Throughout all civilizations coloured gemstones have held attraction, sometimes even a certain power. The mystery and romance of coloured gemstones trace back centuries. In primitive times people wore gemstones as charms or amulets to ward off evil. Then later, as life became more sophisticated, they were worn for their rarity and beauty.
When Selecting a coloured gemstone the same consideration should be given to cut color and clarity as in diamond. A coloured gemstone should look bright, lively and also well cut. At HOWARD we always look for intensity and consistency of color enhancing selecting gemstones.
The stone should be free from banding and patching unless it is characteristic of a particular gemstone. Clarity is also important, the gemstone should be flawless or contained insignificant flaws. Strong flaws are not only visually unattractive they also jeopardize the strength and stability of the stone.
More than 3,000 minerals are found on Earth, but only a small amount is able to qualify as gemstones. They can be separated by their beauty, durability, rarity and colour. Each of these gemstones has its own individual charm and colour