Gemstones come in many varieties. They can be natural, lab-created or imitation. Natural gemstones are mined from various locations around the world. Oftentimes gemstones like rubies and emeralds can be enhanced by heat treatment to improve their color and clarity. These treatments are typically permanent. Other types of treatments may not be permanent, so it is always important to ask about the quality of the natural gemstone.
For colored gemstones, many jewelers will grade the gemstone based on characteristics like color, clarity and sparkle. For colorless/white diamonds, it is best to purchase GIA or IGI certified diamonds that are graded based on their cut, color, clarity, carat and other qualities. Understanding the quality of the natural gemstone that is being purchased helps to make a better purchasing decision. With Clarity strives to use only AAA certified, high quality gemstones that are all natural. Most With Clarity gemstones have been heat-treated, which is a permanent process.
Laboratory Created Gemstones
Manufactured or lab-created gemstones can have the same physical qualities and will most likely look the same as natural gemstones. However, with testing a gemologist can help you truly recognize the (even miniscule) differences between a natural gemstone and a lab-created gemstone. We must say though, lab created gemstones do not have the same value and rarity as a natural gemstone. Natural gemstones can take billions of years to form, whereas lab gemstones can form in a few weeks depending on type and carat weight.
Other jewelers can also use other materials to create gemstone look alikes. These can be made with materials like glass, cubic zirconia, or other materials to give the look of a gemstone. However, these alternatives do not have the value and sometimes even the visual appeal of natural gemstones. We would recommend this option to those who are on a small budget, or are in the market for fashion gemstone jewlery.
Gemstone Jewelry Metals
Gemstone Jewelry is typically set in precious metals like gold and platinum. Generally, 14kt gold and 18kt gold are the preferred metals when it comes to gold. This is because they have the optimal blend of purity and durability. Anything below 14kt may not have the durability or the beauty of 14kt and 18kt gold. With Clarity crafts jewelry with white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum.
- White Gold: Has a silvery white gleam and is typically plated in rhodium, another white metal, for an added layer of shine and durability.
- Yellow Gold: A classic and traditional choice that has a warm golden glow.
- Rose Gold: A unique choice that has a metallic pink hue.
- Platinum: A premium metal that is both durable and dense. It is a heavier metal and is a great choice for engagement rings and wedding bands.
Metal combinations & pricing
All metals look beautiful with most gemstones and diamonds. Popular combinations are ruby with yellow gold, sapphire with white gold, and diamonds with platinum. When considering pricing, 14kt gold is the most affordable, while platinum is the most expensive. Metal pricing is dependent upon how rare the metal is. All metals used by With Clarity have a guarantee of durability and quality. Moreover we try to use eco-friendly sources of metal.
Gemstone Jewelry Styles: Necklaces & Earrings
Gemstone jewelry comes in many varieties and styles. When choosing jewelry, it is important to select a piece that has lasting appeal, value, and durability. Necklaces come in many varieties and can be simply or complex. The most simple varieties are solitaire styles that have a single gemstone held by a bail on a chain. Complex varieties can have several gemstones, and diamond accents. Simpler necklace styles can be worn on a daily basis with nearly any outfit. Because only durable and precious metals are used to craft necklaces, they can withstand daily wear.
Earrings are also available from simple to complex styles. Simple styles are gemstones or diamonds that come in a variety of shapes and are held on the ear with a post backing. These are fuss-free and perfect for everyday wear. They are a great complement to casual outfits. But larger sizes and fancy shapes like princess, and cushion can be used to complete a formal outfit.
Earrings also come in many varieties like hoop, dangle, huggie, and drop. Finding a look that you love, is the first step in differentiating among these many styles. Classic combinations are diamonds paired with gemstones for alternating color and pattern. Finally, bands and rings can be beautiful purchases. Whether they are additions to an en existing set or an upgrade, there are many options available.