In our newsletter this month:
We've been increasing our inventory this year, as we find more opportunities to buy new and interesting gems. We now have about 12,000 items in stock. But as we grow our stock, it can take more work to sort through our gems to find the ones you need. Browsing through all our 1,300 sapphires, for example, can take quite a while.
We've begun some improvements to simplify navigation of our website. For example, you'll notice a new menu bar across the top of each page that provides direct links to popular pages such as our new arrivals or calibrated gems. Therefore, no matter where you are on gemselect.com, you can go directly to many pages without returning to the home page.
Recently we've added a new function, which we think is both powerful and extremely easy to use. With a single click it enables you to find all the matching or very similar pieces for a particular gem. It can save a lot of time when you want to buy several similar pieces or just compare similar items.
Here's how it works. When you go to the detail page for a particular gem, you'll see a link right below the gem details that will tell you if matching items are available, and how many matching items were found. Clicking on the link will bring up a page that will show you all the matching items side by side, including the original item you were looking at.
You'll find that approximately 70% of our gems have at least 1 matching item. Occasionally you'll see large numbers of matching items in the cases where we buy large lots of calibrated sizes, as we did recently with pyrope garnet, citrine and ametrine. We display matching items based on gem type, color, shape and size, with a maximum size variance of 4%.
We'll even show you matching items for previously sold pieces. So if you purchased a gem from us in the past and want to find a similar piece, just enter the gem ID for your item in the search box on our home page. Then view the detail page for the item and we'll include a link if any matching items are available.
Our matching items link will really save you time when you are ready to select a stone and want to make sure you've reviewed all the similar items in our inventory. Our matching items list is constantly updated as new items are added and others are sold, so you can be sure you are seeing all the similar items we have in stock.
Aquamarine belongs to the beryl family, along with emerald and morganite. But where emeralds are typically heavily included and are routinely treated with oil to fill fissures, high quality aquamarine can have wonderful clarity. Recently we acquired two large aquamarines from Madagascar that combine excellent color saturation with top clarity. We have a 15.86 carat square octagon as well as a similar 10.58 carat stone.
|A final note - if you send us email, please be assured that we answer all our email very promptly, 6 days per week. But we sometimes have problems with spam filters on the receiving end, so please adjust the settings on your email account so you can receive mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy gem hunting,Your friends at GemSelect
- First Published: July-01-2009
- Last Updated: October-28-2014
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