Eternity Ring in Centralia

5 Tips on What To Look For When Buying Diamonds For Wedding Rings

A wedding, or an engagement in  Centralia, is one of the most important events in every couple’s life. One of the best ways of making the experience memorable is by choosing the right ring to symbolize the love you have for one another. While most couples would like to get the most beautiful ring they can lay their hands on, budgetary restrictions can be a challenge. However, it is possible to find an ideal ring based on your budget.

For anyone looking for precious diamonds for engagement rings and wedding rings in Centralia, they should consider going about the process carefully. There are various dealers in the market, some of who may sell you fake diamonds. Here are a few useful tips on what to look for when looking for precious diamonds for engagement or wedding rings.

Consider the Diamond Cut

1. Any expert will tell you that the cut is the most important thing to consider when buying diamonds in Centralia. The main reason behind this is that the cut usually influences the sparkle. A diamond may be clear and feature a high quality color grade, but if the cut is poor, it may still appear dull. The dealer you buy from should be able to cut your diamond in the proper proportions. If your budget can allow it, choose a diamond with the highest cut grade.

Diamond Color

2.  Contrary to common belief, lack of color in your diamonds denotes a higher color grade. Some people go for pale yellow diamond, without knowing that it is low quality. To avoid such an experience, ask the diamond dealer to give you grade H or higher. Near colorless diamond ranges from grade G to J, but it may be quite expensive.

Clarity Diamonds can also be chosen based on their clarity levels.

3. This is usually not a very important factor to consider, considering that the precious stones usually come with imperfections, known as inclusions. These tiny imperfections may not be easy to detect, and they may only be seen through a microscope. However, the fewer there are, the higher the clarity grade of your diamonds. If your budget can be stretched further, consider buying grade VS1 grade or higher.

Consider the Diamond’s Carat Weight

4.  Unlike common belief, carat does not mean the size of the diamond, but its actual weight. Carat and cut must be considered side by side, because no matter the size of the diamond, a poor cut grade can make your precious stones look smaller. Another important fact to keep in mind is that the more the weight of the diamond, the more you will pay for it. Therefore, you should consider going for a less heavy stone with a high grade cut.

Ask for Proof of Certification

5. There is nothing as unfortunate as buying diamonds for your special event only to realize that they are of poor quality, or that they were stolen. To avoid such an eventuality, always ask the dealer in Centralia to show you the copy of diamond certification.

With these tips, you should be able to make the right choice when buying precious diamonds in Centralia for you engagement or wedding.

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Centralia How to Buy a Diamond And The 4 Biggest Mistakes When Buying a Diamond

In an ideal world with unlimited budgets and an infinite supply of diamonds, everyone would have beautifully cut "D Flawless" diamonds. In the real world every diamond is unique. There are plenty of gorgeous diamonds to go around - you just need to know how to find one. Choosing a diamond is about balancing several factors to make the most of your budget. Each factor contributes to the beauty and prestige of your diamond. I will explain these factors so you will be prepared to make an informed decision about your diamond purchase.

FACTOR 1: CARAT WEIGHT

People often use the word Carat when discussing how big a diamond is, however "Carat" actually refers to the weight of a diamond. There is no rule as to what carat weight you should buy, but you'll doubtless have heard that "bigger is better." If you ask me, I think bigger is great but you shouldn't forget about the other aspects of a diamond's quality.

A useful tip: if you're looking at Certified Diamonds, you may find it valuable to compare the diameters of different diamonds. Since every diamond is individually cut, some may appear larger than others of the same weight.

FACTOR 2: SHAPE

Approximately 75% of diamonds sold worldwide are Round Brilliants. Rounds diamonds are the most popular, most brilliant, and most expensive. If you are purchasing a diamond as a surprise, Round Brilliant is generally your safest bet.

There is no real hierarchy of shapes being better or worse - it is truly a matter of personal preference. Princess Cuts are the second most popular, and a classic alternative to round diamonds. Cushion Cuts are trendy and have a beautiful vintage look. If you want something different but not too crazy, try an Oval Cut, Asscher Cut, or Radiant Cut diamond.

While no shape is better, there are some significant differences between shapes. Take for example, the radiant cut vs the emerald cut. Though they are a similar shape, the extra facets of the radiant cut give it additional fire and sparkle. If you prefer the emerald cut's understated elegance, consider that it's easier to spot any imperfections and select a higher clarity grade.

Another tip: Diamonds (even round diamonds) may not be perfectly symmetrical. It's nothing to worry about if your diamond's width does not precisely match its height, but if your diamond is much longer than it is wide it may not be what you're expecting. This is especially the case in shapes like Cushion and Oval, where a more asymmetrical diamond might look "skinny", with much of the fire and brilliance concentrated at the ends.

FACTOR 3: CUT

"Cut" refers to a diamond's finish and proportions, and is critical in determining its beauty. Getting the angles right ensures a beautiful diamond that's full of life. In many cases it can be more difficult to spot flaws in a fiery, brilliant diamond. Cut is generally graded in five categories: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. Excellent is the highest graded awarded by GIA (whereas other labs may use terms like "ideal" or numbers like "0"). If you want to play safe, stick to "Very Good" and "Excellent" cuts when you choose your diamond.

FACTOR 4: CLARITY

Almost all diamonds have naturally¬ occurring features called "inclusions." Inclusions form as the diamond crystallizes deep underground, and they are unique to each diamond. They take many different forms, and can help you identify a diamond as your own. However, large and prominent inclusions can detract from the beauty of a diamond.

There are many different types of inclusions, and not all are created equal. If your diamond certificate has an "inclusion map," check where the inclusions are. Try to find a diamond with inclusions near the edge where they will be masked by sparkle or hidden by the setting of your diamond. If your budget is limited, I recommend buying "SI" clarity or better. "SI" stands for "Slightly Included." With close inspection you can usually spot the inclusions in an SI¬ graded diamond, but these inclusions will most likely not be visible once your diamond is set in jewellery. If you want to be sure your diamond will look "eye clean", even up close, I recommend selecting a VS2 clarity diamond or better. "VS" stands for "Very Slight Inclusion," and imperfections in VS clarity stones are rarely seen by the naked eye.

FACTOR 5: COLOUR

The term "colour" usually refers to how much warm tint is in a diamond. The scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (very strongly tinted yellow or brown). Pure white diamonds are considered more desirable, and are more expensive. Warmer¬-hued diamonds (such as K, L, and M) are not necessarily less attractive, but they are significantly less valuable.

Conventional wisdom is to select J colour or better. Personally, I love G and H colour diamonds ¬- they hit the "sweet spot" where most people will not notice colour in the diamond unless they're doing a direct comparison. However, an I or J colour diamond that is well cut and has a lot of life can give you a beautiful diamond at a bargain price.

Depending on how they are cut, different diamonds will display colour differently. This is why colour grades are assigned by looking at a diamond upside¬down. Generally, more¬ brilliant diamonds show their colour less than less brilliant diamonds.

FACTOR 6: FLUORESCENCE

Fluorescence has a bad rep, and most of it is unfair. Diamond Fluorescence refers to how a diamond responds when subjected to ultra¬violet light. Fluorescent diamonds can glow any one of several colours, but the most common is blue. In rare cases fluorescence can cause your diamond to have a milky appearance when viewed in direct daylight. This is most often the case with strong or very strong fluorescence and D/E/F colour diamonds.

However, there are many, many more cases where blue fluorescence is a positive thing. Imagine you were shining a blue light on a yellow diamond... the blue tint can make your diamond look whiter. If your diamond falls in the "near colourless," "lightly tinted," or "tinted" range I recommend looking for medium blue or faint blue fluorescence.

Warning: Green, red, and yellow fluorescence are rare, and they will not have the same benefit. If you are interested in a diamond that has strong blue, very strong blue, green, red, or yellow fluorescence, I recommend asking your salesperson to show you your diamond outside in natural daylight. If you're buying online, contact the seller prior to making your purchase so they can examine the diamond first in natural daylight.

FACTOR 7: GRADER

This should always be your first question: Says who? Every diamond grading laboratory has different standards, so comparing diamonds graded by different sources is extremely unreliable. One grader might grade a diamond K SI2, and another might call that same diamond F VS2. I know that sounds crazy, but I see it happen all the time.

The most reputable and consistent grading laboratories are GIA, AGS, IGI, and HRD. GIA is considered the global standard worldwide. AGS is a popular alternative in the U.S.A. while IGI and HRD are more common in Europe.

EGL is tricky because there are EGL labs all over the world, and some of them do a great job while others can be less reliable. We strongly recommend caution when buying an EGL certified diamond unless it's from EGL-¬USA.

Many diamonds are assigned grades by valuation companies and in-¬house graders. If your diamond does not come with a report from a major laboratory, you should always ask where the grader trained. He or she should be certified by a major grading laboratory: GIA, AGS, IGI, or HRD. Be smart and be cautious about reports done by uncertified shop owners, salespeople, or valuation companies.

SELECTING YOUR DIAMOND

You can choose to purchase your diamond online, or from a retail store. If you prefer to purchase your diamond in a retail store, avoid the big chains and shop with smaller independent jewellers. Many independent jewellers are actually significantly less expensive than their large competitors. (You don't have to take my word for it - shop around and you'll quickly learn that this is true). This way you'll buy a better quality diamond and - if you wish - you'll have the opportunity to design your own hand-made engagement ring setting.

If you choose to shop online, I would recommend comparing prices and service across several websites. Be sure that the company ships from your country - otherwise you'll be hit with expensive duty and GST. Always make sure you call or e-mail customer service and have them hand-inspect your diamond before you complete your purchase. Sometimes a diamond may seem like a great deal, but it could have an unfortunate inclusion, asymmetrical cut, or be negatively impacted by fluoresence. And above all, make sure you have an easy and affordable way to return the diamond if it doesn't turn out as you'd hoped. Online shopping is the best way to get a great deal on a diamond for your engagement ring, diamond studs, or pendant - just review this article, be reasonably cautious, and have fun.

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Getting Diamonds Online - Is This Online Jeweler Right For You?

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In an ideal world with unlimited budgets and an infinite supply of diamonds, everyone would have beautifully cut "D Flawless" diamonds. In the real world every diamond is unique. There are plenty of gorgeous diamonds to go around - you just need to know how to find one. Choosing a diamond is about balancing several factors to make the most of your budget. Each factor contributes to the beauty and prestige of your diamond. I will explain these factors so you will be prepared to make an informed decision about your diamond purchase.

FACTOR 1: CARAT WEIGHT

People often use the word Carat when discussing how big a diamond is, however "Carat" actually refers to the weight of a diamond. There is no rule as to what carat weight you should buy, but you'll doubtless have heard that "bigger is better." If you ask me, I think bigger is great but you shouldn't forget about the other aspects of a diamond's quality.

A useful tip: if you're looking at Certified Diamonds, you may find it valuable to compare the diameters of different diamonds. Since every diamond is individually cut, some may appear larger than others of the same weight.

FACTOR 2: SHAPE

Approximately 75% of diamonds sold worldwide are Round Brilliants. Rounds diamonds are the most popular, most brilliant, and most expensive. If you are purchasing a diamond as a surprise, Round Brilliant is generally your safest bet.

There is no real hierarchy of shapes being better or worse - it is truly a matter of personal preference. Princess Cuts are the second most popular, and a classic alternative to round diamonds. Cushion Cuts are trendy and have a beautiful vintage look. If you want something different but not too crazy, try an Oval Cut, Asscher Cut, or Radiant Cut diamond.

While no shape is better, there are some significant differences between shapes. Take for example, the radiant cut vs the emerald cut. Though they are a similar shape, the extra facets of the radiant cut give it additional fire and sparkle. If you prefer the emerald cut's understated elegance, consider that it's easier to spot any imperfections and select a higher clarity grade.

Another tip: Diamonds (even round diamonds) may not be perfectly symmetrical. It's nothing to worry about if your diamond's width does not precisely match its height, but if your diamond is much longer than it is wide it may not be what you're expecting. This is especially the case in shapes like Cushion and Oval, where a more asymmetrical diamond might look "skinny", with much of the fire and brilliance concentrated at the ends.

FACTOR 3: CUT

"Cut" refers to a diamond's finish and proportions, and is critical in determining its beauty. Getting the angles right ensures a beautiful diamond that's full of life. In many cases it can be more difficult to spot flaws in a fiery, brilliant diamond. Cut is generally graded in five categories: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. Excellent is the highest graded awarded by GIA (whereas other labs may use terms like "ideal" or numbers like "0"). If you want to play safe, stick to "Very Good" and "Excellent" cuts when you choose your diamond.

FACTOR 4: CLARITY

Almost all diamonds have naturally¬ occurring features called "inclusions." Inclusions form as the diamond crystallizes deep underground, and they are unique to each diamond. They take many different forms, and can help you identify a diamond as your own. However, large and prominent inclusions can detract from the beauty of a diamond.

There are many different types of inclusions, and not all are created equal. If your diamond certificate has an "inclusion map," check where the inclusions are. Try to find a diamond with inclusions near the edge where they will be masked by sparkle or hidden by the setting of your diamond. If your budget is limited, I recommend buying "SI" clarity or better. "SI" stands for "Slightly Included." With close inspection you can usually spot the inclusions in an SI¬ graded diamond, but these inclusions will most likely not be visible once your diamond is set in jewellery. If you want to be sure your diamond will look "eye clean", even up close, I recommend selecting a VS2 clarity diamond or better. "VS" stands for "Very Slight Inclusion," and imperfections in VS clarity stones are rarely seen by the naked eye.

FACTOR 5: COLOUR

The term "colour" usually refers to how much warm tint is in a diamond. The scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (very strongly tinted yellow or brown). Pure white diamonds are considered more desirable, and are more expensive. Warmer¬-hued diamonds (such as K, L, and M) are not necessarily less attractive, but they are significantly less valuable.

Conventional wisdom is to select J colour or better. Personally, I love G and H colour diamonds ¬- they hit the "sweet spot" where most people will not notice colour in the diamond unless they're doing a direct comparison. However, an I or J colour diamond that is well cut and has a lot of life can give you a beautiful diamond at a bargain price.

Depending on how they are cut, different diamonds will display colour differently. This is why colour grades are assigned by looking at a diamond upside¬down. Generally, more¬ brilliant diamonds show their colour less than less brilliant diamonds.

FACTOR 6: FLUORESCENCE

Fluorescence has a bad rep, and most of it is unfair. Diamond Fluorescence refers to how a diamond responds when subjected to ultra¬violet light. Fluorescent diamonds can glow any one of several colours, but the most common is blue. In rare cases fluorescence can cause your diamond to have a milky appearance when viewed in direct daylight. This is most often the case with strong or very strong fluorescence and D/E/F colour diamonds.

However, there are many, many more cases where blue fluorescence is a positive thing. Imagine you were shining a blue light on a yellow diamond... the blue tint can make your diamond look whiter. If your diamond falls in the "near colourless," "lightly tinted," or "tinted" range I recommend looking for medium blue or faint blue fluorescence.

Warning: Green, red, and yellow fluorescence are rare, and they will not have the same benefit. If you are interested in a diamond that has strong blue, very strong blue, green, red, or yellow fluorescence, I recommend asking your salesperson to show you your diamond outside in natural daylight. If you're buying online, contact the seller prior to making your purchase so they can examine the diamond first in natural daylight.

FACTOR 7: GRADER

This should always be your first question: Says who? Every diamond grading laboratory has different standards, so comparing diamonds graded by different sources is extremely unreliable. One grader might grade a diamond K SI2, and another might call that same diamond F VS2. I know that sounds crazy, but I see it happen all the time.

The most reputable and consistent grading laboratories are GIA, AGS, IGI, and HRD. GIA is considered the global standard worldwide. AGS is a popular alternative in the U.S.A. while IGI and HRD are more common in Europe.

EGL is tricky because there are EGL labs all over the world, and some of them do a great job while others can be less reliable. We strongly recommend caution when buying an EGL certified diamond unless it's from EGL-¬USA.

Many diamonds are assigned grades by valuation companies and in-¬house graders. If your diamond does not come with a report from a major laboratory, you should always ask where the grader trained. He or she should be certified by a major grading laboratory: GIA, AGS, IGI, or HRD. Be smart and be cautious about reports done by uncertified shop owners, salespeople, or valuation companies.

SELECTING YOUR DIAMOND

You can choose to purchase your diamond online, or from a retail store. If you prefer to purchase your diamond in a retail store, avoid the big chains and shop with smaller independent jewellers. Many independent jewellers are actually significantly less expensive than their large competitors. (You don't have to take my word for it - shop around and you'll quickly learn that this is true). This way you'll buy a better quality diamond and - if you wish - you'll have the opportunity to design your own hand-made engagement ring setting.

If you choose to shop online, I would recommend comparing prices and service across several websites. Be sure that the company ships from your country - otherwise you'll be hit with expensive duty and GST. Always make sure you call or e-mail customer service and have them hand-inspect your diamond before you complete your purchase. Sometimes a diamond may seem like a great deal, but it could have an unfortunate inclusion, asymmetrical cut, or be negatively impacted by fluoresence. And above all, make sure you have an easy and affordable way to return the diamond if it doesn't turn out as you'd hoped. Online shopping is the best way to get a great deal on a diamond for your engagement ring, diamond studs, or pendant - just review this article, be reasonably cautious, and have fun.

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5 Tips on What To Look For When Buying Diamonds For Wedding Rings

A wedding, or an engagement in  Centralia, is one of the most important events in every couple’s life. One of the best ways of making the experience memorable is by choosing the right ring to symbolize the love you have for one another. While most couples would like to get the most beautiful ring they can lay their hands on, budgetary restrictions can be a challenge. However, it is possible to find an ideal ring based on your budget.

For anyone looking for precious diamonds for engagement rings and wedding rings in Centralia, they should consider going about the process carefully. There are various dealers in the market, some of who may sell you fake diamonds. Here are a few useful tips on what to look for when looking for precious diamonds for engagement or wedding rings.

Consider the Diamond Cut

1. Any expert will tell you that the cut is the most important thing to consider when buying diamonds in Centralia. The main reason behind this is that the cut usually influences the sparkle. A diamond may be clear and feature a high quality color grade, but if the cut is poor, it may still appear dull. The dealer you buy from should be able to cut your diamond in the proper proportions. If your budget can allow it, choose a diamond with the highest cut grade.

Diamond Color

2.  Contrary to common belief, lack of color in your diamonds denotes a higher color grade. Some people go for pale yellow diamond, without knowing that it is low quality. To avoid such an experience, ask the diamond dealer to give you grade H or higher. Near colorless diamond ranges from grade G to J, but it may be quite expensive.

Clarity Diamonds can also be chosen based on their clarity levels.

3. This is usually not a very important factor to consider, considering that the precious stones usually come with imperfections, known as inclusions. These tiny imperfections may not be easy to detect, and they may only be seen through a microscope. However, the fewer there are, the higher the clarity grade of your diamonds. If your budget can be stretched further, consider buying grade VS1 grade or higher.

Consider the Diamond’s Carat Weight

4.  Unlike common belief, carat does not mean the size of the diamond, but its actual weight. Carat and cut must be considered side by side, because no matter the size of the diamond, a poor cut grade can make your precious stones look smaller. Another important fact to keep in mind is that the more the weight of the diamond, the more you will pay for it. Therefore, you should consider going for a less heavy stone with a high grade cut.

Ask for Proof of Certification

5. There is nothing as unfortunate as buying diamonds for your special event only to realize that they are of poor quality, or that they were stolen. To avoid such an eventuality, always ask the dealer in Centralia to show you the copy of diamond certification.

With these tips, you should be able to make the right choice when buying precious diamonds in Centralia for you engagement or wedding.

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Centralia How to Buy a Diamond And The 4 Biggest Mistakes When Buying a Diamond

Diamonds are normally readily available in a really large array of colors. Many people learn about colorless rubies and GIA's color grading system that is utilized to identify a ruby's body shade ... you know D, E, F, etc. This color grading system is just utilized to identify one of the most common diamond body color of yellow however anytime a diamond is discovered in another shade like pink, blue, green, and so on; after that this ruby is described as a "" expensive diamond"".

Natural Fancy diamonds can be extremely costly and sometimes much more costly than a comparable size anemic diamond. A great example of a Fancy diamond is the well known 45.52 carat weight fancy deep blue diamond, the Hope Ruby, which gets on display in the Smithsonian Natural Background Museum in Washington, DC.

A color improved diamond is a 100% natural diamond that has had its color changed. As well as ideal of all, shade improved rubies been available in a very wide choice of colors at really economical rates!

A little background- For many, several years it has been well recognized that a diamond's shade could be "" boosted"" by putting a little bit of tinted compound on the surface of a diamond and much like magic ... a diamond that had an obvious yellowish color would transform to an extra attractive near colorless ruby. Sadly, this type of shade boosted ruby might change back to its initial body shade if this colored substance was accidentally gotten rid of. In more current years, the modern technology of shade improved diamonds has actually gone exceptionally high technology. It is now possible to entirely change the color of a ruby! These procedures are considered irreversible since it does remain stable when subjected to everyday typical problems. The color will not discolor if subjected to sunlight or be washed off by extreme chemicals.

Just how is it done? The preferred end result of any of these treatments is to have a more marketable diamond. A much less valuable diamond would be a ruby that has a reduced body color or sometimes a lower clearness. The shade boosted diamond treatment business recognize if they begin with a specific kind of diamond as well as procedure it for a specific amount of time that they ought to end up with a specific shade however it does not always work that method. This is a scientific research that does require some art in their procedures ... the only procedure that provides constant results is the covering process.

The three procedures are as adheres to- Refine # 1- HPHT Color Enhanced Diamonds- High Pressure/ High Temperature Level (HPHT) therapy could boost the shade of certain kinds of brownish diamonds as well as hence boost their worth. General Electric has established a process that virtually is a mechanical simulation of a diamond's development in nature. The shade improved ruby will be heated up to a very heat under a very high, maintained pressure. Faults in the crystal structure are after that repositioned resulting in an alteration of the ruby's shade. Because the conditions of HPHT are very just like diamond's original development, just a well outfitted laboratory will certainly have the ability to positively determine this kind of color enhanced diamond. HPHT was first used to turn yellowish rubies right into even more valuable fancy colored boosted rubies, yet now it is additionally used to change some unpopular brownish rubies into more desirable anemic tinted enhanced diamonds.

Process # 2- Irradiated Shade Enhanced Diamonds- OK ... do not start obtaining all thrilled because you saw words irradiated! This is a 100% safe procedure that is very comparable to just what is made use of to protect food by subjecting it to a stream of Gamma rays. The color improved ruby process is done in several different methods yet the outcomes are just the same. You start with a reduced shade (P, Q, R, etc.) 100% all-natural diamond that has actually already been cut and polished, after that it is subjected to a stream of rapid electrons. Throughout this part of the process the diamond will certainly count on an extremely dark shade due to the fact that several of the atoms in the diamond's crystal framework have actually currently been disjointed as well as this then has actually affected the means light passes with the diamond. Next the ruby undergoes a regulated home heating (annealing) procedure, this enables some of those atoms to move (partially fixed) in order to acquire a desired color.

Process # 3- Coated Shade Boosted Diamonds- The layer on refined rubies describes a slim man-made layer that changes the shade of the ruby. The covering can either be of the desired shade or could create a colored interference-effect. Regrettably in some cases this procedure is done to trick a buyer. It is a reasonably easy procedure to execute, it has actually been around for years (although the finishes products are much better currently), as well as it does not call for a great deal of pricey advanced devices. Just recently, I have actually seen some pink covered rubies on the marketplace, they are really eye-catching ... as well as of program you would have to buy them understanding that they have actually been layered and also follow your jeweler's standards about possessing and caring for these color boosted diamonds. The finishing could be put on the whole of a ruby's surface, simply all-time low of the ruby, or to a narrow zone near the girdle. A well-applied finish can transform the shade by several shade grade. Some layers can be removed via boiling in acid, solid cleansing services, or perhaps family chemicals. In some cases dots or larger areas of purple or blue ink are paintinged on the diamond to assist neutralize a yellowish color. The ruby's setting will normally cover the dots, so they are tough to see in a placed rock.

So, is a color enhanced diamond right for you? Maybe ... all-natural fancy color rubies could be lovely yet they are costly! Shade boosted diamonds are affordable and enable many individuals to own a vibrantly tinted ruby. Ask your regional jeweler if they have any Fancy diamonds ... either natural or color improved diamonds. It is always fascinating, and enjoyable, to look at something various!

Under normal wear the irradiated as well as HPHT shade enhanced rubies will certainly have no worry of the shade fading away. The only factor to consider will be when you should have any type of type of solution done on the piece of precious jewelry. If this sort of color improved diamond is exposed to excessive quantities of warmth it may influence the color. The jewelry expert will certainly have to recognize that the diamond is a shade enhanced ruby prior to any job is done and afterwards the jewelry expert will have the ability to select the finest course of action. Shade improved diamonds are now additionally made use of as the tiny accent rubies around a larger colorless diamond. There are numerous amazing pieces of precious jewelry offered with little blue, yellow, black, or green color boosted diamonds.

Since you find out about color boosted rubies and also someone aims to offer you on just what they call a natural fancy tinted diamond however it is at an incredibly bargain rate ... you will certainly recognize that something just does not sound right regarding the deal. A report from a recognized grading lab ought to accompany 100% natural Fancy colored diamonds that are marketed as all-natural. If you deal with a reputable business as well as you have been guaranteed about exactly what you are purchasing, after that you will certainly decrease the opportunity of something poor taking place to you. As with any type of situation including a costly purchase of something that few individuals are well versed in, education must be an essential component of your strategy. This is much more vital if you prepare to buy a color enhanced diamond. Bud Boland has actually been in the precious jewelry organisation for 40 years and also has actually done everything from watchmaking, diamond setup, jewelry production, and also has been a Jeweler for virtually 35 years. He is a Grad Jeweler from GIA (Gemological Institute of The U.S.A.), which is likewise the location where he was a Trainer. He has shown concerning diamonds to numerous students from all over the world

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What Are Color Boosted Diamonds as well as Are They For You?

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Buying a ruby interaction ring is fairly a worthwhile acquisition every male ought to be privileged sufficient to earn. Some that do not really recognize also much regarding precious jewelry and also diamonds may really feel as if they need to simply go to a store as well as pick a ring which looks appealing to them. Although this could work, there are much better means to picking the very best possible type of ruby engagement ring for your liked one. The following will certainly provide the leading 10 secrets to acquiring a diamond involvement ring.

Shop Around

Probably one of the best secrets to remember if you remember nothing else from this list is to go shopping about. Purchasing a ring of this kind on an impulse will more than likely not lead you to the most effective bargain or the very best ruby. For that reason, take your time when looking for an engagement ring, look around and see just what is around to be bought.

You Can Locate an Attractive Ruby Interaction Ring for sale

You ought to also be conscious of that you have the ability to find a beautiful diamond engagement ring with a positive price affixed to it. This is not to claim that you must restrict your choices only to sale things but constantly do not hesitate to browse the sale counter when searching for an engagement ring to provide to your future fiancée. Do make certain that it is a legitimate sale and not one that runs all year round.

Size of the Ruby Really Does Not Issue

Another secret when it concerns acquiring an interaction diamond ring is that the carat size of the ruby is not truly what matters when all is stated and also done. Although some may believe that a larger ruby equates to a far better ruby this is often not the instance as cut, shade and also clarity all should be considered along with the carat weight of the stone.

Purchasing Online Is an Alternative

With today's modern technology, you could acquire virtually anything on-line and the same is real for diamond interaction rings. For those who like the concept of an on the internet purchase, there are a lot of sites which offer diamond rings up for sale as well as may provide quite a bargain too. Just be specific to obtain documentation mentioning truth quality of the ring. The on-line service should have a Thirty Days cash back guaranty without any questions asked.

Getting the Ring with Wedding Bands Can Conserve Cash

You might also discover that if you are in the market for not just an interaction ring yet wedding bands also, buying every one of these things with each other could conserve you money. Specific ring developers will produce interaction rings with matching wedding celebration bands which you can purchase as a set.

White Gold Resembles Platinum Yet Is Cheaper

If your enjoyed one likes silver-tone jewelry but you are unable to afford a platinum diamond engagement ring, take into consideration purchasing one constructed from white gold. White gold is a good option as it appears like platinum however is a lot more economical.

Precious Jewelry Sellers Commonly Have A Couple Of Sales Throughout The Year

Another secret to buying a ruby engagement ring is that numerous precious jewelry merchants use sales throughout the year. Some are holiday sales whereas others are a method for the jewelry store to get rid of the old supply making space for brand-new products entering into the store.

Purchasing the Ruby and Setup Separately Can Conserve Loan

You could additionally locate that purchasing the diamond and setting separate from each other can conserve you some money. It also allows you to pick specifically the kind of ring that you want and also be able to see it before the rock is established.

Getting a Small Carat Weight Dimension with Baguettes Is Occasionally a Better Deal

If you are searching for a ruby interaction ring with a lot of glimmer yet you are incapable to manage a big carat ruby, think about acquiring a smaller sized diamond but add baguettes to the ring. This will add sparkle and shine as well as not set you back as long as a bigger diamond might set you back.

Take Into Consideration Little Fashion Jewelry Shops Which Deal Personalized Solution

For those that are looking for a precious jewelry store which will give personalized solution, you might intend to purchase the diamond involvement ring for your loved one at a little precious jewelry shop. These fashion jewelry boutiques are often run by the specific owner that will certainly do everything feasible to earn your interaction ring shopping trip magnificent.

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5 Tips on What To Look For When Buying Diamonds For Wedding Rings

A wedding, or an engagement in  Centralia, is one of the most important events in every couple’s life. One of the best ways of making the experience memorable is by choosing the right ring to symbolize the love you have for one another. While most couples would like to get the most beautiful ring they can lay their hands on, budgetary restrictions can be a challenge. However, it is possible to find an ideal ring based on your budget.

For anyone looking for precious diamonds for engagement rings and wedding rings in Centralia, they should consider going about the process carefully. There are various dealers in the market, some of who may sell you fake diamonds. Here are a few useful tips on what to look for when looking for precious diamonds for engagement or wedding rings.

Consider the Diamond Cut

1. Any expert will tell you that the cut is the most important thing to consider when buying diamonds in Centralia. The main reason behind this is that the cut usually influences the sparkle. A diamond may be clear and feature a high quality color grade, but if the cut is poor, it may still appear dull. The dealer you buy from should be able to cut your diamond in the proper proportions. If your budget can allow it, choose a diamond with the highest cut grade.

Diamond Color

2.  Contrary to common belief, lack of color in your diamonds denotes a higher color grade. Some people go for pale yellow diamond, without knowing that it is low quality. To avoid such an experience, ask the diamond dealer to give you grade H or higher. Near colorless diamond ranges from grade G to J, but it may be quite expensive.

Clarity Diamonds can also be chosen based on their clarity levels.

3. This is usually not a very important factor to consider, considering that the precious stones usually come with imperfections, known as inclusions. These tiny imperfections may not be easy to detect, and they may only be seen through a microscope. However, the fewer there are, the higher the clarity grade of your diamonds. If your budget can be stretched further, consider buying grade VS1 grade or higher.

Consider the Diamond’s Carat Weight

4.  Unlike common belief, carat does not mean the size of the diamond, but its actual weight. Carat and cut must be considered side by side, because no matter the size of the diamond, a poor cut grade can make your precious stones look smaller. Another important fact to keep in mind is that the more the weight of the diamond, the more you will pay for it. Therefore, you should consider going for a less heavy stone with a high grade cut.

Ask for Proof of Certification

5. There is nothing as unfortunate as buying diamonds for your special event only to realize that they are of poor quality, or that they were stolen. To avoid such an eventuality, always ask the dealer in Centralia to show you the copy of diamond certification.

With these tips, you should be able to make the right choice when buying precious diamonds in Centralia for you engagement or wedding.

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Centralia How to Buy a Diamond And The 4 Biggest Mistakes When Buying a Diamond

In an ideal world with unlimited budgets and an infinite supply of diamonds, everyone would have beautifully cut "D Flawless" diamonds. In the real world every diamond is unique. There are plenty of gorgeous diamonds to go around - you just need to know how to find one. Choosing a diamond is about balancing several factors to make the most of your budget. Each factor contributes to the beauty and prestige of your diamond. I will explain these factors so you will be prepared to make an informed decision about your diamond purchase.

FACTOR 1: CARAT WEIGHT

People often use the word Carat when discussing how big a diamond is, however "Carat" actually refers to the weight of a diamond. There is no rule as to what carat weight you should buy, but you'll doubtless have heard that "bigger is better." If you ask me, I think bigger is great but you shouldn't forget about the other aspects of a diamond's quality.

A useful tip: if you're looking at Certified Diamonds, you may find it valuable to compare the diameters of different diamonds. Since every diamond is individually cut, some may appear larger than others of the same weight.

FACTOR 2: SHAPE

Approximately 75% of diamonds sold worldwide are Round Brilliants. Rounds diamonds are the most popular, most brilliant, and most expensive. If you are purchasing a diamond as a surprise, Round Brilliant is generally your safest bet.

There is no real hierarchy of shapes being better or worse - it is truly a matter of personal preference. Princess Cuts are the second most popular, and a classic alternative to round diamonds. Cushion Cuts are trendy and have a beautiful vintage look. If you want something different but not too crazy, try an Oval Cut, Asscher Cut, or Radiant Cut diamond.

While no shape is better, there are some significant differences between shapes. Take for example, the radiant cut vs the emerald cut. Though they are a similar shape, the extra facets of the radiant cut give it additional fire and sparkle. If you prefer the emerald cut's understated elegance, consider that it's easier to spot any imperfections and select a higher clarity grade.

Another tip: Diamonds (even round diamonds) may not be perfectly symmetrical. It's nothing to worry about if your diamond's width does not precisely match its height, but if your diamond is much longer than it is wide it may not be what you're expecting. This is especially the case in shapes like Cushion and Oval, where a more asymmetrical diamond might look "skinny", with much of the fire and brilliance concentrated at the ends.

FACTOR 3: CUT

"Cut" refers to a diamond's finish and proportions, and is critical in determining its beauty. Getting the angles right ensures a beautiful diamond that's full of life. In many cases it can be more difficult to spot flaws in a fiery, brilliant diamond. Cut is generally graded in five categories: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. Excellent is the highest graded awarded by GIA (whereas other labs may use terms like "ideal" or numbers like "0"). If you want to play safe, stick to "Very Good" and "Excellent" cuts when you choose your diamond.

FACTOR 4: CLARITY

Almost all diamonds have naturally¬ occurring features called "inclusions." Inclusions form as the diamond crystallizes deep underground, and they are unique to each diamond. They take many different forms, and can help you identify a diamond as your own. However, large and prominent inclusions can detract from the beauty of a diamond.

There are many different types of inclusions, and not all are created equal. If your diamond certificate has an "inclusion map," check where the inclusions are. Try to find a diamond with inclusions near the edge where they will be masked by sparkle or hidden by the setting of your diamond. If your budget is limited, I recommend buying "SI" clarity or better. "SI" stands for "Slightly Included." With close inspection you can usually spot the inclusions in an SI¬ graded diamond, but these inclusions will most likely not be visible once your diamond is set in jewellery. If you want to be sure your diamond will look "eye clean", even up close, I recommend selecting a VS2 clarity diamond or better. "VS" stands for "Very Slight Inclusion," and imperfections in VS clarity stones are rarely seen by the naked eye.

FACTOR 5: COLOUR

The term "colour" usually refers to how much warm tint is in a diamond. The scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (very strongly tinted yellow or brown). Pure white diamonds are considered more desirable, and are more expensive. Warmer¬-hued diamonds (such as K, L, and M) are not necessarily less attractive, but they are significantly less valuable.

Conventional wisdom is to select J colour or better. Personally, I love G and H colour diamonds ¬- they hit the "sweet spot" where most people will not notice colour in the diamond unless they're doing a direct comparison. However, an I or J colour diamond that is well cut and has a lot of life can give you a beautiful diamond at a bargain price.

Depending on how they are cut, different diamonds will display colour differently. This is why colour grades are assigned by looking at a diamond upside¬down. Generally, more¬ brilliant diamonds show their colour less than less brilliant diamonds.

FACTOR 6: FLUORESCENCE

Fluorescence has a bad rep, and most of it is unfair. Diamond Fluorescence refers to how a diamond responds when subjected to ultra¬violet light. Fluorescent diamonds can glow any one of several colours, but the most common is blue. In rare cases fluorescence can cause your diamond to have a milky appearance when viewed in direct daylight. This is most often the case with strong or very strong fluorescence and D/E/F colour diamonds.

However, there are many, many more cases where blue fluorescence is a positive thing. Imagine you were shining a blue light on a yellow diamond... the blue tint can make your diamond look whiter. If your diamond falls in the "near colourless," "lightly tinted," or "tinted" range I recommend looking for medium blue or faint blue fluorescence.

Warning: Green, red, and yellow fluorescence are rare, and they will not have the same benefit. If you are interested in a diamond that has strong blue, very strong blue, green, red, or yellow fluorescence, I recommend asking your salesperson to show you your diamond outside in natural daylight. If you're buying online, contact the seller prior to making your purchase so they can examine the diamond first in natural daylight.

FACTOR 7: GRADER

This should always be your first question: Says who? Every diamond grading laboratory has different standards, so comparing diamonds graded by different sources is extremely unreliable. One grader might grade a diamond K SI2, and another might call that same diamond F VS2. I know that sounds crazy, but I see it happen all the time.

The most reputable and consistent grading laboratories are GIA, AGS, IGI, and HRD. GIA is considered the global standard worldwide. AGS is a popular alternative in the U.S.A. while IGI and HRD are more common in Europe.

EGL is tricky because there are EGL labs all over the world, and some of them do a great job while others can be less reliable. We strongly recommend caution when buying an EGL certified diamond unless it's from EGL-¬USA.

Many diamonds are assigned grades by valuation companies and in-¬house graders. If your diamond does not come with a report from a major laboratory, you should always ask where the grader trained. He or she should be certified by a major grading laboratory: GIA, AGS, IGI, or HRD. Be smart and be cautious about reports done by uncertified shop owners, salespeople, or valuation companies.

SELECTING YOUR DIAMOND

You can choose to purchase your diamond online, or from a retail store. If you prefer to purchase your diamond in a retail store, avoid the big chains and shop with smaller independent jewellers. Many independent jewellers are actually significantly less expensive than their large competitors. (You don't have to take my word for it - shop around and you'll quickly learn that this is true). This way you'll buy a better quality diamond and - if you wish - you'll have the opportunity to design your own hand-made engagement ring setting.

If you choose to shop online, I would recommend comparing prices and service across several websites. Be sure that the company ships from your country - otherwise you'll be hit with expensive duty and GST. Always make sure you call or e-mail customer service and have them hand-inspect your diamond before you complete your purchase. Sometimes a diamond may seem like a great deal, but it could have an unfortunate inclusion, asymmetrical cut, or be negatively impacted by fluoresence. And above all, make sure you have an easy and affordable way to return the diamond if it doesn't turn out as you'd hoped. Online shopping is the best way to get a great deal on a diamond for your engagement ring, diamond studs, or pendant - just review this article, be reasonably cautious, and have fun.

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What Are Color Boosted Diamonds and also Are They For You?

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You have actually been dating the individual of your dreams for fairly a long time currently. You may or could not be remaining together as a pair, either of the two has its own connection problems; if you do not live as a pair, the sensation of isolation that rises through your heart each time your companion claims the words "great bye" after a charming day well spent together motivates you to do even more and also every single time you turn erroneously to show to them your sensations, the void that greets you, promptly transforms your inspiration to do even more right into a resolve to do more currently! For those that have taken their partnerships an action even more by moving in with each other.

Because of the loneliness felt each time a companion claims good bye, various kinds of stress and also sensations embeded in they could be the should make your love authorities for the entire world to see or you both intend to start a steady household. Whatever inspires you right into ultimately making the primary step to the most essential commitment you would ever before make in your whole life might not be off significance however the sign which you have to provide while taking this step is of the utmost relevance - "The Interaction Ring".

Today buying an involvement ring has currently become the condition quo of recognizing on your own as one who is currently taken as well as ready for marital relationship however have you ever had fun with the rock or band on your hand and believed about its background? Considering that it's not specified in the bible or the earliest records that provide detailed accounts of techniques before marriage in time passed.

The preferred interaction ring of the contemporary age had its beginning as recent as the 19th century and wasn't always a symbol of unequaled affection, it was more or much less the first part repayment of the bride-to-be cost to be paid to the bride's household but turned over and also put on by the new bride. It was a kind of insurance coverage attended to the woman, in case the prospective partner which was constantly the male during that time dissolves the marriage thereby jeopardizing the female's merit and also attract other guys.

Real meaning as well as sign of the interaction ring began beaming via in the 20th century, when guys provided their fiancées a band that represented their love and also objectives for a marital relationship union, the interaction ring symbolized that she had actually been taken, from restrictions and prepared to be wed to her real love as well as it was placed on the 4th finger of the left hand, for that finger was thought to have a blood vessel running with it which came straight from the heart consequently symbolizing the finger as a "heart finger". Earlier rings could just be an item of silver or an iron band without any type of accessory, which the woman inserts right into her fourth finger on her left hand, this was the technique for a short time till commercial rings as well as the media took over the involvement scene. The Adverts revealed on involvement rings in the center of the 19th century suggested that guys should spend no much less compared to 2 months of their month-to-month income to acquire the best ring for his precious new bride to be and also just with an advert the interpretation and style of the engagement ring took a new direction. The contemporary engagement ring is a sign that reveals that an individual is involved to be wed snappy. The cut, pricing and also make from the engagement ring although not very important, adds a particular flavour to your engagement day or ceremony as well as has actually spurned a new jewelry market all by itself. The Interaction ring currently is available in different styles; maybe a band made from priceless products such as Gold, Platinum or Silver or maybe a band laced with treasure stones to supply a tempting beauty to the ring. The different major designs of interaction rings shall be discussed listed below.

Various Kinds of Involvement Rings

Solitaire rings; these are the quintessential traditional involvement rings, the jewelry ring consists of a band and also a treasure stone; the band can be made from any type of material of your choice varying from gold to platinum while the gems should additionally be decided to fit your peculiar attributes, maybe diamonds or pearl cut in different manner ins which would be explained listed below.

Involvement Rings with Side rocks: These beautiful rings are made with gems put right into the sides of the band, which can be constructed from any kind of steel material relying on your taste. Some side rocks sound additionally come with a central stone at the center. The popular gems made use of for this design of rings are usually rubies however you could directly tailor your gemstone to the taste of your love.

The Three Rock Rings or the Trinity ring: this is a ring style with its own charming history, it is thought that each rock in the three stone ring signifies the past, existing and future of the moment where a couple has actually invested with each other as well as the ring would bind them together for all infinity. The ring design is that of a spotless platinum band with three elegant gemstones; one at the middle with 2 location tactically by the sides. The gemstones are normally mad of diamonds yet you are permitted to tailor yours right into 3 various types of gems if you so wish.

The Matching Bridal Set: this is a lovely mix of both the involvement ring and also the actual wedding event band, there is no collection design on just how a matching bridal collection must resemble yet it is normally great to have either the interaction ring or the wedding event ring emphasizing the various other and also the other way around I.e. a charming platinum engagement ring with a gemstone ought to be coupled with an easy Gold traditional wedding celebration band, offering the new bride with a touch of colour. Stress Rings: allow the name not work as a barrier to you when considering the tension ring for it is just one of those styles we call basic but forever sophisticated, it is composed of a band made from any kind of material of your selection, snugly holding a gems in its hold with pressure i.e. the gemstone is not held by prongs yet squeezed between both sides of the band material you picked. The band material serves as its holding assistance. It is highly advised you go with 2 contrasting colours for the band as well as the gems to draw out real beauty of the stress ring.

The Various Cuts of Gems

The Pillow cut: this approach of cutting a gemstone, provides the rock a timeless form that is in between a rectangular shape and also an oval, it is among the most popular jewelry cuts and it's also known as the antique cut.

The Marquise cut: the approach employed in cutting the shape of the marquise cut gives the gems an oval form between with ends. This ring has a traditional elven or should I claim earthy appearance that highlights the superordinary charm in your bride-to-be.

The Emerald cut: the emerald gem naturally has its own defined shape as well as this cut technique clearly mirrors it, the emerald cut is a rectangle-shaped cut with chopped edges protruding at its 4 ends.

The Asscher cut: this method of reducing the gems offers it a shape individuals claim resembles the emerald rectangle however it is much more octagonal fit than rectangular shape, the octagonal shape helps it catch light and also show it in different instructions. It's a completely beautiful cut for a rings gemstone.

The Princess cut: this is among one of the most previously owned cuts on gems, it is square in shape and assists highlight the appeal of the gems utilized fairly demurely. The Round cut: this cut general looks round yet its more compared to that for it has different spikes added to its surfaces making it one of, otherwise one of the most radiating gems cut of the great deal, it is recognized among women for its ability to blind the eye (sparkle).

The Heart cut: perfect for the romantics at heart as well as formed to stomach their hearts, it is a straightforward and also elegant cut that is quite prominent among females. After giving a general expose on interaction ring styles and cuts, the next step is to give your notification the leaders in the sector that supplies you with the ideal and also most expensive rings- in some situations- out there.

Expense Barnes: the manufacturers of some of one of the most elegant as well as expensive involvement bands out there. Tiffany: everyone knows the name Tiffany this developer house additionally gives customers with top of the range rings as well as prices defer. Tacori: the Tacori layout is additionally among the most searched for involvement rings in the jewelry sector the cut and also setup of its designs are always a delight to witness.

In picking a ring your spending plan have to also come into play so either you purchase Tiffany's or an ordinary engagement ring, it's the thought that counts.

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5 Tips on What To Look For When Buying Diamonds For Wedding Rings

A wedding, or an engagement in  Centralia, is one of the most important events in every couple’s life. One of the best ways of making the experience memorable is by choosing the right ring to symbolize the love you have for one another. While most couples would like to get the most beautiful ring they can lay their hands on, budgetary restrictions can be a challenge. However, it is possible to find an ideal ring based on your budget.

For anyone looking for precious diamonds for engagement rings and wedding rings in Centralia, they should consider going about the process carefully. There are various dealers in the market, some of who may sell you fake diamonds. Here are a few useful tips on what to look for when looking for precious diamonds for engagement or wedding rings.

Consider the Diamond Cut

1. Any expert will tell you that the cut is the most important thing to consider when buying diamonds in Centralia. The main reason behind this is that the cut usually influences the sparkle. A diamond may be clear and feature a high quality color grade, but if the cut is poor, it may still appear dull. The dealer you buy from should be able to cut your diamond in the proper proportions. If your budget can allow it, choose a diamond with the highest cut grade.

Diamond Color

2.  Contrary to common belief, lack of color in your diamonds denotes a higher color grade. Some people go for pale yellow diamond, without knowing that it is low quality. To avoid such an experience, ask the diamond dealer to give you grade H or higher. Near colorless diamond ranges from grade G to J, but it may be quite expensive.

Clarity Diamonds can also be chosen based on their clarity levels.

3. This is usually not a very important factor to consider, considering that the precious stones usually come with imperfections, known as inclusions. These tiny imperfections may not be easy to detect, and they may only be seen through a microscope. However, the fewer there are, the higher the clarity grade of your diamonds. If your budget can be stretched further, consider buying grade VS1 grade or higher.

Consider the Diamond’s Carat Weight

4.  Unlike common belief, carat does not mean the size of the diamond, but its actual weight. Carat and cut must be considered side by side, because no matter the size of the diamond, a poor cut grade can make your precious stones look smaller. Another important fact to keep in mind is that the more the weight of the diamond, the more you will pay for it. Therefore, you should consider going for a less heavy stone with a high grade cut.

Ask for Proof of Certification

5. There is nothing as unfortunate as buying diamonds for your special event only to realize that they are of poor quality, or that they were stolen. To avoid such an eventuality, always ask the dealer in Centralia to show you the copy of diamond certification.

With these tips, you should be able to make the right choice when buying precious diamonds in Centralia for you engagement or wedding.

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Centralia How to Buy a Diamond And The 4 Biggest Mistakes When Buying a Diamond

To start our feature on different kinds of gemstones, we will certainly begin with the ideal and also most popular gemstone of them all the ruby. The diamond is the best gems. It has extremely couple of weak points and several toughness. It shines with its amazing value and also sentimental worth. It is used in wedding rings to stand for limitless love or made use of as gifts/jewelry to be provided to loved ones. Yet the diamond is so much greater than its eternal beauty.

The diamond obtains its name from the Greek job adamas implying unsurpassable. In solidity, there is no comparison. The ruby prices in the Mohs scale a 10 which is the hardest compound in the world. Its cutting resistance is 140 times that of the ruby and also sapphire, the gems(Corundum) that are next in the Mohs range in firmness. The diamond's optical properties such as appeal and rigidity make it one-of-a-kind and also quickly differentiated from various other imitations. Take pleasure in!

* Background of Diamonds

The first recorded ruby go back around 800 B.C. in India. Some believe it also went back 6,000 years earlier. The rubies were made use of as ornamental purposes as well as as talismans to prevent wicked and also supply defense in battle. Throughout the Dark Ages, rubies were even stated to be utilized as a medical aid. Spiritual medical professionals also informed individuals that if they hold a ruby in a hand and make the indicator of the cross would certainly, it would certainly cure and also ailment and recover injuries.

Diamonds ended up being more prominent throughout the 19th century due to discovery of diamond down payments in South Africa. This discovery brings about boosted supply, enhanced cutting as well as polishing methods, as well as development in economic situation. In 1979, rock hounds located the Argyle pipeline in Australia which to this day is the wealthiest ruby deposit worldwide. Argyle, ever since, alone is responsible for supplying over one third of the world's rubies each year.

* Diamonds: How are they created?

Diamonds contains an allotrope of carbons that are formed in high-pressure, high-temperature problems. Rubies are produced 90 miles under the Earth's surface area at temperature levels of about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Diamonds are developed deep within the planet and also eventually, over exceptionally extended periods of time, push their means to the planet's surface, generally through volcanic eruptions.

The age of these diamonds from under the surface area of the planet are from 1 to 3.3 billion years old! When diamonds are created as well as start their ascent to the earth's surface area, they experience networks where the magma from the volcano climbs to the surface area, grabbing rubies along the way and ultimately transferring them on the surface, where they are ultimately found and also mined.

* The 4 C's of Diamonds

There are four distinctive characteristics that establish the value as well as high quality of a diamond. These are the shade, cut, clarity and also carat weight. Otherwise referred to as the 4 C's of a diamond. In the complying with, we will certainly speak about these attributes thoroughly.

* Color

In the last e-newsletter, we touch based on the color of gemstones as being one of the most important feature due to that color is the most obvious attribute. The excellent diamond must appear clear and colorless yet this is not the case for all rubies. Diamonds could be available in any color of the rainbow most usual shade is a shade of yellow or brown. The Geological Institute of The U.S.A.(GIA) have designed a guideline to grade ruby shade. This standard contains a lettering system that ranges from the alphabet D - Z. Please see listed below:

D E F No Shade G H I J Virtually Colorless K L M Faintly colored, can't rarely be seen as well as normally yellow in color N O P Q R Lightly tinted, normally yellow. Could be seen with the nude eye S T U V W X Y Z Tinted, begins with yellow and progresses to brownish

* Clearness

The cut a diamond is figured out by the ruby's percentage such as its shape, width and depth. The cut identifies exactly what is called the ruby's "radiance". Even if the diamond itself has ideal shade as well as clarity, with a poor cut the diamond will have a boring sparkle. This is because the cut figures out exactly how light trips within the ruby. The Gemological Institute of The U.S.A. has also created a clarity grading system to rate ruby clarity. This grading system includes Perfect (Fl), Inside Remarkable (IF), Really Extremely Somewhat Included (VV1 or VV2), Really Slightly Consisted Of(VS1 or VS2), Somewhat Included(SI1 or SI2), and also Included(I1, I2, as well as I3). Although this system had actually been contributed to the ruby sector, it is not extensively made use of. This is due to that it took a great deal of method as well as training to integrate it.

* Cut

The cut a diamond is determined by the diamond's percentage such as its form, width and also deepness. The cut establishes exactly what is called the diamond's "luster". Also if the diamond itself has ideal shade as well as clearness, with a bad cut the ruby will certainly have a dull sparkle. This is because the cut identifies just how light trips within the diamond.

There are 3 types of cuts that can establish the diamond's brilliance. These are a superficial cut, a cut that is also deep and also suitable cut. A superficial cut is a cut of a ruby that is too low, that light traveling with it is shed under of the stone as well as does not come back into sight. This cut makes a diamond show up drab as well as plain. A cut that is also deep is a cut that is too expensive, that light traveling with it gets away through the sides and dims the stone. An optimal cut is an ideal cut on a ruby that reflects light to the top of the rock, giving it excellent brilliance.

* Carat weight

As stated on the last newsletter, a single carat weight(ct) weighs concerning 200 milligrams or.2 grams. For smaller sized carat weight diamonds that weigh much less than a carat, it is shared as points (pt). Factors are 1/100 of a carat weight. Carat weight of a diamond is very important due to the truth that larger rubies are rarer compared to smaller ones, so essentially the larger the ruby the extra expensive it is. There is no standard grading system or layout that can reveal various carat weight. This is due to the fact that there are so many variations of diamonds fit and cut, makings rocks of comparable weight, look various.

* Replica Diamonds

Considering that diamonds are the most beneficial and rarest of all the gems, efforts have actually been made to replicate or even enhance rubies making use of less costly choices. A great deal of times, honest errors have been made and these choices or various other gemstones such as spinel were sometimes puzzled with actual rubies. In some cases, some deceitful individuals try to sell these choices to misfortunate purchasers in order to earnings. Below we will certainly go over concerning these alternatives as well as methods to determine them.

* Artificial Diamonds

Synthetic diamonds are diamonds that are expanded manufactured in a laboratory. The first well-known situations of diamond synthesis were claimed to be documented in between 1879 - 1928, however this was never validated. It had not been until the 1940's where research started in the United States, Sweden, Soviet Union started researching. Synthetic rubies are otherwise recognized as High Pressure Heat (HPHT) diamonds or Chemical Vapor Down Payment (CVD) diamonds. The name of both these synthetic diamonds acquires from the procedures made use of to create them. Several of these synthetic rubies could either have greater, lesser or comparable features than that of a ruby. Consequently, these synthetic rubies are used for abrasives, cutting and brightening devices, and also switches over in power plant.

* Simulants

Simulants are non-diamond substances that are made use of to duplicate the look as well as the shape of a ruby. The most fundamental as well as popular simulant is cubic zirconia (CZ). CZ at simple sight could shimmer greater than a ruby as well as also it is much less thick, suggesting that a 1 carat weight CZ will be a lot bigger compared to a 1 carat weight ruby. Nowadays, an extra preferred simulant is moissanite, which has all the exact same attributes of a diamond. These characteristics consist of firmness (Moissanite-9.25 and diamond-10 in Mohs scale), refractive index(Moissanite -2.65 and also ruby -2.42) as well as dispersion (Moissanite -.104 as well as ruby -.044). This makes it hard to set apart the 2 at plain sight and also would certainly typically need testers to discriminate. In the following section we will discuss just how to determine moissanites and various other replicas.

* Real or Counterfeit?

An old technique of identifying rubies is to do a scrape test. This requires scraping a ruby with one more ruby which is destructive as well as is seldom used nowadays. The most effective as well as most reliable way to test for diamonds is to use testers that make use of thermal conductivity. These testers are composed of battery powered thermistors mounted with a retractable copper tip. This tester functions by injecting the heat onto the checked stone then the tool determines the quantity of warmth that it performs. However thermal conductivity testers functions best to distinguish diamonds as well as its various other simulants, it will certainly not help distinguish lab developed or synthetic stones. To be able to recognize these, specific optical methods are needed. Laboratories use techniques such as spectroscopy, microscopy and luminescence in order to figure out a certain rocks beginning. The ordinary person could make use of loupes and also microscopes to identify synthetic stones. Natural diamonds normally have small blemishes and also flaws such as inclusions or some kind of foreign product, which will not be found in synthetics.

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Exactly how Do You Know If The Diamond Is Fake Or Real Ruby?

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Diamonds are naturally available in a very variety of colors. Lots of people understand about colorless diamonds and GIA's color grading system that is used to classify a ruby's body color ... you recognize D, E, F, and so on. This color grading system is only used to identify one of the most common diamond body shade of yellow nonetheless anytime a ruby is found in an additional shade like pink, blue, eco-friendly, and so on; then this diamond is described as a "" elegant ruby"".

All-natural Fancy rubies could be really pricey and often times a lot more expensive compared to a similar size colorless diamond. A really excellent example of a Fancy diamond is the infamous 45.52 carat elegant deep blue diamond, the Hope Diamond, which gets on display screen in the Smithsonian Nature Gallery in Washington, DC.

A color boosted ruby is a 100% natural diamond that has actually had its color changed. As well as ideal of all, color enhanced diamonds can be found in an extremely large option of shades at very economical rates!

A little background- For numerous, years it has actually been well known that a diamond's color could be "" boosted"" by putting a little bit of tinted material externally of a diamond as well as simply like magic ... a ruby that had an obvious yellow-colored shade would transform to a more attractive near colorless diamond. Sadly, this type of shade improved diamond could transform back to its initial body shade if this tinted compound was unintentionally gotten rid of. In more current years, the modern technology of shade enhanced diamonds has actually gone incredibly high tech. It is currently feasible to entirely alter the shade of a diamond! These processes are taken into consideration irreversible due to the fact that it does continue to be stable when revealed to day-to-day regular conditions. The color will certainly not fade if subjected to sunshine or be washed off by severe chemicals.

Just how is it done? The preferred result of any of these therapies is to have an extra marketable ruby. A less valuable diamond would certainly be a diamond that has a low body shade or sometimes a lower clearness. The color improved diamond therapy companies recognize if they start with a particular kind of diamond and process it for a certain quantity of time that they must end up with a particular shade but it does not constantly function in this way. This is a science that does call for some art in their procedures ... the only procedure that gives regular outcomes is the finish process.

The three processes are as follows- Refine # 1- HPHT Color Improved Diamonds- High Stress/ High Temperature (HPHT) therapy could enhance the color of specific kinds of brown diamonds and hence enhance their worth. General Electric has actually developed a procedure that virtually is a mechanical simulation of a ruby's production in nature. The shade boosted diamond will be heated up to an extremely high temperature under an extremely high, supported stress. Faults in the crystal structure are then repositioned causing an alteration of the diamond's color. Since the problems of HPHT are really similar to diamond's original development, just a well geared up laboratory will be able to positively identify this kind of shade enhanced ruby. HPHT was first made use of to transform yellowish rubies right into even more marketable fancy colored boosted diamonds, today it is additionally made use of to change some undesirable brownish diamonds right into preferred colorless tinted improved diamonds.

Process # 2- Irradiated Shade Enhanced Diamonds- OK ... do not start getting all thrilled because you saw words irradiated! This is a 100% risk-free process that is extremely comparable to what is used to maintain food by exposing it to a stream of Gamma rays. The shade enhanced ruby procedure is carried out in several different ways however the results are all the exact same. You start with a reduced shade (P, Q, R, and so on) 100% all-natural ruby that has actually already been reduced as well as polished, after that it is subjected to a stream of fast electrons. During this component of the process the diamond will count on an extremely dark color due to the fact that a few of the atoms in the diamond's crystal structure have actually currently been disjointed and also this then has actually affected the means light go through the diamond. Next the ruby undergoes a controlled home heating (annealing) process, this allows some of those atoms to transfer (partially fixed) in order to acquire a desired color.

Refine # 3- Covered Shade Boosted Diamonds- The finish on refined rubies describes a thin man-made layer that modifies the color of the diamond. The layer could either be of the wanted shade or could create a colored interference-effect. Unfortunately often this procedure is done to trick a customer. It is a relatively simple procedure to perform, it has been around for many years (although the coverings products are much better now), and it does not need a lot of pricey high technology devices. Recently, I've seen some pink layered diamonds on the market, they are really appealing ... as well as naturally you would certainly have to acquire them recognizing that they have actually been coated as well as follow your jeweler's guidelines about having as well as caring for these shade improved rubies. The covering could be put on the whole of a ruby's surface, simply all-time low of the ruby, or to a slim zone near the band. A well-applied layer can change the color by one or more shade grade. Some coatings can be eliminated through steaming in acid, solid cleaning options, or perhaps household chemicals. Occasionally dots or larger areas of purple or blue ink are paintinged on the diamond in order to help counteract a yellowish color. The ruby's setup will typically cover the dots, so they are difficult to see in a placed stone.

So, is a color enhanced diamond right for you? Possibly ... natural fancy shade diamonds can be stunning however they are expensive! Color boosted diamonds are economical and enable numerous people to own a brightly tinted diamond. Ask your neighborhood jeweler if they have any Fancy diamonds ... either all-natural or shade enhanced diamonds. It is always fascinating, and also enjoyable, to look at something various!

Under normal wear the irradiated as well as HPHT color boosted diamonds will have no worry of the shade fading away. The only consideration will certainly be when you should have any type of type of solution done on the piece of fashion jewelry. If this sort of shade enhanced ruby is revealed to extreme quantities of heat it might influence the shade. The jeweler will certainly need to know that the ruby is a shade enhanced diamond before any kind of job is done and after that the jeweler will certainly be able to pick the most effective strategy. Shade improved diamonds are currently also made use of as the tiny accent rubies around a bigger colorless diamond. There are many exciting pieces of precious jewelry available with tiny blue, yellow, black, or environment-friendly color boosted rubies.

Currently that you understand about shade improved rubies and somebody attempts to offer you on just what they call a natural expensive colored diamond but it is at a super bargain rate ... you will certainly understand that something just does not seem best regarding the offer. A record from a revered grading laboratory should go along with all natural Fancy colored rubies that are marketed as all-natural. If you deal with a credible company and you have been reassured concerning just what you are buying, then you will certainly reduce the opportunity of something negative happening to you. As with any situation entailing an expensive acquisition of something that few people are well versed in, education and learning needs to be a vital part of your strategy. This is much more important if you intend to acquire a shade enhanced ruby. Bud Boland has actually been in the jewelry organisation for 40 years as well as has actually done everything from watchmaking, diamond setting, fashion jewelry production, and also has actually been a Jeweler for virtually 35 years. He is a Graduate Jeweler from GIA (Gemological Institute of America), which is additionally the location where he was a Trainer. He has actually instructed concerning diamonds to numerous pupils from all over the world

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For centuries in Centralia , diamond has been used as an epitome of true love. It reflects love, affection, security, trust and a life long commitment. When you gift a diamond to a woman, let it be in the form of diamond engagement ring, you need not say the rest. It will make others understand that how much serious you are for her. It will portray your love in the best possible manner.

You can find a variety of diamond engagement rings at online jewelry stores in Centralia . These diamond engagement rings come in many shapes and styles. It is apt to choose diamond as the stone for these engagement rings because diamond is considered beautiful and it is also the hardest of all substances present on the earth. This is primarily the reason why people consider it ominous and feel that wearing diamond can bring same kind of good luck in their lives. This has made diamond engagement ring, diamond solitaire ring, designer engagement ring, diamond engagement ring platinum, discount diamond engagement ring a pre determined gift for those involved in love.

Out of all rings, a ring with solitaire is considered the most appropriate symbol which can depict your love. The attraction with the solitaire is incomparable. Diamond solitaire rings are set in a prong setting with 4 to 8 claws. Prongs can mostly be seen in platinum, yet another very beautiful and attractive metal. In most of the cases platinum is considered, as it is generally thin, and makes the diamond more visible.

Then there is yet another form of diamond engagement rings, which is attractive as well as romantic. It is known as past, present future ring. These rings define love as eternal and something which was in the past will be in the present and will be there in the future. The ring actually consists of three stones of diamond. The design of the ring can be like a center piece of diamond with two pieces around, or the three pieces of diamond clustered together. Side stone diamond engagement rings are also one style of engagement rings, which is elegant. This type of engagement ring is basically attractive as well as elegant.

They go well for working women.

Then there are antique diamond rings in Centralia . These are also called Victorian rings. The designs of these rings are just like what was prevalent in the past. These diamond rings also look well if they go with some other stones. And if you want to give something priceless and sentimental to your lover, then you can gift her ancestral ring. Ancestral ring is the ring of your family, coming down since past. This ring must have been worn by your mother and grandmother. These rings are high in sentimental value and thus are considered priceless. Bit if you do not have such a family ring, then there is nothing to be upset over. You can buy for your fiancé or your wife unique engagement rings; who knows, one day; this ring can becomes an ancestral ring for your family.

So, what are you waiting for? If you are planning to walk the aisle with hand in hand with your lover, then begin the process by gifting her a diamond engagement ring. After all, diamonds are a woman’s best friend.

 

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Just how are diamond cut grades appointed?

This is where points begin to obtain made complex. The techniques made use of to quantitatively evaluate the high quality of a cut vary. The means the GIA establishes exactly what a ruby's cut grade ought to be, for instance, differs in really particular methods from the method other certifiers like the AGS do it. For the most parts, these organizations don't divulge the precise details of the procedures they use.

The form of a diamond also makes a distinction relative to how its cut quality is established. Although there are some basic requirements that remain the exact same for any kind of ruby, the precise methods used to quality a round ruby's cut are various from those used to quality a heart-shaped diamond's cut.

The remainder of this explanation will concentrate on round rubies, as this is without a doubt the most common ruby form. One of the variables affecting the cut grade of a round ruby is the number of elements it has. Facets are the level, specified locations on the surface area of a diamond. The facets on round diamonds are typically triangular. Currently, it's thought that the perfect round ruby need to have 33 aspects on the crown (the area of the diamond that sits above the band, which itself is the widest point of the ruby) and also 25 on the structure (the reduced, longer area of the diamond). When there are flaws on the surface area of the diamond, cutters may include additional aspects in order to cover them. This results in a deterioration in the overall top quality of the cut.

While the facet matter is typically concurred after as an excellent way of judging the top quality of a ruby cut, there are other factors on which jewelers often disagree. Some of the other elements used by some authorities in order to help figure out cut grades consist of the elevation of the diamond's crown, the depth of the pavilion, the size of the table (the top of the crown), and also the angles of the crown as well as structure.

The American Requirement standard for rounded rubies asks for a crown height of 16.2%, pavilion deepness of 43.1%, and also table size of 53% of the total girdle diameter. The Perfect Fantastic benchmark, nonetheless, asks for 19.2% crown elevation, 40% pavilion deepness, and 56.5% table diameter. While these differences could be hard for novices to recognize, they are an excellent image of the troubles connected with producing a basic evaluation of a diamond's cut.

Although there are some arguments as to the exact percentages that comprise the best ruby cut, for possible diamond purchasers, the most essential point to recognize is that diamond certifications given by companies like the AGS and GIA are credible and also meaningful. Trusted diamond suppliers base the prices at which they deal diamonds on the cut in addition to the remainder of the "4 Cs." When you acquire a diamond, you do not need to bother with the understanding of just what makes an excellent diamond cut altering so a lot that the value of your ruby will certainly be dramatically impacted.

Which ruby cut quality stands for the ideal value?

Which type of ruby is best for you mainly depends on your budget plan. For purchasers that agree to acquire them, suppliers typically advise rubies with the highest feasible cut grades. However, this could result from some self-involvement on their component.

The other 3 Cs have an impact on diamond prices as well, so it could be hard to gauge the precise distinction in price between an Ideal or Superb cut ruby and also an Extremely Excellent cut. For informal purchasers and also budget-conscious financiers alike, rubies with an Excellent or Excellent cut quality can represent an excellent worth. This is because, while they could be more economical than otherwise comparable Perfect or Excellent cut diamonds, the visible distinction in top quality is very little.

At the very same time, really feel complimentary to utilize your discernment. If, as an example, you find a diamond with a Suitable reduced rating which has good rankings in the various other classifications and also is still within your budget plan, after that you must definitely consider it, as long as you're dealing with a credible vendor.

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Exactly how Do You Know If The Diamond Is Phony Or Actual Ruby?

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In an ideal world with unlimited budgets and an infinite supply of diamonds, everyone would have beautifully cut "D Flawless" diamonds. In the real world every diamond is unique. There are plenty of gorgeous diamonds to go around - you just need to know how to find one. Choosing a diamond is about balancing several factors to make the most of your budget. Each factor contributes to the beauty and prestige of your diamond. I will explain these factors so you will be prepared to make an informed decision about your diamond purchase.

FACTOR 1: CARAT WEIGHT

People often use the word Carat when discussing how big a diamond is, however "Carat" actually refers to the weight of a diamond. There is no rule as to what carat weight you should buy, but you'll doubtless have heard that "bigger is better." If you ask me, I think bigger is great but you shouldn't forget about the other aspects of a diamond's quality.

A useful tip: if you're looking at Certified Diamonds, you may find it valuable to compare the diameters of different diamonds. Since every diamond is individually cut, some may appear larger than others of the same weight.

FACTOR 2: SHAPE

Approximately 75% of diamonds sold worldwide are Round Brilliants. Rounds diamonds are the most popular, most brilliant, and most expensive. If you are purchasing a diamond as a surprise, Round Brilliant is generally your safest bet.

There is no real hierarchy of shapes being better or worse - it is truly a matter of personal preference. Princess Cuts are the second most popular, and a classic alternative to round diamonds. Cushion Cuts are trendy and have a beautiful vintage look. If you want something different but not too crazy, try an Oval Cut, Asscher Cut, or Radiant Cut diamond.

While no shape is better, there are some significant differences between shapes. Take for example, the radiant cut vs the emerald cut. Though they are a similar shape, the extra facets of the radiant cut give it additional fire and sparkle. If you prefer the emerald cut's understated elegance, consider that it's easier to spot any imperfections and select a higher clarity grade.

Another tip: Diamonds (even round diamonds) may not be perfectly symmetrical. It's nothing to worry about if your diamond's width does not precisely match its height, but if your diamond is much longer than it is wide it may not be what you're expecting. This is especially the case in shapes like Cushion and Oval, where a more asymmetrical diamond might look "skinny", with much of the fire and brilliance concentrated at the ends.

FACTOR 3: CUT

"Cut" refers to a diamond's finish and proportions, and is critical in determining its beauty. Getting the angles right ensures a beautiful diamond that's full of life. In many cases it can be more difficult to spot flaws in a fiery, brilliant diamond. Cut is generally graded in five categories: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. Excellent is the highest graded awarded by GIA (whereas other labs may use terms like "ideal" or numbers like "0"). If you want to play safe, stick to "Very Good" and "Excellent" cuts when you choose your diamond.

FACTOR 4: CLARITY

Almost all diamonds have naturally¬ occurring features called "inclusions." Inclusions form as the diamond crystallizes deep underground, and they are unique to each diamond. They take many different forms, and can help you identify a diamond as your own. However, large and prominent inclusions can detract from the beauty of a diamond.

There are many different types of inclusions, and not all are created equal. If your diamond certificate has an "inclusion map," check where the inclusions are. Try to find a diamond with inclusions near the edge where they will be masked by sparkle or hidden by the setting of your diamond. If your budget is limited, I recommend buying "SI" clarity or better. "SI" stands for "Slightly Included." With close inspection you can usually spot the inclusions in an SI¬ graded diamond, but these inclusions will most likely not be visible once your diamond is set in jewellery. If you want to be sure your diamond will look "eye clean", even up close, I recommend selecting a VS2 clarity diamond or better. "VS" stands for "Very Slight Inclusion," and imperfections in VS clarity stones are rarely seen by the naked eye.

FACTOR 5: COLOUR

The term "colour" usually refers to how much warm tint is in a diamond. The scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (very strongly tinted yellow or brown). Pure white diamonds are considered more desirable, and are more expensive. Warmer¬-hued diamonds (such as K, L, and M) are not necessarily less attractive, but they are significantly less valuable.

Conventional wisdom is to select J colour or better. Personally, I love G and H colour diamonds ¬- they hit the "sweet spot" where most people will not notice colour in the diamond unless they're doing a direct comparison. However, an I or J colour diamond that is well cut and has a lot of life can give you a beautiful diamond at a bargain price.

Depending on how they are cut, different diamonds will display colour differently. This is why colour grades are assigned by looking at a diamond upside¬down. Generally, more¬ brilliant diamonds show their colour less than less brilliant diamonds.

FACTOR 6: FLUORESCENCE

Fluorescence has a bad rep, and most of it is unfair. Diamond Fluorescence refers to how a diamond responds when subjected to ultra¬violet light. Fluorescent diamonds can glow any one of several colours, but the most common is blue. In rare cases fluorescence can cause your diamond to have a milky appearance when viewed in direct daylight. This is most often the case with strong or very strong fluorescence and D/E/F colour diamonds.

However, there are many, many more cases where blue fluorescence is a positive thing. Imagine you were shining a blue light on a yellow diamond... the blue tint can make your diamond look whiter. If your diamond falls in the "near colourless," "lightly tinted," or "tinted" range I recommend looking for medium blue or faint blue fluorescence.

Warning: Green, red, and yellow fluorescence are rare, and they will not have the same benefit. If you are interested in a diamond that has strong blue, very strong blue, green, red, or yellow fluorescence, I recommend asking your salesperson to show you your diamond outside in natural daylight. If you're buying online, contact the seller prior to making your purchase so they can examine the diamond first in natural daylight.

FACTOR 7: GRADER

This should always be your first question: Says who? Every diamond grading laboratory has different standards, so comparing diamonds graded by different sources is extremely unreliable. One grader might grade a diamond K SI2, and another might call that same diamond F VS2. I know that sounds crazy, but I see it happen all the time.

The most reputable and consistent grading laboratories are GIA, AGS, IGI, and HRD. GIA is considered the global standard worldwide. AGS is a popular alternative in the U.S.A. while IGI and HRD are more common in Europe.

EGL is tricky because there are EGL labs all over the world, and some of them do a great job while others can be less reliable. We strongly recommend caution when buying an EGL certified diamond unless it's from EGL-¬USA.

Many diamonds are assigned grades by valuation companies and in-¬house graders. If your diamond does not come with a report from a major laboratory, you should always ask where the grader trained. He or she should be certified by a major grading laboratory: GIA, AGS, IGI, or HRD. Be smart and be cautious about reports done by uncertified shop owners, salespeople, or valuation companies.

SELECTING YOUR DIAMOND

You can choose to purchase your diamond online, or from a retail store. If you prefer to purchase your diamond in a retail store, avoid the big chains and shop with smaller independent jewellers. Many independent jewellers are actually significantly less expensive than their large competitors. (You don't have to take my word for it - shop around and you'll quickly learn that this is true). This way you'll buy a better quality diamond and - if you wish - you'll have the opportunity to design your own hand-made engagement ring setting.

If you choose to shop online, I would recommend comparing prices and service across several websites. Be sure that the company ships from your country - otherwise you'll be hit with expensive duty and GST. Always make sure you call or e-mail customer service and have them hand-inspect your diamond before you complete your purchase. Sometimes a diamond may seem like a great deal, but it could have an unfortunate inclusion, asymmetrical cut, or be negatively impacted by fluoresence. And above all, make sure you have an easy and affordable way to return the diamond if it doesn't turn out as you'd hoped. Online shopping is the best way to get a great deal on a diamond for your engagement ring, diamond studs, or pendant - just review this article, be reasonably cautious, and have fun.

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