jewelry buying

How to Buy and Where to Find High-Quality Gemstones: Buying Gemstones is Easier With Our Gem Guide

Whether you’re buying gemstone jewelry for yourself or a loved one, there are a few things you should keep in mind while shopping. The 4Cs of diamond buying—carat, color, clarity, and cut—can be used for many gemstones as well. However, the specifics will differ. You will also want to keep in mind the differences between natural, lab-created, and imitation gemstones. Similarly, some gemstones are enhanced or treated. And, finally, wondering where to buy gemstones and related jewelry? Let’s break it all down in this gem guide. Gemstone Buying Guide When buying a diamond, you should look at cut, color, clarity,

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Jewelry Buying Tips from the Pros

By Donna Jolly, RJ American Gem Society   You know it’s the holiday season when magazines and blogs run a “shopping tips” article. We thought, though, that you should hear advice from the people actually in the field who have learned a thing or two about best-buying practices: the jewelers. Of course, these are not just any retailers. They are American Gem Society credentialed jewelers.  Every day, they help their customers find the perfect piece of jewelry, whether it’s finding the right style or fitting the right budget—or both. Here is some solid advice straight from a few jewelers: Catherine

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The American Gem Society

by Beau Davis, CSA Shelton Jewelers – ABQ, NM What it is all about – A diamond is the world’s most precious gemstone. Between their unique optic qualities and sheer hardness, these little beauties, though miniscule, have become a valuable part of civilization today. But how do you know that you, as a consumer or buyer of diamonds, are getting what you’re paying for? With such small sizes and high values, there can be much ambiguity and misinformation throughout anyone’s shopping experience. These are some of the primary issues the American Gem Society works tirelessly to prevent. How the AGS

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