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Step Up to the Step Cut; Step Down from the Brilliant Crown

The step cut is a gem cutting style that has trapezoid-shaped or rectangular facets on the crown of the gemstone, rather like stairs. Step-cut gemstones tend to have rectangular shapes with facets running parallel. Conversely, the brilliant cut has triangular or diamond-shaped facets. The brilliant cut generally has many more facets and is a style developed to bring out the sparkle of diamonds. A brilliant-cut will maximize the light that is returned to the eye and really bring the brilliance, hence the name, "brilliant cut". The brilliant cut is specifically for sparkly gems like white diamonds.




The step cut is a faceting style that was developed to really bring out the color of colored gemstones. For example, emeralds are often given a step cut, since top color emeralds do not have much to give in the way of brilliance, but have a lot of wonderful color. This is what makes emeralds particularly suited to the step-cut. In fact emeralds have their very own special cut called the "emerald cut", which is a square or rectangular shape with truncated corners and usually, stepped facets.


 Buy emerald-cut gems

If you are looking to buy a gemstone and are thinking about the best shape and cut for your jewelry or collection, it may be best to think about what you expect of the gemstone. If you want a pale, sparkly gem, then a diamond cut would show the sparkle. But to enhance the color, a step-cut gem would be the way to go.




 Buy step-cut gems

Therefore, we invite colored gemstone enthusiasts to step up to some of our new step-cut gems and step down from the brilliant crown. This will enable you to truly appreciate the pure, unadulterated color that is nature's gift to colored gemstones.

Summer Gemstones for Jewelry - GemSelect

Jewelry Gemstones for July

Are you ready for summer? Well, too bad, because summer is already in peak. Break out the shorts and tank tops and most importantly, don't forget to sport summer colors with gemstone jewelry too.

Here is our list of recommended summer-time gems:

Labradorite
Labradorite is famed for its remarkable optical phenomenon. In fact, labradorite is so unique in the world of gems; its schiller (labradorescence) was named after the gemstone and not the other way around. Labradorite appears to have a cool metallic schiller effect and when viewed from different angles and lighting, it lights up in a range of colors. Labradorite is a perfect gemstone for pendants. It is often threaded or set onto unique materials such as rope, hemp or leather; which makes labradorite a popular choice for younger folks. You don't even need to have a passion for gems to wear something as unique as labradorite.

Topaz
Cool blue topaz is definitely the stone for summer. Blue topaz gems offer excellent clarity, durability, affordability, and they can be found in many colors, sizes and shapes. Blue topaz is most famous for the deep dark and highly desirable color known as London blue topaz, but it is also available in lighter colors such as Swiss blue topaz which is the medium blue topaz variety; and sky blue topaz, the cool, light-blue variety of topaz. Most people see topaz as being an 'affordable' stone, but it offers excellent hardness and durability and prices for quality blue topaz are not cheap. One of the rarest and most expensive gemstones in the world is the yellow to golden to reddish-pink variety known in the trade as imperial topaz.

Turquoise

Summer jewelry always sparks up thoughts of silver, for us anyway. One of the best gemstones for silver has got to be turquoise. There is something about its unique and distinct color that is prized by both men and women. Turquoise can be found ranging in color from cool blue to green color, often with black spider-webbing patterns. Traditionally, unicolored blue topaz was always considered to be the most desirable turquoise, but nowadays, many are leaning towards turquoise with spiderweb patterns; it's really just a matter of personal preference. Believe it or not, natural turquoise is actually quite rare, which is why you have to be careful of imitation gemstones being sold as natural. 

Generally, you can assume that all turquoise has been dyed or stabilized even if sellers claims it is untreated. Nevertheless, as long as it is turquoise and not an imitation, it is valuable. Large sizes are hard to find and most turquoise cabochons for gemstone rings won't be much bigger than a dime.

Coral Colored Gems for Jewelry

 Coral Gemstone Ring

What exactly is coral color? Is there a difference between salmon and coral? The origin of coral color is in the eponymous soft-bodied organisms, which vary, with some being light, some dark, and then cool and warm versions. More generally, coral is pinkish or pinkish-orange to red. Some coral colors are brighter versions of peach. Like peach, either pink or orange can dominate. Therefore, there exist sub-colors, such as "coral pink", "coral red", light coral" and "dark coral". Coral has been used in jewelry for centuries. Coral necklaces were worn in medieval times to ward off illness. The ancients believed that coral gemstones had protective properties. But what meaning does coral color convey? Well, this depends on how pink or red the coral is. Pink coral colors exude beauty, protection and femininity where reds symbolize energy, love and courage. Coral color that is closer to peach suggests pleasure and fulfillment.
 Coral Gemstone Pendant
Coral gems can be worn with silver or yellow gold, and go well with teal, turquoise, aqua, navy blue and pale gray accent stones. Depending on the exact coral color, the complementary color will change. For example, teal is the complementary color for coral pink where blue is better with more peach coral. As the coral nears reddish, complementary colors get nearer to green. Traditional Tibetan and Native American jewelry often placed coral and turquoise gemstones together in silver with stunning effect.

Gemstones that are available in coral colors are not limited to coral and also include other gem types, such as vivid Songea sapphire and agate, and more subtle moonstone, zircon, tourmaline and garnet.

Marvelous Morganite

 Marvelous Morganite

Peach and pink gems are seriously in-trend at the moment, perhaps because they look so good in rose gold, which is being seen everywhere. The most popular pale pink or peach gem is morganite. Let's take a little look at this colored gemstone that has been seen in engagement rings, earrings and pendants everywhere lately.

Morganite is a pink variety of beryl; the same gem family of emerald and aquamarine. In fact, it is one of the rarest members of the beryl family. It has been called "pink emerald" in the past before it was named after the American banker and gem collector, J.P. Morgan. 

Morganite Gemstones

 As you can see from the above image, morganite gemstones may be various hues, from pink to peach. Morganite gems come in both cool violet pinks and warm peaches. This makes morganite quite versatile for jewelry use, since it looks equally good in white, yellow or pink precious metals. Another great thing about morganite it that unlike emerald, which is a heavily included stone, morganite tends to be quite clean.

Like some other pink gemstones, morganite is thought to encourage calm, harmony, healing and self-empowerment. No wonder so many brides-to-be are choosing morganite for their rings! One word of advice though, if you do choose morganite, be aware that it is sensitive to pressure and chemicals, so be sure to place your morganite ring in a safe place before cleaning.

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

GemSelect,

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 from a foreign company, nothing can be more reassuring than knowing the company you buy from 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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