Selecting gemstone jewelry for the first time is an exciting prospect. It may be a daunting one as well. You want to ensure that the purchase is something that will be treasured and worn for years to come. But choosing the best gemstone for your style and preference doesn't have to be a challenging task. In fact, it can be a delightful endeavor by following these guidelines:
1. Consider style. Many jewelry wearers want a unique look. They want to avoid wearing jewelry that looks just like everything else out there. Thank goodness there are an endless variety of pieces from which to choose. First, it's a good idea to reflect on your personality. Are you a hopeless romantic? Bohemian? Flirty and fun? Or a classic? Jewelry should reflect your unique personality.
Lifestyle is another element to contemplate. Those glitzy necklaces that are all the rage right now may not best suited for someone with a casual approach to life. Will the jewelry be something that is worn only on special occasions or will it be for everyday wear? Will it be a piece that is comfortable to wear and versatile for day or evening?
2. Consider color. Color is an important consideration when it comes to gemstone jewelry. The closet will be a good indicator for which clothing styles, colors and materials are most prevalent. These clues can assist in deciding which gemstones will work best. Don't forget to take examine your present jewelry collection and the colors and styles that are also most predominant. Physical features such as complexion and hair color are other factors that can also play a role in determining which gemstone jewelry will look best.
3. Consider quality. When it comes to purchasing gemstone jewelry, you want to ensure it is the highest quality you can afford. The "Four Cs" which determine the quality and value of a diamond are also applied to the quality of gemstones. Clarity, color, cut and carat weight are the factors used when examining a gemstone. Color is especially important because the better the gemstone's color, the higher the asking price. A larger stone will also cost more per carat. Take the time to examine stones side by side. Even the untrained eye will be able to catch the differences in quality using the "Four Cs."
It's also good to be aware that there are other factors which can affect the price of a gemstone. For instance, the value of a gemstone goes up if it is subject to any supply limitations, while its cost is more economical if the stone is readily available. Also, if the gemstone's color is especially popular at any given time - or for that matter unpopular - this will also be reflected in the price. Expect to pay more too if the stone's origin is from a location with a reputation for producing high-quality stones. A word of caution: if the price is significantly low, it may be the gem is not the real thing.
Quality can also be defined by the stone's setting. Any metal prongs should hold the gemstone securely in place. The finish of the piece is important as well. The stone should be well-polished with an absence of imperfections. Should the piece be made of gold, check the back for a karatage stamp and a company trademark stamp.
4. Consider an unpopular color. One of the best ways to get a great deal on a gemstone is to choose a color that is not necessarily in style. A less popular color does not make the gemstone unattractive. In fact, wearing a color that is not as popular may be a great way to express individual style. Who knows, you may start a trend of your own.
Wearing gemstone jewelry is a wonderful way to dress up an everyday wardrobe, signify a special or meaningful occasion, or just lift your spirits. Jewelry is meant to enhance the beauty that already resides inside. Think of gemstone jewelry as a way to complement the feminine allure in every woman.
Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry. Pandora bracelets, Pandora charms, and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.