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The Hobby Of Loose Gemstone Collecting
By Lee MacRae
Why would someone go to the trouble of collect loose gemstones? Well to begin with gemstones are extremely beautiful. And just like natural diamonds their value increases over time. Many hobbyists love to collect and work with the wide variety of gemstones available today. This article will examine the loose gemstones hobby.
The first thing you need to do in becoming a gemstone collector the intelligent way is by getting adequate knowledge about them. By taking a quick trip to the library or local bookstore you can find a number of books to broaden your knowledge and that will let you make wise purchases from the beginning.
Of paramount importance is the color of the gemstone. Top grade gemstones exhibit colors similar to the purest spectral colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue or violet. Muted gemstone colors or are too dark can lower the value.
How a stone has been cut is the second most important value determination to look at before a purchase. How precise the cut is is the factor which determines how much light the stone will reflect. The cut will ultimately determine the stones brilliance and its final value.
A third consideration is the gemstone's clarity. This refers to the purity of the gemstone or the absence of internal inclusions, spots, or particles within the crystal. Obviously, stones with a lack of flaws would make the gemstone highly valuable.
The next factors to consider our weight and size. Save for pearls and corals, all gemstones are valued by the unit called the carat. One carat is the equivalent of 0.2 grams You should know however that size and weight and gemstones are not the same. Density or specific gravity can very. Take a diamond that is 1.00 carats in weight and you will find that a Sapphire or ruby of the same size would weigh 1.20 carats.
Getting involved in collecting gemstones can give you an enjoyable pastime and rewarding in the long run. You can take your time and not lay out a lot a cash at the start and yet you can build a very exquisite collection. Many people love to take vacations to go hunting for raw gemstones. Take the example of the US. In Montana you'll find Agate, Sapphire, Beryl, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Tourmaline and Garnet. Or ou can take a longer vacation and find opal at Lightning Ridge in NSW, Austalia, topaz in Mt Surprise or O'Briens Creek in Queensland, Australia or hunt the quartz regions in Beechworth and Mooralla in Victoria Australia.
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During the Middle Ages people believed that the use of topaz strengthened the
mind and prevented sudden death. Some physicians of those times prescribed it as
a remedy for weak vision. It was also used as a method of preventing mental
disorders or curing these disorders altogether.
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Peridot is given as a symbol of fame, dignity, and protection. Legend has it
that pirates favored peridot to protect them against evil. When the peridot was
set in gold it also protected the wearer from terrors in the night. Peridot has
been mined from St John's Island in the Red Sea for over 3500 years. Peridot is
the created during volcanic action. Occassionally, Peridot crystals are found on
the black sands of Hawaii. Peridot is the US State Gemstone of Nevada.
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