Through the centuries gemstones have been collected by the rulers of the time. From Cleopatra of Egypt to queen Elizabeth of England, and the Maharajah of India. Rulers have enjoyed owning the rarest of gemstones. The larger and rarer the more mystique and intrigue over these powerful gemstones.
Gemstones have been used in jewellery from the ancient times from Greek to Roman and Persian empires to Tribal ancestors of Central America.
These ancient civilizations also admired the gemstones of their regions and understood the rarity and value more than just monetary value, but as symbol for their tribe. Most tribes used natural gemstones and made jewellery and gemstones for enjoyment or tribal adornment as the chief always had the best and biggest gemstone.
Even today lovers of gemstones prefer natural gemstones to man made gemstones. Faceted gemstones have only been available from century ago and really enhance a gemstone so that light reflections make the gemstone more appealing and brighter and better shape.
There are what is termed semi precious gemstones and precious gemstones.Precious gemstones are normally more expensive than semi precious gemstones but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and buyers can purchase wholesale gemstones or loose gemstones and make their own jewellery from beads, necklaces, chokers, earrings, pendants, and rings.All gemstones are admired and there is price point for every buyer as to what type gemstone people enjoy, as buyers are all individual and unique just like most gemstones.
Cut - The cut of gemstones determines not just the shape, but the sparkle.
Gems can be cut into a number of shapes, depending on the nature of the stone.
The most popular shapes are:
Nearly 75% of all Gemstones sold are rounded stones.
For most people, the solitaire, a single round stone set in platinum or gold, is the most enticing setting.
Most shapes are considered classics - jewelry is often set with baguettes, trillions, or pear-shape side stones. Choice is a matter of personal taste.
A well-cut gem is the work of a master cutter, since the cut enables the stone to reflect light and create brilliance. A well-proportioned cut reflects light from one facet to another and disperses it through the top of the stone as rainbows of colour.
Out of all the factors affecting gemstone value, the cut is by far the most crucial. Mother Nature may determine the colour, clarity, and carat-weight, but the skill of a master craftsman is needed to release its brilliance and beauty. Having the right cut gives unique sparkle and shimmer by allowing the maximum amount of light to enter and reflect back out of the stone.
If the cut is too deep or shallow, light will spill through the side or bottom and be lost, resulting in a less brilliant display and a less valuable gem.
A good cut makes the stone considerably more beautiful and valuable than a poorly cut stone of the same size, clarity, and colour.