Gemstones are the original collectible. Traders went all over the world in search of rare gemstones to satisfy the appetites of the wealthy aristocrats of Europe. They traveled to exotic lands in search of the finest jewels to grace the robes and crowns of European royalty. The allure of gemstone collecting has remained through the ages and mankind, then and now, has a desire to own and collect them.
Gemstone collecting does not require a lot of space. Many people keep them in gem jars, gem trays, and small gem display cases, which can be neatly stacked and put away. As a collection grows, one may want to buy a larger case or a safe, but these are fairly diminutive in size.
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You can own a piece of history.
Natural gemstones take an enormous amount of time to form. Varieties that have grown from mineral crystals, the most common type, cultivate within the earth's crust for thousands of years. These beauties are eventually brought to the surface through volcanic explosions or mankind's mining techniques. When you think about the entire process it is amazing to know that you can own something so historic and old.
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Gems are viable for collectors on a budget.
Gemstones can cost in the thousands and millions of dollars, however that doesn't make the lower priced gems any less collectible. Many fabulous materials are available at very attainable prices. If you can't own the nine-carat emerald, consider buying the one-carat.
Also, do your research. There are many exotic gems that sell below their true value. This is primarily because they never reach main stream popularity. A good example is red spinel, a gorgeous variety that is as nearly hard and has a similar refractive index to ruby. However, a sizable red spinel will sell for a fraction of a ruby's cost.
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