This new blog post will help you on how to choose the right gemstone based on your birth month.

Birthstones and Zodiac Gemstones Garnet (Birthstone for the month: January, Zodiac gemstone for Aquarius)

Garnet is known to be one of the flexible stones that is available in the market. Various colors of rainbow like deep red, tangerine orange, lime green, pale pink, gold, purple and brown are available. These gemstones are known to be greatly in trend these and are greatly preferred by the people.

how to choose the right gemstone: garnet

These days Garnets that are available are from the African countries. But countries like Russia, Central America, South America and India also manufacture such stones.The gems with dark colors are usually priced high when compared to light colors. Such stones are actually available in various colors with respect to the type of the Garnet. The types of Garnet usually ranges from Garnet’s various types range from 6-7 on Mohs scale of hardness. This means that this gem is vulnerable to incisions and flaws caused by impact.

Amethyst (Birthstone for the Month: February, Zodiac gemstone for Pisces)

Amethystis known to be a violet variety of quartz that’s usually used in jewelry which displays colors that range from pale lilac to deep purple. It is a perfect symbol that represents virtue and dignity. This is a preferred gem that is used for jewelry due to its regal color and a variety of shapes and sizes, wide range of hues and affordability.

how to choose the right gemstone: amethyst

The best and expensive amethysts are known to be clear and wil usually have a deep color. It exhibits rose and reddish overtones. A few stones will be oversaturated with the color due to which the areas are sometimes blacked out. This is in fact a negative impact on the value of such gemstone. Among the amethysts of different grades, “Deep Russian” is rare and greatly in demand. This is the prime reason that it is expensive.

This gem is usually available in a lot of size and shapes are also equipped with fancy cuts. The Victorian jewelry contained Paler shades which are commonly called as “Rose of France”. Sometimes this stone is also combined with sister quartz citrine into single stone that is called as ametrine.

This gem, which ranks 7 on Mohs hardness scale is known to be durable to be worn on a daily basis. But you should also take care of the fact that it should be exposed to bright sunlight as such exposure may cause the gem to fade.

Aquamarine (Birthstone for the Month: March)

A range of blue colors, especially the light blue colors of Aquamarine are known to be extremely pleasing. From the deep blue color of the sea to the light blue color of the sky available in this gemstone, it is elegant and is known to be a perfect symbol of hope, youth, health and fidelity. The Aquamarine gemstones of the best quality are known to be of deep pure blue color without any green tints.

how to choose the right gemstone: aquamarine

This gemstone is usually free of inclusions and this is the main reason that it is cut with large step facets for showing off the perfect surfaces. When compared to other gemstones, the Aquamarine is known to be less vulnerable to incisions or cracks.

This stone is known to be durable and can be used to be worn for daily purpose if the stone ranks “8” on hardness scale. The brilliance and clarity this gemstone makes it perfect to be studded on different kinds of jewelry.

Diamond (Birthstone for the Month: April)

Diamonds are known to be extremely brilliant and have got the credit of being the hardest stones in the entire world. This precious stone usually displays love and devotion. These are beautiful and are also known to be expensive and it is in fact a supremacy to own diamond jewellery. This is the main reason that the diamonds are used in different types of jewelry like engagement rings, necklace, pendants, earrings, bracelets and such other types of jewelry. The common diamond that is greatly recognized is known to be the white diamond. Apart from this, there are many other diamonds available in other colors which are wonderful. The other colors in diamond usually include coffee brown, light blue, yellow, pink, red, green and such other colors. As these are rare, they will be expensive just like the usual traditional diamonds.

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Before a diamond reaches the hands of a lady, it would have touched the hands of numerous people across globe. This is to assure that the knowledge and skills of the best professionals in this field would have been applied for the purpose of extraction and finishing of the diamond.

The cut, color, clarity and the carat weight are the 4 important components of diamonds that should be considered before buying. All these components will be combined to decide the value of the diamond.

Emerald (Birthstone of the Month: May, Zodiac gemstone for Cancer)

Emerald is known for its lush green hues and is known to be extremely rare. It is a perfect symbol of eternal hope, arrival of spring and rebirth. It is also a recognition of intelligence, love and expressiveness.

how to choose the right gemstone emerald

Emeralds are known to be in great esteem for a long time. This is the main reason why we find the renowned emeralds in different collections and in museums. Emeralds are usually available in different dark and light shades of green and also consists of delicate hints of different colors like blue, yellow, gray or brown in the background. As the green color gets pure and rich, such emerald is highly expensive. The gem that ranks 7.5-8 on Mohs hardness scale, is relatively har and can be scratched, cut or split easily.

Emeralds are treated for the purpose of removing surface flaws and also for the purpose of enriching the color. The common method that is used to fill Emerald is filling the green-tinted oil in the surface cracks. The oil will help in strengthening of the stone and it helps in improving the green color as well.

Alexandrite (Birthstone for the Month: June)

With respect to the light source, the color of this gemstone ranges from red to green. This gemstone is rare and is made of great use in modern jewellery. In the traditional Russian jewellery, it is sure that you can find this gemstone.

how to choose the right gemstone alexandrite

The surprising feature of this gem is that it can easily change it’s color. In the daylight it turns to bluish-green and it turns to raspberry red color in the radiant light. This unique feature of this stone makes it valuable.

With hardness of 8.5, this gemstone can be easily worn for daily purposes. If the ability to change the color is more, it means that the stone is valuable. The best Alexandrite would have a bright bluish-green in daylight and would look purplish-red in artificial light

Pearl (Birthstone for the month: June)

Pearl is known to be a delicate gem and is a combination of calcium carbonate, aragonite and various other organic materials. It is a perfect symbol of charity, faith, and innocence and also helps in providing focus to one’s attention. Pearl is known to the “Queen of gems” and has a feminine charm in it. It glows especially in the moonlight. The shine shown by a few pearls is cause of overlapping of layers that is laid by the oyster. Pearls are normally white in color. But, are also available in various other colors like tinted cream, yew, pink, brown etc. The Black pearls are known to be extremely rare and are called as Black Tahitian Pearls and are known to be expensive.

how to choose the right gemstone pearl

Pearls are available in various colors like button, round, semi-round, pear, drop, baroque, oval and circled. Pearls that stick to the oyster shell usually have a flat surface. The round pearls are known to be the rarest. The white, black and the saltwater pearls are known to be famous. If the color of the pearl is dark, it means that it is expensive. For completing a complete string of same colored pearls of the same size and shade, it would take many years together in threads and in other forms indicative of vegetable growth.

Ruby (Birthstone for the Month: July, Zodiac gemstone:  Capricorn)

Ruby is the eventual red gem stone that symbolizes passion and romance. The Ruby that rates “9” on Mohs scale of hardness makes it the second hardest and is known to be the second hardest gem after diamonds.

how to choose the right gemstone ruby

Rubies are usually available in sizes up to 2 carats and to the strong color and toughness they make outstanding accent stones. Rubies of high quality are known to be rare and valuable. Rubies are heat-treated for intensifying and for improving their clarity.

A few rubies would have surface fractures that will be filled with glass-like materials for the purpose of enhancing their look. Such filler may break out if it is exposed to excess heat.

Onyx (Zodiac gemstone for Leo)

There are specific layers in this stone that ranges from translucent to opaque in a few stones and are powerfully white or black banded. This precious gem is available in a variety of colors like white, brown and tan and the beautiful among all is the black Onyx. This is a common stone available throughout the world and thereby, it is affordable. It is normally used for providing with shiny background for jewellery because of its great texture and flatness.

how to choose the right gemstone onyx

The superior Onyx is known to have smooth marble like surface with a few cuts or hollows in it. The natural onyx is known to be the rarest of all. Since the olden days, this stone is known to have improved texture and color in it. This is produced by commercially heating and is known to be dyed permanently for the purpose of enriching its color, thereby making it striking

Peridot (Birthstone for the Month: August, Zodiac sign for Libra)

The bright green of peridot, along with a little hint of gold is considered the ideal gemstone color that goes well with light summer wardrobe. It is often known as evening emerald as it glows as brilliant green in artificial light. If you cannot afford buying the expensive emeralds, you can choose to buy the Peridot as it is a perfect substitute for emeralds. Even the price is comparatively less.

how to choose the right gemstone peridot

The valuable Peridot is featured with dark-olive green color and also has iron percentage of less than 15%. It will also be featured with chromium and nickel as other elements and helps in giving them with good color. This can be perfectly used for daily wear.

These days it is greatly recognized as a birth stone of August. It is said that by wearing this gemstone daily, it brings peace, wearer success and good charm.

Sapphire (Birthstone for the month: September, Zodiac gemstone for Taurus)

Sapphire is known to be the best blue gemstone, which is a perfect symbol of remembrance, faith and lasting commitment. Apart from the usual blue color, this precious gemstone is also available in a variety of other colors like yellow, pink, purple and orange. These are cut into dome shape and depict the six-rayed white star, which are commonly called as star Sapphires.

The expensive Sapphires are known to be of powerful and are of pure bright blue color. The brightness of this gemstone is maintained in all kinds of lighting conditions. This gemstone is available in size of up to 2 carats. You may also get 5-10 carats of gems. It is usually cut in a rounded rectangle or in oval shape. Small stones are made available in round brilliant cuts and are also available in various other shapes like triangle, emerald, square, pear, cabochon and a lot more.

Hardness of 9 on Mohs scale makes it the best to be worn for daily use. Rings and bracelets of Sapphires are known to be extremely common.Topaz

 (Birthstone for the month: November, Zodiac gemstone for Sagittarius)

The color Yellow is associated with Topaz and it is actually available in various shades of yellow and other colors like golden yellow, reddish-orange, orange-yellow, sherry red, honey brown, deep pink, blue, light green, blue and various other colors.

The Blue topaz is known to be a renowned gems and the features of this gem includes durability, clarity, affordability and availability. The Blue topaz is known for its unchanging color that ranges from Swiss blue to sky blue. This is most of the times confused with aquamarine.

i to. It is sometimes confused with the more costly – yet while aquamarine sometimes has a greenish-blue, blue topaz always looks blue or bluish gray. The only exception is for surface-enhanced topaz

Opal (Birthstone for the month: October)

This is known to be the valued gems and colorful when compared to any other gem. “Play of color” is known to be one of the features of this gem.

Value of this gem is mostly determined by brilliance of color and it’s pattern. The Opals with strong flashes of red fire are known to be expensive. The size of this gem determines its price and the gems of large size are known to be extremely rare. Opal are usually cut in the form rounded cabochons for the purpose of enhancing color play.

Topaz (Birthstone for the month: November, Zodiac gemstone for Sagittarius)

The color Yellow is associated with Topaz and it is actually available in various shades of yellow and other colors like golden yellow, reddish-orange, orange-yellow, sherry red, honey brown, deep pink, blue, light green, blue and various other colors.

Blue Topez -Tanzanite

The Blue topaz is known to be a renowned gems and the features of this gem includes durability, clarity, affordability and availability. The Blue topaz is known for its unchanging color that ranges from Swiss blue to sky blue. This is most of the times confused with aquamarine. . It is sometimes confused with the more costly – yet while aquamarine sometimes has a greenish-blue, blue topaz always looks blue or bluish gray. The only exception is for surface-enhanced topaz.For the December borns, there are usually 3 birthstones and they are blue topaz, turquoise and tanzanite. The common among this is the turquoise. It is available in various colors that range from grey-green to sky blue and are found in such places that contain high level of copper.Zircon is an underrated gemstone that’s often confused with synthetic cubic zirconia due to similar names and shared use as diamond simulants. Few people realize that zircon is a spectacular natural gemstone available in a variety of colors. Zircon is an underrated gemstone that’s often confused with synthetic cubic zirconia due to similar names and shared use as diamond simulants. Few people realize that zircon is a spectacular natural gemstone available in a variety of colors.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is the exquisite blue-purple variety of the mineral zoisite that is only found in one part of the world. Named for its limited geographic origin in Tanzania, tanzanite has quickly risen to popularity since its relatively recent discovery.  

Zircon is an underrated gemstone that’s often confused with synthetic cubic zirconia due to similar names and shared use as diamond simulants. Few people realize that zircon is a spectacular natural gemstone available in a variety of colors.

 Turquoises  of the best quality are known to be pure and are fine without regular matrix. If the color tends strongly towards green it means that the quality of stone is low. As they are relatively soft, they are known to be sensitive as well. Touoises that have natural color are toughened with colorless wax or with the help of synthetic resin. These are known to be greater in value when compared to such stones of which the color is improved. It is a versatile gem and is known to be cut into cabochons that can be used perfectly for making good jewelry. It is essential that you protect this gem from cosmetics, bright light and heat. Also you need to maintain it well by cleaning it well with a soft cloth after use.

 

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How to Tell if Gold is Valuable

How can I tell if my items are Gold and is Valuable?

On gold pieces, look for Karat markings. Any one of these indicates that your jewelry is gold:

For 8 Karat you will see 375 – this is used primarily in items
For 10 karat you will see: , 10kt, or 417
For 14 karat you will see: , 14kt, or 585
For 18 karat you will see:  18kt, or 750
For 22 karat you will see .917

How to Tell if My Jewelry is Silver

Most silver jewelry is sterling silver and should be stamped with a hallmark of either “.925” or “sterling.” Sterling is 92.5% silver. The other 7.5% metal generally is copper.

If your jewelry is stamped “German Silver”, “E.P.N.S.(Electro Plated Nickel Silver), “Alpaca”, or “Nickel Silver” you don’t have sterling silver but rather you have an alloy of Nickel and copper with no silver. Unfortunately we don’t buy these items. If you can’t find the hallmarks on your jewelry, don’t worry. Bring it in and we will gladly test it for you at no cost.