Jewelry Caring tips

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Happy Monday everyone, today’s post is primarily on key tips which we should all do when caring for our jewelry. Although its not often done, there is a level of maintenance that we should all maintain in order for our jewelry to glow as if we just bought it. Below i’ve outline a few of the key main techniques that will keep you and your jewelry shinning.

Return of the Sparkle – Cleaning your Jewelry

To keep diamond and other jewelry looking as sparkly and brilliant as when you first bought it, I highly recommended to have it cleaned once or twice a year professionally by a jeweler who may clean the jewelry ultrasonically or with steam. Similarly, you can achieve excellent results cleaning it at home using a jewelry cloth (a flannel cloth or piece of cotton can be substituted), a jewelry brush, and simple cleaning solution.

Be mindful to check that all diamonds are secure before cleaning, otherwise pack your jewelry securely and immediately take it to your jeweler. If they are secure, use a cloth to wipe your jewelry clean and then run under the tap for a few seconds. Soak jewelry for 3-5 minutes in a solution of hot water and detergent free soap, such as dishwashing liquid. Scrub with the brush and repeat the process 2-3 times. Dry with the jewelry cloth.

For Soft and Scratchy pieces- Re-polish the Piece

Since Gold and silver are soft metals and the greater the purity the softer the metal. The bands of rings and exposed metal parts are subject to scratches from normal wear and tear. Most scratches can easily be removed by having the metal re-polished. This work should only be performed by a professional jeweler.

Rhodium Again – Re-plating the piece

White gold jewelry unbeknownst to many is actually rhodium plated and usually is a jewelry that is susceptible to wear and tear, over time this will affect the appearance of your white gold jewelry. White gold has a slightly different color to rhodium and once the rhodium plating begins to wear off, the off-white color of the white gold will begin to show through. Consequently, it may be necessary to re-plate white gold periodically, according to the appearance of the jewelry. Any reputable jeweler can re-plate white gold jewelry.

Hopefully these tips were enjoyable and fruitful in use.

As always, Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

 

 

Diamond color scale/engagement advice!

Ever wonder about diamonds and their color scales?? well a friend of mine a few weeks ago asked me for some advice regarding diamond engagement rings. I asked him what type of cut and clarity he was intereted in and he indicated his interest in a VVS1, cushion cut, canary yellow diamond for his wife to be.  It look as if everyone was coveting and talking about fancy yellow and pink diamonds. Interestingly enough, these days many people want these diamonds but I am always astonished at how few people know about the color scale of white diamonds.  Which is basic building block of jewelry connoisseurs my that cannot be overlooked.

White diamonds fall in a D to Z color range with D being the most colorless and Z having the most color. Z colored diamonds are obviously more yellowish or greyish to the naked eye such as the image below, but keep in mind that such diamonds are not considered fancy colors.  Fancy colored diamonds are those that have a more vivid color than Z and have their own color scale.

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D color is the most coveted on the color scale because it is considered the purest and most crisp diamond color for a white diamond.  Diamonds in the D-J color range look white from their face-up position.  One can detect yellow in the G-J color range only face down (with the pointed end, called the culet, facing up) looking through the pavilion (looking at a perpendicularly through the longest edge of the diamond).  K, L and M diamonds are yellow or grey face up and face down; any diamond color below M is unmistakably not white.

With this in mind, I advised my friend the engagement ring buyer that it is always wise to go for the highest color that your budget allows for without sacrificing the size you have your heart set on.  Its often that I see so many of the celebrity engagement rings, the 20 carat + whoppers, which are H-J colored and it always boggles my mind and makes me wonder why they didn’t just go for a stunning 5 carat D flawless?  There is nothing wrong with H-J colored diamonds mind you, but if it’s within your budget, who  in their right mind would want 20 mediocre carats when you can have 5 pristine carats of diamond for the same price?  Warped priorities make for bad investments.

Since my friend was looking to simulate the look of a yellow diamond on a restricted budget, I advised him to look for an X, Y or Z color but make sure the clarity is VS1 or better.  SSHHH!! It’s a sneaky little loop-hole, I know ;-).

Essentially, you are buying a diamond that looks yellow to the naked eye and if you have an excellent jeweler (which you should), he or she can make it look more vivid yellow with a clever setting thus giving you the look of a fancy colored diamond for considerably less.  Keep in mind though that an X, Y or Z color is not a fancy colored diamond so while it may look marvelous after it’s set, it is not going to retain value as well as an actual fancy colored diamond.  Why VS1 clarity or better?  Because a diamond in the lower color ranges that also has poor clarity is just a shoddy diamond.  If you are going to sacrifice color for an intended effect, you have to make up the difference in clarity and symmetry in order to retain some aspects of the diamond’s fire and brilliance, otherwise you’re just buying an unattractive diamond.

Hope this was helpful to all of my engagement ring buyers out there.

Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

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.

 

Live, Life, Lamour

R.Lamour

The ArchDuke Diamond

Wow!! is the only word that can accurately describe this diamond. The ArchDuke Joseph  is one those rare diamonds with alot of history and although being loose, managed to evade being “mysteriously” lost in the cracks of the underground market.  Recently it was sold for over $20m at Christies which is high, but hey we know two things for sure, 1. the buyers had the cash and 2. History always adds value to jewelry. Whatever your reservations maybe, any diamond meeting these specifications are very rare and fall under the category of Art.

The specs of this diamond are below:

This magnificent historic, D-color, internally flawless, Type IIA, cushion-shaped perfect white diamond weighs 76.02 carats and is believed to have been originated in the legendary diamond district of Golconda India, 400BC – 1700AD.  There are only fifty diamonds in the world from the Golconda region that weigh more than 20 carats.

The ArchDuke Joseph, timeless as well as priceless.

 

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