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What to Look For in a Gem?

What to Look For in a Gem?

Purchasing the right gemstone can be tricky. Whether it is for a personal occasion or as a gift to a loved one, you will have several options available. New shoppers may feel overwhelmed by the variety of gems, but it can be easy to make the right purchase by remembering a few simple tips. Keep some of the following qualities in mind when you shop for gemstones, and see how easy it can be to make the right purchase.

The Three Cs

Most gemstones can be valued according to three Cs, which shoppers use to base their selection. These words are: color, cut and clarity. While shopping for diamonds can be easy because of how well-defined their grading formula is, most other colored gemstones are not as specific. This is not surprising, as there are over 50 types of gemstones, each of which has its own unique properties. This means that when the customer applies the three Cs, it is important to keep the gemstone itself in mind. This is because the clarity standards for a ruby will be much different than the clarity standards for a sapphire.

Color

In colored gemstones, the stone's hue is one of the most important characteristics to consider. There are specific terms that professionals use to describe the color in these gems, such as saturation, tone and hue. The hue refers to the color's position on the color wheel. The tone refers to how light or dark the color is and the saturation refers to how much of the color is present in the stone.

Cut

The cut of the gem, as the name implies, refers to the way that the gem is carved and shaped. There are many different types of cuts that you can choose for your gemstone, most of which are available to show off the best features of the stone. The right cut will always showcase the most luster in the gem.

Clarity

Every stone has its own unique clarity value. The higher the value of the clarity, the more brilliant the gem is. The cut of the gem usually does not affect the internal clarity itself.

Find The Right Gem

When you are ready to find a gem, visit U.S. Auction Online to make a bid, or you can register to view winning bids to get an idea of the value of gems.


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