Hi I'm Helena Krodel of Jewelry Information Center here for howdini.com and today we're going to be talking about how to buy colored gemstone jewelry. They're so many beautiful gemstones available today and the most important thing to remember when shopping for colored gemstones is the four C's just like the four C's for diamonds. However, with colored gemstones, the color is the most important C.
Now with colored gemstones, the more saturated the color the better. So if you have a more vibrant colored gemstone that's more desirable than one that's a little more faded in color. So here are some examples of colored gemstones that used to be called semi-precious. Now today we call all gemstones colored gemstones, but the reason why these are actually more affordable is because they're found in abundance in nature.
Now we have some examples. Some of these are birthstones like amethyst. And we have one here that's blue topaz; this is very popular. Blue is a very common color.
Now we'll transition over to the quote unquote precious gemstones that we used to know as the three royal gems. The first one is a ruby. Now that has a beautiful red color. This one here is a real emerald and that is very precious and very expensive, also because of the size. And then the last one here is a sapphire. Now sapphires typically are blue, however they can come in many different colors. Like this pair of earrings here, as you can see, has everything from green to orange to yellow. Now those are real sapphires too.
Now remember when you're shopping for colored gemstone jewelry, the four C's are cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, color being the most important. I'm Helena Krodel with Jewelry Information Center for howdini.com.