Selecting a natural gem is a
A rainbow of colors
affords each individual a vast selection of several favorites.
Choosing a particular color, cut, size and price depends on the availability of your
personal choice. Some
buyers select from the age old birthstone icon, which points to the color of their partner's eyes.
The present-day list of Birthstones is up dated by the jewelry industry to
available stones currently entering the world market.
The 'original' guide is far
easier to understand as the stones follow the changing colors of the seasons.
Winter: cool blue (Sapphires). Spring: bright greens (Emeralds).
Summer: blazing red (Rubies).
Fall: mixing of all colors (Opals).
Pearls hold the coveted position for being popular in all seasons.
Durability must be considered. Very few stones can stand the rigors of daily wear. Sapphires, which come in every color
including -- 'Ruby' -- rate a hardness just below Diamond. The durability
of Diamonds and Sapphires is ideal for a finger ring.
With a reasonable
amount of care most of the softer gems -- Topaz to Quartz --
wear quite well as pendants, earrings, broaches and bracelets. Very
large colored stone rings, surrounded by diamonds or smaller gemstones high
a fair market price for a fine gem should be expected.
Hard rock Gemstone miners and
stone dealers are seldom
more than a few dollars 'per carat' apart
on matching gem stones.
Regardless of any discounter's claim, all
freshly mined precious stones entering the free market are priced according to a
cutter's final cost.
Solid gold mountings are priced by the Karat weight
Volume buying of 'QUALITY' gems may be tempting,
but seldom reflects a sizeable savings.
Of course 'LOW' grade stones, (including diamonds) are a different story.
Expecting Jewelry to be a good investment is a
The first owner must pay for the chain of events which
must take place before the Goldsmith can create and distribute the
finished gemstone product. Pre-owned jewelry is priced by condition
'Estate Jewelry' (aged)
will seldom have a value higher than the original cost. To believe wear and
tear can increase an old ring's value requires a healthy imagination.
Since the mid-1960's, 'Wholesale Jewelry' has not
One-of-a-kind can give each piece a cherished personal identity.
Antique jewelry, which is dated before the 1929 depression, is usually
well worn, or may have been
refurbishing several times. Ladies and Gentlemen of the 18th and 19th
centuries looked for any occasion to wear their platinum or 18k filigree
lace fineries. Today; exact 'reproductions' of those 'Art Deco' designs;
are relatively inexpensive.
Once a stone is selected, mounted and added to
family's keepsakes, the workmanship begins to reveal the quality. If the
gift was purchased with quality in mind -- the next
generation will inherit a very desirable Heirloom.
'Cheap' jewelry will always look 'Cheap'
Ironically the only personal possessions to stand the test of time are made of precious metals and gemstones.
An investment NO, a cherished legacy, YES . . . .