A buyer's guide to Gemstones and Jewellery


There are many misconceptions about the value of different gemstones, and many ways of artificially enhancing them, or even faking them. Sometimes they are misleadingly named, and always there are several factors affecting their value

The distinction made between precious and semi-precious stones is also misleading - diamond is generally accepted to be more valuable than a garnet - but a really poor quality diamond can be worth less than a fine quality garnet.

So if you are interested in gem-set jewellery and would like to know a little more, without being too technical, follow the links on the left