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Every time you turn around, there is a weight loss plan being advertised. In
the supermarket checkout line there are dozens of magazines displayed. On almost
every one you will see a diet plan or diet tips that are guaranteed to work!As
more people suffer with obesity and loss of energy, the concern becomes greater
to lose weight. In desperation, people try every new diet that comes out. Some
of these are not good for your health and can cause severe problems with
continued use.Another popular method of weight loss is taking diet pills.
Sometimes a doctor will give you an appetite suppressant, but these are only
meant for temporary use. Many take over-the-counter pills, but these are really
only supplements and may not deliver the desired results.Try a Natural Approach
to Weight LossIf you are dissatisfied with your body and the diets you have
tried, why not try a more natural approach? You may not see instant results, but
in the long run the results will be more satisfactory. You will have a better
level of health and wellness, and a higher level of energy.With all the
additives, preservatives and chemicals in our food and body hygiene products,
our bodies are in need of detoxing. Using a cleansing system, usually made up of
herbal products, will help remove the toxins built up in your organs and fatty
tissues.Other harmful products that affect our health are cigarettes and tobacco
products, sodas, coffee, environmental pollutants and prescription drugs. By
detoxing the body you will eliminate these wastes and help the body function in
a healthier way. This will give you more energy, better colon health, clearer
skin, and help with your weight loss efforts.Eat Healthy FoodsA good diet of
healthy foods is another area that is important. Eliminate harmful foods such as
white flour and sugar and refined foods. Eat meat moderately and concentrate on
fresh vegetables and fruit. Instead of skipping meals and eating one big meal a
day, eat five to six small meals during the day. This is easier for your body to
absorb and can be used more efficiently.It is important to keep your metabolism
functioning to lose weight. Exercise is important for everyone, but not everyone
wants to run for an hour, or has access to a swimming pool. Find something you
like to do. If you don't like to exercise alone, join a gym and have a variety
of activities to choose from. If you have a good place to walk, take a brisk
walk several times a week. You may not see instant results, but you will be
burning extra calories and begin to tone up.Healthy Weight LossBy eating less
calories and eating healthier foods, you will keep your metabolism from slowing
down. You can still eat enough to get full without eating fatty or sugar-laden
foods. All natural and organic foods will satisfy your appetite and help you
burn more calories. Taking vitamins and minerals will help avoid any
deficiencies.As you seek weight loss and natural healing, make some changes in
your life. Strive to eat healthy and get more exercise. These are the keys to
feeling better and living a longer and more satisfying life.Chris Robertson is
an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet
marketing companies on the web. Learn more about weight loss. - Gem Buying
Guide How to Buy a Gemstone The good news is we can teach you about gemstone
quality. After you read our gem buying advice, you will know more than the
average jeweler. The bad news is that you will have to read ALL our gemstone
buying advice: gemstones are much more complicated than diamonds (which is why
most jewelers don't know much about them). So concentrate! Diamonds have
accepted grades for color and clarity and so it is possible for a price list
like the Rapaport Diamond Report to exist. Gemstones have no grading system,
each variety has individual value factors, and within each gem variety, quality
dramatically affects price: a ruby can be worth $10 or $1,000,000. Everybody
agrees what the best stone is, that's easy. But the best buy? That's tricky.
Hold on, we'll get there! First, the basics. Like diamonds, gemstone quality and
value are evaluated according to the "four Cs": color, clarity, cut, and carat
weight. For ruby, sapphire, and to a lesser extent emerald, country or origin
also affects value. Unfortunately, colored gemstones are also commonly treated,
so that also affects value for ruby, sapphire and emerald in particular. Let's
start with the most important gemstone value factors, color, clarity, and carat
weight. Judging Color Color is the key factor. But don't assume that the darker
the color, the better the stone. That isn't true: color can be too dark, like
some sapphires that look more black than blue. Think grass green, not forest
green. Fire engine red, not burgundy. The more bright and vivid the color, the
better. In precise grading terms: clear, medium-tone, intense and saturated
primary colors are the most preferred. Pure blue, not greenish blue. Pure red,
not purplish red. Muted colors and colors between hues, which you might find
very attractive, are usually less expensive. Look at the color in different
kinds of light Judging Clarity The next most important factor affecting value is
clarity: clear transparent gemstones with no visible flaws are the most valued.
There is no standardized grading system for clarity: it varies by gem variety.
With colored gemstones, if the inclusion doesn't show in the face up position,
it generally doesn't matter at all. (unlike diamonds which are graded
upside-down at 10x magnification). Some varieties, notably emerald and red
tourmaline, are very rare without inclusions of some kind so the price structure
takes this into account. Pastel colored gemstones show inclusions more, so they
generally detract more from the value for pale stones. In rare cases,
inclusions can increase value. Special effects like the star in star sapphire
and the eye in cat's-eye chrysoberyl are caused by inclusions. Inclusions can
also be a birthmark, proving that a gemstone is from a particular place. So
"horse-tail" inclusions in demantoid garnet make it more valuable because they
prove it came from Russia. But more about origin later Carat Weight and Prices
Gemstones are sold by weight, not by size. Prices are calculated per carat,
which is one-fifth of a gram. Some gems are denser than others so the same
weight stone may be a different size! For example a one-carat emerald is a
bigger than a one-carat ruby. Just like diamonds, the carat weight also affects
the price: large gemstones are more rare, so the price per carat is higher. But
practically, this doesn't make much of a difference with common gems like
amethyst, citrine and blue topaz. It really kicks in for ruby, emerald,
sapphire, alexandrite, tsavorite and demantoid garnet, Paraiba and rubellite
tourmaline, spinel, and pink topaz. Another important quality factor, which
makes a big difference in a gem's beauty, but may not add much to the price is
cut... Judging Cut A good cut is something that may not cost more but can add or
subtract a lot of beauty. A well-cut faceted gemstone reflects light back evenly
across its surface area when held face up. If the stone is too deep and narrow,
areas will be dark. If it is too shallow and wide, parts of the stone will be
washed out and lifeless. The best way to judge cut is to look at similar
gemstones next to each other. Consider the Gem Alternatives We recommend buying
the best quality gemstone you can afford. In general, smaller gemstones of
higher quality appreciate more over time than larger stones of lower quality. If
your budget is too small to buy the quality you want, consider buying a higher
quality gemstone from an unusual variety. Mediocre rubies, emeralds and
sapphires cost a lot more than fine garnets, tourmalines, tanzanites, and other
exotics. In general, gemstone pricing within each variety follows common sense:
the more beautiful the gemstone, with the final visual effect of all the quality
factors, the more valuable it is. Don't be afraid to choose what looks best to
you! Different varieties have different price ranges. some varieties are lower
in price because they are readily available, some because the color isn't very
popular (brown and yellow stones, for example), some because the material is
relatively soft, some because they are too rare to create demand and some
because no one has heard of them or they have a weird name. You think I am
kidding? Why does tanzanite cost more than tsavorite or spinel? A pretty name is
the only explanation. Here is a thumbnail guide to prices of different gem
varieties, assuming good, but not great, quality: ? BIG THREE: ruby emerald and
sapphire Expect to pay between $250 and $10,000 per carat. Emerald and ruby cost
more than sapphire, particularly in large sizes. ? NEW CLASSICS: tanzanite,
tourmaline, aquamarine, imperial topaz, and tsavorite garnet These gemstones are
sometimes available in standardized sizes but fine stones are one of a kind and
jewelry will have to be made specifically for the stone. Prices range between
$50 to $1,000 per carat, with tsavorite easily reaching $3,000 per carat. ?
CONNOISSEUR GEMS: black opal, jadeite, pink topaz, chrysoberyl cat's-eye, fancy
colored sapphires, demantoid garnet and alexandrite. These gems are sought after
and prices range from $250 to $5,000 per carat, although alexandrite with a good
color change will command at least $10,000 even in a one-carat size. ?
COLLECTOR STONES: spinel, zircon, moonstone, morganite and other beryls, and
many rare gemstones. Collector's gems are not available in quantity to be
marketed effectively so you get a lot of beauty for the money. Red and hot pink
spinels can command a few thousand per carat but most of the gems in this
category will sell for hundreds not thousands. ? AFFORDABLE GEMS: amethyst,
white opal, citrine, ametrine, peridot, rhodolite garnet, blue topaz, iolite,
chrome diopside, kunzite, andalusite, and ornamental gemstones such as lapis
lazuli, turquoise, onyx, chrysoprase, nephrite jade, and amber. These gems
combine great color with reasonable prices and good availability: prices for
these gemstone range between $5 and $100 per carat. Gemstone Treatment Most
gemstones are treated. If you want one, you basically have to just get over it.
Or buy a garnet, peridot, iolite, spinel, chrysoberyl, or alexandrite, which are
basically the only gemstones that aren't doctored. That being said, the trade
distinguishes between good treatments and bad treatments and so should you. Why?
Good treatments are the basic ones that everyone expects to have happened unless
you can prove otherwise. Everyone in the business basically ignores these when
calculating prices. Bad treatments affect value and these gems are "special"
products that not everyone will carry or buy. They may not hold value as well as
normal products. They are, in a sense, taboo. Trade accepted treatments: ?
heating ruby and sapphire ? putting organic resins and wax in emerald ?
heating amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, tanzanite, tourmaline, precious topaz,
and zircon ? irradiating blue topaz (it is all irradiated: if you want it,
accept it) ? waxing jadeite, lapis lazuli, and other ornamental gemstones ?
dying onyx black (it isn't) ? bleaching pearls white Taboo treatments: ? glass
filling of ruby ? diffusion treatment of sapphire ? epoxy resin in emerald
(the trade is currently fighting about this one: it's more permanent so in a
sense may be better but it offends traditionalists and who knows what these
things will look like in 20 years.) ? dyeing opal black, lapis blue, or any
other dye treatment ? epoxy treatment of jadeite (known as B-Jade in Hong Kong)
Trade-accepted treatment comes into play as a value factor at the very top of
the market: fine ruby, sapphire, and emerald that is certified to be untreated
will command a premium. Another value factor that mainly affects the gems in the
top 1% of the market is country of origin, which we discuss next... Gem Buying
Guide Gemstone Origin Country of origin matters in the prices of high-end ruby
and sapphire but it doesn't have to matter to you. If a major lab says that a
ruby is from Burma or a sapphire is from Kashmir or Burma, it costs more than an
identical stone without confirmed origin. Are you buying a gem that is
important, say $20,000 or up, with a certificate? Then you need to think about
origin. If not, don't worry about it other than the fact that it is kind of cool
to know where a gem is from. A few things you need to know about origin if you
are thinking of paying for one of these premium gemstones: ? GIA doesn't grade
origin. The major labs that do so, in order of preference, are: 1) Gubelin in
Switzerland, 2) SSEF in Switzerland, 3) AGTA in New York, 4) American
Gemological Laboratories in New York. ? Origin is guesswork. Only some stones
show evidence and the limits of non-destructive testing means almost no
certainty. And geology doesn't respect national boundaries. The ruby deposit in
Vietnam is geologically almost identical to Burma's deposit. ? Origin became
important because it was a shorthand for color. If you can get the same color
from a different mine, what's the difference? ? Ruby from Burma, to a
connoisseur, means ruby from Mogok, not Mong Hsu. If you are going to pay a
premium, make sure you are getting the real thing. ? For emerald, the color of
Colombian emerald and African emerald are different. You can almost never
confuse the two, so the question of country of origin really just means color. I
hope you enjoyed the Guide, Make the Right Choice. In our next book we will
talk about different kinds of Jade. We will give you the full laydown on this
mystical gem. We will teach you how to look for the genuine Jade. So keep an eye
out for this valuable informative book and don't get taken for a piece of glass
or C class Jade. Visit our website to see natural Jade, most are Certified. To visit our ebooks shop:
Author: John de Groot. About
the Author After Having spend 4 years in China, worked and learned from Gem
Miners, Cutters and sculptures. I have learned enough to understand that many
people are being ripped off, at prices way past reasonable. Many Jewelers dont
even know much about it. I hope this will give you some idea as to what you need
to be looking for and what to expect.

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