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What to Look for When Buying Aquamarine Gemstone Online

Secrets to Finding a Great Aquamarine Gemstone Deal

Aquamarine Gemstones are actually one of my favourite stones given their relative availability and the fact that they are way more transparent and free of inclusions as compared to Emerald. However, you may not be aware that Aqua is ‘Beryl’ and is actually from the same family of stones as Emerald but takes on a more ocean green-blue color that we all know and love. For those of you that are gemologically inclined, the stone has a hexagonal crystalline structure and a vitreous lustre and is easily identifiable under a microscope.

Aquamarine is the birth stone for March and is in fairly strong demand both for collections and to be placed into retail jewellery which means that there are plenty of lab created and synthetic stones doing the rounds that you need to be careful to watch for. Firstly, color wise, most real Aqua’s will never be darker than Swiss Blue Topaz and if the color presents in this manner then it would be worthwhile to get the stone certified at a GIA lab somewhere. Continue reading What to Look for When Buying Aquamarine Gemstone Online

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Returned from Bangkok With a Haul of Semi Precious Stones!

So after an exhausting few weeks of splitting my time between Thailand and Myanmar I am finally safely arrived back in New Zealand. Travel is always taxing, for lots of reasons, and this sourcing trip was no different. I spent most of my time shuttling between the Bangkok Jewelry Trade Center (JTC), Chantaburi, and Myanmar and I’ve come back with some wonderful semi precious stones purchases. However, it’s likely going to take me a few weeks to get all of the gemstones photographed and up on the website available for purchase so please bear with me!

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Trip to Bangkok to find Some Gemstones For Sale

So it’s that time of year again when I am off on another sourcing trip to locate some quality gemstones for sale and this time my travels are taking me to Thailand. The nation has long been the center of the colored gemstone trading world and there are plenty of places to source quality gems for someone with the appropriate connections. Subsequently, I will be away for ten days in early December and will be meeting with dealers, both new and old, to purchase a range of high quality stones.


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Why Buying Gemstones for Sale Cheap Online Can Be Risky!

Treated Gemstones vs. Untreated Gemstones and Why Buying Gemstones for Sale Cheap Can be a Huge Risk!

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The fact is that Ebay and other online sites represent an avenue for people to source gemstones for sale cheap. However, many gemstones on the market have undergone some sort of treatment to improve color and appearance. We’ve already discussed heat treatment, and in addition to that, other common gemstone treatments include Beryllium, Diffusion, Fracture Filling, and Irradiation. To elaborate, Beryllium treatment, used mostly for Orange and Yellow Sapphires, is when the element Beryllium is added during the heating process. Diffusion, which is one of the more controversial treatments, exposes a gemstone to chemicals and high heat to change the surface color only. Fracture Filling uses oil, wax, glass, epoxy or borax to fill tiny cavities or “dead spots” that interrupt the passing of light through the stone. Oiled Emeralds are extremely accepted and in this case the treatment does not affect the price, but glass filled Rubies, on the other hand, are sold at much lower values. Irradiation is the treatment responsible for the blue color in Topaz, as blue Topaz gemstones are actually extremely rare in nature. The treatment exposes the gem to radiation which alters the way the crystal structure absorbs light, thus modifying the color.


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