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May 2019

Buy a High Quality Diamond

If you head into a purchase with no knowledge of diamonds, you could pay a lot more than you need to. It’s well worth taking the time to educate yourself a little, as this will make it more likely that you will get the best diamond at the best possible price.

Having knowledge means having a confident air about you when you do business with a seller. If you start the conversation by asking about the weight and the 4 C’s, the seller will automatically assume that you know more about diamonds than the average buyer, making them less likely to try and sell you something of a lesser quality at a higher price.

The first thing to consider is the Cut, which has nothing to do with the shape of the diamond. Terms such as pear, round, and princess refer to the shape of the diamond, while the cut is more about how the angles and finish reflect the light and make the gem sparkle.

Listed below are the basic rules of cut selection:

  • The finest diamonds have what is referred to as an Ideal Cut, which means they will be particularly brilliant. This cut is only found on round diamonds.
  • Premium Cut diamonds are also round, and while they are still a high-quality gem, they usually cost less for a seller to acquire than the Ideal Cut stones.
  • Larger diamonds that reflect light well and which offer up a good deal of brilliance are known as Very Good diamonds. They cost less than the cuts discussed above.
  • When a diamond cutter creates a larger stone as opposed to creating one in the premium category, you are usually left with a Good Cut. You still get a quality diamond here, albeit at a more affordable price.
  • Fair and Poor Cut diamonds do not offer much in the way of brilliance and are usually cut to make a larger stone.

The next C that we need to talk about is Clarity.

As the word suggests, the clarity is all about how clear the diamond is and whether it has any internal flaws that might affect its brilliance. Flaws are never referred to as blemishes, but rather inclusions. A diamond with great clarity will sell at a high price.

You may hear a seller talk about ratings for inclusion not visible to the naked eye. These flaws are graded from F to SI, with the meaning of each grade listed below:

F – Flawless and extremely rare.

IF – Another rare type of diamond, this one will have surface flaws but no internal issues.

VVS1-VVS2- Very few inclusions will be found on these diamonds, with all flaws detected at 10X magnification by a diamond pro.

VS1-VS2 – Very similar to the previous grade, with minor inclusions found at 10X magnification.

SI1-SI2 – Very slightly included, although the flaws are easier to detect at 10X magnification.

I1-I2-I3 – These diamonds come with inclusions visible to the naked eye, and as such are not considered a good investment.

The next thing to discuss is the diamond Color, which actually has more to do with a lack of it as opposed to a lot of color. Diamonds that are colorless tend to refract more light and deliver a great sparkle. The more color a diamond has, the less light it will absorb. Colorless diamonds are a very rare find indeed.

Don’t be fooled by sellers who refer to a diamond as blue-white. What they are talking about here is fluorescence, which gives a diamond a milky appearance when exposed to sunlight, thus reducing its value. Sellers will try to make a diamond seem more sparkly by using lighting tricks, so always ask to see the stone in natural light.

There are some blues, yellows, and other colors of diamonds available, all of which are very rare and extremely valuable.

Jewelers use what is known as a GIA scale to rate all diamonds. D is the highest on the scale, which runs all the way to Z, which is the poorest quality.

When we talk about Carat, we talk about the weight of the diamond, with one carat equaling 0.2 grams. It goes without saying that larger diamonds are more expensive, especially since large diamonds are very rarely discovered. It’s worth noting that one large diamond has a greater value than 5 smaller ones which add up to the same weight. When buying a ring with a center stone surrounded by smaller diamonds, only ask about the weight of the diamond in the middle.

Before you hand over your money, be sure to ask for a grading report or diamond certificate put together by a professional gemologist. This report will include everything that you need to know about the stone, which will help prove the quality of your purchase.

What to Look for When Buying Pearls

Check to see if the pearl has been artificially coloured

This isn’t, in itself, necessarily a problem. Typically though, purists will look for naturally coloured pearls and they might well command higher prices.

Things that might indicate the pearl has been artificially coloured include:

  • colour seemingly “wearing off” the outer shell;
  • a very dark core (indication of possible irradiation to change colours);
  • a very visible stratification of colour change on the inside of the pearl.

The final two above assume your pearl has a drill hole that you can look into with magnification.

Examine the regularity and symmetry of shape

Tiny irregularities of shape can be seen or felt – and that’s typically a good sign!

If your pearl is perfectly round and perfectly smooth over its surface, then you’re probably looking at an artificial not natural (whether wild or cultured) pearl made from synthetic materials.

However, even if you have a real pearl, remember that significant deformations and irregularities may (or should) reduce the value if they’re particularly evident or severe.

Look at the lustre

Peals may vary in both body colour (their background colour) and their overtones (a surface shimmer of colour). Some may not have an overtone and that is not a problem. A lot will depend upon your own colour preferences.

However, this is very difficult to describe but look for pearls that gently shine. If they’re a dull matt finish it might indicate that there has been some damage (e.g. poor cleaning techniques with acid) that has taken the lustre off.

That can hugely reduce both value and appearance.

Read the advertisement’s wording carefully

Terms used in some pearl advertisements which may mislead (intentionally or otherwise):

Pearls from Japan“. That phrase would be true for pearls farmed in say China, shipped to Japan and then sold-on from there. Look for “farmed in Japan” to be sure – if that’s what you’re looking for;

Certified“. By whom? To what recognised standards? Remember, a label attached to your pearls means nothing if it’s just the seller’s.

Real pearls“. That should exclude synthetics but it’s ambiguous in terms of whether your pearls are natural (i.e. found in the wild – which is VERY rare today and they’re very expensive too) or cultured.

AAAA Grade“. Gradings are not standard across the globe or universally recognised. Trust some of the other tips on this page and your own common sense.

Price

Typically, if all other things are roughly equal, from most to least expensive pearls run:

  • natural/wild (sea);
  • cultured (sea);
  • freshwater;
  • synthetics.

If you see cultured pearls advertised at a price close to a set of essentially plastic ones, then something’s gone wrong and you should be sceptical.

Protect Yourself From Buying The Fake Gemstones

Manik

If you want to Buy Manik Stone then you must know about the 4 C’s of it. Buy Manik Stone which is opaque or translucent. Some ruby ratna are transparent too but they are very rare. Manik ratna has many inclusions like cracks, milky effect etc. that makes it less clear. Clean Ruby ratna are very rare and are very expensive. To Buy Ruby Stone, check for different types of cut of Ruby (Ruby) as per your choice such as Marquise, Octagon, Oval, Pear, Heart, Round and Square. Colour Shades of the Manik ratna ranges between light pink to deep pigeon blood red. The deep pigeon blood red Manik Stones costs you much as compare to light pink color. The tints of blue, yellow and black mark their presence also in Ruby Stone that lowers its price. Burmese Ruby is transparent and has bright red color that makes it costlier than other Ruby. To Buy Manik Stone, try to procure the Burmese Ruby. More is the carat finer is the quality but they are rare. So their prices vary. Buy Manik stone of above 3-4 carats to get the best quality Manik Stone.

Diamonds

The factors that affected by the cut of a diamond are its brilliance, dispersion of lights and scintillation or sparkling effect. A small and well cut diamond fetches higher price for it. Buy Diamonds that are available in variety of colors like pinks, blues and yellow and fetch more value as they are rare. However, white and transparent diamond gives you the true color thus have greater value. Buy Diamonds has many inclusions as they are procured from deep earth. More the inclusions more are the flaws. To Buy Diamonds, make sure that the inclusions are under facets or near the girdle because they are hard to see. The cost of the Diamonds depend on the cut, colour, clarity and carat, but sometimes the equal carat weight diamonds have different cost, majorly depends on cut, color and clarity. So, to Buy Diamonds you have to check the 4C’s very carefully.

About Types of Silpada Jewelry

Silpada watches are a most common brand of watch for a number of people. You can purchase these items for men and women as well as teenagers and adults. Depending on who you are buying for will depend on which type of watch you will want to purchase. You can purchase a leather band as well as being able to purchase a sterling silver watch band as well. There are a number of different face plates to choose from when purchasing Silpada watches.

Jewelry such as earrings are pretty popular among teenagers just as much as they are among adults. The reason being is the style that it allows the teenager to display. Most teenage girls love the dangle style earring and because of this it is a hot item for teenagers. You can bet that your teenage daughter will love the gift of Silpada jewelry and will ask for more once given her first paid or Silpada earrings.

Jewelry such as bracelets allows the person to choose from a resin wood bracelet to a sterling silver bracelet as well as a bracelet that will contain a number of shapes and details. Some of the Silpada bracelets are made from sterling silver and will have an engraved image into the bracelet and this allows for a fancier style of bracelet and this is a highly wanted style of bracelet for the Silpada jewelry company.

Silpada necklaces are another style of necklace that sets the standard for necklaces. The necklaces will contain a number of different choices for chains such as a rope chain as well as a sterling silver chain and each one will contain a number of different pendants to be chosen from when choosing which necklace is the choice that is best for you. All of these choices are available when choosing which the jewelry item you want to purchase. No matter who you are purchasing the Silpada jewelry for you can bet that the item will be cherished since it is from you and also since it is a high demand quality style of jewelry.

Fluid Fashion of Ladies Watches

Current Ladies Watch Fashion

Currently, fine watches designed for women are always updated with the introduction of new models and styles. Often, annual styles and designs are introduced, making it nearly impossible for any fashionable woman to limit herself to just basic timepieces. However, building a basic collection is important. To do that, you will need to cover all wristwatch categories: dress, jewelry, and sports. One brand can carry all that fall under each of the listed categories; however, you can build a more interesting collection by choosing from collections of many watchmakers.

Sporty Timepieces

Sports timepieces were created to suit the needs of the active woman. It doesn’t matter what your physical activity of choice is-it can be as extreme as rock climbing or ocean diving, or it could be fairly conventional, like running or Pilates. You need a high-performing timepiece that works both in and out of the water, and has a chronograph, alarm or stopwatch. This is also why sports models are made with durable parts of leather, rubber, steel, and even titanium. These great timekeepers have smaller parts and thinner straps compared to their male counterparts’. Pastel-colored models match fair complexion nicely and darker skin will better match straps and faces that are either neutrally-colored, or have extremely bright colors.

Dress Watches

Timepieces used for dressy occasions are the second category to consider. Dress watches are staples for any woman. Traditionally, this style of watch often meant a classic design and in white gold or yellow; needless to say, they were the epitome of elegance. These days, the characteristics of this style is much more lax. A timepiece with no Velcro, rubber straps, over-sized parts, or even huge markings qualifies and these styles can allow transitioning smoothly from formal events to more casual occasions.

Bejeweled Watches

Jewelry timepieces are those that took long periods of craftsmanship to be created and put together. Often, these fine pieces are embellished with stones and precious gems that were selected and matched accordingly, based on color, clarity, and even perfection, before being set into the watch.