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  • Understanding Diamond Appraisals and the 4 C’s

    April 12, 2016
    Diamond appraisal is the process of having a stone inspected by a trusted appraiser who determines the stone’s retail value. Appraisals are very helpful for insurance purposes. During the inspection, appraisers look at the 4 C’s (color, clarity, cut, and carat) of a diamond in order to formulate a value estimate. Color All other qualities being equal (clarity, cut and carat), diamonds that possess absolutely no color are appraised most highly. This is because of their ability to act as a prism, reflecting all colors of the rainbow in light. A diamond’s color is determined during appraisal using a scale ranging from D to Z. A score of D indicates that a diamond is completely colorless while a Z-rated diamond contain ...
  • Natural vs. Synthetic Diamonds: What’s the Difference and Which One Should You Buy?

    February 29, 2016
    There are some slight differences between natural and synthetic diamonds, but unless you’re an expert diamond inspector, you probably won’t be able to tell. Synthetic diamonds (man-made, or “cultured” diamonds) are lab-created, but scientists have been able to essentially replicate the conditions that cause diamonds to produce, which results in an identical chemical compound. Because of this fact, many argue that synthetic diamonds are real diamonds. The difference is that this process takes a matter of minutes or hours, versus a few hundred years for a natural diamond. What many people think of when they hear the word “synthetic” or “lab-created” is something like a cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia, as wel ...
  • What Does Your Anniversary Jewelry Mean?

    January 8, 2016
    For centuries, married couples have given gifts of particular metals and gemstones to their spouses in commemoration of their lasting love. While gifts for each year of marriage can range from cotton to wood, couples also have the great option of selecting a particular gemstone or metal that has special meaning. Let’s take a brief look at milestone years of marriage, which gemstones and metals are said to match up, and why. 1st Year It is commonly believed that gold jewelry is appropriate when celebrating the first year of marriage. While there is no consensus as to which gemstone should be given, most agree that pearl or green peridot is the gemstone of choice for the first anniversary. The stone’s signature green c ...
  • 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 ...
  • Understanding Diamond Shape Versus Cut

    October 23, 2015
    So you're starting the hunt for a diamond engagement ring. Maybe you've heard talk of "princess cut" diamonds or "cushion cut" diamonds. It's important for you to know that these "cuts" actually refer to the shape of the diamond when viewed from above. Technically, the term cut refers to the diamond's ability to reflect light. Read on to learn more: Diamond Shapes Again, when most people think of diamond cuts, they're actually thinking about the diamond's shape, or its appearance from above.  There are four general categories of modern diamond shapes: Round, the most common diamond form Square, called cushion cuts Rectangular shapes, which include Asscher, emerald, radiant and princess Other shapes, including trillion, ...
  • 3 Famous Men Who Wear Diamond Studs

    October 16, 2015
    You may not think of diamond studs as a men’s accessory, but turn to male celebrities and you’ll find that some of the manliest men around are drawn to this fashionable and becoming look. Here are three celebrities who frequently wear diamond studs: Will Smith has rocked earrings since the days of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but perhaps his most well-known jewelry look is a pair of diamond studs. Whether dressed for the red carpet or in a casual suit, Smith frequently dons diamond studs, including a pair of black diamonds. Christiano Ronaldo – If you watch soccer, you probably know Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid. This international footballer and men’s fashion symbol is ...