Colored gemstones can be an excellent alternative to diamonds as they add vibrancy and character to your jewellery. Many factors will determine the value of a gemstone, so it is essential to be informed before making a purchase.
- What type of gemstones can I find at Ericjewelry?
- What should I look for when purchasing gemstones?
What type of gemstones can I find at Ericjewelry?
What should I look for when purchasing gemstones?
Intensity of color
The most sought after color intensity is Vivid because it reaches the optimal balance of color saturation. The more saturated or intense the color, the darker your gemstone will appear, significantly lowering its value.
On the other hand, a faint intensity can change the color of your gem altogether. A very light-colored ruby, for example, becomes a pink ruby.
- Dark: a moderate to strong saturation with a very dark tone.
- Deep: a moderate to strong saturation with a medium dark to dark tone.
- Vivid: a vivid saturation with a medium to medium dark tone. Considered the finest combination of tone and saturation.
- Intense: a moderate saturation with a medium light tone.
- Medium Intense: a moderate saturation with a light tone.
- Light: a slightly greyish or brownish saturation with a light tone.
- Very Light: a greyish saturation with a very light tone.
Due to their rarity, the price of certain gemstones increases exponentially with size. For example, a 10.0 carat ruby can be, on average, a hundred times more expensive than a 1.0 carat ruby.
- “Eye Clean” (EC1 - EC2) indicates that inclusions are invisible to the unaided eye.
- “Visible inclusions” (VI1 - VI2) indicates that inclusions are only slightly visible to the unaided eye.
- “Included” (I1 - I2) indicates that inclusions are obvious to the unaided eye.
Origin has an important impact on the value of gemstones. Stones from certain locations, such as Kashmir sapphires or Burmese rubies, are extremely valuable due to heritage and scarcity.
Only the finest and rarest gemstones are unearthed in a perfect state without need for further treatment, making them significantly more valuable.
- Heat treatment (H).
- Heated treatment with flux (Hf1, Hf2, Hf3).
There are also treatments involving the use of oil or resin to fill certain fissures in the stone and enhance clarity. These types of treatments are usually applied to emeralds and are commonly used in the industry.
We also offer less conventional shapes, arranged in the three following categories:
- Rectangle (Octagon, Fancy Octagon and Baguette).
- Square (Square, Princess and Asscher).
- Other (Kite, Trilliant, Shield and Tapered Baguette).
CostColor, clarity, origin, treatment and carat weight are all factors that will determine the final price of a gemstone. Bear in mind that high-quality gems are extremely rare and will benefit from a significant increase in value.
Before purchasing a gemstone, it is best to form an idea of the level of quality you are looking for. Try to decide what is most important to you and see how that correlates with your budget.