THERE'S QUALITY & THEN THERE'S QUALITY
Allow us to guide you in learning how to appreciate gemstones the way they were meant to be.
(Please note - Tivon Fine Jewellery does deal in loose gemstones. However, a special bespoke make-up service is at present provided purely on a 'private appointment and commission' basis or by referral through our dealers. Should this be of interest to you, kindly contact us and request an appointment or a referral. Please understand that for security reasons, our consultants may ask you a number of security questions to verify your identity.)
WHAT IS GOOD VALUE?
With any gemstone, it can be worth £10 or it can be worth £10,000. Quality makes the difference. Fortunately difference in quality can be quite apparent and are quite visible, even to the untrained eye. Saying that, only side-by-side viewing will highlight the true difference between gemstones.
Much like with diamonds, coloured gemstones are rated and valued based on the 4 C's: COLOUR. CLARITY. CUT. CARAT.
ALL GEMS ARE DEFINITELY NOT CREATED EQUAL
Experts recommend buying the best quality gemstone you can afford. We echo this sentiment.
COLOUR: THE key factor. Rule of Thumb- The brighter, richer and more vivid the colour - the better the gemstone.
CLARITY: Clear transparent gemstones with no visible flaws are the most valued. Some gemstone varieties, notably emerald and red tourmaline, are very rare without inclusions so the value takes this into account.
CUT: This factor may not add or detract from a gemstones value but it may add a lot to the gem's beauty. A well-cut faceted gemstone reflects light back evenly across its surface area when held face up. If the stone is too deep and narrow, areas will be dark. If it is too shallow and wide, parts of the stone will be washed out and lifeless. The best way to judge cut is to look at similar gemstones next to each other. Savvy gem collectors pay more attention to cut to attain the most beautiful gemstones.
CARAT: Large gemstones are generally more valuable but not always. A small gemstone possessing all the right qualities will be more valuable that a large heavily included gemstone.