Why is this Rubellite $2000 and that Ruby $12,000 ? How are prices determined with colored Gemstones?
Gemstone prices are determined like many other commodities that is demand and supply. Short supply and high demand equal high price; short supply and moderate demand equal lesser price, even for something that may be rarer and/or finer quality. Some gems, like rubies, are in limited supply but in very high demand, so their price is high.. Fine Rubellite, though also in short supply, doesn't have the demand as of ruby, so its price is lower.
The colored Gemstone market isn't controlled like the Diamond market. DeBeers sets the supply available over a certain time period while stimulating demand through marketing. Their market is said to be artificially set as they control the supply of colored Gemstones; their prices are an actual reflection of availability and demand.
A Gem must be in abundant enough supply to create a demand. Prior to 1990, there wasn't enough Tanzanite to stimulate much public awareness. With a large yet limited find, a lot of Tanzanite hit the world market at once causing the price to drop, and increasing public awareness. At present, fine Tanzanite isn't as abundant, but demand has increased. Prices are reacting by increasing.
What is my best protection against misrepresentation and fraud ?
To purchase from a knowledgeable and stable professional. Buy in your "backyard" from someone with whom you have established a relationship and who has your best interest at heart. Ask questions and become informed but realize that book knowledge doesn't equal trade knowledge. Colored Gems are especially complex and not understood by everyone.
I know the four C's, and I want my Sapphire VVS ?
The presence of inclusions in colored Gems doesn't detract from their value as with diamonds. What's more important is the type and position of the inclusions and if their presence creates a structural defect that affects durability. Diamond, like a lump of coal, is mostly carbon. That's very simple. Most colored gemstones have long list of chemical ingredients and, therefore, much more opportunity for internal inclusions to be caught up, leaving a trace of the gems liquid past.
Flawless colored gemstones may bring a disproportionately higher price due to their extreme rarity. If there are no inclusions, one wonders if the Gem is natural and not artificial. Some Gems, such as Emeralds and red tourmalines, are allowed inclusions. Others, such as a Aquamarine and Kunzite, should be clean or they will bring a much lower price.
Inclusions give keys to gem identification, help us determine whether we are buying a natural or synthetic gem, and provide clues to country of origin, which sometimes plays a big part in pricing.
What makes a gemstone valuable?
Several factors play a role in determining value: beauty, rarity, durability, cut, demand (desirability) and color. If a gem is not beautiful, few people will desire it. One may be drawn by a gem's beauty, but rarity gives the gem its exclusivity. The gem must be durable enough to endure over the time. The degree of cutting finesse makes the difference between a dull stone and a brilliant Gemstone. Though color preference is very personal, what appear to be subtle color difference to the layperson can be translated into significant monetary differences. The interplay of all these complicated attributes sets the value.
Why is there "Stuff" in this red Tourmaline and not in the green ?
Due to the geology of the gem deposit, and crystal chemistry, red and pink Tourmalines are rarely found without inclusions, and green Tourmaline is typically eye-clean. It is not known exactly why this is. Like the Sphinx and Bermuda Triangle, it is one of Nature's mysteries.
The last Empress Dowager of China desired the intermediate, included grades of prink tourmaline as they more "readily showed nature's handiwork and clean Gems could be made by man".
What about some Gemstones being treated ?
No Gems, even colored, Diamonds or Pearls, come out of the ground looking like they do in a piece of jewelry. Faceting Gems is a part of the enhancing treatment that goes into bringing unformed gems to market standards. Sometimes one goes a bit further with this fashioning process and subject the Gem to heating, irradiation or other permanent color enhancement techniques.
Have you ever seen a red sheep, white flax or a purple cow? No one has either, yet one considers crimson wool, white linen and blue suede to be natural materials. For centuries, gemstones have been processed in bringing them to the jeweler. It's when these treatment processes are used in misrepresenting a gem that they are considered fraudulent.
Sapphires have been heated since Marco Polo's time. If one didn't heat Sapphires, there would be very few available and their prices prohibitive.
Which color is best ?
Color preferences vary with the individual. What moves one person may not stir another. Nevertheless, there are trade standards for preferred colors which translate into varying prices. Buy the color that speaks to you, but buy from a professional who is familiar with the colored gemstone market, has your interests at heart and can advise you accordingly.
Diamonds are graded according to absence of color. Colored gemstones are more complex, and several colors may be present in one gem with varying intensity. What may seem like slight differences in these colors may have a great impact on price.
What color of blue is the best in a Sapphire ?
Darker is better...., to a certain point. A Sapphire can become too dark or over saturated in color. It is advisable to stay away from the " inky blues ", but there is a range of beautiful blues and like selecting a mate, the choice is very individual. I
For years, uninformed salespeople have been telling the public that dark is good because that is what is most available to sell. Let your heart decide - Which is prettier : a sapphire that is a bright blue or one reminiscent of ink ?
But isn't Tanzanite semi-precious ?
"Precious" and "Semi-precious " are outdated marketing terms which in no way reflect the rarity or preciousness, of a particular Gemstone. Trying to create higher prices for Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, marketers described them as precious to the general public, thereby relegating all other gems- even though more rare and beautiful- to the semiprecious category. Compare a top - quality five carat Tanzanite, which is very rare, to a mediocre Emerald, which isn't anywhere near as rare or beautiful. How can one be precious and the other semi-precious? We refer to them all as colored gemstone.
Isn't a synthetic a natural Gem ?
Synthetics mimic the chemistry of a natural gemstone found in nature. But, they are not the same as the naturals which form over the vastness of geologic time and of which we have a finite supply. Since synthetics are made in laboratories, rarity does not figure into their value.
Spinal - isn't that synthetic ?
Spinal can be an incredibly beautiful Gemstone ! Probably because it was one of the first gems synthesized, people don't realize it also occurs naturally. In Great Britain's Crown Jewels, the Black Prince's Ruby is really Spinal. Before the science of gemology evolved, Spinal was often confused with Ruby.
Why don't you have any Alexandrite in the stock?
Alexandrite is an extremely rare gemstone that is very difficult to obtain in sizes over one carat. It is rarely found in finer qualities, so we choose not to stock it. We buy fine Alexandrite when we see it; which is quite rare.
Why is a small Aquamarine costs more money than the big one ?
There are differences in color. The one carat gem has a darker color than the eight to ten carat.. It is much more rare to find a small Aqua boasting the dark color. Since the one carat Aqua in the very dark color is quite rare, and can be expensive. Comparably The eight to ten carat can be inexpensive. So, one left with a choice to procure either a gem rarity representing the finest of the fine, but in a smaller size with affordable price or a less expensive, yet larger, aquamarine that is very nice but in a color that is not as rare.
What's the difference between the Blue Topaz and Aquamarine ?
Though both are very pretty, fine Aquamarine is a gem rarity. The Topaz is turned blue in a laboratory using a very safe and permanent irradiation process. Since the Topaz can be turned blue in a laboratory and we get Aquamarine at the whims of nature, the supply of Topaz is very high, keeping the price low. There's something for everybody : a natural rarity at a higher price that may increase over time or a pretty gem that one can wear right now, available at a lower price. It's like buying the original painting or the print.
How can Tanzanite be rare ? It's everywhere ?
Tanzanite is only found in a limited area of the African country of Tanzania. Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire are found in many countries throughout the world. Though Tanzanite was first discovered in 1968, many are just becoming aware of it due to an unusually large find that hit the market several years ago. This has been a period of relative abundance; most Tanzanite on the market is of a very commercial quality and finer qualities are scarce.
What color of Tanzanite is considered to be the best ?
Tanzanite can be violets - blue, even purple or pure blue depending on how the Gem is handled during the cutting stage. Which color is best is a matter of personal preference. Tanzanite is a very passionately colored gem and everyone seems to remember it, once experienced, lot of people are attracted to the violets - blue colors which, for them, heighten the sense of the exotic. True blues seem to be preferred.
heard that Tanzanite is not hard enough for rings ?
Tanzanite makes a beautiful ring, but like Emerald or Opal, one has to take a little more care when enjoying it in a ring. It is like wearing a nice silk blouse, you enjoy wearing it, while paying extra attention to your actions. Ring design also plays a part in your enjoyment of Tanzanite; some designs provide more protection than others.
There is a difference between hardness and durability. Tanzanite is hard enough but is susceptible to thermal shock, meaning it can crack when extreme cold or heat is applied quickly. It is advisable that do not take your Tanzanite ring from the kitchen's cold water to the hot oven. In fact, if you take all your jewelry off at home, it will last much longer.
I'm traveling overseas and will I buy a Gemstone over there ?
Don't spend more than you can afford to lose! It's a great idea to go overseas with the fantasy of bringing back a beautiful jewel at a bargain price. It's the Marco Polo Syndrome, but think about it: you 're buying a commodity about which you know next to nothing, for significant money, from a stranger 5,000 miles from home who probably comes from a culture with a long tradition of trading. Who has the advantage ? How do you know you are not buying a synthetic, misrepresented or fraudulently treated gem? You can generally buy at a better price in the States from a reputable Jeweler who is offering a properly represented gem and from whom you have recourse.
Wow! All of your gemstones are so lively ?
That's no accident, very careful attention was paid to the angles on the gem's bottom so that when light enters from above it completely turns around and sparkles back to you. That's why you can't see your hand through this lightly colored gem - the light doesn't go completely through it but is refracted back out. Some gems have what's called a window, where the light isn't completely bent and you can see your fingers through them.
So, I don't want any gems with windows ?
We try to get the most perfectly cut gems possible. But, we have to operate with in the constraints of what is found in the market. Sometimes it is realistic to have perfectly cut gems : other times not. Most gems are from third world countries and cut under conditions more primitive than western technological standards. When these gems are very rare and costly, sometimes one has to overlook slight cutting irregularities.
I want a more unusual shape in green Tourmaline than emerald cut ?
It's not an accident or whim that you usually see green Tourmaline in the rectangular emerald cut. Each gemstone behaves differently in light. Most green Tourmaline when cut in other than the rectangular emerald cut reacts by adding unattractive yellows and browns to the green. The emerald cut has very steep ends on the bottom which prevent the unattractive secondary color from showing. Gems aren't like fabric - one can't just cut any shape that one wants to!
Why is it so expensive ? It's just Garnet !
Many people think of garnet as a small, dark, cheap gem found in Granny's boring jewelry. Garnet can be very inexpensive, but in the larger sizes and with the addition of pinks and purples, the price increases.
Where do these Gemstones come from ?
Sometimes we can track the origin of the gem with certainty. Other times, gems in their rough form are sent to cutting centers where they are cut and redistributed according to quality. Colors and internal characteristics are indicative of certain localities, but one can't always be certain.
Are cabochons just cut out of cheaper material ?
Cabochon is the domed rounded cut most often seen in opal and jade. Since the cabochon doesn't have facets that can call attention to inclusions, more included rough material is generally used in its fashioning. Though the cabochon allows use of the more included material, many fine gems are cut in this style. Some people prefer them. Cabochons are very European, sophisticated and sensuous: a rounded, full shape offering a bold dose of color. Its appeal is more of a subtle inner calling than the sparkling screams of a faceted gem.
Is Citrine the same as Topaz?
It's seems to be true, as they have similar colors, but they are very different gemstones. There is a strong demand for both. Citrine is readily available and therefore inexpensive. Topaz, particularly in the orange and red shades, is mush less abundant therefore highly priced. They are different gems for different people - one preferring a beautiful, durable and quite affordable gem, the other a more costly rarity.
With colored Gemstones, is darker always better ?
Intensity of color is all a matter of personal preference. Intensity of color is good even if the gemstone is so dark that color and light can no longer be seen in it. Actually, lighter is better as with diamonds colorless is best. Intensity is good up to a point. When a Gemstone becomes too dark, it is not as valuable.
Are Diamonds the rarest of Gemstones ?
De Beers maintains a limited supply and keeps demand high with advertising. Rarity is dependent on many factors, including color, carat weight and clarity. Often a Ruby Spinal or favorite of exceptional quality will be more rare than an average diamond. A "D" color flawless diamond is not only the rarest of diamonds it is also the most rare of all gemstones. Rarity of a gemstone is dependent upon whether the gemstones can be made in a laboratory.
What is the difference between precious and semi-precious gemstones ?
Precious gems are Diamond, Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire, everything else is semi-precious. Rarity and beauty determine a gemstone's value. An extremely large Paraiba Tourmaline would be more valuable, and thus more precious than a pale and included Emerald. These terms precious and semiprecious do not truly indicate a gemstone's value. semiprecious gemstones include Cubic Zirconia, Synthetic Sapphires and Emeralds and all laboratory grown gemstones while precious gemstones are all natural. Precious gemstones are twelve birthstones one for each month of the year and semiprecious are the gemstones that aren't birthstones.
When will you ship my order?
will ship the order within 5 days after receipt of payment. We try our best to ship within 48Hrs, but we don't have a huge staff. Sometimes we get overloaded with orders, especially during holidays. Please remember that weekends and holidays are not counted as business days.
What is your money back Guarantee?
If you are unsatisfied with your order, please contact us via voicemail if you wish a refund or exchange. You must leave a message within 48hrs of delivery. After 48hrs you will not be allowed to refund or exchange an item. You may be charged a small restocking fee based on the item in question. All merchant processing fees will not be refunded.
How will you mail the overseas orders?
By using FedEx International Priority: We usually use customer's payment information (credit card) because the charges include customs, duties and taxes and they vary for different countries. We also use USPS Registered Mail: $20.00.
Do I need to pay sales tax?
For international buyers there is no sales tax, however there may be some import or custom duties, which is the sole responsibility of buyer. For all US customers, the prices are inclusive of sales tax.
Why color a Diamond?
Natural color diamonds are so beautiful but yet so rare and therefore so expensive. With today's technology it is possible to take colorless diamonds and permanently add colors to them.
Do you provide certification for authenticity?
We charge $125 for the certificate for any products on request and those will be either of GIA or AGTA, customers choice and $50 for one of the most reputed industrial lab FIFTH AVENUE LAB OF AMERICA certificate with appraisal value which has both authenticity and appraisal value.
The following charges are inclusive of shipping,1lb weight, handling and basic insurance provided by the related shipping companies. These rates will apply only to the orders shipped in the United States of America.
UPS Ground Delivery 3-5 business days---$10.00
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Merchandise Cost Insurance Charges
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$3000 and above $10.00
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