Holes Diamond Engagement Rings Come From

Holes Diamond Engagement Rings Come From

I never thought I would, but I am finally getting married. Not because I couldn’t find someone, I just needed to find someone who shared my World of Warcraft habit. Anyway, I didn’t realize that finding a diamond engagement ring would be such a big deal. Pardon me, but I find the idea of choosing a piece of female jewelry the most boring thing this side of a medically induced coma.

I mean c’mon, what’s a diamond anyway? It’s just a piece of carbon, compressed deep inside the core of the Earth and the hardest thing known to man. But when I say it like that it sounds kinda cool.

My previous knowledge of diamonds before this research is the James Bond movie, Diamonds are Forever. I think there was also a Bond villain whose face was embedded with diamonds? Lets not forget the Pink Panther movies, and of course, the last Danny Ocean movie was all based around a diamond heist.

But listen, it’s not just movies that make diamonds interesting, the way they get diamonds out of the ground is also really cool.

Huge volcanic action pushes the precious stones up to the surface of the Earth in what are called Kmberlite pipes. All you have to do then is rip up the ground and dig them out. This means huge open cast mining techniques are used leaving massive, open wounds. As if the Planet developed a huge zit burst by mining and left as an everlasting scar.

World Diamond Production for 2006

South Africa 67,000,000 cts
Russia 23,400,000 cts
Botswana 24,000,000 cts
Canada 12,350,000 cts
Australia 7,305,000 cts
Angola 7,000,000 cts
Democratic Republic of Congo 5,600,000 cts
Namibia 2,200,000 cts
Ghana 780,000 cts
Sierra Leone 360,000 cts
Guinea 355,000 cts
Central African Republic 315,000 cts
Brazil 300,000 cts
Ivory Coast 200,000 cts
Tanzania 195,000 cts
China 100,000 cts
Venezuela 45,000 cts
Liberia 7,000 cts

Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada

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Ekati diamond mine is one of the biggest in Canada. It is the most recent diamond mine on the Planet. It is both a surface and an underground min. Its location is in the Arctic Circle and has to be supplied by frozen road in the winter, although it does have a runway big enough to take large jets.

Coordinates: 64°42′49″N 110°37′10″W

Official Ekati Diamond Mine Site

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekati_Diamond_Mine

Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia

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This huge hole in the ground is so big helicopters have been banned from flying over it because of the down draft sucking down aircraft.

The hole is 1,200 meters across and over 500 meters deep. It is in Siberia and is absolutely huge, notice the contrast of the buildings to the hole. It takes the massive trucks hours to reach the top on the hole, hauling 200 tonnes at a time.

BBC Postcards from Russia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_Mine

Kimberley Big Hole Diamond Mine, South Africa

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Kimberly mine is where Cecil Rhodes, the man after which Rhodesia was named (later to become Zimbabwe) made his fortune. It is the biggest hand dug hole in the world, it’s depth being over 1,000 metres.

The mine has given up over 3 tonnes of diamonds and finally closed in 1914.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley,_Northern_Cape

Diavik mine, Canada

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The Diviak diamond mine has produced 8 million carats or about 1,600kg (3,500 lb) since production commenced in January 2003

Coordinates: 64°29′46″N 110°16′24″W

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diavik_Diamond_Mine

Offical site of the Diavik Diamond Mine

Argyle Diamond mine, Australia

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The Argyle mine is one of the biggest in the world, claiming to produce a quarter of the world’s natural diamonds. Since the mine opened, over 700 million carats of diamonds have been recovered

http://www.mining-technology.com/projects/argyle/

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Infomine Argyle mine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argyle_diamond_mine

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The Love Affair of White Diamonds and Flaming Opals

The Mexican fire opals are gaining in popularity due to their unabashed glow which looks even more prominent when placed in combination with white diamonds in fine jewelry. Diamonds and fire opals are the new glamour combination in the fashion world mesmerizing everybody with their dazzle, fire and brilliance. Fire opals with their fiery hue are also known as the “stone of the bird of paradise.” These gemstones when combined with diamonds offer some exclusive pieces of jewelry items that look like made in heaven. The gemstone has an amazing capacity to establish harmony in fine jewelry items and also radiates a positive warmth or glow.

That is why it creates mind blowing combination with white diamonds which bring an elegant touch to the fiery opals. The jewelry items feel more luxurious when combined with ruby. Like the earring set with pear cut opals encased in full-cut white diamonds which sets new standard in fine jewelry. The beautiful passion necklace is a striking piece with layered diamonds, pearls, fire opals and garnets. This awesome necklace can up the glamour quotient of any ensemble with its striking presence in the form of layers. It has the capacity of being the cynosure in any event or look.

Same is the effect with a pair of honeycomb designed  diamonds and fire opals earrings. It features 77 white dazzling diamonds along with 26.06 carats which appears drop-dead gorgeous and the show stopper at any event. Then there is the fire opal and diamond drop necklace which looks elegant chic in yellow or white gold. This has a completely different aura and charm as opposed to the layered one but is special nonetheless. Hence, the flaming opal with white diamonds has created a magical combination with the right color balance to wow the jewelry lovers.

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Heart Shaped Diamond: The Most Expensive Cut

0306137Heart Shaped Diamond engagement rings make a definite statement. You are telling someone very special just how you feel about her. The ring should be special too, and when you choose a heart shaped diamond there is no doubt as to the intent of the giver. However, you will pay more for these stones and here is important information to know before you shop.

One of the more expensive cuts is the round cut diamond. The reason for this is simple. In order to create a round shape, the cutter must remove a great deal of the stone to achieve the shape. This creates a significant amount of waste. In other words, a lot of excellent sparkle goes down the drain.

Heart shaped diamonds are even more elaborate than round. In fact, many times, a round diamond is used to create a heart shaped stone. Now you must take into account that a great deal of waste was created with the round rock and even more is created in the process of cutting out a heart shape. As a result, you have a very expensive cut.

Saving Money on Heart Shaped Diamonds

Just because these stones are the most expensive shape, does not mean you cannot afford to have a beautiful diamond engagement ring with a stunning heart shaped stone. In fact, there are several things you can do to help you stay under budget.

Clarity Enhanced Diamonds

Most diamonds have minor flaws and this effects how the stone mirrors light. However, some of these stones can be repaired with an enhancement process. The diamond is heated and a special resin is used to make light pass through the flaw, essentially making it invisible. A CE stone is every bit as good as one that has not been enhanced. However, it is not worth as much as a stone with the same clarity rating naturally. But you can buy a larger stone for less money this way.

Go Down on Clarity

Diamond clarity is rated by how flawed (or included) the stone is. FL or flawless is very rare and extremely expensive. Other ratings include VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, I1, I2, and I3. If you choose a VS2 (very slightly included) instead of a VS1 you can save money and the difference in clarity may not be that much.

Go Down on Weight

Perhaps you would like to have a one carat heart shaped stone. This can be very expensive, but if you choose a .96 or even a .91 carat stone, you might save a lot of cash.

Color

Color ratings are important because this denotes how much color your stone does not have. Ideally, it should be perfectly clear, D is colorless and Z contains a great deal of yellow. Check out stones in the “J” grade and you may be able to cut your costs and still get a great rock.

Shop Loose Diamonds for Sale

Maybe you don’t plan to pop the question until next year but you know what you want to buy. Consider buying loose diamonds from Diamonds-USA and have them set into the perfect ring at a later date. This will split your purchase and make it more affordable. Plus, in the next six months or so, diamond prices could go up and you will already have the stone.

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Black Diamonds: Most Popular Engagement Ring Trend for 2016

When you shop diamond eng3030agement rings you may look at some yellow or fancy colored stones. However, this could be a good time to consider black diamonds because they are rising in popularity, and now is the time to buy before prices go up. But what are black diamonds and why are they suddenly chic? Let’s take a closer look and see, shall we?

What are Black Diamonds?

Some people believe black diamonds are real while others say they have been artificially created. In essence, both are right. A natural black diamond is created in nature when deposits of graphite make their way into the developing stone over the course of millions of years.

Costs

Natural black stones are considered to be rare and this has led to companies creating them out of low grade diamonds. With a heat treatment, rough stones are turned black, and these are very inexpensive. In fact, they can sometimes be purchased as cheaply as $300 per carat. However, you get what you pay for and the resale value is low and enhanced black stones are not graded by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

Even though a natural black stone is rare, it is still very affordable. In fact, if you shop wisely, you may find some in the three to five thousand dollar per carat range. In other words, you can shop for diamond engagement rings with large black stones and still come in under budget.

Black diamonds are found mostly in two regions, Africa and Brazil. When shopping for jewelry or loose diamonds for sale, look for fancy black stones. Natural black diamonds are considered to be a fancy color. You need to be very careful when shopping for black stones so you do not pay natural prices for treated stones, as the difference in price is significant.

Shopping Tips

As you shop, you may notice that some stones are labeled as “enhanced”. This is not the same thing as clarity enhanced diamonds. The clarity enhancement process is used to repair tiny flaws in clear type diamonds. This gives them more sparkle and makes them more sought after. In fact, you cannot tell that a CE stone has been repaired unless you are a diamond professional, and the savings can be substantial.

Remember, an enhanced black stone has been treated to turn it black and should never be confused with a stone that is naturally black or one that has had inclusions repaired (clarity enhanced).

Why the Popularity?

These things can greatly enhance precious stones’ popularity:

  • Something new or novel
  • Uniqueness
  • Contrasting colors and designs
  • Price – most people must be able to afford it.
  • Celebrities – when the rich and famous step out, people notice and many want to emulate their favorite people.

Black diamonds are a relatively new sensation and they are affordable. Plus, Carmen Electra has a very stunning black diamond engagement ring and Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie been seen with some very elegant black diamond jewelry in recent years. Of course, if you are a fan of the “Sex and the City” show, you are aware of the stunning black diamond halo engagement ring given to Carrie Bradshaw from Mr. Big.

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Most Popular Engagement Ring Trend for 2016

13_3030579_Pics_800x800_White_002When you shop diamond engagement rings you may look at some yellow or fancy colored stones. However, this could be a good time to consider black diamonds because they are rising in popularity, and now is the time to buy before prices go up. But what are black diamonds and why are they suddenly chic? Let’s take a closer look and see, shall we?

What are Black Diamonds?

Some people believe black diamonds are real while others say they have been artificially created. In essence, both are right. A natural black diamond is created in nature when deposits of graphite make their way into the developing stone over the course of millions of years.

Costs

Natural black stones are considered to be rare and this has led to companies creating them out of low grade diamonds. With a heat treatment, rough stones are turned black, and these are very inexpensive. In fact, they can sometimes be purchased as cheaply as $300 per carat. However, you get what you pay for and the resale value is low and enhanced black stones are not graded by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

Even though a natural black stone is rare, it is still very affordable. In fact, if you shop wisely, you may find some in the three to five thousand dollar per carat range. In other words, you can shop for diamond engagement rings with large black stones and still come in under budget.

Black diamonds are found mostly in two regions, Africa and Brazil. When shopping for jewelry or loose diamonds for sale, look for fancy black stones. Natural black diamonds are considered to be a fancy color. You need to be very careful when shopping for black stones so you do not pay natural prices for treated stones, as the difference in price is significant.

Shopping Tips

As you shop, you may notice that some stones are labeled as “enhanced”. This is not the same thing as clarity enhanced diamonds. The clarity enhancement process is used to repair tiny flaws in clear type diamonds. This gives them more sparkle and makes them more sought after. In fact, you cannot tell that a CE stone has been repaired unless you are a diamond professional, and the savings can be substantial.

Remember, an enhanced black stone has been treated to turn it black and should never be confused with a stone that is naturally black or one that has had inclusions repaired (clarity enhanced).

Why the Popularity?

These things can greatly enhance precious stones’ popularity:

  • Something new or novel
  • Uniqueness
  • Contrasting colors and designs
  • Price – most people must be able to afford it.
  • Celebrities – when the rich and famous step out, people notice and many want to emulate their favorite people.

Black diamonds are a relatively new sensation and they are affordable. Plus, Carmen Electra has a very stunning black diamond engagement ring and Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie been seen with some very elegant black diamond jewelry in recent years. Of course, if you are a fan of the “Sex and the City” show, you are aware of the stunning black diamond halo engagement ring given to Carrie Bradshaw from Mr. Big.

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