Labeled the 'Top Gem Man' at Tiffany's in an interview article
dated 24 April 2008 in the Urban section of The Straits Times newspaper,
gemologist Mr Peter Schneirla gives out valuable advice regarding
buying of jewellery & gems:
Factors of a good-quality gem include strength of colour, purity,
cleanliness & the cutting of the gem.
buy a gem from a piece a paper. All factors of 2 gems may read the
same on paper but look very different from each other.
from a good merchant with intergrity, honesty & expertise is very
of the gem itself is worth much more than the mounting of the gem.
non-professional, the colour of a diamond is more obvious in
those with a tight budget, you will definitely find a good stone in
your price range. Bottomline is do your homework and pick the type of
stone your heart desires.
build up your own jewellery collection, start with a coloured stone
you can wear a lot. Recommended are easy to match cool coloured stones
like a blue stone. eg. sapphire, blue tourmaline, aquamarine, blue
skin's complexion determines which colour gems suit you. Eg. white
pearls with a pink overtone look best on very fair skin while yellow
pearls on olive complexions. Red & green gems would suit brunettes to
brighten them up.
Advice for the men: The fool-proof gift is diamond studs, which
can be worn casually or formally. Best to get a more traditional
design, which will look good today and ten years down the road.
You can gradually upgrade your gifts to more elaborate earrings,
either mixed with stones or pearls.
from Mr Schneirla on how to care for your gems:
Unclean diamonds, esp at the back, reduces its sparkle.
To clean, brush with off-the-shelf diamond cleaner, rinse it and let
it dry. You can also soak your diamond in a homemade solution of one
part ammonia & four parts hot water.
The same can be applied to rubies & sapphires too.
Emeralds, being the most delicate major stone needs to be gently
cleaned with very mild soap & water. It is also ideal to send
emeralds to be cleaned by professionals.
are organic and have a porous surface, so never let your perfume touch
your pearls. Always put on your jewellery after you have done your
Clean pearls by immersing the whole strand in a not too soapy
solution. Pat dry with a cloth & leave out to dry naturally for a day
or two. This is to ensure the drill holes & the silk within dry
Never dry pearls under extreme heat, eg. lamp or hair dryer.
Afternote: I've learnt a lot from this great
interview with Mr Schneirla. Really looking forward to starting a nice
jewellery collection of my very own!