Choosing Your Perfect Coloured Gemstone

Coloured gemstones come in all shapes and sizes, and there is sure to be one to suit your taste, style and budget. Unlike diamonds, precious-coloured gems do not have a formal grading system. What is not in any doubt is the quality of a coloured gemstone has the same impact on your finished Jewellery as a diamond does.
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Gemstone Clarity

The imperfections and ‘inclusions’ within the gemstones are perhaps a little less significant than in a diamond as their colour disguises minor flaws, but they should still not be large enough to be seen and ruin the beauty of the stone.
Just like with a diamond, the cut of the gemstone is essential. The more precise the cut on each stone’s facets, the brighter the stone will appear. The proportions of a coloured gemstone have a more permissible variant than diamonds, but the shallower the cut of the stone, the less vibrant the colour will be.

Gemstone Colour

Gemstones found with weak colour will be cut thicker to compensate for this; the downside is the extra depth of the stone might impact the design of the jewellery piece. An inferiorly cut gemstone may lead to an ungainly pale ‘colour window’ viewed through the stone. The back of the gemstone, known as the ‘pavilion, may sometimes be found off centre, which again can impact the jewellery setting and produce an uneven colour distribution. When looking at a gemstone, you should avoid it if you see it.
Another sign of this unsightly version of stone is the visible feature of dark and light bands of colour. Light stone will generally lack impact, and overly dark stone will not exhibit the richness of colour. However, personal preferences in colour tone and intensity also need to be considered.
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Gemstone Value

The gemstone trade, gemstone investors, and lovers of coloured gems have established an unwritten preferred combination of tone, intensity vibrancy, and intense colour. These stones command the highest prices. Setting all this aside, when choosing your ideal gemstone, you need to consider your skin tone. As well as the jewellery setting and what is one person’s favourite colour may not be another’s, that is the pure beauty of choosing coloured gemstones over diamonds.
The above guide to colour gemstones applies to most coloured precious stones: Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Tanzanite, and Aquamarine. Of course, some exceptions, such as pearl and opals, have entirely different parameters.

Gemstone Expert David Law

David Law has been buying and selling coloured gemstones since the early 1980s. When you entrust him to select a gemstone for you, he will consider many factors to ensure you experience the WOW factor when you first glimpse the selection of stones he presents to you.
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The Consultation Process

On your initial discovery call, David aims to understand your requirements, advise you, answer any questions and suggest options.
The following step will be to arrange a face-to-face Zoom call, meeting him at his Hatton Garden, Central London Studio, or in the comfort of your home to finalise the details.
Our service is all about what works best for you.

Three ways to design your gemstone jewellery

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Virtual Design

Virtual design consultations with David (via Zoom, Skype or Whatsapp) can easily be arranged. This bespoke one-to-one service will enable you to share ideas and see your dreams come alive in stunning 3D.
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Home Design

Home design consultations can be arranged. He will bring along his laptop with his past designs and a selection of wax models to inspire you. You can then discuss ideas and design your Jewellery in incredible 3D without leaving your home.
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Wimpole Street Design Consultation

Wimpole Street in the heart of London is the perfect place to meet and design your bespoke Jewellery. Meet with David to discuss your design ideas in his offices or the beautiful outdoor gardens.

The Bespoke Experience

If you’d like a unique coloured gemstone piece of Jewellery that’s entirely personal to you, then David’s bespoke design service is the perfect way to bring your vision to life. From the initial complimentary design consultation to the handcrafting in his Hatton Garden workshop, he’ll help you create a uniquely beautiful bespoke piece that’s right for you.
Designed and made to agreed budget & design to delivery is between 3-4 weeks. Choose from six unique jewellery designs & see and wear your designs from the 3D printer.
Work one-to-one with jewellery designer David Law to create a truly unique masterpiece
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Book A Design Consultation

Call David on 0800 024 8940 or come and see him in person at his Studio close to Bond Street Station, London.
Arrange a Zoom virtual consultation or home visit. When you meet, you will receive a one-to-one personal service as you’ll explore creating your very own bespoke jewellery piece.
David aims to respond to appointment emails within 1 hour.
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