- August 31st, 2011
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As you’re shopping for gemstones, there are several considerations you should keep in mind in order to choose a piece that you’ll love and wear for years to come. Because not all stones are created equal, it’s important to know what you’re looking for and to choose a stone that fits your style. Next time you visit the jewelry store, ask these questions to help you choose the right stone.
● What color looks best on me?
The gemstones you wear should flatter your skin just as your clothing and makeup do. Take a look at your wardrobe to determine whether you feel best in warm or cool colors.
● Where will I wear this piece?
Do you typically wear jewelry for work, for every day, or for a special night on the town? The setting in which you intend to wear your new gemstone will help you determine its size and setting so you don’t end up with a piece that looks out of place or overstated.
● What cut do I want?
Gemstones can be cut in a wide variety of shapes, with some remaining classic styles (round, square, oval) and others being more trendy and prone to going out of style (heart shapes). If you’re buying a piece you intend to wear for many years, it’s a good idea to choose one of the timeless cuts. In addition, choose a cut that flatters your physical features and shape.
● Is this a high quality stone?
Just like diamonds, gemstone quality is determined by the four C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Excellent color, professional cut, near perfect clarity and high cart weight all contribute to quality stones, but keep in mind that less expensive stones can still be a good choice if they don’t contain visible flaws.
● What about the setting?
Settings are largely a matter of personal taste, but there are a few key elements to look for as you choose. Stone settings should hold the stone firmly in place with no movement and should have tight, sturdy prongs that won’t be prone to bending. Look for possible scratches or imperfections in the metal and check to make sure the back of the setting has been stamped with both the karat and the trademark of the company who made it to ensure accuracy. Finally, make sure bracelet and necklace clasps are strong and that they operate smoothly and close tightly.
As you add gemstone pieces to your personal jewelry collection, choose the ones that you love and that look best on you. Never settle for inferior quality, and always make sure you purchase from a reputable jewelry for the best options.