Choosing Crystal Jewelry
Any crystal jewelry would be synonymous to the word “forever” because that piece of treasure is designed to last for an eternity. Unless stolen or lost, crystal jewelry is meant to stand the test of time and generations.
Knowing this for a fact, many people choose this as a symbol of their affection and eternal love for their partner or for themselves. For men, a pair or two of crystal jewelry is enough. But when it comes to women, it is altogether a different story.
FINDING THE BEST
In a jewelry store, crystal jewelry may look alike. But, these can be very different since no two pieces of crystal jewelry could have equal values. The four qualities of a crystal jewelry namely color, clarity, cut and carat weight determines the real value of the gem you are looking for. These standards are also applicable to most gemstones.
If you are one of those who are planning to buy any crystal jewelry for yourself or for a loved one, the following should be your major considerations:
1.) CLARITY. It is the first thing to look for when buying a piece of crystal jewelry. The absence or presence of tiny natural flaws or blemishes known as inclusions determines this. These are not visible to the naked eye but can affect the diamond in one way or another. The fewer and smaller the inclusions, the higher the price. Perfect clarity means no inclusions are distinguished when the crystal jewelry is examined. Being knowledgeable in the clarity characteristics of a diamond is very essential especially for those interested in purchasing it.
2.) COLOR. Crystal jewelry can cover the entire spectrum of colors but nothing beats the colorless diamond. The difference in color grade is almost unrecognizable in the naked eye but it is when it comes to the value. Colorless crystal jewelry is the most precious compared to off-white ones. The exceptions to the rule are “fancy” diamonds-in well-highlighted colors of pink, blue, red, green, and yellow. These are particularly rare and highly treasured.
3.) CUT. The cut is the most crucial variable affecting the crystal jewelry because it has a great influence on its fire and brilliance but not all jewelers know what “cut” means. Cut can be used to mean the inherent shape like round (modern brilliant cut, eight cuts, old cut, Swiss cut, rose cut, and chipping) marquise, oval, pear, heart and emerald or octagon. Some also prefer square, oblong, triangle, princess and radiant cuts. It can also mean the proportion or the polishing of the crystal jewelry.
4.) CARAT WEIGHT. Although carat is a unit of weight, not size, the carat weight of crystal jewelry has come to refer to particular sizes. If properly cut, diamonds of the same weight should be about the same size. These sizes do not apply to other gems because their specific gravities differ from a diamond. Bigger is not necessarily better. Although large crystal jewelry flaunts the stone’s delicate color and exquisite cut, a diamond of lesser size may have higher clarity and color or a more precise cut and be of equal value.
It is important very important not to confuse weight with size. Always remember that there is no two crystal jewelry with exactly the same size because these might weight very differently.