Birthstones Buying Guide

 

Birthstones are stones that are categorized by birth month of a calendar year that is believed to imbue some positive energy to the wearer based on the month of their birth. These are known for their different magical and mystical power and value they possess with healing power. The list below categorizes the different stones described above into their birth month representations.

 

Month

Traditional Birthstones

Modern Birthstones

January

Garnet

Garnet

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

March

Aquamarine/Bloodstone

Jasper

April

Diamond/Sapphire

Diamond

May

Emerald/Agate

Emerald

June

Alexandrite/Emerald

Moonstone/Pearl

July

Ruby/Black Onyx

Ruby

August

Carnelian/Sardonyx

Peridot

September

Sapphire/Peridot

Sapphire

October

Tourmaline/Aquamarine

Opal/Tourmaline

November

Citrine/Topaz

Topaz/Citrine

December

Turquoise/Zircon

Turquoise/Blue Topaz

 

Below are some questions that the consumer should ask when they are determining the store they plan to purchase their gemstones from.

 

  1. Credentials of Store – Is the store affiliated with any organization?
  2. Knowledge of Salespeople – Do the salespeople share the same knowledge or are they unable to answer your questions? If it is the latter then it is best you avoid this shop.
  3. Use of a loupe – If you brought a loupe do they allow you to inspect the gemstones? If you did not bring a loupe do they have a loupe for you to inspect the gemstones? If they won’t allow to you inspect the gemstone and they don’t have a loupe then you should avoid this shop.
  4. Variety – Do they have a lot of variety of gems? Is there a large variety of quality as well? If the answer is yes then it is a good shop. If the answer is no and if you notice a large collection of bargain priced gemstones then it might be a good idea to look elsewhere.
  5. Services – Do they provide cleaning and mounting services? What about jewelry customization? Generally speaking high quality gemstones are un-mounted which allows the consumer to inspect them thoroughly. Also check their policies on guaranties. If you are spending a lot of money on a high quality gemstone then you would want some sort of guarantee, and if the store is selling a high quality gemstone they would give you that guarantee. Make sure to read the guidelines of guarantees and return policy.
  6. Does the store provide you with documentation of the gemstone in question? Is the gemstone lab tested? If it is do they allow you to contact the lab in order to confirm its quality? If not, do they give you a documentation of the gemstone and send the gemstone to be tested? If they say no to all of these then leave the store. There should be no problems in sending a gemstone to be tested.

In selecting the gemstone that the consumer wishes to procure they have to educate themselves in the characteristics of the stones, the credibility of the store and to their personal requirements and aesthetic tastes.

 

 

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