When thinking of jewelry gemstones, most people don’t go beyond diamonds, prized the world over as the epitome of gem-based beauty. But in fact, any number of other precious gemstones can be valued even higher than diamonds and are seen by many as just as beautiful. In fact, according to the GemVal Valuation Guide prices for rubies rose by 47% between 2006 and 2013, compared to a smaller 32% increase for diamonds in that time span.
A New Reason to Value Gemstones: Powerful Impact for Skincare
With this growing demand for gemstones as jewelry, another demand has grown: to use gemstones for skincare. At first, this seemed like another overhyped trend, but researchers at Kristals Cosmetics found that there was true scientific grounding behind all of the furor: gemstones and metals actually do offer some striking benefits for skincare and beauty. This knowledge formed the basis for the Kristals Cosmetics product line, which harnesses both the holistic skincare benefits of gemstones and their abilities to be paired with stellar skin ingredients that enhances their power and offer transformative impact for the skin.
With that in mind, here’s a look at 3 of the most popular gemstones used in jewelry.
Obviously one of the world’s most valued gemstones, diamond is prized according to the famous 4 Cs (color, cut, clarity, and carat weight).
In evaluating a diamond, cut is huge. The cut needs to reflect light from one facet to the next and then the light should flow to the top of the diamond. Proportions, symmetry and polish all are key factors in determining whether a diamond has a high-value or low-value cut, and you should ask to the see the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grading of the cut.
Color is another important factor, with the GIA ratings extended from D (lowest amount of color) to Z (highest amount). D-grade diamonds are very rare and therefore the most valuable, so you want to look for a diamond with a grade that is on the low end of the color gradation spectrum.
Another of the 4 Cs involving diamonds is clarity, and again the GIA has a ratings systems, in this case with 5 possible options. Best of the best is FL or flawless and the lowest rating is I, which stands for imperfect. Only 2% of the world’s diamonds are flawless, and most retail stores carry diamonds with a top grade of VVS, which stands for very, very small inclusions.
Carats are of course one of the 4Cs and important, because you’ll pay more for more carats. Just keep in mind that a heavy-carat stone that has poor clarity or color may not be such a good deal. You really want all of the elements to come together.
Of course, diamonds are not just a girl’s best friend—they also seem to be the best friend of your skin. Kristals Cosmetics discovered that finely ground diamond particles also offer impressive abilities to reduce wrinkles and face lines when formulated into anti-aging masks such as the DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Magnetic Mask, the DIAMOMD Anti-Gravity Gentle Foaming Milk and the DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Firming Serum.
Known for its shades of rich red, orange-red and even bluish-red, ruby has long been considered one of the sexiest gemstones and regarded as a symbol of love and passion.
Deeper colors, clarity with few visible inclusions (except for 3-pointed or 6-pointed stars) and carats, with cut being less of a factor in valuation. Some experts advise going for .9 carat weight if you’re interested in purchasing a one-carat ruby, since it’s basically the same yet significantly less expensive.
Product formulators at Kristals Cosmetics discovered that ruby promotes overall skin health and adds a radiant glow while smoothing out wrinkles. Those properties became the basis for the RUBY Super Facial Nourishing Cream, which uses powerful emollients and a unique form of vitamin C.
This gemstone varies in its shade of blue from pale to deep blue or dark royal blue, even indigo. Other color varieties include pink, yellow, green, and even orange.
To evaluate a sapphire, start with color, with “cornflower blue” as the ideal, purest shade. If finances permit, look for Yogo Sapphires, mined in Yogo Gulch, Montana, which are seen as having the ideal color for a sapphire. Tone and saturation are also important. Look for a medium to dark tone and a saturation that’s as close as possible to a vivid tone with no brown or gray areas.
Clarity is less of an issue with sapphires. In fact, a sapphire without inclusions or imperfections is suspected by gemologists as a fake. Most sapphires are heat-treated to improve clarity—but untreated sapphires are actually more valuable.
No particular standard cuts with sapphires are valued over others, just look at the stone to makes sure it’s symmetrical and reflects light to showcase the stone’s shine. Carats are also not a huge, deal-breaking concern with sapphires. It works best to measure the sapphire, so 6 mm is the general size for 1 carat and a good rule to follow to see if the carat size is right for you.
Kristals Cosmetics researchers observed that sapphire is good for calming inflamed skin and helps erase fine lines and wrinkles when paired with the right compounds. This drove the formulaton of the SAPPHIRE Retinol Age Correcting Cream, which combines ground sapphire with retinol, a powerful form of vitamin A that has a proven wrinkle-smoothing effect.
About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.