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Gemstone Carat Weight or Size
The Gemstone’s carat weight is not necessarily an accurate gauge for gemstone size. To help our valued customer at The Jewelry Hut to judge the size of a gemstone, a list of gemstone diameter, when viewed from the top, is provided; since if the gemstone is set in jewelry, this is the only part of gemstone that is visible.
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Gemstone Care and Enhancements
Almost all gemstones have been treated to enhance their appearance. Gemstones that have not been treated but exhibit desirable color and clarity command extravagant prices. Some enhancement treatments are almost universal, are permanent and require no special care of the gemstone, such as heat treatment to enhance gemstone color. Other common treatments may require more or less special care to avoid damage, such as infusion of colorless oil, wax, or resin to improve clarity.
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