Accessorise yourself with colourful gemstones

July 7th, 2008 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) White topaz, rose quartz, green onyx, melanite tourmaline - these names are as intriguing as the semi-precious gemstones that are available in various colours and sizes. After gold, silver and diamonds - gemstones are getting popular among jewellery lovers. “Easy availability and affordable prices are the reasons why gems are so popular in Indian markets”, said Atul Agarwal, business head of Jaipur based P.D. Gems, at a press conference here.

“People can mix and match these gems with their attire because they come in various colours that are attractive and lighter on pocket at the same time”, he added.

Bangkok and Jaipur are the hubs of gemstones in Asia. Most of the gem cutting factories are in Jaipur because the cost of manpower is very low there.

The rise in precious metal prices has given people the opportunity to find alternative means of decking themselves up with different colours and have found a successful solution in gemstones.

Homemaker Suman Arora said: “I go to kitty parties a lot and every time one cannot wear diamonds and gold. So just to add to my accessories and break the monotonous cycle, I opted for gemstones.”

These stones are priced according to weight and range between Rs.20 and Rs.800, making them affordable but without resale value.

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