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Uses of Gemstones in Everyday Life

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Most people recognize Gemstones for their fashionable qualities  but few acknowledge them for their practical everyday uses.

Diamonds are heavily used in the manufacturing industry due to their resilient properties. Diamonds are the hardest of all substances; this unique ability allows them to cut any material. The diamonds that are embedded into grinders and cutters are not the type one would fine behind a glass case – such as a 2.50 ct GIA certified, H color, VVS2 clarity stone; instead these diamonds are very small and produced synthetically, sometimes smaller than the tip of a pencil.

While unproven and more of an assumption, gemstones are also believed to possess qualities that affect a person’s health. It is believed that as light enters through these gemstones (due to their translucent properties), the wavelength of light is changed. Consequently, it enters the skin in its transformed form and  interacts with the blood. While more research is yet to be performed, these effects are not negative in any way.

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Common Gemstone Treatments

iolite gemstone.

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Natural gemstones fetch higher prices then treated gemstones but the fact remains many gemstones are treated for preservation or to enhance appearance. Here is a brief description of the many techniques used and what they do.

– To enhance or change the  color of a gemstone many are treated with radiation or heat.

– To intensify the outer layer of a gemstone, diffusion is used. Diffusion will deepen the natural color of a gemstone.

– When Gemstones have small cracks, a fracture filling is used to coat the gems with an epoxy resin or another similar substance. This process improves the appearance of the gemstone.

– One of the most common enhancements is called laser drilling that removes inclusions, improving clarity.

If you see the word “enhanced” in an ad or description of a gemstone this means it has been treated in some way. If you are not looking for a treated gemstones make sure to ask your jeweler and avoid gemstones that have been “enhanced.”

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