Information on gemstones and how to shop for them

Gemstone information for curious beginners, collectors and connoisseurs.

Practical guidelines for evaluating gemstones' values, explanations that illustrate what each piece of information means and beautiful gemstone pictures. Read through before buying a gemstone.

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8 Things You Must Know Before Buying Gemstones

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When shopping for gemstone jewelry, there is a lot to learn about gemstones

The world of gemstones is vast, fascinating, and at times intimidating. When we are shopping for gemstones, there is a lot to know. Sometimes we want something beautiful and valuable for ourselves, sometimes we want to give a special gift to someone else. Whatever the case, we gemstone shoppers want to make sure that what we are buying is as valuable as we think it is. This means that we need to learn about the different kinds of gemstones and how much they usually cost. We need to learn about gemstone treatments and imitations. And an especially important task is understanding why pieces of gemstone jewelry can be worth very different amounts even though they contain the same gemstones.

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There are many factors that influence the value of gemstones. When shopping for gemstones, it is important to understand these factors. The most common ones are color, clarity, size and cut. Most of these factors have an impact on most gemstones, but on some more than others. Each of the most popular gemstone has several pages of information dedicated to it. You can compare different gemstones you are interested in and if you read all the information presented here, you’ll know everything you need to know to make an educated, informed purchase.

This website is your resource for understanding gemstones better and for being an empowered shopper of gemstone jewelry. The left hand column will allow you to read lots of information about each gemstone. There is also useful information on engagement rings, general gemstone information, and gemstone meanings and birthstones. Use the search feature to quickly find specific information about gemstones or gemstone jewelry.