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How to Take Care of Your Diamond

How to Take Care of Your Diamond Diamonds are natural magnets for grease, so they’re not easy to keep clean. When a diamond is handled, the oils from your fingers adhere to the diamond’s surface and affect its brilliance and fire. A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry looking beautiful is to soak it in a gentle degreasing solution, such as water with a few drops of mild dish soap, once or twice a week. After you remove the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt. The toothbrush should be new and reserved exclusively for cleaning your jewelry. Use it to clean hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond, which tends to collect the most oil and dirt. Fragile settings, like older prongs in antique jewelry or a tension setting where the diamond is held in place by pressure from [...]

How to Take Care of Your Diamond

What is it with Radiant Cut Diamonds?

What is it with Radiant Cut Diamonds? Popular since the 1980s, the Radiant Cut Diamond lives up to its name: it is impressively radiant and brilliant. Henry Grossbard designed the Radiant Cut in 1977 in pursuit of combining the finest elements of the Round Brilliant Cut and the Emerald Cut. The Radiant Cut Diamond owes its brilliance to the 70 facets found its pavilion and crown. The precision of each facet offers immense brilliance and fire. The Radiant Cut’s brilliance is surpassed only by the Round Brilliant Cut. With carefully beveled corners, Radiants have substantial durability against chips and breakage. Therefore, it makes it an excellent choice for those with an active lifestyle. The radiant cut diamond is the first square cut (the second being the princess) to have a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion, creating a vibrant and lively square diamond. First popular [...]

What is it with Radiant Cut Diamonds?

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." GIA studies show that for the overwhelming majority of diamonds, the strength of fluorescence has no widely noticeable effect on appearance. In [...]

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 demand for the stones as a commodity. When new diamond mines are discovered, the price naturally falls as supply of diamonds becomes [...]

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. Clarity- Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics. Also as well as how these affect [...]

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 factors vary considerably from diamond to diamond. The particular combination of each 4 C grade as well as details such as diamond polish, symmetry, [...]

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 them. The new freedom sent traditional taste and fashion packing. Earrings were wild and wonderful, precisely because they did not take themselves [...]

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. https://youtu.be/lbEAf0zcSFw 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 Fair, Paris. However, it was not until 1878 that the link between Tiffany jewelry and the world’s finest diamonds was firmly etched [...]

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 from the fact that courtiers wore marquise cut diamonds in order to show off their rank. Marquise diamonds are also often referred [...]

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 with face to face dealing with someone they feel they can trust. The best way to find this level of comfort is [...]

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 and other items only available to the wealthiest in society, Fabergé also made smaller and more affordable items, but with the same [...]

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 and sparkle of an Asscher cut diamond as an endless hallway with reflective mirrors. Although the Asscher cut is known as a [...]

What is it with Asscher Cut Diamonds

What is it about Pear Shaped Diamonds

What is it about Pear Shaped Diamonds? The modified brilliant-cut pear shaped diamond is a combination of a round and a marquise shape, with a tapered point on one end. The pear shaped diamond is always worn with the narrow end pointing toward the hand of the wearer. Like marquise and oval cuts, the pear shaped diamond comes in a wide variety. As a result, slim to wide cuts has the added benefit of making the wearer's fingers appear longer and slimmer. Ideally, a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. The point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform. Another attribute is symmetrical curves, with no straight edges. The rounded top should not appear narrow or squat, but like a semi-circle. In [...]

What is it about Pear Shaped Diamonds

Top Quality Amethyst

Top Quality Amethyst Amethyst is classified as a semi precious stone. A purple form of quartz, amethyst is one of the more valuable forms of the mineral. Amethyst is one of the most popular choices among the semi precious stones. Amethysts are believed to hold a legendary power to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions. Once available only to the royalty, amethysts have become one of the most popular gemstones used in jewelry pieces because of their wide availability and affordability. Unlike many other gems, the price doesn’t rise with carat weight. Instead, its value depends primarily on the color. Amethyst colors range from pale lilac to deep reddish purple. The finest amethyst is a deep purple color and looks the best in daylight as compared to artificial lighting. The deep colors are the most valuable, especially a rich purple with rose flashes. There are three standards that Amethyst [...]

Top Quality Amethyst

Idar-Oberstein

Idar-Oberstein Idar-Oberstein is a small town situated in the Hunsrück Mountains of the Rhineland-Palatine region in the south west of Germany. Despite its diminutive size, it became one of the leading gem-cutting centers of the world, with a history of mining and lapidary dating back hundreds of years. In the 1800s the agate deposits along the Nahe River began to be depleted. As a result, by that time gem cutting was the mainstay of its inhabitants. To stay in business, they began to import rough stones from Brazil. This is due to the fact that is where discoveries of amethyst, citrine, tourmaline, topaz and other gemstone materials had been made. By the end of the nineteenth century, gems from around the world were being shipped to Idar-Oberstein for cutting by its famous artisans. There were literally hundreds of cutting houses in the town and surrounding villages. However this very fame led to the end of the industry's [...]

Idar-Oberstein

An Appropriate Budget for Buying an Engagement Ring

An Appropriate Budget for Buying an Engagement Ring Engagement rings hold symbolic value and they last a lifetime, but every couple is different. In the 1980s, De Beers started the "two months' salary" campaign asking potential customers to connect the amount of money they were willing to spend to the worth of their relationship. Engagement rings hold symbolic value and they last a lifetime, but every couple is different. It’s highly unrealistic these days, since it considers gross income rather than net, and doesn’t look at debt load (at an all-time high for young adults due to student loans). Despite what the jewelry stores may want you to spend, it’s never a good feeling to spend the first several years of your marriage paying off the engagement ring. We don’t believe there should be any rules or guidelines on the budget you set. What is most important is that you are [...]

An Appropriate Budget for Buying an Engagement Ring
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