GEMSTONES & BIRTHSTONES
We are proud to offer an extensive collection of fine precious and semi-precious gemstones. From loose stones to finished jewelry- we have a collection of colored stones that will exceed your expectations. Our skilled diamond experts are also extremely knowledgeable about colored gemstones and will help you choose the right colored gemstone jewelry to suit your budget and that special someone.
The most commonly requested precious gemstones are sapphire, ruby, and emerald. When determining the value and quality of a precious gemstone, color is the primary characteristic to take into consideration. Gemologists divide gemstone color into three categories: hue, tone and intensity.
Many gemstones have been chemically enhanced or treated to improve their color and appearance to the naked eye. Some of these treatments are permanent and undetectable, while others can be identified and may cause the color of the gem to change over time. Such enhancements must always be disclosed to the customer to ensure an informed buying decision can be made.
As an example of how a gemologist evaluates color, let’s study September’s birthstone- the sapphire. A sapphire can form naturally in all colors of the rainbow, except red. When a gemologist evaluates a blue sapphire, the color can vary anywhere between a pale watery gray-blue to deep greenish-blackish-blue.
Sapphire can be extremely common and inexpensive, or rare and pricey- this is primarily determined by the color. The same can be said for emeralds and rubies alike.
The list of varying semi-precious stones is long and expansive and most customers are fond of birthstones like aquamarine, topaz, amethyst, and peridot. Refer to the birthstone chart above to help you select the perfect semi-precious stone for a birthday or important occasion.