7 Gemstones and What to Look for when You're Jewelry Shopping ...

If you're a fan of all that glitters and sparkles, then you're probably a fan of gemstones and jewelry, so this list of gemstones and what to look for when you're jewelry shopping may help when you're on your next jewelry shopping trip. Marilyn was right when she said that diamonds were a girl's best friend, but what she didn't acknowledge was the fact that rubies, emeralds and sapphires were also great pals! There are some lexical terms you may want to familiarize yourself with before you go jewelry shopping, just so that you can dazzle your shopping partner with your knowledge. For example, do you know your carat from your inclusion? A carat is a unit of weight in a gemstone and is not be confused with the vegetable addition to your detox smoothie, whilst an inclusion is essentially a bubbly blemish in the stone. So, now that you're armed with a little gemstone jargon, here are some things to look for when you're jewelry shopping.

1. Amethyst

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These stunning deep purple gem stones are fabulous in jewelry and the deeper the purple, the more valuable the stone. The name actually means "without drunkenness," and the stone is said to protect the wearer from poison, feelings of guilt and witchcraft. Superstitions aside, you're looking for perfect clarity in the stone and no visible flaws. If you're feeling a little majestic when you're jewelry shopping and imagining that you were as lucky as Kate Middleton, then the regal purple amethyst is for you as it is commonly used in the crowns of royalty.

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