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Basics of Evaluating Colored Gemstones

The value of colored gemstones, like diamonds, depends on “the 4 C’s”.  Those are Color, Clarity, Cut and Carets.  Unlike diamonds, the value of a colored gemstone is effected most by the color. COLOR Color is judged by three criteria: Hue, Saturation and Tone. Generally, stones with strong, pure hues are are more valuable.  For instance a slightly orangish red …

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Garnet, the Pomegranate Gemstone

Garnets have been one of the world’s most popular gemstones for many centuries. The word, garnet is thought to come from the Greek word for pomegranate because of the resemblance of garnet crystals to pomegranate seeds. Although gem quality garnets can be among the most beautiful of gemstones, most are relatively affordable. There are some varieties, like tsavorite and spessartite that …