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With many products, the more you shop around the better. You can also learn a lot about gemstone quality by shopping around and asking questions. But as you do, make sure that you are not comparing apples and oranges.

It’s very difficult to remember the exact color of a gemstone from store to store. The challenge is that there are too many variables, including the lighting, the background, the setting, and the time of day. Even many gem dealers carry master stones that they know well to compare with the ones they are considering buying.

So what do you do? While you are shopping around, look for a jeweler who has a good selection and is willing to show you a range of qualities side by side. Does the store have a wide selection of loose and mounted gemstones? If not, chances are that the owner or manager doesn't have much enthusiasm for colored gemstones and doesn't know much about them.

 
     
 
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