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A Guide to Buying and Caring Loose Gems

A Guide to Buying and Caring Loose Gems

What are Loose Gems? 

Loose gems are gemstones that are not set into jewelry. They can be individual stones or a parcel of several stones. You can buy loose gems to make jewelry, or they can be bought and sold as is. Some people prefer to buy loose gems to get a better price in the future. Others like to buy them to choose their setting. And still, there are collectors and people that want to buy loose gems because they can be sure that the stones are genuine! 

Loose gems are a great way to get a good deal on high-quality jewelry. There are various types of loose gems, each having its unique properties. The best thing about loose gems is that you can find them in various shapes and sizes, which means you can find the perfect gem for your needs – whether you are looking for a ring, necklace, or bracelet. Even if you already have a setting and want to do an upgrade, but don’t want to purchase a whole new set. Additionally, loose gemstones are often affordable and gives you the freedom to be the designer of your style. 

What to look for when buying loose gems? 

When you buy loose gems, it is essential to consider the 4 Cs: 

Carat: the weight of the gemstone;  
Cut: is how well the gem has been cut and polished.  
Clarity: is how many blemishes, inclusions, and flaws are in the stone.
Color: is the hue, tone or saturation of the gemstone. 

You need to consider the setting in which you wish to place the gemstone. Here are some tips to consider when buying loose gems: 

  • Ensure the gem is not chipped or cracked. 
  • Ensure the color of the gem is consistent throughout. 
  • Ensure the gem is not dull or cloudy. 
  • Ensure the gem is symmetrical in shape. 
  • Ensure you get the desired cut of the gem you are looking for. 

For more information and details, you can always check out the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) website. It is an independent non-profit body that protects the gem and jewelry buying public through research, education and laboratory services. 

Caring for Loose Gems 

Loose gems can be a beautiful addition to any piece of jewelry, but you need to treat them with care. It would help if you handled loose gems properly to keep them from getting scratched or damaged. 

  • Store them in a fabric-lined jewelry box or wrap them in a soft cloth. 
  • Avoid contact with other jewelry or metal objects. 
  • Store them away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid exposing your gems to extreme heat or cold. 
  • Do not clean your gems with harsh chemicals or abrasives. 

A word of caution when buying Loose Gems 

Buying loose gems can be a great way to get high-quality jewelry at a fraction of the price. However, it is essential to research and make sure you are buying from a reputable source. Also, ensure a professional jeweler adequately sets the gems to ensure their longevity. 

Are you looking to buy loose gems? You can always check out our attractive offers available during our Luxury Jewelry Network’s online shopping shows every Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 pm PST on Facebook Live. 

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Joseph Reoma

As the Managing Director of Elba Jewelry Design Center, my mission is to help you find your creative self in the design we make or the design you help us make for you.

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