In the world of fancy jewelry, stones are often a girl's best friend. Stones add color, texture and beauty to any piece in the collection. But there is one small problem: figuring out which stone is best for which type of jewelry. The first step is to know your stones. Next, you must decide whether you want a rhodium or gold-plated piece. This can be accomplished by sending it to a jeweler and having him determine the best metal setting for the stone.
It is important to note that some stones can only be set in certain types of jewelry. For example, turquoise can only be placed in turquoise jewelry because it will crack if heated and set in any other type of stone or piece of jewelry. An experienced jeweler will guide you through all the ins and outs of purchasing precious stones for your jewelry pieces.