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Facts About Buying Gemstone Jewelry

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

When you decide to buy gemstone, it is essential to consider the jewellery type that you will use the gemstone in. It makes more sense to actually finalize on the jewellery type that you yearn to have the gemstone in. Following the jewellery type, decide on the metal used in the jewellery making. Will it be yellow gold, white gold, platinum or silver? The metal you choose also plays a major role in the look of the jewellery. While some gemstones are well-coordinated with yellow gold, some are better set with white gold, platinum or silver.

Gemstones are broadly classified as precious and semi-precious. Diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire fall under the former category, garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, turquoise come under the latter category. There are a few essential facts to note while buying gemstones, be it precious or semi-precious.

Shape and Cutting Style

Some of the most common gemstone shapes are round, oval, heart, cushion, pear and emerald cut to mention a few. Jewellery makers or gemstone cutters ensure to choose shapes and cutting styles that best suit the particular gemstone, thereby emphasizing the colour of the gemstone. It is always better to buy gemstones with ideal cut. Check for the profile of the gemstone, the side view will convey if the gemstone is suitable for mounting in jewellery, if it is big or small for its weight. The profile check will also let you know if the cut of the gemstone brings out the stone’s brilliance.

Brilliance

The brilliance in a gemstone’s cut is possible to verify with its ability to reflect light in the direction it came from. This will allow for maximum light reflection and ensure good colour emphasis.

In coloured gemstones, the brilliance in colour determines the value of the gemstone. This is followed by the cut of the gemstone, which maximizes the gemstone’s life and brilliance. Note, the more a gemstone approximates its pure spectral colour, the more valuable and preferable it becomes.

Besides the cut, shape and brilliance, there are quite a few other factors that contribute to the quality of the coloured gemstones – durability, demand, tradition and beauty. Lay emphasis on the clarity of colour, the closer the gemstone comes to being in pure spectral tone of that colour, the better the colour and value of the stone. These are just a few factors to consider while buying gemstone jewellery and there are many more like the jewellery store from which you buying and other physical factors.

Choose Wedding Jewelry Guides

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

You’ve planned the perfect wedding spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your wedding dress and now you want to find the right jewelry to accent that beautiful creation as you walk down the aisle. Many women find themselves agonizing over choosing the right wedding jewelry. However, making that choice doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow a few simple tips.

The Less Dress The More Jewelry You Can Wear

If you have chosen a strapless wedding dress that leaves your neck shoulders and arms bare and is simple without a lot of embellishments such as embroidery or bead work then the more jewelry you can wear. Instead of a single strand necklace and a thin bracelet or no bracelet at all you can wear multi strand necklaces and bracelets if you choose. In fact, thicker necklaces and bracelets often set off simple and elegant dresses to the best advantage.

The opposite holds true as well. If you are wearing a full sleeved high necked wedding dress with a lot of embellishments then you are going to want to wear as little jewelry as possible. A simple pair of earrings is often all the jewelry this type of dress needs.

Consider The Neckline When Choosing A Wedding Necklace

Your wedding necklace should accent the neckline of your wedding dress. Rounded necklines on wedding dresses often look well with a choker or a simple set of short pearls while a V shaped neckline looks great with a pendant style necklace. Again choose your jewelry to match the amount of embellishments on the dress itself. If you have a lot of embellishments you may find a simple teardrop design works better than a necklace with a lot of stones in a wide pattern. Whereas, a plain wedding gown with a V neck may well benefit from a little more glitter.

Consider Your Dresses Overall Style

You also need to consider your dress’s overall style. An ultra modern dress probably won’t be accented well by antique jewelry unless that jewelry has an ageless design. Like wise an old fashioned romantic or medieval dress will not do well with ultra modern style jewelry. Always consider your dress style when choosing wedding jewelry and make sure that your jewelry accents your gown without overshadowing it.

Put It All Together

The only way to know for sure if your jewelry is going to be the perfect accent for your dress is to put them both on together. This may be a problem when you are thinking about purchasing an expensive jewelry set as some jewelry stores will not allow you to rent the jewelry in order to try them out. If this is the case, then talk to the store owner explain your situation and see if you can at least return the jewelry and get all your money back if it does not work with your wedding dress.

If that is not possible then try finding a necklace or jewelry set in the fashion jewelry section of your local discount store that at least matches the style of jewelry you are considering and see how that fits with your dress. While this won’t give you a perfect picture it will at least give you some idea how that expensive necklace may look.