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About Gemstone Matched Pairs
Matching pairs are highly sought after by gemstone buyers. But a lot of work is required to produce them.
All Choked Up: Royal Colored Gemstone Chokers
Precious gemstone chokers are dramatic and beautiful jewelry items that have been worn by elegant members of royalty from Princess Diana to the Maharani of Patiala
Animal Motif Gemstone Jewelry
Cartier has the panther motif, and many other jewelry houses have produced animal motif gemstone jewelry. Jewelry lovers can choose from cute to dangerous animal ...
April Birthstones & Zodiac Gemstones: Emerald, Topaz & ...
Diamond is the traditional birthstone for April. With a Mohs hardness of 10 and a brilliant luster, it is a favorite gemstone indeed. However, it is not the only ...
Beaded Gemstone Bracelets
One of the latest jewelry trends is beaded gemstone bracelets with birthstones or gems that possess crystal healing properties, these bracelets are beautiful and ...
Beautiful Bajoran Earrings
The Bajorans of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine wear earrings called Bajoran earrings with a chain connected to an ear cuff worn on the middle or upper part of the ear
Beautiful Gemstone Brooches
Gemstone brooches or pins are jewelry items that are fastened to the clothing, and can be worn to embellish an outfit or accessories. Brooches add a touch of glamour
Birthstones by Month, Every Birthstone, Zodiac & Annive...
The complete guide for Birthstones. Garnet for January, Amethyst for February, Sapphire for the 5th anniversary - all the information you need in getting the righ...
Black Gemstone Jewelry en Vogue
Black gems are not always the most sought-after color for jewelry, but black gemstone jewelry can be stunning when set with gems such as black pearls and black sp...
Bracelets: Wrist Candy
Gemstone bracelets are worn around the wrist of forearm and there is a type of bracelet for every person and every occasion, from tennis bracelets to cuffs and ba...
Brilliant Bronze Bling
Bronze is a beautiful copper alloy that is becoming increasingly popular as a gemstone jewelry material, it has been used since the Bronze Age and is now back in ...
Buying Organic Gems and Jewelry
Organic gemstones are a small group of materials that were once part of something living, whether animal or vegetable, and include amber, ammolite, pearl and coral
Cabochon Gemstones for Jewelry: Why Natural Cabochons a...
Many fine gemstones are cut into cabochons, which is an older cutting style than faceting and can be used to make natural gemstone jewelry, such as pendants and r...
Carved Flower Gem Jewelry
Carved gemstone flowers are more versatile and youthful than many think, gem carvings are not just for old-fashioned brooches
Many gemstone are certified to guarantee their authenticity. But not all gem certificates are created equal
The term champagne diamond is used to refer to colored diamonds which range in color from light straw to golden to cognac
Clarity and Cut - Gemstone Information
All about gemstone clarity and cut in precious and semi-precious gemstones. Learn how colored gems are graded for clarity - and about the many gemstone cut styles...
Color Change Fluorite Gems
Color change fluorite is a rare gem that displays a color change under different lighting conditions, often from blue in daylight to purple under incandescent light
Colored Gemstone Jewelry Information from GemSelect
Choose a fine quality gemstone from over 120 different varieties of colored stones. Buying loose gemstones for your jewelry allow for custom jewelry designs.
Cubic Zirconia Info
Cubic zirconia, a synthetic gemstone, became the most successful diamond simulant on the market
Culet in Cut Gems
The culet is the tiny facet at the very bottom of many faceted gemstones. Some gems are cut with a closed culet.
Delicious Chocolate, Caramel and Vanilla Gemstone Jewelry
Some brown and yellowish diamonds are sold using names to make them sound more enticing, like chocolate, caramel and vanilla, but there are more gems with these c...
Diamond and Graphite
Diamond and graphite have the same chemical composition, but they are as different as could be.
Discovery of Tanzanite - Who really found this treasure?
Look into the fascinating story of the discovery of this valuable blue gemstone. Maasai herdsmen, a tailor turned prospector, the VP of Tiffany’s all play a part.
Dom Pedro Aquamarine - Make some waves
Imagine a clear blue aquamarine crystal a meter long! Now imagine being the person who dropped it! No need to imagine, read how this disaster was turned into a 10...
Drusy Gemstone Info
Drusy (druse or druzy) refers to encrustations or clusters of minute crystals in a matrix
Ear cuffs are a versatile form of gemstone jewelry that can be worn as clip-on ornaments or cartilage piercings. Ornate ear cuffs have been worn in Asia for many ...
Electromagnetic Field Pollution - Clear the waves with ...
There is no escaping the radiation caused by the electronic equipment that has invaded our modern lives but certain crystals can offer some protection. Read more.
Engagement Ring Choices
Gemstone engagement rings chosen wisely last a lifetime of happy marriage, read our guide to enagagement rings and choose the perfect shape, color and style for you
Engagement Ring Superstitions
There are a lot of superstitions and beliefs attached to engagement rings, the gemstones used, when they are bought, who they are worn by and whether they have be...
Engagement Rings from the Heart
One of the sweetest gemstone shapes is the heart-shape, which is ideal for engagement rings and gifts from the heart. Read about options for heart-shaped gemstone...
Epidote & Unakite: Green Epidote Gemstone Info
Epidote is a silicate mineral often recognized by its pistachio green color. Unakite is a type of granite which contains epidote; both gemstones are cut en caboch...
Equality rings are worn in support of same-sex marriage, or by same-sex couples, and may be plain gold wedding bands or fancy
Eternity rings, or infinity rings contain a continuous line of gemstones. They are said to represent eternal love
Ethical Gemstones - These 10 great options tick all the...
The modern buyer insists on fairly traded, sustainable gemstones with minimal environmental impact and decent working conditions. We investigate if this is possible.
Express Yourself with Colored Gemstone Jewelry
Colored gemstone jewelry can express a unique you, with custom-designs and one-of-a-kind rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets from GemSelect
Extreme Body Jewelry from Past to Present
Gemstone body jewelry has existed for thousands of years in various forms and cultures, from earrings to genital piercings. Read more about the history of body je...
Fabulous Faberge; Extraordinary Eggs
Peter Carl Faberge was appointed jeweler to the Russian Tsars. He was a master jeweler who produced incredible jeweled Easter eggs that are admired and collected
The art of faceting enhances the brilliance and luster of gemstones. Buy faceted gemstones online at GemSelect.
Famous Jewels: Phenomenal Gemstone Stars
Famous star sapphires and rubies are highly prized due to their asterism. Famous star gems include the Black Star of Queensland, the largest gem quality star sapp...
February Birthstones - Zodiac Gemstones: Amethyst, Garn...
Birthstones- February- Zodiac Aquarius & Pisces: Garnet, Aquamarine, Sapphire, Amethyst, Ruby, Bloodstone, Moss Agate, Turquoise, Opal, Jasper, Jade, Sugilite
Fine Iolite is Rare
Iolite gemstones with good color saturation and clarity are rare in sizes over 1 carat.
Gemstone jewelry is variously referred to as costume jewelry, fashion jewelry, couture jewelry, fine jewelry, luxury jewelry and high jewelry, but what does it mean?
Fluorescence is a mineral and gemstone phenomenon whereby light is absorbed and then emitted. Diamond, ruby and fluorite show this
Gem and Jewelry International Events
This month (July-2013) - 3 eminent gem shows including China, India & Europe. Beijing, Jaipur's JAS Show and InterJeweller are not to be missed. Learn how these e...
Gem Mining in Tanzania - The richest source of gemstones?
A rich vein of barely exploited colored gemstones runs through east Africa from Kenya to Madagascar and at the heart lies Tanzania. We explore its potential.
GemSelect Christmas Holiday Trivia and Fun Facts
Christmas and Holiday Trivia and Interesting Fun Facts: Red and Green Color Meanings and Colored Stones for the Holidays from GemSelect
Gemstone & Mineral Glossary - Gemstone Information
A comprehensive glossary of terms used to describe colored stones, precious and semi-precious gems, minerals and gemstone jewelry. Gemstone and Jewelry Informatio...
Gemstone Carat Weight - Gemstone Information
Like diamond, colored stones are graded by the 4 c's. Carat weight is very important when it comes to gemstone value, along with color, clarity and cut - GemSelect.
Gemstone Color - A Quick Guide to Colors
A gemstone's color is its most defining characteristic. When deciding upon gemstone color you want to consider hue, tone, and saturation
Gemstone Color Saturation - Find all Details here
Color saturation, sometimes known as chroma, is a measure of the purity or intensity of color hue. Highly saturated colors are highly valued in gemstones.
Gemstones are often found in secondary deposits, such as the alluvial deposits which yield sapphire and ruby.
Gemstone Engagement Rings
There is a growing trend towards colored stones for engagement rings. Learn about the choices in fine colored stones
Gemstone Hardness | Mohs Scale with Images and Charts
What is the toughest gemstone? Which ones are easily scratched? These questions are many more answered in our informative article on gemstone hardness. Mohs Scale...
Gemstone Meanings - What are their powers and symbolic ...
Since we first discovered them, mankind has admired the spiritual energy of gemstones just as much as their beauty. Each has their own magical story to tell
Gemstone Origins: Country of Origin & Gemstone Value
When it comes to gemstone origins, it's important to know where a gem was mined from, but it's not always easy to verify. Learn more about certifying gemstone ori...
Gemstone Size to Weight Ratio
Jewelry gemstones should be bought by size, not weight, read on to learn about why size is more important than weight when buying colored gemstones for custom mad...
Gemstone Supply and Demand
Gemstone prices depend on supply and demand. But not always in the way you might think.
Gemstone testers are becoming useful. But they are still no substitute for a trained gemologist.
Gemstone Value: Price Per Carat for Precious Gems and J...
10 factors that affect the price per carat of precious and semi-precious gems and jewelry, from gem type to the 4C's, origin and in the jewelry materials. Learn m...
Gemstones and your Life Path Number - which one is yours?
Numerology goes back as far as the early zodiacs and works in a similar way. Use your birth date to calculate your special number then find the perfect matching ...
Gemstones by Language - Learn gemstone names in other l...
The names of all the major gemstones in a dozen languages.
Gemstones for Meditation and Yoga - 10 crystals to calm...
These ancient mental and spiritual exercises can positively affect every part of your life – give your mindfulness and flexibility a boost with just the right cry...
Gemstones for prosperity - The best options for attract...
Which gemstones have the greatest affect on your financial well-being? We list the top crystals for financial success, good fortune and a life of abundance.
Gemstones to Boost Your Immune System - An in Depth Look
Prevention and cure, the spiritual power of crystal vibration can work wonders for your immune system - the key to general well-being. Discover our top choices.
Gemstones to Match Your Blood Group - Discover Yours Here
In eastern cultures, blood type can influence your personality, career and relationships. Whether you are a wild type O or a shy type A, find your ideal crystal ...
Gemstones, Jewels, and Crystals in Games
Gemstones, jewels and crystals feature in many games, whether they are jewel matching games, adventure games or educational games
Green amethyst is the name misapplied to prasiolite, a leek-green quartz produced by heat treatment, amethyst is defined as purple quartz.
Happy Father's Day to Hardworking Dads
For Father's Day 2016 we tell the story of David Beckham, the footballing superstar and style icon admired by both men and women all over the world
Heliodor or Golden Beryl
Golden beryl is the most available of the precious beryls, a family that includes emerald and aquamarine
A halo is a border of small gemstones around a center stone. Halos are a big trend, especially for engagement rings. Read more about glamorous halo jewelry designs
Gem-quality hemimorphite is usually blue or green, and bears some similarities to chrysocolla, smithsonite and turquoise.
How Big is That Gem?
One of the most common mistakes made by gemstone buyers is selecting a gem based on carat weight rather than size.
Jaipur, Jewel in the Desert
Jaipur in Rajasthan, is an important center for the colored gemstone industry, since Jai Singh planned the city, gems have been traded and jewelry has been produc...
January Birthstones: Garnet, Opal, Amethyst, and more!
January Birthstone and Zodiac: Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal, Turquoise, Ruby, Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Black Onyx, Jasper, Sugilite.
Jewelry Geek Chic and Wearable Tech
With the imminent release of the Apple Watch, wearable technology is the latest jewelry trend, read more about functional jewelry and whether it is geeky, chic or...
Jewelry Gemstones - Colored Gemstone Jewelry Information
Many minerals have been used as gemstones, but only some of them are suitable as jewelry gemstones due to rarity or durability. Learn about gems for jewelry at Ge...
Jewelry Retailer Secrets of the Trade
Like every trade the gem and jewelry industry has insider secrets about prices, diamond supply, warranties and so on, read about the things that jewelers don't te...
Jewelry Tassels: Fringe Benefits
The trend for tassels in jewelry was popular in the 1920s and recently. Read about tasseled jewelry and how tassels embellish neklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings
June Zodiac Gemstones: Moonstone, Pearl, Sapphire & More!
In June there are many similarities between gems, both traditional and zodiac - We will show you all of them and highlight some of the Feng Shui and crystal heali...
Kunzite Gemstone Value - What price should you be paying?
This gorgeous pink to lavender gemstone has reached some remarkably high prices in the past but even large clear Kunzite can be bought at very reasonable prices
Some gemstones are hardly known even in the gem trade. They include sphalerite, ulexite, phenakite, cerussite and scheelite.
Lighting and Gem Color
Gemstone color appears differently under different kinds of light. But how many kinds of light are there?
Luxury Gemstone Watches
Luxury watches for both ladies and gents are becoming evermore embellished with gemstones, from secret watches to bracelet watches
Making Mystic Topaz - What's the secret behind the amaz...
Natural gemstones have been enhanced in a variety of ways forever but modern technology has led to dramatic new methods to alter a crystal's look. Discover the se...
March Birthstones- Zodiac Gemstones: Aquamarine, Bloods...
Birthstones- March - Zodiac Pisces & Aries: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Diamond, Jasper, Topaz, Ruby, Sapphire
May Zodiac Gemstones: Sapphire & Citrine and More!
So what is the drawback of having a May birthday and wanting birthstone jewelry? Emerald is costly! But don’t worry we have you covered. Discover the gems which a...
Morganite or Pink Beryl - The emerald's pink cousin.
This delicate pink gemstone is member of the beryl family was named after famous banker and gem collector JP Morgan, who also happened to be Tiffany & Co's best c...
Most Valuable Sapphires - A Once in a blue moon gemstone
Trace the history of some of the world's most valuable sapphires. Million dollar bids, the Crown jewels, Maharajahs and Rockerfellers all make an appearance.
Native Cut Gemstones
Native cut is a term often used to denote poorly cut gemstones. But many native cut gems are designed to maximize color.
Why are natural gemstones preferred over synthetic or lab-created gems made from the very same material?
Necklace Styles for Men and Tips on How to Wear Them
Necklaces for men have various styles to choose from, such as gemstone pendants, chains, chokers and dog-tags. Read more about the various styles and how to wear ...
Palladium Alloy for Fine Gemstone Jewelry
White metals have become very popular in gemstone jewelry. Palladium is becoming a favorite for gemstone jewelry as the price of platinum has skyrocketed.
Personality Test - What Kind of Gemstone Are You?
What kind of gemstone are you? Do our fun questionnaire to find the gem that best suits you. Are you a diamond, sapphire, emerald, ruby or something different?
Pharrell Williams' Jewelry Style
Pharrell Williams is known not only for his music, but also for his style, and he enjoys wearing a wide variety of gemstone jewelry
Pinky rings are rings that are worn on the little finger. The British Royal Family wear signet rings on their pinky fingers and pinky rings are popular with rappers
Platinum is a rare white metal that is popularly used for high grade gemstone jewelry, especially engagement rings. Read about the details and history of platinum
Popular Engagement Ring Designs
Engagement ring trends come and go with each year and decade. GemSelect takes a look at some of the current engagement ring trends, including halo designs, split ...
Precious Coral Gemstones
Coral is one of the few organic gemstones, and has a long history of decorative use.
The princess cut is a recent innovation, designed to maximize brilliance and fire in square gemstones
Sugilite is a rare mineral of fairly recent discovery. It has a distinctive purple color and is usually opaque to translucent.
Rhodium is a precious white metal that is often used to plate gemstone jewelry, especially white gold engagement rings, because of its bright and beautiful appear...
Rocks As Gems
Most gemstones are minerals, not rocks. But a few special rocks are treasured as gems.
Rocks for Rockers Part I
With the development of rock and roll music came the evolution of a fashion and jewelry rock style that emerged in the 1940s and branched off into many directions
Rutile in Gems
Rutile is a substance that makes frequent appearances in the gemstone world. But what exactly is rutile?
Scratching the Surface of Black Metal Jewelry
Black gold and other black jewelry such as rhodium can be produced by various methods and it is worth knowing how when weighing up the cost and caring for black j...
Seeing Gemstone Stars - Asterism Effect Information
Learn how to evaluate star gemstones, and why the star may not be easy to see under diffused light. Gemstones that display the star effect, known as asterism, are...
Silver Gemstone Jewelry
Silver is an attractive white jewelry metal that can be polished to a high shine. Silver is alloyed into sterling silver, which contains a minimum of 92.5% silver
Spinel Gemstone Value
Natural spinel is one of the most undervalued of the fine gemstones. This situation is likely to change.
One of the latest trends is for stacking gemstone jewelry. Stacked jewelry tends to be concentrated on one body area, such as stacked bracelets and layered necklaces
Summer Jewelry Style, Hot and Cool
Summer is the time for jewelry to really shine and summer jewelry color trends seem to be either red hot or cool pastel. Read about summer jewelry and how to wear it
Thai Beryllium Scandal
Beryllium-treated sapphires created a scandal when first introduced to the market.
Thai Birthdays and Birthstones
Most of us know of birthstones and horoscopes, but in Thailand the days of the week are assigned colors and the day of birth has meaning
Thai Gold in Bangkok and Urban Gold Diggers
Gold is a universally valuable commodity used for investment and jewelry making. One of the main centers of gold trade is Chinatown (Yaowarat) in Bangkok, Thailand
The Black Prince's Ruby
The Black Prince's Ruby is one of the most famous gemstones in the world and belongs to the British Crown Jewels, despite its name, it is actually a fine red spin...
The Carmen Lucia Ruby
The Carmen Lucia Ruby is a rare Mogok 23.1 carat ruby from Burma. It is one of the largest faceted rubies in the world and was donated to the Smithsonian by Peter...
The Joy of Ear Jackets
Ear jackets are a new way of wearing gemstone earrings so that the backings are a feature that is showcased, rather than hidden, read about the joys of ear jackets
The Long and Winding Amber Road
Amber is an organic gemstone that has been traded since antiquity via several routes known as the Amber Road, from the Baltic Coast to Southern Europe and elsewhere
The Oldest Jewelry in the World
The oldest jewelry in the world is thought to be Nassarius shell beads found in Skhul Cave in Israel, read more about these ancient artifacts and other, similar ones
The Osbourne Family Jewels
The Osbourne family enjoy gemstone jewelry, even the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy, who wears jewel-encrusted crosses, bracelets, luxury watches and several rings
The Ring Thing: Gemstone Rings, Silver Rings, Gold Rings
Gemstone rings are interesting more than ever: multi-finger rings, between the finger rings, full finger rings, solitaire rings, three stone rings, men's rings, c...
The World's Rarest Gemstone - Say hello to the Red Diamond
Incredibly rare and incredibly expensive. Only 20 to 30 red diamonds are known to exist and they can fetch more than a million dollars per carat. A world record u...
Tiger's Eye Gemstones; Chatoyant Tiger's Eye Quartz Inf...
Tiger's eye is a variety of chalcedony quartz, closely related to Hawk's Eye. Tiger's eye is a chatoyant golden brown gemstone known for its cat's eye-like shimme...
Titanium is a strong, white metal used for gemstone jewelry, medical implants and other industries. Read about titanium alloys and pros and cons of titanium jewelry
Toe Rings - Jewelry for the Feet
Toe rings are jewelry items worn on the feet everywhere. Toe rings are made from various metals and gemstones, and are traditional symbols of marriage for Hindu l...
Top Gemstone Elixirs - The Best Crystals to use and how!
Dont waste $100s of dollars on fancy bottles of crystal elixir when making them at home could not be easier. See our guide to the best gemstone tonics now.
Tourmaline Varieties - Find out more about this varied ...
Tourmaline are nature's most diverse gemstones with a dazzling display of colors and a fascinating array of chemical compositions which create this rainbow.
Tremendous Topaz - Largest Faceted Gemstones in the World
The largest faceted gemstone in the world is a golden topaz gem. Learn more about other tremendous topaz gemstones which form in enormous crystals in Minas Gerais
Trilliant Cut Gems
Trilliant cut gemstones are cut in a triangular shape, usually with 43 or more facets.
Ulexite: A Natural Fiber Optic Gemstone
Ulexite, a lesser-known, rare collector's gemstone has natural fibre optic properties that caused it to be named 'the TV stone', since it can transmit images or l...
Understanding Gemstone Sizes
Size guide for buying gemstones for jewelry, inches to millimeters size comparison chart, size conversion chart and clear buyer's guide for gemstone sizes
Untreated Gemstones for Jewelry
Untreated jewelry gemstones are preferred by many of our customers, so we have made a guide to 100% natural untreated stones, such as sapphire, topaz, garnet and ...
Unusual Gemstones for Collectors
Scheelite, painite, gahnite, aragonite and brazilianite are some of the many unusual gemstones that are lesser-known and are mainly considered to be collector's gems
Urban Mining for Precious Metals - Waste Not Want Not
Fragments of precious metals, such as gold, and gemstones can be mined from the streets of jewelry districts. Precious materials can also be found in sewage and e...
Uvarovite Garnet - the rarest of all the Garnets
An odd gemstone, striking emerald green, outstanding brilliance, they are a sight to behold if you can find one, they are even rarer than Tsavorite or Demantoid
Varieties of Jade Gemstones
Jade is actually two minerals, not one: nephrite and jadeite. Learn what makes them different.
Victoria Beckham; From Posh Spice to Fashion Heights
Victoria Beckham is best known for being a member of the Spice Girls, but is now a fashion designer who owns many fabulous gemstone rings
What is Hessonite Garnet?
Hessonite belongs to the grossularite garnet group, and is typically a vivid orange-brown.
What is Your Jewelry Style?
What kind of jewelry should you wear? Answer the questions to find your jewelry style and see whether you should wear classic, tribal, minimal or alternative jewelry
White Diamond Engagement Rings; Forever?
Are white diamond engagement rings forever? What makes white diamonds the most popular choice for engagement rings?
White Gold Jewelry
White gold is a jewelry alloy which contains a white metal and is an alternative to platinum. Read about the content of white gold and how to care for it before b...
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