Some people may be overwhelmed when trying to choose the right gemstone for their jewelry pieces just because there is a lot to be considered. If you are looking for just a gem, you will want to contact local jewelers. Some may only sell gems already set in jewelry pieces; some may offer both selections for you.
The first thing you will want to consider is what kind of stone. Some people choose precious gems, such as ruby, diamonds and sapphires, while other choose semi-precious gems. You may be choosing a gemstone to get set into a jewelry piece, while you may be choosing one that is already set. It can get a lot pricier if you are selecting one to get set into a piece, or ring.
Some people collect gems as a hobby, though this can get quite expensive like any other collecting hobby. If this is something that you can afford to do, it can pay off down the road because some gems may increase in value. You might want to visit a professional jeweler or even a collector to find out how to start collecting gems.
Some people choose gems to coordinate with a theme, or even a birthstone. If you are selecting a gem for a person’s birthday, so may want to select their birthstone to give them a more personal gift. Or, you can choose a gem to coordinate with their favorite colors. This can be done if you know the recipient well enough to choose for them. If you don’t know them well enough, take them window shopping at the local jewelry store to find out what they like.
Find a professional jeweler with a lot of knowledge. You will want to find one who knows what to look for in a gem, such as quality and cut. Each gem is evaluated for quality, and a knowledgeable jeweler will be able to tell you a story about each and every gem that they have to offer.
Select a piece that the gem will be in. You may be looking for a gem to put into an engagement ring, or some other kind of special occasion. Each type of gem has a different meaning, and you may be trying to match a gem for this specific purpose. If you are looking at engagement rings, a diamond is traditionally used, but you may be looking for something that is more unique, like a ruby.
You can even have a gem taken out of a setting and put into another setting. Let your jeweler inspect the current setting and gem and make recommendations. You may be sitting on a perfect gem that needs a little refresh in a new setting.
Clarity of a gem is important. This is checked by looking at it under a professional microscope. If you are bringing in an old piece of jewelry, you will want to make sure it is cleaned before they look at it under a microscope. This can be done at home with a jewelry cleaner, or even cleaned by being brought to a jewelry store. It only takes a couple of minutes to shine up an old piece of jewelry.
Once you have selected the right gem you will want to decide on a type of metal. Some of the more popular metals are platinum, titanium, silver and gold. Some choose a metal by personal preference, others will choose by its durability. No matter what you are shopping for, make sure you shop around for the best gems.
Jewelry Advice by Jewelrista.
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