Collecting rocks and collectable fossils are a great way to learn about the world around us as well as own some of the most precious gems and artifacts in the world. However, finding genuine rocks and fossils can sometimes be a difficult task, and when you do find them knowing what to pay can be equally as hard. When you're dealing with rocks, especially gemstones (and other collectable rocks), it is very important that you decide whether or not you want to purchase a cut-rock or a loose rock. The difference between these two is basically the cut rock is one that has been treated and professionally cut to maximize its brilliance and beauty. And just the opposite is the loose rock, which is an untreated rock that appears like it would in the wild. Buying fossils and finding fossils for sale is now even easier with Collectables Now!
The price differences between treated and untreated rocks (gemstones) are tremendous. While an untreated rock can gain a significant value, if the same rock has been cut, polished and treated it can bring in a hundred-times what the previous item would. Since most valuable rocks come with a natural counterfeit, which is a rock that is similar but is lacking the components that make it valuable, it is important you learn how to tell the difference between real and faux. A great example of this is fools gold, which during the American gold rush had hundreds of gold-diggers thinking they struck it rich, when really; it was all naturally-made fake gold. The same is with fossils. Make sure that when you are purchasing a fossil it comes with a certificate of authenticity as well as a description as to what the fossil is of and how old it may be.