Remember that weird old gem you found in the jewelry drawer the other day? The one that your grandma supposedly gave you, way back when you were born? That’s a birthstone and, like everything old-fashioned, they’re coming back in a big way.
Although the idea of birthstones—12 types of precious gems representing the 12 months of the year—dates all the way back to the 1st century AD, in the last few decades they were all but forgotten. In recent times, though, birthstones have taken off again. People have started taking an interest in the spiritual side of life and are wearing their birthstones to influence everything from love and travel to money and health.
For all their spirituality and meaning, birthstones can be pretty valuable, too. In fact, they’re valued in a very similar way to any other precious gem. Whether it’s a diamond or a topaz, it’s the “Four Cs”—Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat—that will usually make all the difference.
Of course, there are always exceptions. Some birthstones fetch remarkable prices, while some are a little more sentimental in value. Get started on valuing your birthstone with this guide and, if you need any help, don’t hesitate to drop into any of our stores in New York City so we can take a look at your piece.
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