GemSelect Newsletter - February 2010
As our website has grown to include over 20,000 gemstones and more than 500 pages of gemstone information, we want to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. In the last year we've made major improvements to the navigation on our site with the addition of our 'shop by' menu system. But one of the things we discovered while researching how people use GemSelect.com is that a surprising number of people prefer to type their request into the search box rather than use the menu system.
Conventional wisdom in user interface design is that it is always better to let users navigate by pointing and clicking rather than typing. But the use of clever search engines like Google may be having an effect on that behavior. With a good search engine you can often find exactly what you're looking for with the right search phrase, without having to click your way through a series of choices. Typing is more work, but if it takes you right where you want to go, it may well be worth the effort.
To that end, we've recently enhanced our text search capabilities, especially for finding gemstones. You can search by gem variety, color, size, weight, clarity, price and country of origin, and any combination of these. Just enter your search string in the search box, which can be found on the right-hand side of every page.
Here are some examples:
- blue sapphire
- unheated blue sapphire
- round blue sapphire
- 6 mm round blue sapphire
- 7x5 mm oval blue sapphire
- 1.5 carat sapphire
- $100 cabochon sapphire
- Madagascar sapphire
- sapphire, ruby pairs
- 2 mm sapphire lots
- VVS blue sapphire 5 mm round
When you enter a size or weight, we will show you all the gems that match your search, plus or minus 4%. If you need to search for a weight range, such as sapphires between 1.5 and 2.0 carats, you'll need to use our 'shop by weight' option.
You can also use the search for finding information on rare gems that we might not have in stock, such as benitoite, bixbite or uvarovite. Additionally, you can easily find reference material, such as our charts for refractive index or density, our list of calibrated gem sizes, or the list of birthstones by month.
In fact you can search for any term or phrase to do with gemstones. If we don't have an exact match, we'll give you a short list of pages from our website that include your search phrase and you can choose the most relevant.
Each month we feature a rare and unusual gem from our inventory. This month we would like to present a very large deep blue sapphire from Madagascar:
Deep blue sapphire is one of the most classic of colored gemstones. They are especially rare in large sizes because the large stones tend to be too dark or lack brilliance due to poor clarity.
This 5.95-carat oval from the Diego Suarez region of Northern Madagascar is deep blue, but not so deep that it turns black under artificial light. With a clarity grading of VVS, it displays considerable brilliance and scintillation. This rare sapphire would make an outstanding ring set in white gold or platinum with diamonds.
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Happy Gem Hunting!
Your friends at GemSelect
- First Published: February-01-2010
- Last Updated: June-29-2017
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