How Do the 4 C's Affect Jewelry Value? - The Truweigh Blog - Gem Jewel Tweezers


1.      Appearance (clarity, color, cut)

Visit any jewelry retailer as a prospective customer and they will tell you how important it is to look at the color and clarity of a stone. This is in order to assess how valuable it is. 

The clearer the gem, the higher the quality. It is thought that it is likely to be more natural, therefore rarer. This in turn makes it more valuable to potential buyers. 

Color can also help value. Bright gems such as ruby, emerald and sapphire fetch a higher price. This is because they are more unusual. The colors are also considered more vivid and pure. The latest fashion or trends can always play a part, rose gold is very of the moment in 2018 for example.

When selecting the perfect jewelry some buyers also prefer to look for a larger or more unusual cut in order to stand out. 

The cut of the jewel or gem is important as it affects how light reflects through and leaves the stone. The cut also refers whether angles are in proportion to each other and if there is good symmetry. It is also important to look at how well it has been polished to help it reflect as much light as possible.

2.      Weight (Carat weight)

Weighing gems in “Carats” goes back to the early traders who weighed the gems in carob beans. They used the carob bean as a comparative weight measure. They were deemed suitable because they are extremely uniform in weight. This meant they had a reliable reference on the counter balance of a scale when weighing gemstones. Fortunately, now we have digital scales that offer an even more precise measurement!

One Carat is the equivalent of 200mg, or one fifth of a gram. For the merchant, it is vital to accurately measure the weight of the gem and or jewelry, depending on how it is set. The higher the carat weight, the more expensive the gem will be.

Weight is also important for chains or necklaces. Gold and silver tends to weigh more than cheap imitations in brass or pewter.

Gram scales and carat scales can weigh precious metal during jewelry designing or to weigh gemstones during jewelry appraisals. Jewelry scales should be used to weigh scrap gold or silver which is often bought or traded.

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By selecting one of our Truweigh scales, you can be confident that our products are an accurate solution. They have a fine tolerance for weighing small amounts and are calibrated for precision.

Our digital scales offer advanced accuracy and capacity compared to other jewelry scales. We are proud of our superior packaging to ensure durability and top-notch support materials. We offer a ten-year warranty on our jewelry range, giving purchasers confidence that they have picked the right solution.

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