http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZzprhjYtA In this post, I decided to do a video tutorial explaining how I will go about determining the value of a blue sapphire. The method I use to determine the value of a particular sapphire (or any gemstone) is by first categorizing the stone based on 4Cs + OT method, which are the six … Continue reading How to Determine a Value of Blue Sapphire? Based on 4Cs plus OT – A Buying Guide [Video]
Opal is one of most popular phenomena gemstone as they display very unique characteristics like 'play-of-color' or different background fire colors. They are quite abundant but also rare as well depending on the quality grades. Each quality has different ‘price levels’ in the gemstone market which we will try to briefly explain below. Opal Classification … Continue reading Natural Opal buying guide – How to check and understand difference between different opals?
For the last few years, I have custom made quite a few diamond engagement rings for locals, tourists and expats in Bangkok and most often the first question I am asked is 'How should I choose a diamond ring?'. A perfectly relevant question it is, coming from someone who has no knowledge or experience in buying … Continue reading How would I choose a diamond ring? – GIA Graduate Gemologist Opinion
Colored diamonds are one of the rarest and most fascinating gems in the market. As there are so few of them available, it is very difficult to evaluate what should be the fair market price. These gems are also very unique in terms of being like a diamond – same hardness, tough & adamantine luster … Continue reading How to Buy or Value a Fancy (or multi) Colored Diamond?
So, you have reached the point of deciding which diamond engagement ring option you would like to buy and have received multiple quotations from online wholesalers, retailers and your trustworthy traditional jewelry shop. You have done all the background check to make sure they are trustworthy, provide genuine third party certification and the person you … Continue reading Step by Step Comprehensive Guide: How to get the best deal for your diamond engagement ring
With the internet now being our source in buying multiple consumer products like smart phones, clothes, computers, watches, etc., it should now be a lot easier to buy a colored gemstone online as well. We now have the power of the World Wide Web giving us pictures, videos, certificates, other specification etc., which should help … Continue reading How to buy a colored gem or gemstone online and why it is still not possible without a trustworthy eye?
Continuing with the series in how much a particular gemstone should cost, today I will try to tackle another common question I get asked which is – “how much does a no oil, untreated, 100% natural emerald cost? Can you forward me a price list for these type of emeralds from 1 carat to 3 … Continue reading How much does it cost to buy a 1 to 3 carat untreated, no oil, 100% natural emerald from Zambia?