Which Gemstones Are The Most Precious?
Gemstones are often categorized as being precious or semi-precious. The precious gemstones are diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The semi-precious gemstones include amethyst, aquamarine, garnet, jade, opal, pearl, peridot, topaz and tourmaline. Each is appreciated for its specific color and characteristics. If a particular gemstone's color appeals to you, then for you it's a valuable stone.
What's The Difference Between Lab-Created And Natural Gemstones?
Lab-created gemstones are used in jewelry the exact same way as natural stones. They have the same chemical composition and physical characteristics, including crystal structure and hardness. Lab-created stones offer exceptional color and clarity and, since they are grown under perfect conditions, they have no faults or inclusions. Only the most experience gemologist can tell the difference between lab-created and natural gemstones.
When price is not an issue, natural stones from the earth are preferred. When you want a stone bigger than your budget, lab-created gemstones may be the way to go. Certainly, a good-sized lab-created gemstone surrounded by natural diamonds makes an attractive ring at a more affordable price.