Archive for August, 2013

Availability of Shapes in Colored Gems

Monday, August 26th, 2013

When asked to imagine a ring, an average consumer will think of a round stone in a setting, most probably a diamond of course. Millions of dollars of advertising has helped etch this image on the common psyche, but also not surprisingly, diamond crystals naturally lend themselves to be cut in rounds, this shape allowing for the highest yield possible from most rough.

On the contrary, unlike diamond crystals, most color stone crystals lend themselves to be cut in oval or cushion for maximum yield. As an exception the term emerald cut, suggests that Emerald crystals are more suited to be cut in emerald cuts or octagonals. Of course, you do see a range of shapes available in cut gemstones but you should also be aware that when dealing with finer and rarer materials certain shapes come at a premium, meaning a higher loss on the maximum yield was taken, in order to offer that outline:

shaped in color gems

Shape in order of best yield from this rough
-Oval   -Cushion   -Emerald Cut   
-Square Cushion   -Round   -Square or Princess Cut

This fact is ever more evident when looking for larger sizes in hard to find shapes such as square, square cushion or round. We all know that the customer is always right, but also as experts on colored gems, as jewelers, we have a great opportunity to educate our customers on availability. For example you can explain to your customer that if they are open to looking at 3 ct. oval or cushion rubies over square or round ones, they will have many more choices to pick from at much better values.

Being informed on availability of gems and offering the best there is to your customer will make you the “hero” in their eyes.

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A promising Fall Color: Açaí, The dark purple berry.

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Acai Designers are calling it autumn’s deep and luxurious new neutral.  Prominent designer’s runway collections have referred to it by; Midnight Violet, Black Plum and Deep Orchid.

 The next natural request from your fashion savvy consumers will be an offering of various colored gemstone jewelry in a similar palette of colors.  Besides the more obvious choice of Amethyst, suitable for larger pieces of jewelry, there are also Sapphires and Spinels that offer a wonderful range of purple violety rich magenta colors.

Pantone Fall color Acai gemstones purple

Both of these gemstones with very high hardness are ideal for high use rings as well as other pieces of jewelry.  Tanzanite’s and Iolite’s also offer these colors, when found in finer, richer shades. With so many hues of color, and price points to pick from it would be wise to have a range of pieces for your customers to view.  Our website with its many “true to life” pictures of our inventory is also a useful tool to help narrow down specific shades of purple, price points and gem materials.


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Gem Cushion Ceylon Blue Sapphire

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Exhibiting optimum color, this gorgeous intense vivid rich blue Ceylon Sapphire is truly a rare find. It is exceptionally clean and well cut with an excellent face up and outline showing it to be at least one carat larger than its weight. It is a stone you will choose to keep for yourself or a loved one, truly the pick of the crop. Super hard to replace, you may still choose to sell it to your most discerning customer.

Item# 1107 –  5.07 ct –  11.1 x 8.6 mm

Stones in these sizes and qualities are becoming more scarce and gaining value as we speak. You cannot go wrong by acquiring this beauty.

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How ripe is your “Peach”?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Talk about noticing trends!!
Over the last month or so, we have had an unusually high number of requests for peach colored gems, primarily Sapphires. For the most part the calls have been very specific in that they were wishing to duplicate a certain shade of color in a picture of a finished ring in a Sapphire. Almost all the gemstones in the pictures were not Sapphires.

Yes, Sapphires are amazing in that they cover a real extensive range of colors, sometimes leaving one to assume they can pre pick any shade of color, then find it in a Sapphire.

The most coveted color in Fancy Sapphire with the peachy (orangey pink) tones are called “Padparadscha”. This prestigious designation really needs to be backed by a certificate from a Lab establishing that the color of the gem falls within the very narrow agreed upon range of colors. There still exists a wide difference of opinion on the boundaries of this color range between prominent labs.

Padparadscha sapphires

Padparadscha and Peach Sapphires


Any stone not certified as a “pad” within these colors, we refer to as “peach”. Imagine a peach; there are many shades present there, golden, orange, pink, salmon low to high saturation of colors. What matters in the end, is that one can only offer what is actually available and possible in nature and falls within the range of colors Sapphires actually exist in.

To avoid disappointments and fruitless searching, it is best to be aware of this fact before you promise to deliver Sapphires matching pictures of other gems exactly.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Have you ever watched a meteorite shower? Caught a glimpse of a shooting star? Did you know that August’s birthstone, Peridot, is sometimes found as small crystals in meteorites? These are very rare and hard to find in gem material, but fortunately beautiful large and stunning Peridot of the terrestrial variety can be found in abundance at GEM 2000!


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Exciting New Gems

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

It is always exciting to get beautiful new gemstones in, even when it means all the work of measuring, weighing, packaging, labeling, entering into inventory, and photographing. Many fresh Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Alexandrite, Tanzanite, Spinel, Zircon, and more are available and searchable now at GEM 2000. Take a look!


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