The world of precious spacer beads is a vast and fascinating area. But it is sometimes complex to recognize the quality of the gem and especially its value! Ill-intentioned people often use the ingenuity of the buyers by selling them low-quality gems at exorbitant prices. For this reason we suggest some tips for the best choice of your precious spacer beads jewelry and especially to help you know the basic conditions that makes a precious stone is of good quality. Although the knowledge of gemology demands years of study in addition to the use of technical instruments, it is no secret to access knowledge of the basic rules. Here are therefore 5 useful tips that will help you choose your jewelry avoiding later dislikes. 50% of the value of a gemstone is determined by its color. The golden rule is: neither too light, nor too dark. A beautiful gem should have a balanced and harmonious color.
Harmony of colors of spacer beads:
Its color should be the same, perfectly visible throughout the gem – this is not applicable to the Opals – No angle of the precious stone should be more shaded or lighter, the color should be uniform.
Here is a yes and a no. There are remarkable colors like the famous Blue of the Sapphire of Kashmir or the Red of the Ruby “Blood of Dove” but we must remember that the ideal color must correspond to each type of precious stone . For example the Peridot, its “perfect” hue (and I write it in quotation marks since we will see that it is not an absolute truth) should be a beautiful lime green, softened by slightly yellow tints, well balanced, clear and luminous. In the case of the Esmeralda, the green should be very intense with reflections of blue (or yellow following the sense of its size).
An Emerald too light will have less value than an Emerald with a well defined color and higher saturation. And staying in the green gems if we take the Diopside its green is neutral, powerful and very bright. Each stone therefore has its own “ideal color”, which is specific to the gem in question. Should we then acquire only precious spacer beads of perfect color?
Logically, no! Do not forget that ultimately the perfect color is the color that you like the most. Take the case of the Amethyst. At the moment the most sought after are the Amethyst of Uruguay with an intense violet color, well marked, with dark blue reflections. I have spoken very often with some of our clients who tell me their predilection for amethysts with a faint violet, softened with lilac reflections … And my clients have every right in the world to think that way because the perception of color is subjective and has what to do with each one’s personal taste!
Attention to the weight of the precious stone
It is mistakenly believed that the total carat weight of the Precious Spacer beads determines its value that is 10 carats of Diamond are 10 carats of Diamonds. Attention! A gem of 3 carats will have much more value than three gems of one carat each and these will cost much more than 30 gems of 0.1 carat.
Value not proportional to weight
The dimension of the Precious Stone will be then of great importance at the time of the evaluation of its price. But, attention, its value will not increase proportionally to its weight. Imagine a gem that is evaluated at 10 euros per carat, because a gemstone of equal quality and 2 carat will not cost 20 euros but much more. A gem of identical quality of 10 carats will not cost 100 euros but several hundred euros and so on.
All weights are not the same of spacer beads:
Here we have another factor to consider. Let’s take the Esmeralda again as an example. Russia offers an incredible quality of Esmeraldas of a superb color. Russian emeralds are therefore highly coveted by collectors because of their exalting color. But they are found only in small dimensions! It is very rare to find Russian emeralds of more than one carat. For this reason, a 2-carat Russian Emerald will cost more than a 3-carat Brazilian Emerald. The scarcity plays a role on the price that the Precious Stone will have.
Identify a beautiful purity
A beautiful Precious Stone must be clear and luminous. But even here it is not so easy or obvious to determine the clarity and luminosity in the gems, since their typology is diverse.
Observe the gem under natural light
The different light sources show the Gemstone in different ways. An artificial lighting that is too diffuse (neon) may prevent you from seeing the brightness and play of light in the glass. Approach a window and pass the rays of sunlight through the Gemstone. Play with the rays, observe the gem from different angles, in profile, from the base, three quarters, etc. I guarantee the result: you will see the secondary colors of the pleocroic gems, the optical effects of some spacer beads, and in the case of the Opals you will discover the thousand wonders that these gems hide.
The rarity or scarcity of spacer beads: is another property that serves to judge a gem. If there is a shortage of a precious mineral in the market, its price increases immediately and the gems of this material will gain a great value in the eyes of the few people who can acquire them. With the discovery of new deposits there is an increase in stocks and a decrease in the price. Although its beauty and durability have not changed, it is no longer a desirable stone because it is already available to many people. An interesting example is the amethyst, the beautiful purple variety of quartz. For many years the supply, which came almost exclusively from Europe, was very scarce and the gems had a high value.