Monday, 15 January 2018

The Diamond 4C's - Diamond Carat

It is always important to know that the jewelry we purchase is a good buy. Quality is an important factor for us jewelry shoppers, but the question would be, how could we make sure we are getting when buying diamonds?

In the mid-20thcentury, "the 4 C's" is universally acknowledged as the main way to determine the quality of a diamond. For a person who is not as educated as what a quality diamond is, knowing these 4C's are very significant. The breakdown on how to buy diamonds using the 4C's is here to help us get the best bang for our buck.

When choosing and buying a diamond, "carat" is one of the first things mentioned. While it is the most basic physical attribute of a diamond, there are some important things that you should know to fully understand the first "C" - diamond carat.

Points And Grains

Carat weight is sometimes expressed in "point". These are percentage points of a carat where one point equals 1/100th of a carat, so 25 points are equal to a quarter of a cart and 50 points is equal to half of a carat.

In the early times, diamonds weight was compared to a rice grain., wherein four(4) grains of rice were equal in weight to a carob bean. At this present time, diamond dealers still use the term when referring to general sizes such as "three(3) grainer" for diamonds in the .70-.79 ct range, or "five(5) grainer" for diamonds in the one and a quarter carat range.

Carat Weight And Cost

As carat weight gets bigger and larger, the value of the diamond increases. The reason is, pieces of rough material are increasingly rare with size.  The diamond twice as large as a smaller one of the same quality maybe three or more times as expensive, depending on the specifics of the market. Diamond prices are determined by market forces of supply and demand.

Carat Weight And Cut

Carat weight is not the same thing as size, although there is a correlation. It is the cut that can impact significantly both the actual dimensions and apparent size of the diamond.

Diamond cut too shallow may have a larger spread that it should, while diamonds cut too deep have a smaller spread, both cuts are undesirable.

A high-quality cut will result in light being returned to the eye from the entire top of the diamond. Edge to edge light performance will enable the diamond to appear larger than diamonds of the same size that are not cut as well.

This image below shows both diamonds are the same size but the ideal cut diamond on the left looks larger because it is returning light from edge to edge. It is important to know, though carat is a valuable factor, Cut is the superstar.

Carat Weight to Millimeter Size Conversion

As mentioned above, the relationship between carat weight and actual dimension varies according to the cut quality of the diamond. This chart below provides an approximate conversion for a well round diamonds.

Friday, 12 January 2018

The 4C's - Diamond Color

The grading scale is used to determine a diamond's value based on its color. It is scaled from D to Z. Diamond colors can also range from white to even black diamonds.

Colored diamonds are eye-catching, but white or colorless diamonds generally have a higher value compared to others, D-grades are considered the higher quality grades, which are considered colorless and the purest diamonds. Diamonds sold in local jewelry stores are typically "almost colorless'' with  agrade between G and J. Anything with grade after J is considred a 'colored" diamond as the diamond's color cna be deteected by the naked eye.

Enjoy the video below about Diamond Color:

Below are the indicidual diamond colors along with a short description:

Colorless Diamonds

D - perfectly colorless. The D color diamond is the ulitmate color grade in the normal range and apears Icy white.
E - colorless. Only when compared to a D color in a clinical environment does a very slight body color become vaguely noticeable.
F - colorless. An F clor diamond will look icy white and not show any appraent color from any viewing angle, except whnen compared to master diamonds by a trained grader.

Near Colorless Diamonds

G - top of the near colorless range. The G color diamond is virtually indistinguishable from colorless in real world situations.
H - solidly near colorless. An H color diamond lookd white, even when viewed from the side and even in larger sizes.
I - solidly near colorless. The I color diamond loooks white enough to be set in white gold or platinum without creating any sgnificant contrast.

It is important to understand that diamond color grading is not easy. The difference between gemological grades are extremely small. Colorless diamonds are 'icy' white, and near-colorless diamonds do not show any obvious body color to most obesrvers. Everyone has different sensitivity to color and a different sense of what appeals to them the most.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Diamonds 4C's - Diamond Cuts And Shapes

When selecting a diamond, the shape itself is one of the most important considerations. Each of the various shapes has its own unique characteristics. Like any other jewelry, the most popular diamond shapes can depend on current trends and fads. Below are the different diamond shapes and description that you might mostly encounter. The most popular shapes are the round brilliant and the princess cut.

Round Brilliant

The Round Brilliant diamond remains by the far the most popular diamond cut of all. It is timeless classic that is always ins tyle and has been for hundreds of years. Because of its symmetrical geometry, a well cut round diamond has the greatest ability of any shape to maximize light performance. 

Princess Diamond

Like that of the Round Brilliant, the Princess Cut Diamond has faceting patterns that give it sparkle and brilliance. They are usually square cut with pointed corners, although some are more rectangular in shape. Princess cut diamonds are second only to the round brilliant in their popularity. They are also priced lower than comparable Round Brilliant diamonds, which make them an excellent choice for a shopper looking for value.

Below are the most popular fancy diamond shapes. Other shapes are also available and may be quite desirable for very specific applications. The following are the diamond shapes you are most likely to see in jewelry.

Cushion Diamond

Emerald Diamond

Asscher Diamond

Oval Diamond

Marquise Diamond

Pear Diamond

Radiant Diamond

Heart Diamond

Trilliant Diamond

We have to remember. no matter how popular or valuable the cut is, each individual has its own preference and personal taste, whatever it is, we need to make sure that we love what we choose.

Monday, 8 January 2018

For Strong, Tough Wrist - Turquoise Jewelry Is In!

 As we can see now, more and more of the men are using pieces of jewelry. Though this is not new many of the handsome, sophisticated and rugged looking men in the movie and fashion industry are using this enticing blue-green gemstone, the Turquoise.

In Vogue August issue, Zayn Malik embraces Gigi Hadid with a Turquoise and silver ring on his right index finger.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid, with a turquoise-and-silver ring on Malik's right index finger
Johnny Deep rolls up his sleeve to reveal an armful of jewelry, which includes a turquoise and silver bracelet in the advertisement for Dior's fragrance Sauvage, and in the recent spread in GQ, Tom Ford wears a large turquoise belt buckle and cuff.

Johnny Deep during the ad for Dior's fragrance Sauvage showing up his turquoise-and-silver bracelet

Tom Ford in GQ wearing a large turquoise belt buckle and cuff
When it comes to jewelry, fashion-conscious men can't seem to get enough of this vibrant colored gemstone. The designer, Philip Lim, who has collected turquoise jewelry since he was a teenager, according to him, turquoise is like a talisman, a stone of protection. The silver balances the turquoise very well, and that, it is very natural and masculine.

It is undeniable that turquoise is on the rise, according to a trend expert. There has been an increase in searches for turquoise in terms of gems and stones.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Simple Tips to Caring for Your Gemstones Jewelry

Most of us love to add a touch of color to our wardrobe, and of course, there’s no better way to do so with gemstones jewelry.

Some of us ladies spend lots of time daydreaming about sparkly things but admittedly less time thinking about how best to take care of that glitter once we’ve got it – I myself is guilty of treating my precious stones less than preciously.

As we might all know, by definition, a gemstone is a mineral or stone suitable for use in jewelry after having been cut according to the desired design and then polished. Gemstones are available in every color imaginable. It can add the perfect compliment to your favorite pieces of jewelry.

Here we have some simple tips to caring for both precious and semi-precious gemstones:

1. When cleaning gemstones jewelry, consider a mild homemade remedy to help keep your accessories shine. The best way to clean your gemstones jewelry is in a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. As you clean your gemstones jewelry, pay attention to the utensils that you choose. Avoid any brush that features bristles, which may scratch the surface of your gemstones, instead, use a soft cloth that has no rough areas which could potentially damage the stone.

2. Amethyst gemstones jewelry should be stored out of direct sunlight. This gemstone, when exposed to the sun for long periods of time, can actually fade. It is advisable that you store your beautiful amethyst jewelry in a gift box or jewelry case to retain its vibrant color.
Organic gems like pearls, amber and coral require special care because they care are porous. Store them in a cloth-lined box or pouch and keep them away from other jewelry which might scratch them. To clean, simply wipe clean with a soft cloth. 

3. To keep your gemstone rings looking brilliant, remove them before doing vigorous exercise or before doing some work with your hands. When removing your rings, don't pull them off by the gemstones, this won't damage the gem but it can, over time, stretch the metal that holds it in place, making the setting less secure.

Treating and caring your jewelry with the same respect is important.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

DIY Jewelry Organizer

When you continue to acquire pieces of jewelry, the question to follow would be, How can I organize them?

It's a challenge we all face with jewelry: multiple boxes and hiding spots make it hard to keep track of it. Before long, chains wind up in knots, earrings become elusive, and rings vanish in the bottom of your bag. In just three steps you can make your organizing system as beautiful as your gems!

You can find a variety of ready-made jewelry organizer in the market right now, oftentimes equipped with pockets to organize each piece of jewelry you have available. 

But isn't it cool to make your own, according to your needs and taste? This video below might help you to start with you first Do It Yourself Jewelry Organizer.

Three steps you can make your organizing system as beautiful as your gems!

1. Compartmentalize your way
2.  Find the prime location 
3. Protect your jewels 

Please watch the video below. You might have some ideas as well, please kindly share.

Few pictures of DIY Jewelry Organizer Ideas: