Posts Tagged ‘color gems’

Red Spinel

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Red Spinel

No longer “just” the alternative red stone for those budgets which don’t allow for Ruby, Red Spinel has refound its justified place in the color gemstone world as a verified superstar. Durable, bright, and with vivid intense hues, fine gem Red Spinel can add serious wow-factor to any design. Supply has traditionally been dominated by stones from Tajikistan, Burma, and Vietnam, but fine East African Red Spinels are also now available. Burmese Red Spinels are considered the finest, and the truest red of all locations.

Visit us at www.gem2000.com/redspinel to see for yourself our fine inventory of Red Spinel! Seeing is believing!

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Color In Bridal

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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We carry an extensive range of colored gemstones, so this puts us in the frontline position for detecting new patterns and shifts in demand as they occur at retail. The newest and strongest trend at the moment is requests for bridal center stones in a variety of colored gemstones. The most popular is requests for sapphires in blues, peaches, pinks, yellows and all shades of purple. There are also requests for rubiesspinels,tourmalines … even aquamarines.

In an advisory role as a professional jeweler, we recommend that you steer away your customer from gemstones that fall short on the durability aspect, and are less than 7 ½ hardness on the Mohs scale. Those range of stones are suitable for occasional wear but since bridal jewelry gets the most beating of all, better spare the bride avoidable disappointment with her new ring.

If your sales people are not aware of this concept, it is best for them to be educated on the need to check the hardness of gems, before recommending or selling a particular gemstone for bridal wear. We are here to help you with appropriate choices. You can also visit our website for the wide range of specific gems available to you and your bride to be.

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“Preferred Shades” in Color Gemstones

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

PREFERREDSHADES

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

This saying reminds us that personal taste ultimately determines this preference. That being said, there are different market prices for specific shades of colors based on availability and current market demands. At any given time, there is a general market consensus on what are the most preferred or desired shades of color worldwide closely linked to rarity;

Here are some general pointers to help you pick these shades of color:

  • Learn to distinguish the type of secondary colors present in the stone you are looking at, in order to determine if they are desirable ones.
  • Grays and browns are secondary colors to avoid in most gemstones, signaling de-saturated colors i.e.; think of spinels where finding vivid pure colors are difficult.
  • Pure, vivid colors are the most desired, whether in lighter or darker shades. How pure or vivid the pink or blue in the sapphire is, has the most effect on the stone’s visual appeal and price.
  • Some secondary colors are very acceptable and actually indicate origin of gemstone i.e.: violet blue in Ceylon Sapphire, pinkish red in Burma Ruby, and the different proportion of yellow or blue found in the green of Emerald, indicating Zambian or Colombian.
  • It always helps to have a master stone for comparison purposes. It is very difficult to remember color, even for seasoned buyers.
  • Gemstones with lighter body colors, like aquamarine or tanzanite are very hard to find in saturated (rich) colors, specifically in smaller sizes. For example, it would be extremely rare to find the color of a 10-carat fine tanzanite in a 1-carat stone.
  • Stay away from over dark colors as it becomes very hard to see the vibrancy of the gem. Determining the difference between rich fine color and over dark colors, is best mastered by observing many gems and constantly training your eye.
  • Be mindful of the tradeoff between saturation of color and life of the stone. These decisions can amount to thousands of dollars when looking at Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphire. You have to decide on the best combination of factors you wish present in the stone at any given price point, since the sky is the limit when it comes to perfection.
  • Each species of gem has its own specific range of colors it comes in. The more gems you look at, the more your eye will get trained to pick up on these nuances of color. Take advantage of trade shows to familiarize yourself with these ranges.
  • Light and bright is really in demand right now and vivid, neony, minty colors have a lot of appeal in current color pallets. These colors are found in Aquamarine, Afghan Tourmaline, Merelani Mint Garnet, Mahenge Spinels, Kunzite, Morganite, Chrysoberyl and more…
  • Of course, the term fancy color can get attached to many varieties of gemstones to indicate unusual shades of colors. You can pick up some good deals in this category if you have a good sense of design, color combining and offering unique and one of a kind items. You still want to make sure these gems are clean, well cut and bright.

Feel free to use our great website to browse through and familiarize yourself and your sales staff with available choices of fine color. Our website is a fantastic tool that enables your staff to make well-informed color recommendations. This education allows you to reach a large untapped market; people who love color!

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The Smart Jewelry Show 2014

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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With much anticipation for the arrival of spring this year, much of the retail industry is reminding us daily of lighter brighter more colorful days ahead. Perfectly timed, after a very hard and long winter for many of us, the Smart Jewelry Show is a wonderful venue where you can stock up on all that signals the renewal of life and the celebration of color.

SMART Jewelry Show 2010 LogoAt the Navy Pier in Chicago, this important regional show has consistently grown and improved since it began 5 years ago, making it a perfect destination for many jewelers who cannot wait as long as JCK or enjoy a more manageable, calmer show experience.There is a huge range of vendors covering every single aspect of the industry along with tons of seminars, classes and informational meetings.

At present, we have a wonderful range of beautiful colored gems in many varieties and price points. Please come by our booth and take a look for yourself and enjoy the quality and value we offer.

Feel free to preview our inventory online to get familiar with our offerings. We look forward to seeing you there. Visiting Chicago is so much fun, you cannot go wrong!

AGTA Section – Booth #717

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Opals Are Making A Comeback

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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The AGTA Spectrum jewelry competition just celebrated their 30th anniversary. The amazing range of entries each year give a clear indication of what is at the forefront of fashion and style, establishing trends and setting the tone for the year to come. This year’s selection included a beautiful range of pieces many featuring Opals as their main gemstone, including many varied combinations of other complimentary colored gems. A more playful approach was present in the designs, which highlighted the unique multicolored nature of opals.

We always recommend pulling out the blue, green and yellow’s present in most opals with bright Tsavorite and Sapphires. Rich, vivid and bright gemstones like that truly complement the existing colors present in finer Opals.

Majestic Black Opals, fiery Crystal Opals and lava orange Mexican Fire Opals, multicolored flashy Ethiopian Opals are all wonderful points of inspiration in themselves, an amazing nature’s painter’s palette. Add a few accent stones and a beautiful frame of precious metal and presto! You have a masterpiece to offer your color loving audience. Check out our website for our beautiful offering of Opals and other gems.

www.gem2000.com/opal

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Knowledge leads to sales

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

CONCLAVEAttending the recent AGS conclave in Phoenix as registered suppliers, we were constantly reminded by all the various presenters how important it is for jewelry stores to train and empower their sales staff. They are the face of your company and frankly determine whether you can sell or not.

This thought is also emphasized by this quote recently published in the Rapaport/Trade Wire by Janet Novack/Forbes,

“Traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers squander their immediacy edge with indifferent/uninformed sales help, who look even worse when compared to this information now available on the web. But they can do well if they integrate their online and in-store services, carry enough inventory and price competitivity.”

Being at the receiving end of color stones orders from the sales floor, we have noticed that except for some very knowledgeable store owners handling these orders themselves, most other staff members could truly benefit from increased knowledge on colored stones. AGTA, the leading authority on color, offers some very in depth and informational online education regarding color stones to its members.

As longtime AGTA members, we would like to encourage you to join and take advantage of this excellent available resource to educate your staff on color. By maximizing your sales potential you will recoup its cost in a single transaction not possible before. Empower your staff with knowledge on color gems and ensure your share of this growing market. Also, feel free to use our website for real life availability of gems and pricing information.

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Classic Settings = Timeless Pieces

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Have you ever looked at a piece of jewelry and been able to decide exactly what decade it was manufactured in? Probably most pieces of jewelry we see fall into this category, but there exists a small number that do not give away their age, referred to as Classics. When designing for a finer gem that truly represents quality and rarity, choosing a classic design is always a good idea, helping to extend its wearability for many generations. It is easy to get some understanding of this concept, when looking at the overall style of pieces sold at higher end auctions and at couture brands of finer jewelry. Get inspired by these designs, handpick your own fine gems, and create your own quality heirloom pieces to offer to your valued customer.

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Rarity of PAIRS

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Spinel SetUnlike pairs of shoes or gloves or even diamond studs, perfectly matched pairs in colored gemstones are a difficult item to come by.  The easiest pairs to find are in commercial calibrated materials in more available gemstones like Amethyst, Citrine and Blue Topaz.  As you start to look at better quality finer colored gemstones, finding perfect matches becomes more of a challenge.

Often for a match to be possible, both stones have to be cut from the same parcel of rough and cut to match each other perfectly.  The main factors to keep in mind when looking at a matched pair are: body color, dimension and cut.  So, often even in a parcel of 10 or 15 stones of the same size, you might not be able to make up even a single pair.  Keep this fact in mind when buying gemstones, and know that it always pays to buy your add on piece at the same time, allowing you to offer a perfect set to your customer.  Most often it is impossible to find the right match of color later, particularly in more unusual, desirable and finer shades of colors.

Color Gemstone Pairs

Spinel SetBe sure to mention that you are requesting a matched pair when talking to your supplier, as availability on them is so much less than singles stones.  Also, trying to match an existing stone can be very tricky and much harder than you can imagine, especially in the non commercial materials.

You truly only appreciate the rarity of fine matched pairs, when you have been in a situation of trying to match them.  We continue to carry an unusually large selection of matched pairs in our inventory and use very high standards in our matching requirements.  Please come by our booth or visit our website at www.gem2000.com.

Color Gemstone Pairs

Seeing is believing!

 

 

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Are you ready for the Season?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

All numbers and forecasts indicate a stronger season this year so we at GEM 2000 are getting ready to help you with all your gem requests.  This includes having a strong inventory of gems on hand as well as giving you access to it through our strong website and search feature, allowing you to show great pictures of the gems with your own markups as prices to your customers.  Another service we can offer you is sending you a selection of gems to pick from, as you look at your various semi mounts that you know will sell, if mounted with the right center stone.

So decide on the sizes, colors and price points you want to see and then enjoy looking at gems at your own desk, deciding what works best in each of your mountings.  You can also see what shapes and colors of gems works best for your store and make sure you have  a few of these on hand to help you develop the market for custom work, which will set your store apart from other stores.  We are here to help you have a successful, and colorful season, so do not hesitate to look us up.

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