Gemstones

Difference between Synthetics and Natural Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald from Synthetics

How to tell the difference between natural rubies, sapphires, emeralds from synthetics? Lookswise there is no difference between synthetics and natural gemstones. They have the same chemical composition, crystal structure, and properties as natural gemstones. The only way to tell is by looking at internal inclusions or clarity characteristics. The price difference between natural gemstones …

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How does ‘Phenomena Effects’ like Adularescence, Asterism, Chatoyancy, Iridescence, Play of Color, and Color Change affect the value of gemstones?

In our previous blog posts, we have discussed how to determine the value of colored gemstones.  In summary, colored gemstones value affected by six factors. Color Carat Weight Clarity Cut Origin Treatment However, certain gemstones actually exhibit different phenomena effects like Adularescence Asterism Chatoyancy Iridescence Play of Color Color Change So, “How do these gemstones …

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Natural Opal buying guide – How to check and understand difference between different opals?

Opal is one of the most popular phenomena gemstones. They display very unique characteristics like ‘play-of-color’ or different background fire colors. They are quite abundant but also rare as well depending on the quality grades. Different quality has different price levels which we will explain below. HOW TO BUY AN OPAL – OPAL CLASSIFICATION  In …

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What lab or certification is the best for checking your expensive ruby, sapphire or emerald?

BEST LAB TO CHECK GEMSTONES What is the best lab to check gemstones? Buying a high quality ruby, sapphire or emerald isn’t cheap, but how do you know the beautiful expensive gemstone you are buying is the quality you are expecting? As I have discussed in our previous blog posts, it is very important to …

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How to buy a colored gem or gemstone online and why it is still not possible without a trustworthy eye?

BUY GEMSTONES ONLINE With the internet now being our source in buying multiple consumer products like smart phones, clothes, computers, watches, etc., it should now be a lot easier to buy a colored gemstone online as well. We now have the power of the World Wide Web giving us pictures, videos, certificates, other specification etc., …

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How much does no oil emerald cost? Five No Oil Emerald Comparison

How much does it cost to buy a 1 to 3 carat untreated, no oil, 100% natural emerald from Zambia?

Continuing with the series in how much a particular gemstone should cost, today I will try to tackle another common question I get asked which is – “how much does a no oil, untreated, 100% natural emerald cost? Can you forward me a price list for these type of emeralds from 1 carat to 3 …

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How much does it cost to buy Natural Burma Ruby in Bangkok, Thailand?

Another common question which always comes to us is “How much does it cost to buy a Burma ruby in Bangkok?” “ Shouldn’t it be cheaper to buy the rubies at the source in Myanmar like at Mogok or Mong Hsu instead of coming to Bangkok?” “ Why will the rubies be cheaper in Bangkok?” …

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How to buy an astrological gemstone based on Vedic Indian Astrology in Bangkok, Thailand?

So, you finally decided to take matters in your hands and would like to change your fortune by buying a “magic gemstone” that a world renowned Vedic astrologer had recommended to you. You might be having difficult time in your job or business or unable to bear children or all your relationships (i.e. marriage, partnerships …

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Blue Sapphire Buying & Treatment Guide – How to buy and tell the difference between natural unheated, heated, lattice diffusion treatment, and the brand new glass-filled sapphire?

Why is it Important to Learn About Sapphire Treatments? Distinguishing between natural, no treatment sapphire with heated or new treatment sapphires is a very important skill every gemstone buyer should learn before venturing out to buy one. The price between each level of treatment can range from.  The exceptionally expensive US$5,000 per carat for unheated …

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Natural emerald buying & treatment guide – How to buy and tell the difference between 100% natural, no oil, minor, moderate and significant treatment emeralds?

Why Is It Important to Learn About Emerald Treatments? Telling the difference between a natural, no oil emerald from the one which has been “enhanced” with oil or resin or dye is a very important skill any emerald buyer should know before going out there to buy one. Depending on the level of treatment and/or …

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