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Zircon gemstones are often confused with the diamond stimulant known as Cubic Zirconia.. Zircon gems are natural gems mined from the earth, whereas cubic zirconia gems are man-made synthetically produced gems. Zircon gems closely resemble diamond in aspects such as luster and fire, and they can make excellent affordable alternatives to diamonds as well. Many times, colorless Zircon is often mistaken for Diamond, even by the most experienced of jewelers.

Zircon is available in various colors. Each color variation of zircon is said to have its own unique mystical powers. Violet zircon is said to attract money, brown can supposedly cure headaches and colorless zircon can help induce sleep and attract love. These are just a few of the benefits and beliefs following the aura of zircon gems.

When shopping for Zircon, it important to remember that Zircon gems are one of the densest and heaviest of all gems, which means it will look much smaller than other gems of the same weight.



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Natural Untreated Opal Gemstone Carving - Fun Facts and Video Review


Natural and Untreated Australian Opal Gemstone Carving! 


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Opals are one of the most amazing gemstones on earth and a carving of this quality and detail requires the skilled hands of an artisan. More than any other gem, each opal is unique as an individual. No other gemstone in history has as rich and varied a folklore and legend.

Opals are also the most delicate gems due to their high water content and their amorphous crystal structure, but despite their delicacy, they are very commonly worn as jewelry. They do require special care to ensure their long survival of daily wear and tear. Opals are best suited to earrings, pins, and pendants, or as gemstone carvings. They make excellent ornaments, objects of nature and cute little animals like this honey bear! Major suppliers include Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and the US. Opal values is normally determined by the presence and nature of color flashes. You can learn more about opal gemstones on our opal info page at:

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GemSelect Customer Service Reviews: Meet the Team of GemSelect

GemSelect Team Video -

See the people and staff that are behind-the-scenes of GemSelect. Not only are we the best online gemstone dealer, but we also have the best expert professionals that are the key to our success. Yes, great gems are important, but what good are great gems, without great people to buy them, check them, upload them, inspect them, package them and sign-off on quality?

We have an international team of dedicated gemstone professionals that strive for perfection! We literally check each and every gemstone that we offer for sale, not just once or twice, but through 6 different departments before it's shipped to you!

From our Gem Buying Team to our Gem Lab Testing Team, then from our Pre-Gem Quality Assurance Sorting Team to our Gem Detail Data Entry Team, and then lastly, from our Final Gem-Quality Control Assurance Team to our Shipping and Logistics Team. Wow! This is no joke - we take every measure and have protocols in place for everything!

Each Team and Department that your gemstone passes through, gem physically checked and inspected -- every facet and every individual gem -- to ensure that what you saw and ordered online -- is exactly what you'll receive in the mail!

Our policy is to check for quality and then double-check again (and  triple-check, quadruple-check and whatever's next)!

Unfortunately, not all of our staff could make it into the video, as we had our Managing Directors, Gemologists, Buyers and and Partners on the road, traveling the world and shopping local markets in search of new and exciting rare gems to to add to our already incredible selection. It's because of our great management team and the wonderful caring staff behind-the-scenes at www.GemSelect.com that we owe our success to.

So go ahead! You should with us almost weekly, so you may as well see what we look like! GemSelect welcomes you to meet, greet and see the faces that run our company!

We're not just a team of droids and robots lurking in cyberspace -- We are real people doing what we love!                                                 We are real people waiting to help you!





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Remember - Colored Stone Weights to Sizes are not all the Same

Gemstone Weights & Sizes -


In regards to size, comparing colored gemstone weight vs. diamond weight is like comparing apples to oranges. Being advocates of colored gems here at GemSelect, it comes to no surprise when we receive such comments like “I thought it would be bigger”. Most cases, it’s simply a matter of not being fully aware of the anatomy of a certain colored gem. Most forget the fact that colored gemstones are composed of different chemical elements which make them unique.


Size to Weight Ratio is Not the Same
In simple terms, because all gemstones have different densities, they will have different size-to-weight rations when compared to diamond.

Each chemical element has its own specific properties and density, which carries forth to the gemstone composed of the elements.The elemental densities factored along with the size of gem determine the weight of any specific gem. The correlation between the size and weight of gemstones can be determined by the cut or shape of the cut gem. Because each various colored gemstone type varies in composition, colored gemstones should always be selected and purchased by size and not by weight, despite the fact that they are always sold by weight. Diamonds on the other hand can be sold by weight because they are typically cut to standard proportions with little variance.

The density of gemstones are expressed on our Specific Gravity Chart.

Read more about Size-to-Weight Ratio for Colored Stones on our article called, "How Big is That Gem?"

We always advise to buy gemstones based on Size and not by Weight. You can never go wrong when you buy a 6mm x 6mm Calibrated Gemstone, but if you buy a 1 carat Sapphire, you can never be quite sure what the size is; it can be wider, longer or deeper than you expect. A 1ct Opal will be much, much bigger than a 1ct Diamond or Spinel. Spinel is one the densest gemstones on earth (meaning they are one of the heaviest). They can appear to be very small, when they are actually very heavy in weight!

A one cubic millimeter of sapphire will be twice as heavy as one cubic millimeter of opal because the sapphire's specific gravity is twice that of opal. please see our page on Calibrated Gemstone Details Chart for more information.

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Calibrated Round Cabochon Labradorite Gemstones: GemSelect

Labradorite Iridescence and Labradorescence


Labradorite is an iridescent gemstone with a schiller or metallic luster know as Learn more about Labradorescence. You can watch the video below and see the amazing optical phenomenon that was named after this unique, rare one-of-kind gemstone.

The base color of labradorite is usually a dark smoky gray, but once it is exposed to light, it displays striking multicolor and rainbow-like reflections. Typically, the metallic tints are violet, blue and green, but some rare specimens will also have yellow, orange or red colors too.

Labradorite is usually cut en cabochon in fancy shapes or flat plain-cut slabs as these cut styles best display the iridescence that its famed for. There are typically transparent to translucent (sometimes near opaque). Some colorless specimens may be faceted, but this stone is definitely more popularly seen in cabochon form for pendants.


This natural stone originates from Madagascar and weighs almost 70 carats. It measures 31.01mm x 8.57mm.

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Learn About Fluorite Minerals and Gems: Fluorite Gemstone Source - GemSelect

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Fluorite is a gemstone that is available in a bouquet of vivid and brilliant colors ranging from purple, blue, green, yellow, colorless, brown, pink, and black. Fluorite is known as being the "The Most Colorful Mineral in the World."  Most fluorite stones are single color specimens, but sometimes, rare gemstones are found with multicolor designs usually available in bands or zoned patterns.

When headed, Fluorite will actually glow and under ultraviolet light, fluorite is known to fluoresce. It is a rather soft stone with a hardness rating of only 4 on Mohs scale, so really it should only be used in pendants, brooches or earrings. Despite it’s wonderful unique colors and limited supply, Fluorite is still a very affordable stone. Romans used to believe that drinking alcohol from cups made of fluorite would prevent them from getting drunk. Amethyst is also a stone believed to prevent one from getting drunk too. One has to wonder though, if you don’t want to get drunk, why not just not drink alcohol? Abstinence surely must be the best cure for drunkenness!




 
  
This natural Multicolored Fluorite is from Namibia and weighs about 61 carats with measurements of 41.18mm x 20.54mm x 6.69mm. Oval Cabochon cut making it ideal for any jewelry design, but especially a lovely pendant necklace. Shop all of our Fluorite gemstones by clicking here. 

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Shop Gemstone Carvings at GemSelect - Read about Ruby-Zoisite and Watch the Video!

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Ruby-Zoisite Turtle Carving from GemSelect


Gemstone Carvings are a rarity. Not only is the material rare, but the carved result of a cameo, ornament or animal is much more unique than the traditional Round Faceted gemstone.

This is a gemstone carving made from Ruby-Ziosite. Ruby-Zoisite is exactly what it's name refers to: a single specimen that contains both Ruby (red corundum) and zoisite (the same material as violet-blue Tanzanite). Rub-Zoisite is excellent for gemstone carvings and often cut en cabochon for pendants and other earthy jewelry. The pinkish and red colors are a result of the ruby compound and the earthy greens and browns are owed to the zoisite. Together, the colors compliment each other excellently.

This turtle carving is 131.95 carats and is absolutely adorable! Watch the video below and see the carving from all angles. You can see more details such as measurements and etc at http://www.gemselect.com/ruby-zoisite/ruby-zoisite-309615.php.

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GemSelect - How to Drill Gemstones - Gemstone Beading Process

GemSelect - Drilled Gemstones - How To Drill Gems


Many times, our customers ask us if we custom drill gemstones. Although we could easily offer this service, which we may do at some point, we always suggest that if you are in the industry and make your own jewelry often, you should really consider drilling your own gemstones. When you custom order drilled stones, most sellers will not accept returns on the item. Who knows, maybe you receive the stone and it wasn't drilled the angle you expected, or maybe the stone was not what you expected - now you're stuck with the gemstone and even worse, one with a hole in it.

To drill your own gemstones, you can choose from a larger selection of stones to work with and you can also save a lot of money! Drilling does not require special gemological tools and you can usually pick up the tools you need at your local hobby or hardware store.


The most points to remember when drilling is keep the stone stabilized while drilling, and to keep the stone well lubricated, because the drilling can cause friction, heat and the vibrations themselves can fracture the stone or your drill bit. A well lubricated stone will prevent this from happening. For most stones, you should always use a diamond drill bit. You can use steel bit for softer gem types, but even so, you can use diamond bits for all. Diamond is the hardest mineral of all, so it can drill through sapphire, quartz and everything inbetween. We suggest to use simple silly putty or 'blue tack' putty to keep the stone stabilized during the drilling process. You do not want to use too much pressure with clamps and etc as this can cause the stone to fracture. 

Place the putty or similar adhesive inside a plastic container. Center the putty on the bottom of the container and place the stone firmly into the putty at the angle you will be drilling it. Don't be stingy with the putty, use plenty of it, at least enough to should be used to add cushion under the stone so that you do not drill through your plastic container after drilling through the stone.

You should fill the container you are working with enough water to completely submerge the stone. Be sure to keep the power off as you lower the drill bit into the water. Once the drill bit has reached a depth halfway between the stone and the bottom of the container, adjust the drill depth using the guage on your drill.

Slowly on the lowest settings, gently beging lowering the bit into the stone. After the drill bit has penentrated the stone approximately 1/16 of an inch, release and pull the bit up using the reverse function. This will allow water to enter the hole and keep the inside of the stone lubricated.  You can then continue drilling in 1/8 inch increments until you have drilled through or to your desired depth. Just ensure that you constantly reverse and allow water to enter the hole frequently. Do not drill all the way through in one motion as this will surely damage your stone.

Also, we suggest practicing on cheap stones until you've perfected your art. You can even use stones you find outside in your garden. Drill the smallest possible hole you'll need to place your wire or other material through for stringing, because the bigger the drilled how, the lesser the weight of your stone. Since stones are sold by their weight, it's best to maintain as much weight as possible.

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Always be sure to wear eye protection when working with power tool and drilling. If you plan on drilling often, invest in the best tools and accessories. It will be well worth it down the road.

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Brief Intro to Imperial Topaz - GemSelect

The most valuable topaz is a golden orange to pink color known as Imperial Topaz.

The exact colors for what earns the rank of 'Imperial Topaz' is not well-defined, but it includes a range of golden orange, peachy and pink colored topaz stones.

Imperial Topaz should not be heated or treated in any way, unlike Blue Topaz or Mystic Topaz. The color from Imperial Topaz is all natural without any help from enhancements.

The best Imperial Topaz is mined from Brazil, but other areas are known to produce some specimens.

Watch the video below and see why Imperial Topaz is the best of all Topaz stones!




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GemSelect: Multicolour Africa Gems - Metaphysical Healing Powers of Pietersite


Multicolour Gemstones Pietersite -

Fine Africa Gems available GemSelect from Namibia 

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Pietersite is the trade name assigned for the brecciated aggregate variety of Tigers Eye. It was discovered by Sid Pieters in 1962 in Namibia, Africa. It is composed mainly of Hawks Eye and Tigers Eye. Pietersite is actually referred to by its trade name for commercial reasons, as adding 'ite' as a suffix gives it a bit more scientific feeling. It actually belongs to a branch of the Tigers Eye family known as riebeckite.

For many years, Namibia was the only source for Pietersite gemstones, but soon after, deposits were found and mined in China as well. It is however believed in the gem trade that the Africa gems are of higher quality and therefore fetch higher prices than those that originate from China.

Pietersite is often referred to many different names, such as the Tempest Stone or Eagles Eye. Perhaps Eagles Eye would make the most sense since it is so closely related to Tigers Eye and Hawks Eye and because it shares the same wonder optical (eye) traits and phenomenon of chatoyancy. It is typically a blue-grey base color with random swirls and mottling of a wide array of other colors.

Pietersite stones are said to exhibit an energy flow similar to the liking of quartz stones. Pietersite is also believed by many to be the "keys to the kingdom of heaven". Pietersite is able to dispel illusion and give he ability to recognize the beauty within ones' souls.

Please watch the video below and you can truly see how special this gemstone really is. It remarkable and unigue colors and patterns are ideal for jewelry usage, giving a tribal look that is trending now, especially in pendant designs. You can make such a simple pendant that demands attention, by simply drilling a hole and looping a leather strap through. Tough look, urban and retro, and also shows expression that one appreciates the world's natural beauty.




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Tananite - A Little Blurb About the Remarkable Gemstone - GemSelect

Tanzanite - The Remarkable Violet Blue Stone - GemSelect

Tanzanite is the rare violet-blue form of the mineral zoisite. It was first discovered in 1967 and the only location it can be found is where it was originally discovered -- Tanzania. The East Africa Tanzanite supply is extremely limited and mines are becoming worked out quickly.

The limited supply, combined with the growing popularity and increasing demand is resulting in premium prices for this unique violet-blue stone.

Surprising, tanzanite in its natural state is a rather unremarkable shade of reddish brown.  Many are unaware that the violet blue is produced through a low level heat treatment (about 600 degrees Celsius) which is perfectly acceptable in the trade.

The world's largest known faceted Tanzanite gemstone weighs an incredible 737.81 carats. The one pictured in the video below is 2.43 carats, but for any normal person, this is a reasonable size to be worn as jewelry. Due to its soft nature, most tanzanite is used in earring, necklace or pendant designs. It is not suggested to wear it as an everyday ring, due to the risk of damage to the stone. If worn with care, it can be worn as a ring, but we would suggest a protective style setting and as an occasion wear ring. If worn daily, ensure you remove it before participating in any household chores or when engaging in physical activity such as sports.




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Learn About Goshenite - Buy Goshenite - GemSelect

Goshenite Gemstones - GemSelect


Goshenite is the rare colorless variety of Beryl. Beryl is most famous for Aquamarine and Emerald gemstones, and most average consumers are unaware that Beryl can actually occur in wide range of colors.

Unlike emerald, goshenite is typically much more transparent and free of inclusions. Technically it is considered the purest form of Beryl, since gemstones get their color from other impurities (Chromium, Vanadium, Copper and etc.)

Goshenite has excellent hardness and transparency and so it makes for an excellent gem to be used in any type of jewelry. Also, because it is colorless, it makes an excellent affordable substitute for those who cannot afford diamond.  Other colorless or white gems include as white sapphire, white zircon and white topaz.




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GemSelect - Learn About Black Tourmaline

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Very few gems naturally occur in solid black color and it's unfortunate because black gemstones can make some of the most interesting of jewelry.

Luckily one of the most versatile of gemstones, tourmaline, is available in every color, including -- Black.

Like all tourmaline, black tourmaline is very durable and takes a good polish. It's also available in large sizes too, making it an excellent choice for mens jewelry, or large pendants and extravagant designs.

Black tourmaline is a protective stone and will repel negativity for and from those who wear it.




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Rare Demantoid Garnet Gemstone - GemSelect

About Demantoid Garnet - GemSelect


Garnet has always been a popular stone for jewelry use, owed to its hardness and remarkable brilliance.

Because Garnet is one of the few singly refractive gemstones, its purity of color is quite distinct. Although there are several common and inexpensive varieties of garnet, there are also some extremely rare and expensive varieties as well!

Rarer garnets include spessartite, hessonite, tsavorite, malaya, demantoid and color change garnet. Of these rare garnets, demantoid is without a doubt, the rarest and most valuable variety of garnet available. Surpisingly, demantoid is actually one of the rarest of all colored gemstones.

Demantoid garnet has a higher refractive index than sapphire and ruby, meaning that its fire and brilliance surpasses even the finest of sapphire.

Demantoid is always green in color, which is caused by traces of chromium. The green color can range from light yellowish green to deep green. Specimens with a more vivid and intense green color are considered to be more valuable, but in contrast, the lighter colored stones will display much more brilliance and fire.

Typically demantoid garnet is only available in smaller sizes (usally less than 1 carat). Demantoid garnets over one carat in size are a difficult find, and demantoid garnets over 2 carats are extremely rare (and expensive).

Watch the video below and see Demantoid Garnet for yourself. Remarkable in every way and the color, fire and brilliance certainly justify the hype behind this amazing colored gemstone.



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Color Change Garnet - Gemselect

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Color-change Garnet is a mix of spessartite and pyrope garnet and is is one of the most rare and interesting, of all precious stones. This garnet presents a color change from brownish rose in daylight to a more red in incandescent light.
The color change in garnets can be quite intense and dramatic; many specimens surpassing that of the most expensive alexandrites. In fact, color change garnets can easily be mistaken for alexandrite.
Color change gemstones are not the same as pleochroism, where gems can show different colors from different angles (like that of tourmaline or iolite). Only very rare sapphire, tourmaline, garnet and alexandrite occur as actual color change and not just pleochroic.



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Green Emeralds from Colombia - GemSelect

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About GemSelect Emerald
Emerald is the most precious of beryl gemstones. Other popular Beryl gems include Aquamarine and Morganite.

The fantastic green color of emerald is unparalleled and in the gem trade, emeralds are considered one of the most valuable of all gems.

Emerald color is derived from impurities, typically of chromium, vanadium or both.

The most popular and valuable emeralds are those that are slightly bluish green, and a medium dark tone. Color saturation should be strong to vivid.

With Emerald, clarity is important, but inclusions are very much tolerated, unlike most other gem types. Emeralds often contain visible inclusions and / or other imperfections. Typically, these flaws are considered to be part of the unique character of each stone and most importantly, reassure the natural authenticity of the gem itself.

The video below is of a 10.03 carat Emerald from Colombia. Emeralds of this size are quite rare and we were very lucky to acquire this stone. You can see the full details of the Colombian Emerald at http://www.gemselect.com/emerald/emerald-345426.php.




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Shop Tsavorite Garnet Gemstones - GemSelect

About Tsavorite -

The Chrome Green Garnet from GemSelect


Garnet gemstones can occur in nearly any color, ranging from brown, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink and more. Of the colors available, the green colored garnets are among the rarest.

Green garnets can be found within both the grossular and andradite species. There are 6 different garnet species in all.  The grossular species includes two different green garnet varieties: A yellow-green garnet known as grossularite and a chrome green variety known as Tsavorite.

Of the two, Tsavorite is the rarer variety. It has a rich green to emerald green color. This chrome green garnet is found only in Kenya and Tanzania. The remarkable color of tsavorite is thought to be caused from traces of chromium and vanadium.

Lately, Tsavorite garnet has become a popular alternative to emerald, and although tsavorite is actually rare than emerald, the prices for Tsavorite remain quite reasonable. Most Tsavorite specimens are less than 1 carat and larger Tsavorite is quite rare. As with all gems, the prices for the larger rare sizes can rise in price per carat. 

The video below is of a Tsavorite Garnet from Gemselect. It was mined from Tanzania and weighs 2.4 carats, which is quite large. We welcome you to watch the view and if you woudl like to see more details, please visit the product page at http://www.gemselect.com/tsavorite-garnet/tsavorite-garnet-124774.php.




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Agate Geodes - GemSelect

This month, GemSelect is pleased to showcase one of our more rare and unusual gemstones: A Visually Stunning --

Agate Geode Gemstone ID #258112


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Agate is one of the most popular varieties of chalcedony quartz. Agates are available in a remarkably wide variety of colors, patterns and textures.

Agates were highly valued as both talismans and amulets in ancient times, but nowadays, you’ll see them commonly worn by the youth of today. They hold many metaphysical powers and are extremely fashionable for both men and women.

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GemSelect - Jade Gemstones - Metaphyical



Buy Jade - GemSelect - Metaphysical Powers and Beliefs

 
A Little About Jade
 
Seen to hold the qualities of the yin and the yang, jade has long been held in a great many Chinese superstitions. Powdered Jade was even drunk by ancient alchemists who believed it to be the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ and a key to obtaining great wisdom.

Jade has been considered a deterrent against sickness and evil, with new born babies sometimes decorated with jade emblems and bracelets. Jade was placed on the tongues of dead kings to safe guard their internal ‘chi’ (energy).

Ultimately jade is seen as good luck in Chinese culture, and the way in which jade changes color in different light is thought to represent the gem absorbing bad chi, protecting the wearer from bad luck and misfortune. 

Even today in China Jade is used to ward off bad spirits, and there is still great belief that jade has healing qualities, can help to improve blood circulation and has a general calming ability.

As popular as ever, jade can still be found in most Chinese family homes, either by way of traditional heirlooms, passed down through generations, or in cutting edge jewellery designs and modern styled ornaments and decorations. 

Now Jade is found more than in just Chinese or Asian homes. Jade has become popular worldwide as one of the most highly sought after of gemstones. 

There are different varieties of Jade, such as Nephrite and Jadeite, but there are also other types like Umphacite and Maw-Sit-Sit that are not 100% true jade, but do have jadeite in their compositions.

Here is a picture of a Nephrite Jade Carving from GemSelect:







See details of this wonderful black/green jade carving at http://www.gemselect.com/nephrite-jade/nephrite-jade-344104.php.



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