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Gold engagement rings are one of the most popular choices and classic choices. Gold is malleable, durable, hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and rare enough to be precious. In jewelry, gold is often alloyed or melted with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc,...

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Things you need to know about Diamonds

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How do Diamonds Form?

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Diamond Buying Guide in 4 Easy Steps!

Step 1, Educate Yourself About Diamonds!   First, you need to educate yourself about diamonds. We recommend that you read our section about the Diamonds 4 c’s : Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat size. In that section, you will learn why the quality and the price of...

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Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds

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Things you need to know about Diamonds

All of us love diamonds. It is one of the precious metals found in the core portion of the earth. We think our science books carry all that we have to know about diamonds. But to be honest, they don’t. Even women, who are too much into buying jewelry, fail to know a lot about diamonds. So here we have consolidated some of the interesting facts that we have to know about diamonds.

Things you need to know about Diamonds

Facts we didn’t know about diamonds:

Cut of the diamond:

Unless you are a diamond merchant, it is quite hard for a commoner to trace the quality of a diamond. In case if are buying a diamond, here are the four C’s that you have to see, the cut, colour, clarity and the carat of the diamond. All these factors will determine the worth of the diamond. Out of all the C’s, it is the cut that grabs my attention. Diamonds are not only the ones in triangular shape. There are also diamonds in 7 other different types of cuts. Also, it is important to note that it is based on the cut, the quality of the diamond is determined.

Diamonds are available in colours:

Diamonds are available in 5 or more colours. The colour is also a major determinant of its quality. The ones that come in grey, brown and yellow are the ones that fall in the affordable range. The ones that are available in red, blue and pink colours are the ones that are pretty much expensive and quite hard to afford.

Certificates mean nothing:

Of course, unless there is a certification you will not be able to figure out if the diamond is good to buy, but it is not all you want. Most people blindly believe the Kimberley Process certification. It is good for you to remember that the Kimberley Process came in only to stop the conflicts that arose with regard to the authenticity and the originality of the diamond. It can comfort you to an extent. But they cannot confirm anything with regard to the diamonds that you buy. You need to get better.

Diamond vs Diamond Jewellery:

In case if you are looking forward to investing in diamond, there are always confusions as to whether to invest in jewellery or the raw diamonds that are available in the commodity market. Given a choice, it is always better and profitable to invest in Diamonds rather than their jewellery versions. Your investments will get better, and the money that you invest is worth it if you are investing in diamonds and not diamond jewels.

Big brands ask for premium:

The biggest perk of buying diamonds and diamond jewellery from a merchant with a good brand name and goodwill is that you can be rest assured of its quality. However, that doesn’t come without a premium. The brand has a value, and that value is also hidden in the cost of the precious metals that you buy. So the next time you choose a big brand, check the real price of the jewellery and the premium added to it.

 

 

How do Diamonds Form?

Diamonds are one of the most precious metals found on earth, and there is not one person who would not want to own it. The diamonds that we buy today in the jewellery shops are not the diamonds in their truest form. Yes, they are good diamonds, but just like other products, there are also different grades in diamonds based on their quality. Some of the precious diamonds that are found below the crust of the earth are not something that most can even afford. There are a lot of interesting things about diamonds that most of us do not know. Though not everything, today we will try to learn something about the formation of the diamonds.

How do Diamonds Form

Uncovering the facts:

Sometimes science can pull the wool over our eyes. For a long time, we have believed that coals that are the products that turn as diamonds one day. But this might not be the case all the time. This had come to light when the oldest diamonds in the world were dated. Some of the diamonds were found to belong to a period that was even before the formation of the coal on earth. This is truly unfair, and all our carbon chemistry classes fail right here. So here are some of the things that you might be interested to notice with regard to the formation of diamond.

Formation of diamond:

All of us love diamonds and wish to own one that is beautiful and attractive, but little do we know about how they form. So here we go. Diamonds are not always by-products of coals there are other ways in which diamonds can form. Diamonds aren’t even forms of coal, in fact.  If we have to define the formation of diamonds based on science, then diamonds form as a result of cosmic waves that are present below the crust of the earth. This dates back to the formation of the earth.

For a long period, the earth had liquid molten lave following on its surface as a result of the Big Bang theory. Once the surface of the earth began to cool the molten planet was filled with rocks and hard crust beneath the surface. The cosmic waves due to pressure began reacting with the core part of the earth resulting in the formation of diamonds. Even today the diamonds that are present beneath the surface of the earth are formed under high pressure and heat circumstances.

You can call the raw form of diamond are given with different names such as graphite, an altered form of carbon and much. They are defined by different people in different ways they are clearly defined as either an altered form of graphite or crystalline form of diamond. This classification helps chemists to define with their atomic levels. These raw forms of diamonds are usually found in the hexagonal pattern, and then they are cut into a triangular form, and that is how diamonds are formed.

The form of diamonds that are a part of the jewellery is then moulded and made fit to fix into alloys like gold, silver or platinum.

 

 

Diamond Buying Guide in 4 Easy Steps!

Step 1, Educate Yourself About Diamonds!

 

First, you need to educate yourself about diamonds. We recommend that you read our section about the Diamonds 4 c’s : Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat size.

In that section, you will learn why the quality and the price of diamonds always vary based on the 4 c’s.

We also recommend you to take a quick look at our Diamond Shape page which explains the various shapes available these days on the market. It will help you to make the right choice about the shape of your diamond.

Step 2, Establish What Your budget is!

How many month’s salary should a guy spend for an engagement ring? If you spend more money, does that mean she will think that you love her more? We suggest you visit our section called How Much Should I Spend on a Diamond Ring? to find out!

Step 3, Find a Good Jeweler Locally or Online!

You can start by shopping locally by visiting jewelers in your area. Please read the following before you start shopping:

Essential Tips Before you Buy a Diamond Ring

Don’t buy just yet! Now that you’ve found a good setting for your ring, please ask the jeweller to give you the exact price of the diamond he is offering you. Rush back home and look online to compare the price of his diamond with a reputable online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewellery.

Step 4, Closing the deal!

It’s now time to close the deal with either your local jeweller or your online retailer. See our How to Close the Deal section which provides you with good avise for both online and local retailers.

What is my Fiancee’s Ring Size?

The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want to know her exact size before you buy her ring or if getting the ring resized afterwards is not a problem. Some people don’t want to risk spoiling the surprise!

Most jewelers can easily resize the ring for you after you afterwards. Most good online retailers also offer the same service. So, what are the tips to get at least a good approximation?

  • Get one of her rings while she is not looking and bring it to your jeweler. He will tell you in an instant what size her finger is. Keep in mind that not all her fingers are similar. They are not of the same size, so you should aim for a ring slightly oversized as opposed to buying a ring that’s too small. Think about it, when you give her the ring, it wouldn’t be great if you can’t even put it on her finger. Besides, it’s easier for a jeweler to reduce the size of a ring than the opposite.
  • You can use a string and put it around her finger while she is sleeping! Then calculate the circumference of her finger. Remember to calculate around her knuckle. Here’s a nice table that’ll tell you exactly what her finger size is based on the circumference of her finger.
  • Ring Size Circumference (in mm) Diameter (in mm)
    5 53 mm 17 mm
    6 55 mm 17.5 mm
    7 57 mm 18 mm
    8 60 mm 19 mm
    9 63 mm 20 mm
    10 66 mm 21 mm

    Another suggestion is to have one of her friends make her try some of their rings and then report back to you with the correct size of her finger! Of course, you have to ask her friends to be careful when they ask her to avoid arousing her suspicion.

It is generally a good idea to put efforts in finding out what her perfect ring size is before you buy her a ring. That will show how dedicated you are and how special she is. Finally, remember that not ALL women are alike. Our Diamond Buying Guide might be useful, but remember that some of women might prefer to choose their own ring. You should try to find out in a subtle way weeks ahead. After all, she is going to wear it for the rest of her life so it’s much better if she really adores it!

Yellow Gold Rings

Gold engagement rings are one of the most popular choices and classic choices. Gold is malleable, durable, hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and rare enough to be precious.

In jewelry, gold is often alloyed or melted with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc, and nickel to give the metal added strength. This combination creates the different karat measurements such as 18-karat gold and 14-karat gold. 24-karat gold is gold in its purest form. (In the U.S. “karat” is the unit of gold purity while “ carat” is the unit of weight for diamonds and other gemstones – internationally, the term “ carat” may be used for both.) Alloys change the color and hardness of gold and also to make it more affordable. The imprint of 24K (karat), 18K, and 14K is also called its quality mark. Look for this imprint on the inside of a ring band.

18K gold is considered the industry standard for high quality jewelry, although 22K is popular in India and Southeast Asia for its deep yellow color. Higher karat alloys are softer and more flexible, and thus more often found in very intricate pieces of jewelry. At the same time, softer metals may not be suitable for pieces meant to be worn every day, such as many gold engagement rings.

14K vs. 18K Gold

14K gold is 58 percent gold whereas 18K is 75 percent gold. 18K gold is more valuable and tends to have a deeper color, however 14K gold may be stronger and more durable. 14K gold has a higher potential for tarnishing and may cause allergic reactions in some people due to the other metals it is alloyed with. In the United States, you will find a larger selection of 14K jewelry for gold engagement rings, earrings, necklaces, and other pieces.

Different karat levels of gold are often used in the mokume gane technique, a type of metalcraft that creates patterned alloys for richly textured rings. Gold may also be combined with other metals for different colors or contrasts for these unique rings.

Gold Setting Strength

When choosing a setting for a diamond ring, strength is the most important factor. Frequently, platinum, titanium, or other metal settings are used on gold engagement rings due to their greater strength and density. The setting is the actual prong or support structure used to secure the stones and must be able to withstand potential accidents or damage that could loosen the gems.

Caring for Gold Engagement Rings

Gold can be cleaned in a mild solution of soap and water or with special jewelry cleansers as well as alcohol and ammonia. Ammonia is especially good for brightening yellow gold. However, ammonia should never be used on jewelry with fracture-filled diamonds as it may cause them to become cloudy or discolored. Other diamond flaws and inclusions may also be affected by strong chemicals.

Chlorine should be avoided at all costs, as it may cause gold to dissolve or become pitted. Remove gold jewelry before swimming or entering a hot tub, or when using harsh cleansers that may contain chlorine. Cleaning brushes should be used cautiously because they may cause scratching, particularly on higher karat-value pieces.

When storing a gold ring, the best option is to place the ring in a cloth box or bag away from other jewelry. This prevents the gold from becoming scratched by other gems, and it prevents the diamond from harming other items as well.

Gold rings are popular, traditional, and timeless. Whether you choose a high or low-karat value, a traditional solitaire or an intricate design, a simple setting or a unique structure, the yellow sheen of gold is instantly recognizable and will always remain a symbol of your enduring relationship.

Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds

Definition of the Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds

Okay, so if you’ve been reading our site carefully, you have probably noticed by now that we keep on mentioning the Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds.

The Kimberley Process was first created by South Africa in 2000 in order to prevent blood diamonds from entering legitimate markets and the rest of the world. The idea was that every importer of a country that has ratified the Kimberley Process has to declare the origin of the diamonds through a certificate of origin.

The Kimberley Process imposes strict requirements on its members so that they can certify rough diamonds as conflict-free (as opposed to conflict diamonds or blood diamonds). As of 2007, the Kimberley Process has over 48 members, representing about 75 countries in the world (Europe counts as one member, thus the discrepancy between the number of members and the number of countries)to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’. As of September 2007, the KP has 48 members, representing 74 countries, with the European Community and its Member States counting as an individual participant.

Is the Kimberley Process effective?

As of 2008, The quantity of blood diamonds imported to industrialized countries has been diminished from roughly 4% to not more than 1%. On the other hand, the diamond industry will not rest until that all diamonds imported are conflict-free. That is a bit utopian, but one can only hope…

Blood Diamonds

What Are Blood Diamonds?

Blood diamonds are often refered to as conflict diamonds (as opposed to conflict-free diamonds). The UN describe them as diamonds which originate from regions controlled by forces opposed to internationally recognized governements and that are often used to fund military action.

Civilians are unfortunately often killed during the fights that take place between the armed combatants and the governments in place. Examples of countries that are involved in blood diamonds are Angola, Congo and Sierra Leone (which is the most notable one of the three). Certains countries such as Liberia have also used their diamond industry to fund conflicts in other countries.

Unfair Child Labor Practices

In addition to the obvious unfortunate consequences of civil and foreign wars, it has been proven that these countries often produce conflict diamonds under very unfair child labor practices. However, keep in mind that unless your diamond is produced in a trusted country (such as Canada or the United States of America), it is possible that these unfair labor practices are also in place. Non-warring countries have also been known, in certain cases, for operating under unfair labor practices.

How to Buy a Conflict-Free Diamond?

As per Natural Resources Canada’s Website, “On January 1, 2003, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for international trade in rough diamonds was implemented. As a result, all rough diamonds being traded between Kimberley Process participants under Customs Tariff Subheadings 7102.10, 7102.21 and 7102.31 must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process certificate”.  Basically, it means that any importer in let’s say Canada or USA has to get a certificate of origin for the rough diamonds that they are importing. Is this 100% safe or conflict-free? Probably not, but it’s as good as it can get, unless you buy from a provider of American or Canadian diamonds only! That is an excellent question to ask your retailer before you make your loose diamond or engagement ring purchase.

How to Close the Deal

Now that you’ve chosen whether you are going to buy online or from a local retailer, please read the appropriate last minute tips on how to close the deal:

Local Retailer of Diamonds

  • Ask the retailer to put the quality, grade and value of the stone in writing. If he won’t do it, go somewhere else or buy your diamond online from a trusted retailer.
  • Ask the retailer if you can take a closer look at the diamond under a diamond scope at 10X power, the power at which the diamond industry reviews the stones.
  • If the retailer is selling you a “SI” (slightly included) or a “VSI” (very slightly included) diamond, you should definitely not be able to see ANY inclusions or imperfections when viewed in a face-up position. If you can see some inclusions, the retailer can’t be trusted. Go somewhere else, or buy your diamond online and make sure that he sets YOUR diamond on HIS setting (which you like!)
  • ALWAYS pay with your credit card. If there’s a problem, you can easily get the charge reversed. If you paid cash, you won’t have many options in case of a problem.

Online Retailer of Diamonds

  • Deal only with large online retailers of certified diamonds.
  • Make sure they offer a 100% risk free delivery through FedEx or UPS.
  • Make sure they offer a 100% risk free 30 days returns policy.
  • Again, deal only with online retailers which offer certified diamonds by a well known grading company such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or AGS.

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All of us love diamonds. It is one of the precious metals found in the core portion of the earth. We think our science books carry all that we have to know about diamonds. But to be honest, they don’t. Even women, who are too much into buying jewelry, fail to know a...

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Hi, I am Mary B. Nicholas, the founder of this site. It has been a couple of years since I started working on this site. A few years ago, it came to my notice that people who are fond of diamonds always look for a proper guide to help them buy the right diamonds but simply don’t find one. Diamonds are great investments and one must find a proper source that tells them what to do and what not to do, and that is when I decided to bridge this knowledge gap that people had. Today, I am glad that a lot of people are benefited out of it.

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