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: September 2009 Newsletter: New Tools for Finding Gems

GemSelect Newsletter - September 2009

In our newsletter this month:
New Tools for Finding Gems Back to Top

As we've increased our inventory of gemstones - now over 14,000 items - we've been working on creating better tools to help our customers find specific gems in our very large collection.

We want it to be easy to find simple things, such as all the 6 mm round blue sapphires. But it should be just as easy to find all the spessartite garnet cabochons between 2 and 2.5 carats, or all the violet gems over 5 carats with at least VVS clarity that cost less than $100. Searching needs to be easy, but it should be flexible too.

This month we would like to introduce a new navigation system that you'll find on every page where you browse our gemstones. We call it the "shop by" menu, and it looks like this:

Shop By Menu from GemSelect
Shop By Menu from GemSelect

The nine buttons across the screen (gemtype, color, etc.) are categories from which you can make one or more selections. The five checkboxes above those buttons are ways to limit your selection. Let's run through an example. Let's find all the highest quality orange gemstones between 1 and 2 carats.

First we'll click on the color button and select our colors. We'll check orange and then click the submit button.

Shop By Color at GemSelect
Shop By Color at GemSelect

This returns all the orange gemstones in our inventory. Since that's more than 1,900 items, let's apply some more filters. We'll click on gemtypes and select sapphire and spessartite garnet to restrict our search for orange stones to just those two fine gem types.

Next we apply our weight filter by clicking on the weight button and choosing a range of 1 to 2 carats. That still returns over 400 items, so let's filter the results by removing the lots and pairs and showing just the single stones. We do that by checking the single box to show only single stones. Let's remove the cabochons as well by clicking on the faceted checkbox. Finally, we limit our search to pieces with VVS clarity or better by making a selection from the clarity category. We end up with 63 items as our result, a very manageable number.

At each stage our navigation shows us exactly where we are. So after making these selections, it shows us:

You Selected:   sapphire, spessartite garnet » orange » 1ct to 2cts » VVS or better » single, faceted » order by weight descending

We can easily modify this selection without starting over. We can expand our search by searching for pairs as well as single pieces, or we can view only the pear or oval shapes.

Once you've created your selection in this way, you can bookmark the page and view it at any time. It will always find all the gems in our current inventory that match your criteria. In effect, you can use this mechanism to create your own custom pages on the GemSelect website.

Rare and Unusual Gems Back to Top

Each month we focus on a rare and unusual gem from our inventory. This month we feature a rare color-change garnet from Tanzania:

Color-Change Garnet from Tanzania
Color-Change Garnet from Tanzania

Gemstones that display some color change in different types of light are rare. Moreover, gems that exhbit a dramatic color change are very rare indeed. Alexandrite is the most famous of these, but it is almost always found in very small gems. Recently we found some unusual color-change garnet from Tanzania that is greenish-brown in daylight and red-pink under incandescent light. We've taken some videos in which we alternate the light source so you can experience the remarkable color change of these gems. We have a small number of pieces weighing over 1 carat, with the specimen shown above weighing in at 1.81 carats.

Customer Questions Back to Top

Every month we answer questions of general interest from our customers. Please feel free to send your questions or suggestions to our support team at help@gemselect.com!

Question
Do you sell lace agate? I don't see it on your website. BK, USA.
Answer
There are dozens of trade names that you'll sometimes see applied to agate. Some of them, such as dendritic agate - white or gray agate with dendritic inclusions - have sufficient gemological basis to become widely accepted as distinct varieties. Other names, such as lace agate, have less of a gemological basis and refer to interesting patterns displayed in some agate specimens. We don't try to follow all the trends in marketing names for agate, but we do have specimens that exhibit the delicate lacy pattern typical of lace agate. Click here to see an example.
Question
What happened to the advanced search on your website? How can I search for gems with IF clarity? Thanks for your help. SM, Canada.
Answer
Our new shop by menu, described in this month's feature article, replaces our advanced search. We think the new search is much easier to use, and is better integrated with all of our gem pages, so it is always available. It is more flexible as well, since it allows us you to search for multiple gem types, colors and shapes in one search. So you can use it, for example, to find all the blue sapphires and spinel in round or oval shapes. Also, it will let you easily search for gems according to clarity.

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Happy Gem Hunting!
Your friends at GemSelect

  • First Published: September-01-2009
  • Last Updated: June-29-2017
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