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Determining And Grading Color

Evaluating color may seem a simple feat at first, but the long list of gem types and the expanding market for these gemstones makes such a huge array available that this is far more difficult than it seems. Many types of gem come in the same colors or with similar markings and today's purchasers have a lot to choose from. Some colors are always popular; considered by general estimation to be pleasing to the eye, and some become popular for only brief periods, thus making the market fluctuate. This can be very confusing at first, but it is also a great boon for the clever shopper, allowing you to buy a less-expensively colored gemstone that looks so similar to the expensive type no-one will know the difference. Trading one type for another can give you the result you want at a fraction of the price. But be wary of unintentionally buying a garnet instead of a ruby, simply because they are both red. The first thing to learn with colored gems is how to hold them properly for an examination of color. View the gem first from the table surface while holding it by the girdle against a white background and secondly- view the gem from the side and then thirdly, upside-down, through the culet-point while the gem sits on its table.

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