Tips for Buying Gemstone Jewelry

Please note, when I talk about value, I'm not talking about what you pay for it. Rather, I'm talking about what you can sell it for or insure it for. If you buy right, jewelry can be a good investment. If you're not interested in investment, then don't go for broke!

1. Color treated means they took a stone that has the same chemical composition and changed the color with radiation. These stones are less valuable than non-color treated.

2. Lab grown means the stone was grown in a lab under monitored conditions. A good jeweler can tell the difference. These stones are real, but less valuable.

3. Synthetic
means it is in no way related to the stone it is supposed to represent. Synthetic stones could be made of plastic, glass, or other material. These have almost no resale value.

If you are planning on purchasing an opal or pearl ring to wear everyday, buy some other stone. Those are both very soft. If they get dry (and soap dries them out), they will crack. Baby oil is great for caring for these stones, but a non-scented lotion would work too.

Emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are exceptionally rare stones. You will pay out the nose for an untouched, pure stone. Most of what the stores carry has been treated or is full of flaws. If you just want the color, let go of the idea of buying a valuable stone.

14k gold amethyst, peridot, garnet, topaz and citrine earrings, $109.99
14k gold ruby and diamond heart ring, $249.99

See also: Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry


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