There are two designations of gemstones: Precious and Semi-precious. Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald fall into the first category, while Agate, Alexandrite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Citrine, Garner, Opal, Spinel, Tanzanite, Topaz, Turquoise, Tourmaline, Zircon, and Peridot fall into the second category.
As with the purchase of any stone, including diamonds, it is essential to consider the following five things: Colour, Clarity, Cut, Size, and Enhancements. For more information on choosing a diamond, you can read our guide to The 4 C’s of Purchasing a Diamond.
The colour of your gemstone is by far the most important factor and most defining feature. A strong colour saturation with limited hues of other colours are considered to be the most valuable. Clarity refers to the level of flawlessness in your gemstone. Stones with minimal inclusions are considered the most valuable. Again, a valuable stone needs to be well-cut, which means it has symmetrical facets and reflects light evenly off each surface.
Gemstones can come in a round, square, oval, or pear shape, and in a variety of sizes. Different gemstones have different densities, so there is not a carat rating to suit all stones. Almost all gemstones have been enhanced in some way. You can talk to your jeweller about what type of enhancements are performed on each stone and what affect it has.
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl or Alexandrite or Moonstone
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal or Tourmaline
November – Citrine or Yellow Topaz
December – Blue Zircon or Topz or Tanzanite
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Gemstone Jewellery Gifts for Her
Gemstones and their range of beautiful hues make them the ideal stone for any piece of jewellery, whether it be a pendant, earrings, or a ring. This Christmas you can give that special woman in your life a beautiful gemstones. You can match it to her birthday, or another important meaning. At Boulevard Diamonds, we have a great selection of jewellery featuring gemstones.
Gemstone Jewellery Rings
Give someone the gift of a truly beautiful gemstone ring. Whether you need a promise ring, or a surprise for your wife, we have a ring to suit your needs this Christmas.
Gemstone Jewellery Earrings
Show your affection this holiday season with a pair of beautiful gemstones to adorn her ears. Match it to her birth month for a more personal touch.
Gemstone Jewellery Bracelets
This yellow gold bangle, which features Swarovski Gemstones and Canadian Diamonds, would make a truly exceptional gift for any woman on your list this Christmas.
Gemstone Jewellery Pendants and Necklaces
This holiday, give her a gift to be worn close to her heart. We have a great selection of pendants and necklaces with gemstone settings to suit any taste and style.