The major reason behind the cost of an engagement ring or wedding bands is mostly the sparkling diamond or the colored gemstone that you selected. Therefore, learning as much as possible about the stone you’re about to buy is very crucial during the purchasing process and the best way to do it would be familiarizing yourself with the stone.
After gaining enough information about the stones, you may be able to examine it more carefully. Once you start looking at them, you can start to see the differences between stones. You can use these easy six steps to examine your stone closely:
1. Examine Your Stone Unmounted Whenever Possible: Flaws of a stone may be hidden by the mounting or by its side stones. For that reason, it would be a good idea to examine your stone more thoroughly without them.
2. Make Sure the Gem is Clean: During the purchasing process, make sure that the stone you’re buying is cleaned for you. When a stone is handled by different people, they leave their finger prints and other oily marks on stone. If you are not at a place where it can be cleaned professionally, breathe on the diamond to create “steam” on it and wipe it with a clean fabric. This will remove any kind of superficial oily marks that affect appearance of your gemstone.
3. Hold the Unmounted Stone so That Your Fingers Touch Only the Edge: As it was mentioned above, putting your fingers on /or the top and bottom of a stone will leave traces of oil, which will affect color and brilliance of your diamond. The best way to handle diamond stones would be using the tweezers, but only if you’re comfortable about using them. Otherwise, you may not be able to handle the stone, it may pop out of tweezers and you may be held responsible.
4. View the Stone under Suitable Lighting: Instead of bare light bulbs, a diffused light source such as fluorescent lamps should be used because the light passes through the stone would not be even as it does with diffused light.
5. Rotate Your Gemstone in Order to View it From Different Angles.
6. If Using a Loupe, Focus it Both on the Surface and Into the Interior: To focus into the interior, move your stone raising and lowering it slowly to be able to focus on all depths within it. If you focus on the top only, you will not be able see what is in the interior of it.
It is not possible for an average consumer to have the knowledge of a gemologist, who is trained scientifically about gemstones, but you can learn about critical factors such as color, brilliance, sparkle and weight. With this way you can become a wiser buyer.