What you should know
The most important mission of cutting and polishing a gemstone and
converting it into a sparkling colourful ornament after it is unearthed
from the ground lies in the hands of skilled craftsmen who are trained
form generation to generation. These ornaments are valued highly and
they are often a legacy for generations.
Valuing and identifying diamonds, gems or pearls or gold, silver or
platinum can be a time consuming and tedious task. Knowing the subject
is important for a gem and jewellery merchant. For example, gold jewellery
is pure gold alloyed with another metal, such as copper for strength.
Gold jewellery can be plated, or in other words 'filled'. When it
comes to gemstones, a carat means a weight measurement of a stone
Purchasing jewellery should be done with careful consideration and
adequate time. There are several important measures to be followed,
make the purchases from a recognised and recommended jeweller and
make sure to do a bit of research. Check if you are getting value
for money by getting an appraisal from an independent gemmologist
preferably certifies the most accurate method of establishing value.
Prices can vary on similar items from dealer to dealer. You should
shop around and compare prices on items of similar quality before
settling on one. The gemstone quality is a major factor in calculating
the accurate value of a piece of jewellery.