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Fluorescence: What your jeweler won’t tell you about.

Fluorescence: What your jeweler won't tell you about. Fluorescence is the tendency of a diamond to emit a (soft) glow when exposed to ultraviolet light (UV light). Is Fluorescence in a diamond good or bad? Well its not that simple. Fluorescence can enhance or detract from the beauty of a diamond. For instance, the bluish tint can improve a lower-color diamond by cancelling out the faint yellow. As a result, it will have a colorless appearance. However, in a very high-color diamond, fluorescence may have the opposite effect. In a small number of diamonds, the presence of strong fluorescence creates a hazy, milky, oily, or cloudy appearance. For this reason, very fluorescent diamonds can be valued lower than similar diamonds with fluorescent ratings of "None," "Faint," or "Medium." [...]

Fluorescence: What your jeweler won’t tell you about.

Will my diamonds appreciate in value?

Will my diamonds appreciate in value? Diamonds are showcase pieces. Celebratory stones. Through the years, diamonds have long held prominence as a status symbol, a sparkling outward reminder to the world of an individual’s wealth and prestige. But diamond values have fluctuated greatly over the years. From the booming economic excess of the 1980s when DeBeers dominated the market and proclaimed “a diamond is forever” to the dismantling of the DeBeers monopoly and the economic downturn of the Great Recession, diamond values and prices are a reflection of numerous market variants. Most notably, though, diamonds and their pricing are a reflection of supply and demand. Like the prices of metals such as gold, silver and platinum, the market for a diamond ebbs and flows in value based on [...]

Will my diamonds appreciate in value?

What are the “4 C’s” and What Does it Mean to YOU When Buying a Diamond

What are the "4 C's" and What Does it Mean to YOU When Buying a Diamond Today, the 4Cs of Diamond Quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world. Diamond 4Cs meant two very important things: diamond quality could be communicated in a universal language, and diamond customers could now know exactly what they were about to purchase. Color- The diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water. Consequently, a higher value. GIA’s D-to-Z diamond color-grading system. This measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value. [...]

What are the “4 C’s” and What Does it Mean to YOU When Buying a Diamond

How much is a 1 carat diamond worth?

How Much is a 1 Carat Diamond Worth? A 1.00 carat diamond can range in price from about $1,000 to over $12,000. Did you know that diamond prices change from day to day, much like gold or antiques? These fluctuations can be caused by market trends, the time of year, etc. In addition to market conditions, diamond shapes and diamond grades have an impact on diamond price. Diamond shape refers to the 10 popular diamond silhouettes. The price differences between shapes, which we’ll discuss later, vary considerable due to demand and manufacturing costs. The 4 Cs of diamonds cut, color, clarity and carat weight all contribute to the price of a diamond. Every diamond has its own unique characteristics, flaws and beauties, much like a snowflake has its own unique structure. All of these [...]

How much is a 1 carat diamond worth?

The 60s in Jewelry

The 60s in Jewelry The Do-Your-Own-Thing credo of the 60s transformed the world of jewelry design by exponentially exploding the factor of individualism far beyond the parameters set in the 50s. Creativity expanded like matter from the Big Bang and filled the jewelry universe with legions of creative artisans marching to the beat of their own drums. The major difference is because these artisans not only could design their own jewelry, but had the talents and expertise to manufacture and market it as well. In addition, experimentation with shape, form and texture was rampant. In the 60's, individual craftspeople, men and women alike, were encouraged to pour energy into their own visionary and nonrepresentational pieces. Large gemstones no longer dominated, but became subordinate to the designs that supported [...]

The 60s in Jewelry

History of Tiffany

History of Tiffany Arguably the world’s most iconic jewelry brand, the history of Tiffany dates back to 1837. This is when 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany and his friend John B Young opened a small stationery and fancy goods store in New York City with the help of a $1,000 contribution from Charles’ father. Located on Broadway, the Tiffany store quickly established itself as the go-to emporium for fashionable ladies in search of jewels and timepieces. It has a clean American style that represented a distinct departure from the opulence associated with the Victorian era. As the first American company to adopt the British silver standard of using only metal that was 92% pure, Tiffany received international recognition when it won the grand prize for silver craftsmanship at the 1867 World’s [...]

History of Tiffany

What is it with Marquise Cut Diamond?

What is it about Marquise Cut Diamond? A marquise cut diamond features 58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends. The marquise cut's origin dates back to the 18th century when King Louis XV of France (1710-1774) commissioned a jeweler to design a cut shape that resembled the lips of his mistress. She was Jean Antoinette Poisson, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.  Over time, the marquise cut developed into the distinctive shape known today. The marquise diamond cut, also known as the football-shaped cut, the boat-shaped cut, the eye-shaped cut, or the navette. This diamond shape is rarely seen in the engagement ring world compared to other less vintage cuts. The name “marquise” refers to a hereditary rank above a count. However, below a duke and comes [...]

What is it with Marquise Cut Diamond?

How to Negotiate a Fair Price When Buying a Diamond?

How to Negotiate a Fair Price When Buying a Diamond? Negotiating a fair price when buying a diamond depends mostly on how much you study the market for the specific diamond of your choice. You can readily study what is available on the internet and you can shop in the stores in your area, too. Once you know all the prices, you can decide where you'd like to buy and what level of mark-up over cost you want to pay which will be mostly according to the level of service and ambiance you desire and appreciate. Not everyone wants to pay the least for little or no service. Not everyone wants to pay top dollar for luxurious surroundings, privacy and atmosphere. Most folks end up being most comfortable [...]

How to Negotiate a Fair Price When Buying a Diamond?

Fabergé: A Life Of Its Own

Faberge: A Life of its Own An award-winning documentary “Fabergé: A Life of Its Own” recounts the roller coaster story of the House of Fabergé, one of the most prestigious names in luxury. The work of Peter Carl Fabergé, and the jewelry firm begun by his father, first came to the attention of the Russian royal family when Tsaritsa Maria — recipient of the Third Imperial egg — bought her husband a pair of Fabergé cufflinks. The patronage of the Tsars, who commissioned the legendary Imperial eggs as family Easter gifts, and gifted thousands of Fabergé items to dignitaries and dignitaries they visited, meant that in 1900, Peter Carl oversaw a firm of 300 craftsmen and workers, all housed in one St Petersburg building. Along with the eggs [...]

Fabergé: A Life Of Its Own

What is it with Asscher Cut Diamonds

What is it with Asscher Cut Diamonds? Although it was first introduced in 1902, the Asscher cut did not become popular until the 1920s. It was created by the Asscher Brothers of Holland’s Asscher Diamond Company (now the Royal Asscher Diamond Company), who, at the time, were famous for cutting a 3,106 carat rough diamond. For decades after the Great Depression, Asscher cuts were primarily found in vintage jewelry stores, but the shape surged in popularity again during the early 2000s. Asscher cuts look similar to emerald cuts with the most obvious difference being that they are square, as opposed to rectangular. This cut features large step facets and a high crown that produces a brilliance unlike any other diamond shape. In fact, diamond experts often refer to the shine [...]

What is it with Asscher Cut Diamonds
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