Gemstone Buying Guide
- Set a budget and stick to it
- Do research, compare prices and ask relevant questions to an expert or the seller.
- Remember that color is the number one factor affecting value for gemstones next to origin
- Always check for treatments (especially for ruby and sapphire) as well as if they are natural or man-made. This affects the value and care requirements of the stone.
- It is possible to notice inclusions in gems as this is nature’s way of saying that they are natural.
- Lifestyle should be taken into consideration when. For example, it’s advisable to pick a bezel setting for a fluorite ring if you have an active lifestyle. Its hardness is just 4 and may be prone to damage.
- Some gems would include a certificate and
it is important to note that not all certificates are created equal so always check the credentials of the lab. Think twice on certificates coming from private labs.