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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

Color Gemstone Pairs

Seeing is believing!



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