Gemstones

About Gemstones

Choosing the right gemstones can be confusing for a lot of people. Prices tend to be different for gemstones that look the same. The words used by the sellers can be confusing as well. The gemstone can be described as genuine, simulated, natural, synthetic, treated, or the combination of any of the terms.

In simple terms, natural gemstones are sourced from nature. They are cut and/or polished to be used in jewellery. Their compositions are not altered in any way. Genuine gemstones are still the real thing but they are treated to enhance their appearance. They are usually lower quality gems that consumers will not buy unless they are treated. A treated gemstone is considered genuine but is no longer natural. Having the natural label doesn’t make the gemstone more valuable. Low-quality gemstones are common and known as mining castaways. Their value varies due to their abundance in nature. When buying gems, it is important that you research about the particular one before closing the deal.

Alexandrite Stone

Alexandrite

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Alexandrite Cat's Eye Stone

Alexandrite Cat's Eye

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amber Stone

Amber

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Amethyst Stone

Amethyst

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Ametrine Stone

Ametrine

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Andesine Stone

Andesine

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Apatite Stone

Apatite

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Apatite Cat's Eye Stone

Apatite Cat's Eye

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Aquamarine Stone

Aquamarine

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Australian Opal Stone

Australian Opal

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Aventurine Stone

Aventurine

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Azurite Stone

Azurite

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Basra Pearls Stone

Basra Pearls

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beryl Stone

Beryl

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Bicolor Sapphire Stone

Bicolor Sapphire

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Black Onyx Stone

Black Onyx

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Black Opal Stone

Black Opal

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Black Tourmaline Stone

Black Tourmaline

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Blizzard Stone

Blizzard Stone

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Bloodstone

Bloodstone

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Blue Fluorite Stone

Blue Fluorite

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Blue opal Stone

Blue Opal

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Blue sapphire (Neelam) Stone

Blue Sapphire ( Neelam )

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Blue topaz Stone

Blue Topaz

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Blue Tourmaline Stone
Blue Tourmaline / Indicolite Tourmaline
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Blue Zircon Stone

Blue Zircon

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Boulder Opal Stone

Boulder Opal

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Burmese Ruby Stone

Burmese Ruby

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Burmese Sapphire Stone

Burmese Sapphire

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Carnelian Stone

Carnelian

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Cat's Eye Stone

Cat's Eye

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Chrome Diopside
Chrome Diopside
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Chrome Tourmaline
Chrome Tourmaline
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Chrysoberyl

Chrysoberyl

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Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye ( Lehsunia )
Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye ( Lehsunia )
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Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla

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Citrine ( Sunela )
Citrine ( Sunela )
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Colombian Emerald
Colombian Emerald
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Color Change Fluorite
Color Change Fluorite
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Color Change Sapphire
Color Change Sapphire
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Cornflower Blue Sapphire
Cornflower Blue Sapphire
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Cubic Zirconia

Cubic Zirconia

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Cultured Pearls
Cultured Pearls
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Danburite

Danburite

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Emerald ( Panna )
Emerald ( Panna )
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Ethiopian Emerald ( Panna )
Ethiopian Emerald
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Ethiopian opal
Ethiopian Opal
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fire opal

Fire Opal

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Fluorite

Fluorite

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Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater Pearls
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Garnet

Garnet

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Green Amethyst ( Prasiolite )
Green Amethyst ( Prasiolite )
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Green Sapphire
Green Sapphire
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Green Tourmaline ( Verdelite )
Green Tourmaline ( Verdelite )
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Heliodor

Heliodor

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Hessonite ( Gomed )
Hessonite ( Gomed )
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Howlite

Howlite

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Indian Emerald
Indian Emerald
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Insignificant-Oil-Emerald
Insignificant Oil Emerald
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Iolite (Neeli)

Iolite (Neeli)

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Jade

Jade

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Jade Nephrite

Jade Nephrite

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Jadeite

Jadeite

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Jasper

Jasper

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Kashmir Blue Sapphire
Kashmir Blue Sapphire
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Khooni Neelam

Khooni Neelam

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Kunzite

Kunzite

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Kyanite

Kyanite

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Labradorite

Labradorite

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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

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Lemon Quartz

Lemon Quartz

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London Blue Topaz

London Blue Topaz

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Malachite

Malachite

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Mexican Fire Opal
Mexican Fire Opal
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Moldavite

Moldavite

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Moonstone

Moonstone

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Morganite

Morganite

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Moss Agate

Moss Agate

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Mozambique Ruby
Mozambique Ruby
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Natural Pearls

Natural Pearls

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Navratna

Navratna

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Neon Apatite

Neon Apatite

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No Oil Emerald
No Oil Emerald
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Obsidian

Obsidian

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Onyx (Chalcedony)
Onyx (Chalcedony)
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Opal

Opal

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Orange Sapphire
Orange Sapphire
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Padparadscha

Padparadscha

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Pakistan Emerald / Swat Emerald
Pakistan Emerald / Swat Emerald
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Panjshir Emerald / Afghanistan Emerald
Panjshir Emerald / Afghanistan Emerald
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Paraiba Tourmalin
Paraiba Tourmaline
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Pearl (Moti)

Pearl (Moti)

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Peridot

Peridot

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Petalite

Petalite

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Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood

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Pigeon Blood Ruby

Pigeon Blood Ruby

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Pink Fluorite

Pink Fluorite

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Pink Opal

Pink Opal

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Pink Sapphire

Pink Sapphire

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Pink Spinel

Pink Spinel

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Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline

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Pitambri Neelam

Pitambri Neelam

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Prehnite

Prehnite

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Purple-Sapphire
Purple Sapphire
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Rainbow Fluorite
Rainbow Fluorite
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Rainbow Moonstone
Rainbow Moonstone
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Red-Coral

Red Coral

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Red-Spinel

Red Spinel

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Red-Tourmaline
Red Tourmaline
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Red-Zircon

Red Zircon

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Rhodonite

Rhodonite

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Rose-Quartz

Rose Quartz

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Royal Blue Sapphire
Royal Blue Sapphire
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Rubellite

Rubellite

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Ruby (Manik)

Ruby (Manik)

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Russian Emerald

Russian Emerald

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Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated Quartz

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Sang-E-Maryam

Sang-E-Maryam

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Schorl Tourmaline

Schorl Tourmaline

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Sky-Blue-Topaz

Sky Blue Topaz

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Sky-Blue-Topaz
Sky Blue Topaz
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Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz

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Sodalite

Sodalite

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South Sea Pearls
South Sea Pearls
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Spectrolite

Spectrolite

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Spessartite

Spessartite

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Spinel

Spinel

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Star Garnet

Star Garnet

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Star Ruby

Star Ruby

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Star Sapphire

Star Sapphire

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Sun Stone

Sun Stone

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Swizz Blue Topaz

Swizz Blue Topaz

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Tahitian Pearls
Tahitian Pearls
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Tanzanite

Tanzanite

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Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye

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Titanite

Titanite

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Topaz

Topaz

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Tourmaline

Tourmaline

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Trapiche Emerald
Trapiche Emerald
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Tsavorite

Tsavorite

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Turquoise (Firoza)
Turquoise (Firoza)
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Unakite

Unakite

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Watermelon Tourmaline
Watermelon Tourmaline
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White Coral

White Coral

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White Opal

White Opal

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White Sapphire

White Sapphire

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White Topaz

White Topaz

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White Zircon

White Zircon

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Yellow Beryl

Yellow Beryl

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Yellow Fluorite

Yellow Fluorite

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Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj)

Yellow Sapphire (Phukhraj)

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Yellow Topaz

Yellow Topaz

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Yellow Zircon

Yellow Zircon

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Zambian Emerald

Zambian Emerald

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Zircon

Zircon

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Just like any other commodity on the market, the law of supply and demand applies to gemstone prices. Take for instance natural rubies of high quality. They are rare and demand is always high for the particular gem. Some of the areas where the rubies are mined are experiencing political turmoil and that’s why the supply remains low. On the other hand, red garnets are beautiful but there are many of such gemstone in the market. A flawless, natural red garnet costs a portion of that of a ruby of similar quality.

A synthetic gemstone has the physical, optical and chemical qualities of a nature one. The only difference is that the synthetic gemstone has been made in a laboratory. There are synthetic versions of almost all gemstones. The older synthetics are easier for gemmologists to determine because they don’t have any flaws. Modern synthetic gemstones are made to look more natural and you need an experienced gemmologist to inspect it to determine whether they are genuine or synthetic. A good synthetic gemstone is cheaper than natural stones of the same quality and size. A reputable seller will tell consumers whether the gemstones are natural or synthetic. It is considered unethical for a vendor to omit the origins of the stones.

When buying gemstones, be sure that the individual or company can be trusted or not. You should also verify the stone from a respected laboratory, especially if it is an expensive one. Some of the gemstones that are not treated include peridot, alexandrite, moonstone, and garnet. You should also do your own research on gemstones and jewellery. Be sure to read the ads carefully and compare prices from various shops. When shopping for jewellery, you should ask for the details of all the components and not just the stones. That way you can make a smart decision on the purchase

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