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Choosing Gemstone Jewelry

Gemstone Jewelry Choices
Gemstone Jewelry Choices

The internet is a wonderful thing that helps us to find just about any product and information, including loose gemstones and finished jewelry. However, sometimes the sheer amount of choice can be a little daunting, with an enormous amount of suppliers, from Tiffany to Etsy, and everything in between. All retailers attempt to appeal to shoppers and convince us that their products are the best choice. Therefore, we would like to offer a practical guide to buying gemstone jewelry that may help you to make an informed choice.

Since we are a colored gemstone supplier above all, we would recommend beginning by perusing some colored stones and seeing which colors you prefer. If you allow color to guide you, a decision will be easy. Some of us simply fall in love with certain gemstones that have rich colors, such as blue tanzanite, green tsavorite garnet or red to purple rubellite tourmaline. Generally, your budget will determine exactly which stones are the ones for you. Once you have decided on a color or colors, the rest will follow. The same goes for the metal of choice, whichever color you like or feel suits you can be chosen; if you like white metal, there is silver, platinum and white gold. For those who prefer yellow, gold is a good choice, and then for pink people, rose gold. If you really can't decide, mixing your metals is an option.

Loose Colored Gemstones for Jewelry
Loose Colored Gemstones for Jewelry

Once you have a color or colors in mind, it is easy to narrow down your search. Before setting your mind on a particular shape and size of gemstone, it is worth looking to see what's available first. This will save a lot of time and fruitless searching. Some gem types may not be available in certain sizes or shapes and this could be due to rarity, high prices, crystal shape or other factors. When we cook dinner, we tend to base the menu on what's in the refrigerator rather than what's in our imagination. In the same way, gemstone jewelry can be most easily fashioned out of easy to find stones. If you have your heart set on a Kate Middleton sapphire ring, you will be disappointed to learn that natural blue sapphires weighing over 5 carats are rare and extremely valuable. However, this kind of ring could be made with another gem type, such as a tanzanite or a topaz. The best jewelry designers fashion a piece around the gemstones, rather than making a design and then looking for something to fit.

After getting a good idea of what's available, it will be possible to decide on gem sizes and shapes. Next comes the design. There are some things to consider before coming up with a design. First of all, durability is an important aspect of jewelry design. Some gemstones are harder and more durable than others, for example, rubies and sapphires can be used in any lasting jewelry application, but some other gemstones that are softer or cleave easily may require a little more care. Some gems, such as opals are better in bezel settings and this will influence the design. The person wearing the jewelry should also be considered when it comes to design and durability. People who are very active will need jewelry designs that do not hinder their lifestyle. For example, a cathedral-set everyday ring which sits high on the finger could get in the way when worn by someone who works with their hands, but could be perfect for a less "hands-on" lifestyle.

Gemstone Ring Styles
Gemstone Ring Styles

Your jewelry design will also depend on your personality and your fashion sense. Perhaps you like simple, yet elegant styles or you may prefer fancy embellishments. Jewelry designs that reflect your wardrobe choices will look most fitting on you and will be most often worn and admired. Like fashion, jewelry is personal and what's good for one person does not necessarily work for another. If you see something you like but think, "It's not really me", it's best to move on and find an alternative. Unlike cookie dough, people do not always easily fit into existing molds.

At GemSelect, we have been supplying colored gemstones for over ten years to jewelers and individuals, so we allow you to choose the stones you like first and then suggest signature jewelry designs for those who wish to make the stone wearable. In jewelry, everything starts with stones, so when it comes to deciding on a ring, necklace pendant or a pair of earrings, let the stones help you make your selection. Most importantly, follow your heart, for it will lead you on a colorful journey of discovery.

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  • Last Updated: October-12-2016
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