For thousands of years people have worn jewelry. There are so many types, materials and gems to choose from buying jewelry can be challenging. For those seeking natural gems, it’s important to know who to turn to for guidance in finding the genuine jewelry of their choice. Selecting a jeweler who understands jewelry and certification responsibility to consumers is essential for protection from fraudulent advertising, appraisals and sales.
Diamonds are a favorite among gemstones. Their colors range from a variety of green, blue, pink, red, black, yellow, purple and orange. The rarity of pure white gems symbolize glamour and sparkling beauty. However, colored gems are becoming a trend because of their style, sophistication and uniqueness. In geology, these classy stones of color are known as “fancy” diamonds. Since their increased appearance on the red carpet, the demand has dramatically grown for colored gems especially in engagement rings. The value of naturally colored gems depends on the rarity of color. The rarest color being red. Fancy colored gems can be created artificially and should therefore be accompanied with a certificate from a trusted grading lab to authenticate them as natural.
The standards for evaluating the quality of a gem are evaluated in the order of cut, color, clarity, and its weight of carat, commonly referred to as the 4Cs. The cut, color, and clarity are evaluated on a grading scale that begins at 0 and ends at 10 with 0 being the highest grade and 10 being the lowest. Although color, clarity and carat are factors determining a gems rarity and rarer gems command higher prices, a gem’s beauty is most affected by the factor of its cut. The quality of cut can affect a jewels price over 50 %. The cut isn’t just about shape but the cutter’s knowledgeable expertise and skill to put tiny facets at correct angles on a jewel.
The preciseness of a cutter’s skill in fashioning a jewel is evaluated by a grader who determines the quality of the cut as it enhances the beauty of the gem and captivates the eye. It takes a jeweler with integrity, expertise and knowledge to recognize and select jewels that are the most desirable for consumers. The American Gem Society (AGS) Laboratories issued the first professional grading report on cut jewels in 1996. They’re the only grading laboratory issuing cut grades on gems of fancy shape. The Diamond Quality Certificate is licensed only to the AGS Diamond Grading Standard to use. This is the only true certificate documenting the 4Cs and providing guarantee of quality from AGS member jewelers selling jewelry. Every AGS member pledges consumer protection, proven ethics, and knowledge to assist those seeking genuine natural jewelry.