Tuesday, 23 June 2015

What to Consider When Shopping for Jewellery

If you are a jewellery lover nothing sounds as good as a wholesale gemstone jewellery UK sale.  All kinds of jewellery are available for you to select and it gets even better if the sale is online.  Most gemstones come in various colours and cuts.  The settings can be earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, anklets and more.  Before you can go on a buying spree it is important that you understand how to purchase gemstones.  You need to know what to look out for and the kind of questions you need to ask so that you can have an idea of the value of the pieces you want to purchase.

To begin with, you need to understand that there are semi-precious and precious gemstones.  The precious gemstones include the likes of rubies, diamonds and emeralds.  The semi-precious gemstones include amethyst, topaz, tanzanite, aquamarine and alexandrite among others.  If you are shopping on the internet it is possible to find some unusual silver jewellery online. Some of the gemstones on these unusual pieces are considered mystical and are said to have special powers to heal and bring wholeness to the wearer.  One such stone is the moonstone valued for its mystic qualities. Some stones are used to heal conditions such as depression, nervous disorders as well as arthritis.

When considering the purchase of handmade gemstone jewellery UK you need to consider the various aspects that determine its value.  This includes the size of the stone, its cut, clarity and colour.

Size – The bigger the stone, the higher its value. The size of a stone is measured in a unit known as the carat which measures the weight of the gem.  A 1 carat gem weighs 0.200 gm.  However, if a gem is large but is inferior in the other characteristics, it may not be as valuable as a perfect gem.

Cut – This refers to the shape and surface area of the gem.  If the gem is well proportioned giving it a superior finish, then it is of a higher value.

Clarity – A clear gem has no blemishes, marks or inclusions.  It is flawless and therefore has higher value.

Colour – The colour of gemstones will vary.  The rating includes the saturation of colour, its intensity and vivacity.  If the gemstone is medium, bright and not cloudy then it is said to be of great quality.

Ethical Fairtrade Jewellery UK can be reviewed using the above criteria as well.  Now you can shop knowing exactly what to look for.

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