The traditional birthstone for April is the diamond. Diamond also represents the Zodiac signs Aries and Taurus. You might already know of the diamond’s toughness? In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of only one element, carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything made in nature. A diamond can only be cut by another diamond! Isn’t that interesting?
Are you thinking about to propose to the love of your life and how to buy an engagement ring for your future fiancé? To make it simple, let’s break down the process of finding your perfect engagement ring into these five basic easy to follow steps.
It’s spring! So lets have some fun, and talk about yellow gemstones! Sunshine, lemons and a variety of flowers all share the color yellow, and induce feelings of happiness, warmth and optimism. A variety of gemstones also come in shades of yellow, from diamonds to garnets. But how can you tell the difference? Yellow diamonds might not be in your budget, but a yellow sapphire is. Can you get the same look for a fraction of the cost?
A young lady’s sweet 16 is a huge milestone in her young life. It is a time when she is not seen as a young child, but entering into the adult world. The appropriate sweet 16 jewelry gift has changed over the years; however, every culture has a coming of age celebration. It is a time to have a large birthday party with family and friends, start driving on your own, be trusted with a cell phone, maybe even maintain an emergency credit card from your parents. Things are changing, and your sweet daughter is being held at a different standard now.
Are you wondering what are the 4 C’s of diamonds? Every diamond is unique and a miracle of time. Each diamond has specific qualities that establish its value. There was no standard to grade diamonds until the middle of the 20th century. GIA created the first standard, and now a global method, for grading diamonds. This process is referred to the “4 Cs” Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. The creation of the 4 Cs means two significant things: diamond quality can be communicated globally, and customers now know exactly what diamond jewelry quality they are purchasing.
Pink diamonds are amount some of the rarest on earth! Mainly found in the argyle diamond mine in Australia. pink diamonds fall into the fancy color category where they share the description with yellow, green and blue diamonds. Only a handful of these gorgeous stones are found a year! In 2017 Southebys auction hose sold the pink star diamond for a whopping 71 million dollars!
“The beauty and desirability of pink diamonds is exemplified by the Winston Pink Legacy, a stunning 18.96 ct Fancy Vivid pink diamond that realized US$50 million at auction in November 2018. Such sought-after diamonds are the subject of the third installment of our colored diamonds series. GIA researchers Sally Eaton-Magaña, Troy Ardon, Karen Smit, Christopher Breeding, and James Shigley summarize the current science on natural-color pink to red diamonds and detail the cause of their color.”
More information at: GIA EDU
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There is an incredible amount of information to learn about diamonds. Diamonds are the hardest stone available for purchase as well as the most popular stone for bridal and fashion jewelry. Whether you prefer the classic round cut, or the ever popular princess cut, Joseph’s has the ability to attain a wide variety of stones. The demand for higher carat diamonds has increased dramatically over the years causing prices to escalate. Joseph’s Jewelry is the premier location for Diamonds on the Treasure Coast. From remounts and custom creations to designer favorites, we can take care of your every need. Check out our website for more information Diamond jewelry design, and repairs from the Number 1 voted jeweler on the Treasure Coast.
CUT: When people think of cut, they often think it’s the shape of the diamond. But, it’s about how light is returned due to a diamond’s facets. Cut is responsible for brilliance, fire, and scintillation of a diamond.
Brilliance is the combination of all of the white light reflected from the surface and the inside of the a diamond.
Fire are flashes of color you see in a polished diamond
Scintillation are flashes of light you see when the diamond, the light, or the observer moves.
For the best results, proportions of its facets, symmetry, the relationship of its weight to its diameter, girdle thickness, and quality of its polish have to come together in just the right way.
CARAT WEIGHT: In addition to color, cut, and clarity, carat weight directly correlates to price of the diamond. This happens because the supply is low (larger = rarer) and demand is high (larger = more popular).
1 Carat = 200 milligrams
1 Point = 0.01 carat = 1/100 of a carat
Diamonds of equal weight are not necessarily the same size. Different proportions and depths will result in different size and weight combinations.
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We have all seen them! In the movies, on the covers of magazines and on the rich and famous. When we turn the news on and hear a royal got engaged we instantly glance to see how big the stone is. Something very frequently overlooked is the rarity of a large jewelry quality diamond! What’s even more interesting is what those stones can tell us about what’s deep inside the earth. If you look close enough every diamond tells a story!
“Large and relatively pure diamonds like the historic 3,106 ct Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905, have long been regarded as unusual based on their physical characteristics. For example, they often exhibit exceptional color and clarity, while routinely qualifying as type IIa, a rare designation of chemical purity. A new research discovery about these Cullinan-like diamonds is that they contain heretofore unknown, deeply derived inclusions that originate below the continental mantle keel and are thus known as “super deep” diamonds (Smith et al., 2016). Originating from a depth between 360 and 750 km, they reveal information about the conditions within the convecting mantle, beneath the earth’s rigid tectonic plates.”
Read More: GIA.EDU
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The increasing rarity of natural pink diamonds only adds to their value. They are so rare in fact that only a few hit the market each year. Around 50-60 every year to be exact. Even more rare is to have a gem quality stone that’s on the larger side. Most are no larger than a .50 carat. Even a pink diamond that’s 1ct can be sold for over a million dollars.
“Christie’s says the Legacy is the “largest and finest Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever offered at auction by the company.” It does not say that it is the largest fancy vivid pink ever offered at auction—and that’s because Sotheby’s has twice offered the Pink Star, which was also fancy vivid and 59.6 carats. In April 2017, the Pink Star was purchased for $71 million by Chinese retailer Chow Tai Fook, setting a world record for any kind of diamond ever offered at auction.”
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The elusive naturally green diamond is highly sought after! These gorgeous stones are amongst some of the rarest diamond colors possible! There are only two places in the world where on can find such a stone, one being Africa the other more prominent is South America. The seekers of this diamond have most likely heard that the owner of the diamond will have emotional peace and stability as the story goes! The most famous green diamond owned today is the Dresden Green 40.70 ct Pear.
“Among fancy-color diamonds, natural-color green stones with saturated hues are some of the rarest and most sought after. These diamonds are colored either by simple structural defects produced by radiation exposure or by more complex defects involving nitrogen, hydrogen, or nickel impurities. Most of the world’s current production of fine natural green diamonds comes from South America or Africa.”
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