Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While gemstones can be measured in terms of colour, clarity, cut and carat (weight), nothing beats wearing jewellery which matches your personality, complexion and personal style. Some semi-precious stones may be rarer than others in certain properties, but every gem is unique.
Colour forms an important consideration. Generally speaking, strong and rich colours (high saturation) signify high-value stones. Lapis lazuli, used in the collections, is renowned for its deep hue, often known as indigo, royal, midnight, or marine blue. Yet a more subtle colour, as found in blue chalcedony, is equally appealing in its soft translucence.
When grading gems, it is traditional to prize stones with the least ‘inclusions’ to interfere with the light, such as fractures, hollow areas or pieces of mineral. The collections include moonstone, known for its impressive clarity. Hematite, being extremely opaque, also does not reveal imperfections. Yet other minerals in the collection are only enhanced by a more unusual structure. Rhodonite, for instance, appears pink with striking black inclusions increasing its beauty and appeal. One quality assurance available to consumers and gemologists alike is in examining the cuts of gems. Looking out for symmetry or checking for the smooth flow of light through the gem and across its surface can be a useful tool. Overall, however, using your judgement and taste to discover what works for you is the best way to find the jewellery that makes you look, and feel, great.
by Jake Goldman