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Say Hello to SETT Company - GemSelect.com, the newest member of the ICA

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SETT Company Limited of Chanthaburi, Thailand; is pleased to announce our latest inclusion and membership with the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA). We are very proud to have been approved by the ICA, making us one of their luckiest and newest Thailand gemstone vendor members.

For those of you who are not familiar with the ICA, they are the only worldwide non-profit international organization devoted to promoting the advancement and global appreciation of colored gemstones, acting as the voice of the industry. In order to become a member of the ICA, those in the trade must adhere to the highest standards when it comes to the ethical trading, mining and production of colored gemstones and gemstone jewelry.

The ICA was founded in 1984 and includes members from 47 diversified countries, and includes the world's finest gemstone cutters, miners, suppliers and retailers. As of today, the ICA has less than 750 members throughout the world. You can see a list of ICA members here (we will be listed on this after they provide their annual updated list). It truly is an honor being chosen to represent the ICA, especially considering the thousands of other gemstone suppliers that we have to go up against.

In addition, we are just as equally pleased to announce our membership to the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association as well! The TGJTA is a gem and jewelry organization endorsed by the government and ministry of commerce. The Thai Gems and Jewelry organization will only approve those members who have proven to trade and operate under the highest of standards, promoting fair and ethical trade when it comes to gemstone and jewelry suppliers from Thailand. When buying gemstones online and from a foreign company, nothing can be more reassuring than knowing the company you buy from, is one that is both reputable and reliable.

We thank all of our friends and gemstone fans around the world for helping us become the leading colored stone supplier on the internet for over a decade!

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Reduce Reuse and Recycle Gemstone Jewelry for Earth Day

In modern times, we should be conscious of consumerism and try to reduce, reuse and recycle. While some materials, such as paper and timber are often sourced with this in mind, we do not always think of the three Rs when it comes to jewelry. One way to ensure that jewelry does not add to already overfilled garbage dumps is to invest in natural gemstones and high-quality metals. Like a good wardrobe with well-chosen clothing, a simple jewelry collection can last a lifetime and beyond if it is comprised of well-made, timeless pieces.
While precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver are still being mined, a great deal of the precious metal in circulation comes from recycled materials. It is said that around one third of all the gold in circulation comes from recycled gold. Some of this is used for industrial purposes, but most goes into jewelry.
Emerald and Sapphire Three-Stone Gold Ring

Fine gemstones are always being reused and recycled. Hard to find colored gemstones such as large blue sapphires and rubies are often seen in jewelry auctions and since being mined, some have changed owners many times. Families with jewelry collections will pass pieces down to the next generation; some of these items will be worn in the same way and others will be recut or reset into more modern designs. One famous example is Princess Diana's seven-strand pearl choker which features a large sapphire at the center. The sapphire previously belonged to the Queen of England and was mounted in a brooch. Recycled jewels were also once worn by Wallis Simpson in a Harry Winston emerald cabochon necklace. The emeralds had previously belonged to Sita Devi of Baroda and were worn in anklets. Upon seeing the necklace, Ms Devi remarked that the emeralds had looked good on her feet. The necklace was promptly returned.
Blue Sapphire Ring with Diamond Halo

Many ladies wear gems and jewelry that have been passed down from mothers and grandmothers. How many of us wear a family heirloom engagement ring? These items not only help to save precious resources, but also have a special sentimental value.

Buying Gems Online with GemSelect

Holiday Shopping Tips - Buying Gems Online



With shopping season in full swing, we would like to offer some tips for buying gems and jewelry online. Doing your shopping via the Internet is a great way to avoid crowded shopping malls and save time. If you are planning to treat yourself or a loved one to a gemstone or piece of jewelry, these hints may help to make your experience a good one.

First, when buying online, be sure to use a payment method that offers buyer protection such as PayPal (this can be done without a PayPal account) or a credit card. Try to avoid giving bank details over the phone or by email. When entering personal information, check for security by looking for the padlock sign. Often there will also be a green browser (see image, below). If you are unsure about the supplier, check out some genuine customer reviews.


Check the delivery times and always assume that the shipment will take the full time given. If the time-frame given is 3-5 days, it is best to expect it in 5 days. For this time of year, express shipping is recommended. If you do not receive shipping confirmation, contact the seller to make sure the item has shipped.

Check the company return policy and allow enough time to return the gemstone or jewelry item if you or the recipient is not satisfied with it. Reliable online suppliers always have a solid return policy.
If you are sending a gift directly to the recipient, contact the seller to request that the invoice be removed from inside the package. Exported shipments must always provide proper paperwork, but the invoice inside the package can be removed if required. The gemstone can also be presented in a box if desired (see image, below).



If you are planning to make jewelry, the gemstone can be presented as a gift and then the jewelry design can be planned. Involving the recipient in the design process can be fun and ensures that they will be happy with the final piece. They will be able to add their own personal touches too. After the New Year, jewelers often offer discounts and good deals, so this can also be easier on the budget.

When shopping for precious metals or jewelry, always check prices on different days to allow for the fluctuation in prices. The price of gold, platinum and other precious metals depend on the current market price.

If you are shopping on a budget, shop by price and use the compare function to find the best deals. On the other hand, if you are shopping for something more special, look for top grade gems or exclusive deals.
Lastly, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers for staying with us. Next year we will be making some big changes to our website and hope that you will join us in our exciting gem and jewelry adventures. Finally, we wish all of you a very happy holiday season.

Precious and Semi-Precious Gems - GemSelect

Precious Gems
The concept that some gemstone types are considered 'precious', while others are only 'semi-precious' is actually a recent innovation that dates back to the 19th century. Most people incorrectly assume that this concept is one that dates back hundreds of years as a 'tradition'. The term 'semi-precious' was first used in 1858 in reference to gems 'of less commercial value than a precious stone'. Precious stones were known as the 'precious four' gems, which included fine sapphire, red ruby, green emerald and of course, diamond (all colors including white, yellow, red, blue, green, champagne, cognac, chocolate and etc). These four types of precious stones typically command high prices due to their extraordinary color, brilliance and/or extreme rarity. 





However, as of more recent times, the distinction between precious and semi-precious gems is no longer recognized by most professionals in the gem and jewelry trade. In fact, the 'traditional' list of precious gems has been expanded from 4 gem types to numerous gem types. Many of the newer members of the precious gem group include precious topaz, precious pearl, precious opal, precious coral and more. Other varieties of colored stones are actually rarer and more precious than any of the original precious gem members, such asred beryl (bixbite), color-change alexandrite, red spinel, tanzanite, demantoid garnet and tsavorite garnet, for example.

It is fair to say that we have reached the point where precious and semi-precious has become meaningless. In fact, the United States FTC periodically considers banning the use of these terms and the AGTA already includes the following text in their Code of Ethics: "Members should avoid the use of the term 'semi-precious' in describing gemstones".  Although these organizations in the USA have begun taking action on changing the use of the terms described, the rest of the international gem and jewelry trade are still continuing to use the terms, though more loosely. It is fair to say that the original precious four gems are still considered precious, while most other varieties of colored stones are typically still being referred to as 'semi-precious' gems.

Shop fine precious and semi-precious gemstones at GemSelect.

Online Gem Shopping Tips - Privacy and Security GemSelect

Online Gem Shopping Tips - Privacy and Security GemSelect

With the online shopping becoming more and more popular, we would like to share with you some helpful tips for buying gems and jewelry online. Doing your gem and jewelry shopping via the internet is a great way to avoid crowded shopping malls and save time. If you are planning to treat yourself or a loved one to a gemstone or piece of jewelry (Valentine's Day is just around the corner!), these helpful suggestions may help stop your online shopping experience from turning sour.

First, when buying online, GemSelect recommends using only payment methods that offer good buyer protection policies such as PayPal or a credit card. Try to avoid giving bank and other personal details over the phone or by email. When entering in personal information through a website form, we recommend to always check for evidence of good web security. One way to ensure you are on a secure page is by looking for the padlock sign near the web address shown in your browser. Often there will also be a green line highlighting the secure site address in the browser (see image, below). If you are unsure about the website, it doesn't hurt check out some genuine customer reviews from 3rd party websites such as the BBB or Bizrate verified reviews.

Check the delivery times and always assume that the shipment will take the full time given. If the time-frame given is 3-5 days, it is best to expect it in 5 days. For this time of year, express shipping is recommended. If you do not receive shipping confirmation, contact the seller to make sure the item has shipped.
Check the company's return policy and make sure they allow enough time to return the gemstone or jewelry item in case you or the intended gift recipient is not satisfied with it. Reliable online suppliers always have a solid return policy, with the best offering 30 days for inspections. Also check the fine print to ensure there are not hidden fees for returning items, such as transaction or restocking fees or credit card processing fees. Most companies do not offer refunds on original shipping costs unless an error was made on their part, which is pretty normal. Buyers should also be responsible for the return shipping fees so you'll need to bear this in mind.

If you are sending a gift directly to the recipient, contact the seller to request that the invoice be removed from inside the package. Exported shipments must always provide proper paperwork, but the invoice inside the package can be removed if required. The gemstone can also be presented in a box if desired (see image, below).

If you are planning to make jewelry, the gemstone can be presented as a gift and then the jewelry design can be planned. Involving the recipient in the design process can be fun and ensures that they will be happy with the final piece. They will be able to add their own personal touches too. After the New Year, jewelers often offer discounts and good deals, so this can also be easier on the budget.

When shopping for precious metals or jewelry, always check prices on different days to allow for the fluctuation in prices. The price of gold, platinum and other precious metals depend on the current market price. If you are shopping on a budget, starting your search for gems is best to shop by price and use the compare function to find the best deals. On the other hand, if you are shopping for something more special, look for top grade gems or exclusive deals.