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What is a gemstone?
In order to be classified as a gemstone, a naturally occurring mineral or organic material must possess beauty, rarity, a reaonable degree of durability, and value.
Which gemstone should I buy?
The most importand consideration when selecting a gemstone is that it is a stone you will enjoy. You should choose a stone that fits your lifestyle and possesses a color you find attractive. Whatever gemstone you choose, you will want to buy the best quality you can afford.
There are several factors to consider when purchasing a diamond or gemstone. The four "C's" of color, clarity, cut, and carat weight are the gages used to measure the quality.
Where are gemstones found?
Gemstones are mined in many countries throughout the world. Most gem materials are minerals which form in the earth when elements combine with heat and/or pressure to develop crystals. Only a very small percentage of these natural crystals are fine enough to be considered gemstones. Some gems, such as pearl and amber, form through the activity of a living animal or plant.
What are the colors of gemstones?
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