Gemstone Cuts: Between Art and Science

Gemstone Cuts

Almost every gemstone has a certain cut that it is most known for. Mostly for the simple reason that these are the gemstone cuts that bring out the best in the average gemstone of that kind.Though this has been changing over the last few decades. Nowadays new and exciting designs can be found for high-end gemstones giving them a unique individual style.In this article however I’d like to focus on a few of the, for … [Read more…]

Mohs Hardness Scale

Mohs Hardness Scale

Often you’ll see the term Mohs scale of hardness, Mohs mineral scale and other variations used to describe how hard a mineral or gemstone is. But what is hardness exactly? This article will explain the Mohs hardness scale, how  it works and other mineral hardness scales.Hardness can have various meanings, but when it is used to describe minerals or gemstones it will always mean scratch hardness. To avoid confusion it … [Read more…]

What Are Precious or Semi-Precious Stones?

precious stones, semi-precious stones

Often you will hear the words precious or semi-precious stones being used to describe gemstones. There is a lot of confusion about what this actually means and this article will help clear that up. Precious and Semi-Precious Stones in HistoryThroughout history cultures have tried to classify gemstones into precious and semi-precious categories.This was of course based on their own perception of value. The problem with … [Read more…]

Why Buy Loose Gemstones?

Loose gemstones

Even though there is more opportunity than ever to buy loose gemstones most people today are still buying pre-set gemstone jewelry.In this article you will find the reasons for buying loose gemstones and all the advantages. Why Buy Loose Gemstones? The most obvious reason for buying loose gemstones is of course when you are building a gemstone collection.However even when you are not interested in this it might still … [Read more…]

What Are Gemstones, Can All Minerals be Gemstones?

What are gemstones

A question that is often asked is what are gemstones, can all minerals be gemstones? The short answer to the second part is: No, some minerals will never be a gemstone.The longer answer is: it depends on how you define “gemstone”. What Are Gemstones? The most common way to define gemstones is simple: if it’s cut or polished and is used in jewelry it’s a gemstone. If you define a gemstone in this way there are a lot … [Read more…]

How to Determine Ring Size with Added Ring Size Chart

Ring size chart

Perhaps you’ve stared at the list of ring sizes when shopping online and wondered: ‘what ring size do I have?’. To help you answer that question we’ve compiled a list of methods in this How To determine ring size. Which will enable you to easily measure your ring size at home.A ring size conversion chart can be found at the bottom of this page.Tips for Measuring Ring SizeThere are several things you should … [Read more…]