The Advantage of Investing in Gemstones

Author: (graduated gemologist)

Fluctuations in the stock market can cause an investor to think twice about the wisdom behind the purchase of stocks. Still, for more than one hundred centuries, traders have not thought twice about trading with gems. Consequently, such traders have proven that those people that hesitate to invest in stocks have a time-proven option. History has shown that an investment in gemstones should be seen as a wise and well-considered move.

The advantage to investing in gemstones reflects each stone’s typical features. Each such stone is easy to transport and easy to conceal. Moreover, it does not take up a great deal of space. Those characteristics can be found in all collectible gems. Certain characteristics of a fine sapphire showcase the fact that it deserves to be placed on a listing of the gems that collectors most desire.

Exactly what makes a fine sapphire so very valuable? It is durable, tough and hard. Since it possesses those qualities, it seldom becomes chipped. Moreover, the chances that it will break are very small, even if it must be removed from a collection at times, so that it can be shown to a possible buyer. Furthermore, a sapphire’s surface remains resistant to chemicals; hence it will not show etching, nor will it suffer a loss of polish.

Of course, not all sapphires journey from a mine to the storage location for a group of collectible gems. No small numbers of sapphires have been used in sapphire jewelry. Customers will pay more for such a piece of jewelry, if it contains one of the more valuable stones. A collector of gems must realize that a stone’s value increases, if it can be classed as rare.

A sapphire’s value reflects the laws of supply and demand. Its color reveals just how rare that same gemstone is, in relation to all the other sapphires in the marketplace. Hence, someone that plans to buy some sapphire jewelry usually feels ready to pay a good deal more for an item with a green, purple, golden, orange or peach stone. If a sapphire’s color shifts, once it has been exposed to ambient light, it becomes even more valuable.

Finally, those that plan to be investing in gemstones should learn about heating. A sizeable percentage of collectible gems have been heated. That means that each of them has been thermally enhanced; as a result, the heated gem no longer exhibits color zoning. By the same token, each gem’s clarity has undergone a marked improvement, thus allowing it to appear more like a piece that should be part of a collection.

If you are a collector, you must study such a stone and then decide whether or not you want to add it to your collection. You should place the studied gem in different types and degrees of ambient light, in order to see if its color shifts. Such actions should help you to judge the sapphire’s value. Consequently, you will be better able to profit from your investment, if you eventually decide to purchase that carefully-studied gemstone.