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  • World’s Most Famous Gemstone: The Hope Diamond

    December 8, 2015
    The Hope Diamond has become one of the world’s most famous stones. It attracts millions of visitors each year and is one of the largest blue diamonds known to exist. With its magnificent size, impressive line of owners, interesting history, and alleged curse, it’s no wonder this gemstone has managed to rise to a celebrity status that stretches around the world. The Specs The Hope Diamond is 45.52 carats. Its official color is Fancy Dark Grayish Blue, a very rare and unique color for diamonds. It’s cut in the Antique Cushion style and valued at around $250 million (in U.S. currency). Surrounding the central blue diamond are sixteen smaller diamonds with the chain housing forty-five more. The Story The Hope diamond ...
  • Diamonds are Forever—And Sometimes Colorful!

    November 14, 2015
    When searching for the right diamond, you will probably look at the 5 C’s. One of those C’s includes color. For most of us, a diamond’s color will be between colorless and hints of yellow. Colorless diamonds are considered higher quality and will fetch higher prices. However, there are other diamonds that feature an array of surprising colors. These are called fancy color diamonds and even though they’re not colorless, their rarity makes them extremely valuable. Fancy color diamonds can be a variety of colors—blue, green, yellow, pink or red. In order to create these vivid colors, naturally occurring diamonds must undergo very specific circumstances during their formation. These circumstances lead to changes in ...
  • Carat or Karat?

    September 2, 2015
    When searching for jewelry you are sure to come across these two words—carat and karat. One measures weight and the other purity. Knowing the meanings behind both words may help inform your next jewelry purchase. Carat vs. Karat Carat is a measure of weight used to describe diamonds and gemstones. For example, when purchasing a diamond engagement ring you may come across rings that feature a 2-carat, 1-carat, or even a 1/2-carat diamond. What the carat really tells you is how much the diamond weighs. (One carat equals 200 milligrams, or the weight of the average raindrop.) When shopping for diamond jewelry, know that carat size not only determines weight but also price. The bigger the diamond, the higher the price. Kar ...
  • How are Diamonds Formed?

    August 6, 2015
    We put a lot of value on diamonds, and for good reason. These geologic gems are tough, rare, and able to withstand the test of time. It’s no wonder that we’ve associated diamond jewelry with important life events such as engagements, weddings and anniversaries. At Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, we see lots of people come in looking for the perfect stone to celebrate the best moments of their lives, but what about the life events of a diamond? This led us to answer the question—How are diamonds formed? Birth of a Diamond Diamonds are formed in the upper mantle of the Earth, about 100 miles below the Earth’s surface. It is an environment of extreme heat and pressure, perfect for compressing carbon molecules and ...
  • Diamonds 101: How to Choose a Diamond

    December 17, 2014

    Choosing a diamond can seem like a daunting task but with the information in this guide and help from the knowledgeable experts at Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange it will be an enjoyable experience. Continue reading

  • Diamonds 101: Shape

    December 17, 2014

    The shape of a diamond refers to its outline when viewed from the top and is the first decision you need to make when choosing a diamond. Continue reading

  • Diamonds 101: Cut

    December 17, 2014

    Cut is considered the most important of the 4Cs. The way a diamond is cut and polished gives the gem its brilliance by allowing the maximum amount of light that enters through the top of the gem to be dispersed back to the eye. A diamond cutter must consider the raw diamond’s Depth, Diameter, Table, Crown, Girdle, Pavilion and Cutlet before he starts to work on creating the finished gem. Continue reading

  • Diamonds 101: Color

    December 17, 2014

    The most desirable diamonds are colorless because their unique optical properties act as a prism and reflect all of the colors of the rainbow back to your eye. While the majority of gem diamonds appear to be colorless, others can contain increasing shades of yellow to brown, some of which are referred to as champagne diamonds. The more color a diamond has the more it will act as a filter that diminishes the brilliant reflections of light, known as fire. Continue reading

  • Diamonds 101: Clarity

    December 17, 2014

    The Clarity grade of a diamond provides an explanation of how free the gem is from blemishes or inclusions. Most diamonds have at least some small blemish or inclusion.
    Those that are completely free of these defects are extremely rare and are known as Flawless. Continue reading

  • Diamonds 101: Carat

    December 17, 2014

    As with all precious stones, a diamond’s weight is measured in carats, which is equivalent to .2 grams. One carat is divided into 100 “points” so that a half carat stone may be referred to as “50 points.” Continue reading

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