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Gemstone Buying Guide: How To Choose Your First Precious Stone?

Did you know that a gemstone can be any type of mineral or organic material that have unique characteristics and beauty?

Collecting gemstones has been becoming increasingly popular, people are using them for “healing benefits,” display, and collections.

There are over 2,700 mineral species, making it difficult to decide which ones to purchase or find. 

Continue reading this gemstone guide to discover the different types of stones you can start adding to your collection. 

Gemstone Guide for Beginners 

Gemstones can be found almost anywhere and they are often eye-catching, due to their unique properties. 

Many people use them for collections and as a display but gemstone jewelry is also a great way to display your stones. On the Gemvara website, you can create custom gemstone jewelry to show off your precious pieces.  

If you are just beginning your collection, it may be overwhelming to find a starting point because there are so many different types of stones. Below is a gemstone guide that will help make your decision on purchases and selecting your first precious stones. 

1. Choose Organic or Mineral

One of the first things that you should decide when making your first gemstone purchase is if you want an organic or mineral gemstone. An organic gemstone is unique because it is created from living organisms like plants and animals. Pearl, coral, and amber are a few examples of this type of gem.

Mineral gemstones are mined from the Earth and have been created through pressure and heat over time. Sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies are all examples of mineral gemstones. 

2. Select a Color

Since there are thousands of types of gemstones, you can get almost any color imaginable for your stone. Selecting a color that may have some significance to you can be very helpful in determining the stone you want. 

Most stone colors are broken down by hues, tone, and saturation. This is a personal preference that you can make when choosing the color of your stone and it should be something you are satisfied with. Don’t just choose a stone because you think you are supposed to like it.  

3. Weight and Cut of the Gemstone

Gemstones are measured by weight, rather than size because they are made up of different minerals. Consider the weight that you would like to purchase, lighter options are best for jewelry and display. 

The cut of the gemstone is another characteristic that you must consider. Some gemstones are raw and have never been polished so they may be rough around the edges. Other stones may have been fully, or partially, polished and shaped. The cut of the stone is dependant on your preference, many people often have several cuts of the same stone in their collections.  

4. Is There a Personal Significance? 

Some people make their gemstone purchases based on anniversaries and birthstones. Each month has its own unique stone that has biblical and philosophical meanings. 

Every year of marriage is represented by a different gemstone that has a meaning. The first year anniversary gemstone is gold, the 15th is ruby, and the 25th anniversary is silver. 

Beauty All Around

There are beautiful stones around the globe that you can look into for adding to your collection. This is a fun hobby and interest because there are so many different types of gemstones that you will discover. 

Using the gemstone guide from above can help you determine where you want to start in your collection and give you ideas on future stones to look for. If you really enjoy the hobby you can even start hunting for stones on your own!

Be sure to take a look at our blog to discover how you can turn your hobby into a business opportunity!