Purchasing Loose Diamonds

Preset diamond jewelry often is more expensive because they are using top of line, higher quality gems. Second, from a financial standpoint it is not only cheaper to design your own jewelry most of the time, but purchasing diamonds is also a great monetary investment. Diamonds, like gold, have a set monetary value and will always be worth more than any paper currency. Those looking to get more for their money may see buying up precious stones as a smart investment for their financial future. Therefore, in the long run it may be more affordable for people to buy diamonds and a more reliable asset

Whatever your decision for purchasing diamonds, there are a few things that can help you find affordable diamonds. One, buying diamonds with slight or small inclusions will lower the price of the diamond. Although flawless diamonds are ideal, they are few and far between and will end up costing you more money. There are ways to hide these inclusions of get rid of them, many professional jewelers provide diamond cleaning and bleaching services to their customers. Two, choosing a diamond that ways slightly more than or slightly less than one carat will lower the price …

Grading of Diamonds

Cut:

The cut of a diamond refers to the quality of the diamond cut (including its symmetry, proportioning and the polish of its facets). It does not, as is often misunderstood, refer to its geometrical shape (round brilliant, princess, emerald, cushion, etc.). The cut contributes more to the beauty of a diamond than any other factor. A high quality cut really enhances a diamond’s brilliance (brightness), sparkle or scintillation (flashes of light and dark) and fire (flashes of colour).

The GIA assigns the following cut grades:

Excellent
Very Good
Good
Fair
Poor

Clarity:

Nearly all diamonds contain small imperfections known as inclusions if they are on the inside of the diamond and blemishes if they are on the surface of the diamond. These imperfections tend to alter the path of light through the diamond and so, if a diamond has many inclusions or blemishes, it is likely to appear less brilliant. When grading the clarity of a diamond, the grader will view the diamond both with the naked eye and through a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass).

The GIA has develop the following standard definitions for levels of clarity, which are now widely used:

Flawless (FL)
Internally flawless (IF)
Very, …

Between Real and Fake Diamonds

Ask for a certificate

If a piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, it is very likely the real deal. You should review the certificate carefully to determine the credibility of the issuing authority. Certificates are issued by various authorities and independent appraisers. Ensure the certificate is issued by a reputable organization such as the American Society of Appraisers.

Fog test

Breath on the surface of stone with your mouth and see if fogs up. Since diamonds are very good conductors the moisture clears up almost instantaneously. Other stones such as quartz, glass and zirconium stay hazed for quite a few moments. Moissanite passes this test quite convincingly so you may have to go a step further and perform a full thermal conductivity to differentiate it from real diamond.

Examine the facets

Diamonds can be cut more precisely than CZ and other simulates. If you examine the edges between the facets of a real diamond with a magnifying glass, they should be sharp and crispy. The lines on fake diamonds are usually rounded and have abrasions and dents.

Light test

The shadow cast by a stone can also help you differentiate between a real and a fake diamond. The …

Argyle Pink Diamonds

They’re still incredibly rare diamonds nowadays, to the point where there are only fifty or sixty new pink diamonds that are released on to the market each year. And they are only the size of a pea. If that’s a disappointing figure for you, then you might also want to consider the fact that they’re able to grab almost $1,000,000 for a single carat. That’s the unfortunate reality of the beautiful Argyle pink diamonds. You’ve got to either be a royal or ridiculously rich to afford and own anything above or around a carat.

However, there is the option of lesser quality, smaller pinks that have a lighter tone. These are greater in number and are still a significant cut above the typical white, and offer a certain level of uniqueness so they can still really stand out in the crowd.

An interesting fact about these coloured diamonds is that they have always been referred to as “she”, most likely because of their colour.

A vivid coloured, top quality pink stone can be worth up to forty times more than the white of the equivalent nature. One of the main contributing factors to how unique and stunning argyle pink diamonds …

Famous Black Diamonds

The Amsterdam Black Diamond

Some coloured diamonds are known for their carats, others for their iconic shaped cut, but the Amsterdam Diamond is known for its intrinsic high quality. The Amsterdam Black Diamond was found in 1972 by D. Drukker and Sons Jeweller Company, based in Amsterdam, at a mine in Africa. The stone’s unusually pure black colour is caused by the presence of small graphite particles within the lattice. The diffusions within the feathers are similar to the mechanisms observed in storm clouds. The gem is officially classified as fancy black, natural by the Gemmological Institute of America, and is regarded as one of the highest quality diamonds in history.

The Black Orlov

The Black Orlov is believed by many to have been discovered in the early 19th century in a mine in India. It was then cut down to a more circular shape and to a weight of 67.50 carats. The diamond’s mythological origins state that it was one of the eyes of the Hindu god Brahma in ancient Pondicherry, the ‘French Riviera of the East,’ until it was stolen by a monk. According to the story, this act of thievery caused the diamond to be cursed forever.…

Many Shades of Loose Diamonds

Volcanic eruptions below the earth’s surface bring the diamonds within reach to diamond harvesters. This is a time consuming method of obtaining one of the most gorgeous stones the world has to offer. Various factors can determine a diamond’s color. Boron turns the diamond blue while nitrogen can turn the stone yellow. How awesome would it be to have a blue engagement ring? Other factors such as radiation exposure can also alter the shade of the diamond. Diamonds are made of carbon atoms that are strongly bonded together. Synthetic diamonds, like cubic zirconium, are also produced and are significantly more affordable than the real deal. They share a lot of the qualities of a real diamond and look very similar. However, the diamond is one of the hardest natural materials in the world. You can only cut or chip a diamond with another diamond. That is just remarkable!

One of the most famous loose diamonds in the world is the Hope Diamond. Weighing in at a striking 45.52 carats, this diamond is owned by the Smithsonian Natural History Museum located in Washington, D.C. but was found in India. The huge stone is allegedly cursed and will bring vast misfortune to …

Tricks to Care for Precious Diamonds

One of the most expensive, gorgeous and sought after stones these rare gifts must be treasured. Besides imagine how sad it would be to allow a once stunning piece turn into a dull looking object with no sheen or shimmer. So many times we chance upon some wonderful pieces that look attractive in spite of having been passed on from one generation to the next and from one hand to the other. It is only by good care that these eternally beautiful stones remain so. It is true that these gems are the hardest of all and are sturdy enough to take on wear and tear but it is also crucial that you do something to retain their shimmer.

The simplest and easiest thing to do is to clean your favorite stones at home and this you can do by soaking the pieces in slightly warm water to which you can add some mild soap. Let them soak for some time then run a soft brush carefully through each one and be gentle with your strokes but make sure you visit every little crevice. Having finished this task wash each of them with some water and dab a soft cloth …