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Shopping Gemstones

Updated: Jan 2

Welcome to the world of gemstones and gemology, a guide to gemstone shopping

My name is Suzanne Charlebois and I am a registered gemologist and have worked in the diamond and gemstone world for almost 20 years. My career has brought me from mine to market and I have always been and advocate for consumer protection and education. The purpose of this blog post is to introduce myself and my business. The purpose of my blog is to educate clients on the gemstones that interest them and as a guide to shopping gemstone material. In the modern age of buying everything online, it is easy to be swindled out of your hard earned money.

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On line gemstone shopping can be risky

Be careful careful when online shopping for jewellery and gemstones

A few years back I did a consumer research project about buying jewellery on ebay and the results were shocking. 9 out of the 10 items purchased that were advertised as natural gemstone material were in fact fake. You can read more about it on the website of Prestige Evaluation, 5 Tips On How To Spot Fake

Gemstone Information Guide

Many people are in love with gemstones. Some people appreciate the beauty of the rough stones, while for others it could be a hobby to collect high quality polished stones. Perhaps you are looking for a beautiful stone to build a custom piece of jewellery. Regardless of your motivations for wanting to buy gemstones it is always wise to do a little research on the stones you wish to purchase. On this site I have provided as much unbiased information as I can, such as locations where gems were mined, scientific data points, history and lore as well as metaphysical associated with each stone.

When you are shopping stones through this site you can be confident that every stone has been tested and listed accurately.

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Is it real or fake Tanzanite?

Stones on this site have undergone at least 3 of the following gemmological test, on 2 different sets of calibrated equipment to determine the species of stone. Gemological tests include:

  • Refractive index

  • Microscopic analysis to determine growth patterns, inclusions, signs of lab creation

  • Chelsea/Jadite Filter to test for traces of chromium

  • Dichroscope to test for dichro/trichroism

  • UV Reaction

  • Specific Gravity

  • Electroconductivity

The goals is to offer quality gemstone materials that is verified so that you can feel confident in your purchases. All purchases come with a 30 day money back guarantee (Conditions do apply).

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