Gemstones are the most popular jewelry items and they come in different colors, sizes, and shapes. The first question that you must ask yourself is what type of gemstone you like. There are so many types of gemstones available in the market today that it can be quite confusing to choose one for yourself.
Choosing a gemstone is no easy task. You have to take into consideration your budget, the type of stone you want, and its cut quality. But before you start searching for the perfect gemstone for your collection, there are some things that you need to keep in mind.
A Complete Guide to Select Gemstones on a Budget
Know Your Budget
When it comes to selecting a gemstone, the first thing you need to do is determine how much money you can afford to spend. This may seem obvious, but how much you are willing to spend on a gemstone is not always as cut and dried as it seems.
For example, if your goal is simply to find the most beautiful stone at any cost, then there’s no need to think, all that matters is that each gemstone in front of you has great color and clarity. To put it another way, If the only thing that mattered was beauty alone without considering anything else about gems and jewelry (such as durability), one would have all these fancy colored polki diamonds.
Set Your Priorities
Set your priorities and be realistic about your budget. Do not be afraid to ask for a discount, especially if you are buying jewelry as an investment or as an heirloom. A good jeweler will be happy to offer you a discount on the item if it is being purchased as an investment or heirloom since they want what’s best for both parties involved in the transaction.
This way, you get to spend less on a piece that could increase in value over time and give them more buyers/repeat customers!
Learn About the ‘C’s’
The “cut” of a gemstone is how well the stone has been shaped and polished. Stones with good cuts are more expensive because they look better and are easier to wear. The “clarity” of a gemstone refers to how flawless it is when viewed through magnification.
Higher clarity levels mean that there are fewer flaws in the stone, which also contributes to its value. If you’re looking for a high-quality gemstone on sale, consider buying one with lower clarity levels (but still above eye-visible).
The “color” of your chosen gemstone will also affect its cost, rarer hues like green or purple tend to be more expensive than common colors like clear or white. However, sometimes you can get lucky if you’re willing to compromise on hue for other qualities like cut or size!
Choose a Preset Setting
Now that you have chosen your gemstone, the next step is to decide which setting you want. If you choose loose gemstones, then you will have to pay for an additional setting (no matter what kind of setting).
If you choose a preset setting with the stone already set into it and ready to go, then this will cost more money because of the extra labor involved. Preset settings are easier to sell than loose stones because they look much nicer on display and they don’t take up as much room in storage if someone wants their ring resized or if they need their ring repaired at some point down the road.
Buy From a Reputable Jeweler With Certified Gemologists
Once you’ve determined which stones you like, and you have a basic idea of what each one is made of and its cost, it’s time to bring your selection to a qualified jeweler. A reputable jeweler will be able to help identify the different types of gemstones in your budget range. They may also offer suggestions on how to make your favorite stone more affordable or can alert you if there are any inaccuracies with the description provided by the seller.
If possible, try to find a jeweler with certified gemologists on staff; these individuals have passed rigorous examinations to become experts on all things related to gems and jewelry. Certified Gemologists are trained not only on how different rocks are formed but how they can be identified as well as authenticated through testing such as spectrometry or x-ray diffraction analysis (XRF).
Choosing the right gemstone for you is an important decision, especially if it’s going to be a gift for someone special. It’s a long-term investment that can be a great gift for someone special and an expression of your personality. Plus, they look good on you. Of course, we all know that these things can get pricey. But there are ways to save money without sacrificing quality. A good place to start is with some research on what type of gemstone is best suited for your budget and lifestyle needs. If you follow these steps, we guarantee you won’t regret your purchase!