May 24

Jewelry and Gems The Buying Guide – Diamond Grading Report (1)

Today, few fine diamonds over one carat are sold without a diamond grading report, or certificate, as they are also called, from a respected laboratory. Reports issued by the GIA/Gem trade laboratory are most widely used in the United States and many countries around world.
A grading report does more than clarify the stone’s genuineness, it fully describes the stone and evaluate each of the critical factors affecting quality, beauty, and value. Grading reports can be very useful for a variety of reasons. The information they contain can provide verification of the “facts” as represented by the seller and enable one to make a safer decision when purchasing a diamond. Another, important function of reports is to verify the identity of a specific diamond at some future time, if, for example, it has been out of one’s possession for any reason. For insurance purposes, the information provided on the report will help ensure replacement of a lost or stolen diamond with one that is truly “compatible quality.”

Reports are not necessary for every diamond, and many beautiful diamonds used in jewelry are sold without them. But when considering the purchase of a very fine diamond weighting one carat or more, we strongly recommend that the diamond be accompanied by a report, even if it means having a diamond removed from its setting (no reputable lab will issue a report on a mounted diamond), and then reset. If you are considering a diamond that lacks a report, it is easy for your jeweler to obtain one. Or, now that GIA is issuing diamond grading reports to the public, you may submit a diamond at GIA yourself.

Do not rely on the report alone

The availability and widespread use of diamond grading reports can, when properly understood, enable even those without professional skills to make

May 22

Diamond Inclusions

A diamond responds to incident light in three different ways. It allows a portion of light to pass through itself; it reflects another portion and refracts yet another portion of the incident light within itself. This dispersion and refraction of light is what makes the diamond sparkle.

When the path or wavelength of incident light is obstructed or diverted, the play of light does not occur. Depending on the size and type of the obstruction, this can impart a dull and lifeless look to the diamond.

Such obstructions are caused by flaws of the diamond that may either be internal or external or both. External flaws occurring on the surface of the diamonds are called blemishes while internal faults occurring within the crystalline surface of the diamond are known as inclusions.

Inclusions are acquired naturally by diamonds during their formative years deep within the womb of mother earth and are akin to birthmarks. These flaws are created due to irregular crystallization of diamond during its formation process.

Blemishes can be man-inflicted during mining, cutting & polishing or they may also have been acquired naturally.

One must understand clearly that diamonds are formed deep within the earth in the crudest of environments under unimaginable conditions of temperatures and pressures. These conditions are far removed from those of a sterile laboratory.

As a result, it is normal for diamonds to have inclusions. Inclusions are present in diamonds as a rule rather than as exceptions.

Nevertheless, inclusions need not be looked upon with distaste, if they are small and have a negligible effect on the brilliance and clarity of a diamond. In fact, the inclusions present in individual diamonds are as unique as the human fingerprint and are recorded in detail in the diamond’s gradation report.

Most inclusions do not affect the beauty of a diamond and are considered to be

May 20

Some Facts To Consider Before Gifting Diamond Ring This Valentines Day

Since long, there has been a custom of presenting an engagement ring as a symbol of Marriage. For the ancient Greeks, diamonds were considered as fragments of stars fallen on Earth. Diamonds are the symbol of fidelity and love, thus the tradition of giving a diamond jewel at the time of commitment has been preserved. The couple in love is very fond of presenting something on the Valentines Day, the day of love. What could be better than a diamond ring that will make the moment unforgettable for both for years!

Mother Nature has given us these rare and exceptional stones, born from the strength and the high temperatures inside the crust. Diamonds consist of pure carbon atoms arranged in a cubic arrangement which gives them their extraordinary hardness.

The diamonds have three extraordinary qualities due to which women consider diamonds as their best friends:

1.The quality of reflecting light. When cut, the diamonds catch the light and retain within themselves, and emit the light as a shower of fire and brilliance.
2.It is the purest gem.
3.The hardest known substance on earth, which makes it the best candidate to create jewellery.

Clarity

A perfect diamond does not have any blemish, line or small pieces of coal, and is very rare to find. These imperfections, also called “inclusions” are microscopic, which are visible by diamond experts and powerful magnifying glasses; however these imperfections do not hinder the passage of light through the stone, and also does not affect her true beauty!

The round cut diamonds are the most popular these days that one can gift to his/her beloved. There are several ways to cut; the brilliant cut is the most popular, which is round. There are also other sizes such as marquise, emerald cut, princess, bob square, heart

May 20

How To Choose The Perfect Diamond Ring Design

With millions of different designs of diamond rings available in the market, it is hard to choose the perfect design that would fit your lifestyle and preference. Here are some basic tips that can help you in your search.

1. Take note of your budget

Before setting your hungry sight on the perfect diamond ring, make sure first that you have the budget to purchase it. The amount that you are willing to spend will actually determine the range of products that you will choose from. Your budget will actually help you narrow down your options.

2. Look at different stores

Do not just go to one store. Window shop. Ask for prices and specifications. Don’t be shy to do this. A diamond ring is not something that you just buy on a whim (except of course if you are a Paris Hilton incarnate and you just have tons of money to spare!). Clerks in stores will understand this as they too will not be buying diamond rings without studying every aspect of it.

3. Look at the properties

Remember too that in buying diamonds, you don’t just look at the designs but also the properties like the clarity, the carat, the color and the cut. This will largely determine the price of the diamond that you will be buying. Often, stores will have some sort of record of the properties of each diamond ring that they have on display. Ask the clerk about this.

To give you a rundown of the properties, here they are. Clarity refers to the clearness of the gemstone. This will include the imperfections, the haziness as well as the brilliance. The color as the name suggests refers to the color. Some diamonds are yellowish in color. These are the less expensive ones. The carat

May 19

Diamond Ring – A Timeless Expression Of Love

Are you secretly planning to pop the question to her? Making the final decision to propose to your girlfriend can be a big one. However, what can be tougher is, choosing the right diamond engagement ring.

What are the most important things that you should keep in mind when you are purchasing a diamond engagement ring? Remember that a classic ring is composed of two important parts the setting and the diamond. You should first choose a setting that your fiance would love and then devote the rest of your time and budget to choose a diamond that is both beautiful, as well as certified.

Yellow Diamonds Sydney

Yellow diamonds sydney can be defined as dream ring. Lucky are those who get yellow diamonds sydney as gifts because it is very expensive when compared to other diamonds. Yellow diamonds sydney s comes in different varieties. There are single stoned blue diamond ring.
Natural yellow diamonds are very rare. One of the most famous known yellow diamonds is Hope diamond. Its birthplace is said to be Australia. The yellow shade is very attractive and also the most desirable color. Possessing a blue diamond ring not only makes you beautiful but it is also a life long investment. There is online shopping available to help you buy blue diamond ring but one have to be very careful because of its expense.
Diamond Rings Sydney

Diamond rings are a unique gift for the beloved and loved ones. There are different types of unique rings available. Unique engagement rings and unique weddings rings are more popular.
Diamond rings sydney are made of different types of diamond and it is suitable to wear for any occasion. For many years women has got a special attraction towards diamond rings sydney. Now the

May 19

Exclusive Lola Rose Designer Jewellery Collection At Socharming.co.uk

We strive to stock a wide variety of colours and styles within the Lola Rose Jewellery range. We are now offering a special discount on all Lola Rose Jewellery purchased from our online store throughout he month of April.

At So Charming We have such fabulous items like the Lola Rose Bambi Bracelet

This little bracelet is perfect to add a splash of colour to any outfit or a great one for any age group. The love knot adjusts to fit most wrist sizes.

We also have the “to die for” Lola Rose Amelie Ring.

The Lola Rose Amelie Ring is a must for any wardrobe! This beautiful ring by Lola Rose Jewellery features an aqua quartzite flower with a sterling silver band.

The flower measures 3.5cm across. This ring is suitable for any occasion and is guaranteed to draw attention with an air of elegance and sophistication unparalleled against any other competition within the room.

Lola Rose Jewellery is one of the most stylish and successful jewellery brands in the UK today. Specialising in bold, colourful jewellery, hand-made from the finest semi-precious stones, Lola Rose Jewellery is worn regularly by Hollywood film stars and fashionistas.

Designer Nicola Gewirtz’s philosophy of ‘affordable luxury’ is quite simple; she makes her customers feel wonderful – bringing colour, glamour and a smile with every purchase; an unbeatable combination.

She says:
“I love to shop! My burning desire for a funky handbag or a girly bracelet knows no bounds. Throughout my life that I have been on a constant quest – to find the most beautiful fashion accessories!

I created Lola Rose Jewellery in September 2000; it has been a journey that has outstripped my wildest expectations.

Born in London, I followed a solid, if unfulfilled career as a personal assistant

May 17

Diamond Ring Stores – Some Quick Tips.

Diamond ring stores – which store is the question.

The first question is, should you buy your diamond ring online or offline?

Well here’s why I think online might be your best option. First the price; chances are, you will pay less money by buying your diamond ring online.

Why? Well think about it. If you buy your diamond ring at a local jewelry store, the jeweler has to pay for the real estate, the taxes, and the advertisement. Now the same jeweler – let’s imagine he has an online store – he doesn’t have to pay for real estate, the taxes are way down, and the advertisement online is cheaper.

So the price is one thing. The second thing, if you buy offline, chances are you will be harassed by the sales people in the jewelry store making you feel cheap because you haven’t invested, you know, thousands and thousands of dollars in your first diamond ring. So it can be unpleasant.

Third reason; the choice. If you buy at your local jewelry store, well basically the choices are what’s there – right? But if you go online, the choices are virtually limitless.

The other question is how do you make sure that you don’t get scammed if you buy your diamond ring online?

Well, here are three quick tips.

Number one; make sure that the website or the company has a return policy so that if you buy the diamond ring and you don’t like the way it looks or it’s not what you want, you can simply put it back in the box and send it back to the company and get your money back. So make sure it has a good return policy and you read the fine print.

May 17

The Magic of Diamonds – Diamond Buying Guide and Education

Diamonds

The diamond has been one of the most coveted gems in history. Uncut diamond adorned the suits of armor of the great knights; cut diamonds have adorned the crowns of kings and queens throughout the ages. Today the diamond is internationally recognized as a symbol of love and betrothal and is the recipient of increasing interest as a source for investment.

The diamond has been credited with many magical powers, superior strength, bravery and courage. At one time it was considered the emblem of fearlessness and invincibility; the mere possession of a diamond would endow the wearer with superior strength, bravery, and courage. It was also believed that a diamond could drive away the devil and all spirits of the night.
During the 1500s diamonds were looked upon as talismans that could enhance the love of a husband for his wife. In the Talmud a gem that, from its description, was probably a diamond was worn by the high priest and served to prove innocence or guilt. If an accused person were guilty, the stone grew dim; if innocent, it shone more brilliantly than ever.
The Hindus classed diamonds according to four castes. The Brahmin diamond (colorless) gave power, friends, riches, and good luck; the Kshatriya (brown/champagne) prevented old age; Vaisya (the color of a “kodali flower”) brought success; and the sudra (a diamond with sheen of a polished blade, probably gray or black) brought all types of good fortune. Red and yellow diamonds were exclusively royal gems, for kings alone.
Diamonds have been associated with almost everything from producing sleepwalking to producing invincibility and spiritual ecstasy. Even sexual prowess has been strongly attributed to the diamond. There is a catch, however, to all the mythical powers associated with this remarkable gem. One must find the diamond “naturally” in order to

May 17

Mens Jewellery Snap Style Guide On Wearing Jewellery

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According to a recent survey in the US, around forty percent of women thought men wearing jewellery other than a watch and a wedding band, exuded confidence. So guys, if you want to impress the ladies or you just want to impress, heres a brief guide to what looks hip and cool in mens jewellery.

Mens earrings: Youve seen photos of David Beckham wearing a pair of diamond earrings. Englands full-back footballer, Ashley Cole wears a diamond stud too. If you have quite a chiselled jaw line, a pair of studs or a single stud will set off the sparkle in your eyes.

Mens bracelets: Wearing a bracelet is probably the nearest you will get to revealing your feminine side. Lets face it, when youre used to wearing a watch, the ultimate masculine item of jewellery, youre bold, know what you want in life and if youre wearing a good functional watch, you have no excuse of not turning up to work or a hot date on time. Balance that with a chunky bracelet on your naked wrist could send confusing signals. The best option perhaps is wear a simple, silver bracelet. Johnny Depp wears a leather bracelet. Some guys wear power bracelets; like the string of dark grey beads for balance and sense of security. Girls are more likely to take note that you think beyond the realms of the practicalities in life and have the scope to enter the spiritual zone.

Mens necklaces: Seen Oceans Twelve, where Brad Pitt is wearing an understated silver necklace and cool cufflinks? Well a lot of men had gone in search of Brad Pitt pieces after seeing the film. If you have a short, wide neck its best to steer clear of necklaces that grasp the neckline. Better worn,

May 16

Natural Pink Diamonds – Your Shopping Guide for these Rare Diamonds

Pink diamonds, unlike 1 carat round colorless diamonds, are truly rare. In fact, pink is one of the rarest colors. Only red diamonds (never seen one) and blue diamonds are more rare.

Given the rarity, pink diamonds are not for the faint of wallet but more affordable ones can be found. First you have to have some understanding of the pink diamond grading scale, which is haphazard at best.

Pink Diamond Grading–a Reader’s Digested Version

Size and clarity are less important than color when it comes to pink diamond pricing. Words like Fancy, Intense, Vivid, Deep preceding the word pink, all tend to mean higher price range. Light, Very Light and Faint adjectives put the prices on the lower end of the scale–and make them more affordable to mere mortals who are not movie stars. I’ve seen faint pink that looks pink enough when set in pink gold to be desirable and faint pink that you can’t even tell it is pink. So a dealer that knows how to choose a pink and set a pink diamond is vital to bringing out the most pink possible and ending up with beautiful jewelry.

A Fancy Intense Pink diamond in a 1 carat size can run run over $100k and on up. A “qualifier” in the color as determined by the GIA can bring the price way up or way down. Add a qualifier like “brownish” in the color pink, like brownish pink, and the price falls dramatically. And many times that qualifier is a good thing because to the naked eye, the brown is not detectable nor unpleasant.

Another qualifier is orange or orangey or orangish. Then there’s purple with grades like purple pink, purplish pink, pinkish purple, pink purple and more. And wait, it gets more interesting and haphazard than that.

Valuable Pink Diamonds & Unusual

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