Choosing from Different Types of Gemstones as Gifts

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With so many different types of gemstones to select from when buying gemstone jewellery as a gift, many people – both men and women – often find it difficult to select a gemstone that not only sums up how they feel about the recipient, but also one that appeals to the recipient’s sensibilities and tastes.

Precious metals – What’s the recipient’s preference?

When selecting an item of jewellery featuring a gemstone or combination of gemstones, you’ll also have to give thought to the precious metal the gemstone is set in – white or yellow gold, platinum or silver. Some gemstones, like white diamonds for instance, look stunning in any precious metal in which they’re set though others are often better suited to yellow gold or the other three due to their colour. When buying an item of gemstone jewellery as a gift, do your homework to ascertain the recipient’s preference in precious metals, this will further make the gift you give a special one, one that has a very personal value.

Choosing a gemstone as a gift

If you’re buying an item of jewellery that features a gemstone for someone who displays a taste for certain gemstones then you’re in luck, as you’ll find that this helps you to narrow down your selection to jewellery featuring that gemstone, though if their taste in gemstones is anything but clear you may have to do your homework!

An option that’s available to those who’ve found themselves unable to determine the recipient’s preference for a particular gemstone is to look at buying them an item of jewellery, like a bracelet, set of earrings, necklace or ring, which features their birthstone, a gemstone for the month in which they were born. 

Birthstones – One for every month of the year

If you’re stuck when searching for an item of jewellery to give as a gift, why not look at buying an item of jewellery which features the recipient’s birthstone? This is a simple, and inherently meaningful, way to select jewellery as a gift, one that many people have found to eliminate much of the stress of buying jewellery for someone special.

Before a list of gemstones is given, it should be pointed that this is the (most recent) list for British gemstones, and that similar lists also exist for the US, for the Hindu religion and the for the zodiac calendar, moreover in cases where there are two or more gemstones listed, the first gemstone listed is the most prominent birthstone for that month. The fact that a similar list of gemstones exists for the zodiac calendar is advantageous for those selecting an item of jewellery for someone with an interest in star signs, and if that’s the case, you might feel that it’s more fitting to procure a gift with the zodiac gemstone rather than their birthstone, though in many cases they are the same.

January – Garnet, February – Amethyst, March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone, April – Diamond, Rock crystal, May – Emerald, June – Pearl, Moonstone, July – Ruby, Carnelian, August – Peridot, Sardonyx, September – Sapphire, Lapis lazuli, October – Opal, November – Topaz, Citrine, December – Tanzanite, Turquoise

If you have an idea of gemstones and their value, you’ll probably have noticed that the gemstones in the list above are a combination of precious gemstones (diamonds, emeralds, rubies, etc.) and semi-precious gemstones (citrines, moonstones, etc.). This doesn’t only mean that some gemstones are more affordable as gifts, but also that you might not find these gemstones prominently displayed in jewellery stores, even jewellery stores the calibre of and you’ll therefore have to source them elsewhere, like at a specialist gemstone store of which there are many.

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Georgia Warren is a freelance writer from The Diamond Store, a premier provider of quality

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