Qualifying a diamond: The Last of the 4C’s (Carat)

Carat

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A one carat diamond is equivalent to 200 milligrams.  In the industry, one carat is also referred to as 100 “points”, the same would apply to 50 points or ½ carat would be designated to a 0.50 carat and so on.

A common misconception is usually that the price of a diamond would double for each doubling of the carat, but this is not the case.  In simpler terms, a 2 or 4 carat diamond does not cost twice or four times as much as a 1 carat diamond.  What does affect the cost is the weight of a diamond, which then the price increases exponentially. This system is created as such because larger diamonds are rarer than smaller diamonds and the fact is that rarity increases the value of a larger diamond.  It is also important to keep in mind that a 2 carat diamond may not look twice the size of a 1 carat diamond when mounted on a ring

Did you ever wonder where the word “carat” comes from?  The term is a derivative of the word carob. Carob seeds were used as a reference for diamond weight in ancient civilizations because of their uniformity in weight.  One carob seed is equivalent to one carat. Here is a link to one of my previous posts about carats but of a different type, the gold type.

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Qualifying a diamond: The Third of 4C’s (Color)

Color
Diamonds act as prisms and divide light into a spectrum of colors and reflect this light as colorful flashes referred to as fire.  The more colorless a diamond is the more colorful the fire will appear.Grading of a diamond’s color is based on the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Color Scale of D-Z which was founded in 1953.
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Since nothing is entirely perfect, keep in mind that there are diamonds that can come outside of this normal color range created by the GIA.  The stones which fall under this category are referred to as fancy-colored diamonds and come in almost any color imaginable.  A famous example of a “fancy-colored” diamond is the Blue Hope diamond which is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

The fluorescence of a diamond is created when the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light gives diamonds a distinctive glowing blue coloration.  Being that it is not directly related to color the fluorescence may vary from very weak to very strong.

Odly enough, the GIA chose to start the grading system with a “D” instead of an “A”?  this was done  because multiple other systems existed before they created their grading system.  One system that existed was based on an A, B, C, etc. format and another was based on an agricultural type of format: A, AA, etc.  So, in an effort to avoid any confusion  the GIA simply decided to start out new by not using previous terminology to avoid  this, their grading scale begins with “D”.

Tomorrow we will cover the fourth and final of the 4C’s in our diamond education series. Its always a good thing to know a little something especially about jewelry. Please feel free to like our page and leave any questions or comments.

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Qualifying a diamond: The second of 4C’s (Clarity)

Clarity

Diamonds that are absolutely clear without inclusions-fractures, scratches, or trace minerals are referred to as flawless and are the rarest.  Most diamonds, like people, have natural blemishes which are physical characteristics of that particular piece just as a persons DNA.  The best way to view these blemishes (inclusions) is with the use of a 10x jeweler’s magnifying loupe.  Even though an inclusion may not be visible to the naked eye it can have an effect because when light enters a diamond it is reflected and refracted.  If anything disrupts the light flow, such as an inclusion, a portion of the light that would be reflected is immediately lost.  Certification societies, notably the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), have standardized the diamond grading system to more accurately describe the 4c’s of a diamond. As it can be seen, below are some examples of the physical requirements attributed to a diamonds clarity.

Clarity
Description
Flawless
FL
No internal or external flaws
Internally Flawless
IF
No internal flaws, slight external blemishes
Very, Very Slight Inclusions
VVS1, VVS2
Inclusions very difficult to see under 10X
magnification
Very Slight Inclusions
VS1, VS2
Inclusions difficult to see under 10X
magnification
Slight Inclusions
SI1, SI2, SI3
Inclusions easy to see under 10X magnification
and might be visible to the naked eye
Included
I1, I2, I3
Inclusions that are visible to the naked eye

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Tomorrow we will cover the third of the 4C’s in our diamond education series. Its always a good thing to know a little something especially about jewelry. Please feel free to like our page and leave any questions or comments.

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Qualifying a diamond: The first of 4C’s (Cut)

As the old saying goes, education is key to being a good buyer. Understanding the infamous 4 C’s-cut, clarity, color, and carat of a diamond’s appearance are essential to getting the best quality diamond for the best possible price. The first C that I will begin with is:

Cut
This “C” refers to the angles and proportion of a diamond
A well cut diamond has the ability to reflect light like a mirror from one facet to another and disperse and reflect this light through the top of the stone.  A well cut diamond will be symmetrically round, proper depth and width, and have uniformity of the facets.  These features will result in a brilliant and fiery radiance!  Diamonds that are cut either too deep or too shallow can lose or leak light through the sides and bottom and will be less brilliant-and ultimately of less value.
Characteristics of a diamond cut that are important to consider when purchasing a diamond are described in the following table.  Frequently, however, some diamond cutters will compromise on the cut of the diamond in an attempt to optimize a diamond’s weight (carat).  This may result is a larger diamond with a duller appearance.  If all other things are equals (carat, color, clarity), there can be as much as a 50% in the difference on the final price of a diamond if the cut is of poor quality.

Cut also refers to the shape of the diamond which varies from round, heart, square, pear, etc..  The most brilliant diamonds are going to be round in shape and this relates to the symmetry and capability of the diamond to reflect nearly all the light that enters.  Non-round diamonds “fancy shapes” have their own individual guidelines to consider for being considered well cut.
How a Diamond Handles Light
A diamond’s cut helps determine its brilliance.
Table 1.
Characteristic
Description
Table Size % Table length relative to diameter of diamond
Crown Angle Angle between bezel facets and girdle
Girdle Thickness Ranges from extremely thin to extremely thick (assessed visually)
Depth % Depth of diamond relative to diameter of diamond
Cutlet Size Ranges from pointed to extremely large (assessed visually)
Symmetry Refers to alignment of the facets, graded poor to excellent
Polish Smoothness of facets, graded poor to excellent

Tomorrow we will cover the second of the 4C’s of our diamond education series. Its always a good thing to know a little something especially about jewelry.

 

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Tip Of the week!

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Wedding Jewelry Tips!

This weeks tip revolves around most couples favorite events…weddings. Below are a set of tips that will assist any future bride in her quest for perfection.

  1. Choose a necklace that best complements the style of your wedding gown. A diamond solitaire will surely work well with a V or sweetheart neckline, whereas a rhinestone choker or a pearl will look stunning with a strapless bodice.
  2. Be mindful that your hairstyle, necklace and headpiece may play a critical role when deciding the type of earrings you wear. Depending on your hairstyle, the accessory you intend on wearing for example with an up-swept hair style, long earrings with drops will be the ideal option for you. Similarly, small bejeweled hoop earrings or simple studs can complement a decorated veil, tiara or a dramatic necklace.
  3. Your wedding day can also be the perfect occasion for you to wear your family’s jewelry. There are so many creative ways in which you can incorporate your family jewelry into your bridal look, its highly recommended that you take advantage of this.
  4. You can wear your aunt’s diamond earrings, grandmothers pearls, or your mother’s favorite charm bracelet for not only sentimental reasons but also while saving a considerable amount of money.
  5. Most of all Enjoy yourself and choose your complimentary jewelry pieces wisely.

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Designer Spotlight! Elie Top

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Meet mister Elie Top, the 35-year-old designer behind some of the most fantastic and over-the-top jewelry. As one of fashion’s  fastest-rising stars, one of the industries best-kept secrets is now finding himself at the top as his name precludes.

Since beginning his career over a decade ago as a freelance illustrator for one of the biggest names in the industry, he has transferred much of his unique design concepts to the tops of the industry such as Lavin, YSL and many more. Although highly recognized for his work, many in his place would not have been as grounded as he is.

With an eye and flair for design, Mr. Top said that “An interesting challenge for me is to reinterpret overused clichés like the flower, the serpent or the butterfly, and try to create something completely new.” When asked in a recent interview about what Mr. Top is brewing next for the spring, Mr. Top has told us that he plans to blended contemporary aesthetics with tribal influences, tempering the mix with a dose of Greek mythology.

In the upcoming year, Mr. Top has plans to start his own brand of jewelry. His intends on developing a line of semiprecious jewelry which emphasizes design rather than material. “I want to create pieces that are stand-alone objects,” he said. “I also want my name to exist.”

As a designer, I happen to like Mr. Top’s creative style. Here are some of the seen yet not often noticed designs of Mr. Top.

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snake

 

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Tip of the week!

Women-Jewellery

Our tip of the week features 5 important things to keep in mind when contemplating the purchase of fine jewelry.

1.Know Thyself

Its usually a good idea to know what you like and don’t like is key before you spend any serious cash on jewelry. Take a quick inventory of your closet and jewelry box before making your purchase and keep your own personal style in mind when you shop.

2.Keep a maximum Budget in mind

You should buy only what you can afford to spend— and know what exactly what that is before you step foot into a jewelry store. Only you know what you can comfortably spend so make sure you have a number in mind before you start looking. If you find yourself contemplating how many months of rent you may miss, you’ve gone to the deep end. Spend within your means and walk away if you may have regrets.

3.Take Time Shopping

When your out shopping, see what appeals to you and experience the pieces for yourself. Head to numerous stores, approach the counters, try things on, and get a feel for what you like or don’t like. Buying jewelry is a very personal experience and you should take as long as you like. Inspect the piece for quality, do your homework, and don’t forget to ask questions.

4.Bring a Friend

Good company and good shopping go hand-in-hand. Bring someone you trust and who knows you well. Since jewelry purchase is personal, be sure to choose wisely and bring a friend who shares your taste and understands yours.

5.Fall in Love with a Piece

You should purchase a piece that speaks to you and you can identify with. When it comes to fine jewelry, you want materials and style of a serious nature that will last a lifetime. If the piece doesn’t take your breath away, don’t put your money towards it.

 

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