How to Identify Natural Rough Gemstones?

Answer Natural, raw gemstones are not the gems you find in your local jewelry store. Before a diamond or ruby is formed into what is commonly seen in rings and necklaces, it has a rough appearance with li... Read More »

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How to Polish Rough Gemstones?

Polish rough semiprecious and precious gems in a rock tumbler to remove nicks, edges and dull outer surfaces. Through the process of water-based erosion, rocks are tumbled with progressively finer ... Read More »

How to Identify Opaque Gemstones?

Opaque gemstones include a wide variety of samples from pearls and opals to turquoise and lapis. Training and experience will greatly benefit the gemstone identification process, but novices can fo... Read More »

How to Identify Tumbled Gemstones?

Tumbled gemstones are semi-precious rock fragments that have gone through a rock tumbler with tumbling grit and water for over 24 hours. After the tumbling, the stones go through a polishing proces... Read More »

How to Identify Types of Gemstones?

Gemstones are beautiful and may be valuable or even rare. A professional gemologist can identify the gemstone definitively. However, before going that route, it may be possible to make an educated ... Read More »