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Colored Gem Stones??

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Rook

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Yes I know this site is intended for information about diamonds, but my interest in diamonds has spawned an interest in colored gem stones. I really know very little in this area. Here are my questions:

1) Cut; is the cut of a colored gem stone as important as a diamond?
2) Cut; do you determine quality of cut based on the same principles of diamonds?
3) Where is a good source of information, internet or book, for a consumer to learn more about finding quality colored gem stones?

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Rook

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sorry leonid, please delete one of these post.
 

Rook

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Thanks Cut Nut. It seems like colored gems are even more complicated than diamonds:knockout: From that short description is seems like the cut, is very dependant on the type of stone and the actual stone. I have read elsewhere that some gems need to be cut around certain inculsions, which makes it even more involved. An ideal of a book worth buying to give an overview on differect gems and the qualities between a good gem and a native cut gem?
 

Richard Sherwood

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Pala International has a good site for learning about the different colored stones. They have "buyer's guides" which are very informative. Their site address is http://www.palagems.com/home.htm

You're right about colored stones being more complex. There are many nuances which can mean a great deal of difference in value.

Rich, GG
Sarasota Gemological Laboratory
 
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