What do I look for when choosing a gemstone?

What do I look for when choosing a gemstone? - Dainty London

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but who said you need to have just one BFF? With a diverse range of gemstones to explore, there’s a whole rainbow of bright, beautiful stones to choose from, many of which you’ll find right here as stunningly designed, unique jewellery pieces.

Gemstones offer more than just something beautiful to look at. Many people think that gemstones unlock some pretty powerful health benefits as the International Gem Society (IGS) details:

“Some people use gems as part of their spiritual practices. They incorporate gems into rituals to restore energy fields, gain peace, and promote love and safety. In some belief systems, practitioners actually place gemstones on certain areas of the body to promote healing. For most people, however, simply wearing a piece of jewellery made with a specific gem is sufficient.”

Whether you believe in the healing power of gemstones or not, choosing a gemstone that’s just right is vital. We reveal what to look for when choosing a gemstone so you can add the perfect gem to your jewellery collection.


The colour and cut of the gemstone are certain to be two of the first things that catch your eye. Deciphering whether the gem has been treated or not can be difficult if you’re not looking at the stone under a microscope.

A gemologist will be able to identify the inclusions and inconsistencies that are the result of modifications such as heat treatment, which is used to improve clarity and intensify the colour of the gemstone.

As a rule of thumb, however, gemstones that are more affordable yet particularly vibrant in colour are likely to have received some form of gem treatment. Gemstones that have a naturally intense colour will be much pricier.


The gemstone will no doubt be the star of any jewellery piece, but this doesn’t mean you should overlook the setting.

Choose a setting that’s just as high quality as the stone within. Here at Dainty London, we use a range of metals to create our jewellery pieces – including solid gold, gold vermeil, recycled sterling silver, and platinum – each of which is as high quality as the next.


Each gemstone has a poignant meaning. This makes doing your research particularly important, especially if you’re purchasing gemstone jewellery as a thoughtful gift for a special someone in your life.

Whether buying for yourself or a loved one, discovering the symbolism behind your chosen gemstone can give extra meaning and sentimentality to the jewellery piece. 

Some gemstones even double as birthstones making them the ideal birthday gift. Discover your birthstone and what it all means here.


The reputation of the seller you’re purchasing from can tell you a lot about the quality of the gemstones on offer. Luckily, you’re already in the right place to find a beautiful, unique, high-quality gemstone jewellery piece.

Our jewellery collections are unique and feminine. Crafted from precious metals and gemstones, they make the perfect addition to any collection, create a statement at any event or occasion, and can be enjoyed for years to come.

Explore our collections today to find your perfect gemstone jewellery piece.

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