All about Gemstones hardeness and qualities

Mohs  scale of Gemstones Hardness

When you are purchasing a gem for jewelry use one of the important considerations is the durability of that specific gemstone. One of the main measures of durability in gems is the “Mohs hardness” which is a scale developed by Freidrich Mohs in 1812.

In general terms a gem of 7 or greater hardness is considered suitable for ring wear because it is as hard or harder than quartz which is one of the most common forms of “dust” that the gem might encounter. Thus if the gemstone is as hard or harder than quartz it is unlikely to scratch easily with common dust rubbing against it. For engagement rings a hardness of 8 or greater is usually recommended for added durability since the gem will likely be worn daily.

Softer gems are often put in pendants where they run less risk of bumping into something and becoming damaged. Some designers also put them in rings, taking extra care in the design to protect the gem as much as possible and also cautioning their customers about care in wearing their ring. To protect your gem it is best to avoid things such as gardening, dish washing, remodeling and other more strenuous forms of activity while wearing your rings. In most cases this simple care will keep them beautiful for the next generation to enjoy.
Here is a table of common gemstones and their Mohs hardness to give you an idea of how this hardness scale works.

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It is interesting to note that the Mohs scale is not linear

IE a gem of 8 in hardness is not twice as hard as one of 4 in hardness. In most cases (especially at the upper end of the scale) each step up the mohs scale means a much greater hardness. Topaz at 8 on the Mohs scale for example is two times as hard as quartz which is a 7 on the scale.

Other factors also come into play when considering gemstone durability, such as whether or not the gem has distinct cleavage. “Cleavage” in gemstones is a weakness in one or more directions of the crystal that can allow the gem to cleave or “split” if struck just right. This is why some movies show diamonds being “struck” to split them. If you would like further information about the durability of a gem you are considering please.

 

Red Cushion cut Ruby

Ruby Gemstone

THE PRECIOUS GEMSTONE RUBY

Ruby is distinguished for its bright red color, being the most famed and fabled red gemstone. Beside for its bright color, it is a most desirable gem due to its hardness, durability, luster, and rarity. Transparent rubies of large sizes are even rarer than Diamonds. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. Sapphire, the other gem variety of Corundum, encompasses all colors of Corundum aside from red. In essence, Ruby is a red Sapphire, since Ruby and Sapphire are identical in all properties except for color. However, because of the special allure and historical significance, Ruby has always been classified as an individual gemstone, and is never identified as a form of Sapphire (though some purplish-red colors may straddle the line of being classified as either Ruby or Sapphire).

About Rubies:

The color of Ruby ranges from bright red to dark reddish-brown. The most preferred color is a deep blood red with a slightly bluish hue. Such Ruby is known as “Burmse Ruby” or “Pigeon’s Blood Ruby”. Ruby from Burma is famous for its exceptional coloring, and has traditionally produced the finest Rubies. However, Burmese Ruby rarely exceeds several carats; large flawless Burmese Rubies can be worth millions of dollars. Many Rubies on the market are from Thailand, and these Rubies have a less-desirable
brownish hue, though they often can be heat treated  to improve color. Heat-treating a Ruby can also increase its transparency by removing tiny internal flaws.

Inclusions of tiny, slender, parallel Rutile needles in Ruby cause a polished gem to exhibit asterism. A Ruby displaying asterism is known as a “Star Ruby”, and if transparent can be very highly prized. Star Rubies exists in six ray stars, though twelve ray stars are also known. Rubies must be have good transparency to possess gem value. Opaque or semi-opaque Rubies have relatively little value, even if they display asterism.

The same Rutile inclusions that are responsible for asterism in certain Rubies can also decrease transparency and cause a hazy effect known as silk. Though Ruby can be one the most expensive gemstones, it also comes in more dull opaque forms that are fairly inexpensive, and are often polished into cabochons. A unique gemstone form composed of opaque red Ruby in contrasting green Zoisite is well known from Tanzania, and is used as a minor gemstone and can be carved into ornaments.

The color of Ruby is usually caused by minute inclusions of the metal chromium. These impurities are often responsible for causing a Ruby to fluorescent, which can be helpful in its identification. Ruby is also pleochroic, and will sometimes display a lighter and more intense color when viewed at different angles.

Ruby is a tough and durable gem, and the only natural gemstone harder than Ruby is Diamond. Despite this, Ruby is still subject to chipping and fracture if handled roughly, and care should be taken to ensure it is properly handled.

Ruby was first synthesized in 1902. The process of creating synthetic Ruby is known as the Verneuil process. Only experts can distinguish between natural and synthetic, lab-created Ruby.

Use of Rubies:

Ruby is the birthstone for July.

Ruby is one of the most popular gemstones, and is used extensively in Jewelry. Ruby is used in all forms of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings. It is used both as centerpiece gemstone in pendants and rings, as well as a secondary stone to complement other gemstones such as Diamonds. Star Ruby is polished as cabochons, and, if clear, can be extremely valuable.

Large Ruby gems are extremely rare and valuable. Fine colored Ruby with a deep red color and excellent transparency can reach several thousand dollars a carat. Synthetic Rubies are inexpensive and often used as a cheap substitute for natural rubies.

Ruby types:

  • Burma Ruby  –   Ruby from Burma; synonym of Burmese Ruby.
  • Burmese Ruby  –  Ruby with an exceptional red color (usually but not necessarily from Burma). Occasionally also used to describe synthetic Ruby.
  • Pigeon’s Blood Ruby  –   Highly-desirable form of Ruby of a blood-red color with a hint of blue.
  • Ruby Fuschite  –  Describes a dark red Ruby in a green Fuschite mica matrix found in India.
  • Ruby Zoisite  –   Mixture of opaque red Ruby in green Zoisite from Tanzania. Ruby Zoisite has pretty contrast and is used as a minor gemstone, being polished into cabochons and carved into ornamental figures.

Star Ruby  –  Well-known form of Ruby

by displaying asterism, most often in the form of a six-rayed star.

 

Picture of Blue Sapphire

Hardness 9

 

THE PRECIOUS GEMSTONE SAPPHIRE

Sapphire is the birthstone of September.

Sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. It is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent color, hardness, durability, and luster. In the gem trade, Sapphire without any color prefix refers to the blue variety of the mineral Corundum. However, the term Sapphire encompasses all other gem varieties and colors of Corundum as well, excluding Ruby, the red variety of Corundum, which has its own name since antiquity.

Chemical Formula Al2O3
Color White, Colorless, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray, Black, Multicolored
Hardness 9
Crystal System Hexagonal
Refractive Index 1.76 – 1.77

About Sapphire genstones:

The most valuable color of Sapphire is a cornflower blue color, known as Kashmir Sapphire or Cornflower Blue Sapphire. Another extremely valuable Sapphire form is the very rare, orange-pink Padparadschah. An exotic type of sapphire, known as C

lor Changing Sapphire, displays a different color depending on its lighting. In natural light, Color Changing Sapphire is blue, but in artificial light, it is violet. (This effect is the same phenomenon well-known in the gemstone Alexandrite). Yellow and pink Sapphire have recently become very popular, and are now often seen in jewelry.

Going way back in time, Sapphires (excluding blue) were often called the same name as a popular gemstone of that color with the prefix “oriental” added to it. For example, green Sapphire was called “Oriental Emerald”. The practice of applying the name of a different gemstone to identify the sapphire was misleading, and these names are no longer used. What was once called “Oriental Emerald” is now called “Green Sapphire”. The same holds true for all other color varieties of Sapphire. However, the word “Sapphire” in its plain context refers only to blue Sapphire, unless a prefix color is specified. Sapphire with a color other than blue is often called a “fancy” in the gem trade.

Sapphire often contains minor inclusions of tiny slender Rutile needles. When present, these inclusions decrease the transparency of a stone and are known as silk. When in dense, parallel groupings, these inclusions can actually enhance by allowing polished Sapphires to exhibit astersm. Sapphire gems displaying asterism are known as “Star Sapphire”, and these can be highly prized. Star Sapphire exists in six ray stars, though twelve ray stars are also known.

Sapphire is pleochroic, displaying a lighter and more intense color when viewed at different angles. Some pleochroic Sapphire is blue when viewed at one angle, and purple at a different angle. Color zoning, which forms from growth layers that build up during the formation of the stone, may also be present in certain Sapphires. Color zoning is responsible for certain Sapphires having lighter and darker colors in different parts of a crystal. Some Sapphire gemstones may even be multicolored such as purple and blue.

Sapphire is a tough and durable gem, and the only natural gemstone harder than Sapphire is Diamond. Despite this, Sapphire is still subject to chipping and fracture if handled roughly, and care should be taken to ensure it is properly handled. Sapphire was first synthesized in 1902. The process of creating synthetic Sapphire is known as the Verneuil process. Only experts can distinguish between natural and synthetic Sapphire.

Uses of Sapphire gemstones:

Sapphire is one of the most popular gemstones, and is used extensively in Jewelry. Fine colored Sapphire with a deep blue color and excellent transparency can reach several thousand dollars a carat. The blue variety is most often used in jewelry, but the yellow, pink, and orange “fancies have recently become very popular. Green and light blue Sapphires are also known, but are less commonly used in jewelry. Opaque Black Sapphire is also used a minor gemstone.

Sapphire is used in all forms of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings. It is used both as centerpiece gemstone in pendants and rings, as well as a secondary stone to complement other gemstones such as Diamonds. Star Sapphires are polished as cabochons, and, if clear, are extremely valuable.

The rare orange-pink variety, known as Padparadschah, can be even more valuable than fine blue Sapphire. Blue Sapphire is sometimes carved into cameos or small figures, especially the less transparent material. Synthetic Sapphire is often used as a cheap substitute for the natural material.

Sapphire names:

Besides for the varieties of Sapphire listed below, Sapphire with color other than blue are prefixed with their color names. The main gemstone colors in addition to blue Sapphire include:
– Yellow Sapphire (sometimes also called “Golden Sapphire” if intensely colored)
– Pink Sapphire
– White Sapphire (describes Sapphire that is colorless)
– Green Sapphire
– Purple Sapphire
– Orange Sapphire
– Black Sapphire

  • Color-Change Sapphire  –   Sapphire that exhibits a different color in natural and artificial light.
  • Cornflower Blue Sapphire  –  Describing Sapphire with a cornflower-blue color, which can be better described as an intense, velvety-blue color. This term is often used in conjunction with Kashmir Sapphire to describe the Sapphire of that region, but it can also be used to describe any Sapphire with such color. Cornflower blue is the most desirable color in a Sapphire.
  • Fancy Sapphire  –   Describing any Sapphire with a color other than blue.
  • Kashmir Sapphire  –  Sapphire with an intense, velvety-blue color, described from the Kashmir Province of India. Kashmir Sapphire is considered to have the finest color of all Sapphire.
  • Padparadschah  –   Orange-pink variety of Sapphire that is found in Sri Lanka; highly regarded and one of the most valuable forms of Sapphire.

Star Sapphire  –  Well-known form of Sapphire displaying asterism in the form of a distinct, six-rayed star. Of all the gemstones that display asterism, Star Sapphire is most highly regarded and well-known.

 

SAPPHIRE TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS:

Sapphire is usually heat treated to intensify the blue color, as well as remove inclusions to increase clarity. It is standard industry practice to heat treat Sapphire gemstones, and most Sapphires used as gemstones have been heat treated. Sapphire with a natural, unheated color is much more valuable then the heat treated material, and gemstones of good quality can be extremely costly. Sapphires are sometimes colored through diffusion treatment, which artificially alters the color of the original gemstone. Diffused Sapphires colors include deep blue, bright yellow, bright orange and orange-red. The diffusion is often done by heat treating a stone in a beryllium metal overlay. Diffused Sapphire gemstones are fairly inexpensive despite their desirable color. Because of all the color treatments and enhancements performed to Sapphire gemstones, this information should always be fully disclosed to the buyer, and Sapphire should only be purchased from highly reputable dealers.

 

 

 

Beryl, emerald, 5.03 ct.

Beryl, emerald, 5.03 ct.

THE PRECIOUS GEMSTONE EMERALD

Emerald, the green variety of Beryl, is the most famous and valuable green gemstone. Its beautiful green color, combined with durability and rarity, make it one of the most expensive gemstones. Deep green is the most desired color in Emeralds. In general the paler the color of an Emerald, the lesser its value. Very pale colored stones are not called Emeralds but rather “Green Beryl”. They are sometimes heat treated, which causes their color to turn blue and transform into Aquamarine.

Chemical Formula Be3Al2SiO6
Color Green
Hardness 7.5 – 8
Crystal System Hexagonal
Refractive Index 1.57 – 1.58
SG 2.6 – 2.8
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Double Refraction .006
Luster Vitreous
Cleavage 3,1 – basal
Mineral Class Beryl (Emerald)

All about the gemstone Emerald:

Emerald is the birthstone of May

Besides for Emerald, the mineral Beryl also has other important gem varieties, including blue Aquamarine, pink Moranite, and yellow Heliodor/Golden Beryl Pure Beryl is white; the green color of Emerald is usually caused by chromium impurities, and occasionally by vanadium impurities. Emerald is by far the most valuable gemstone variety of Beryl, being one of the few precious gemstones.

Emeralds are notorious for their flaws. Flawless stones are very uncommon, and are noted for their great value. Some actually prefer Emeralds with minute flaws over flawless Emeralds, as this proves authenticity. Flaws are often hidden by treating the Emeralds with oil or synthetic lubricants, and this is a common practice in the industry. Though Colombian Emeralds have traditionally been the highest quality Emeralds with the finest green color, a new source of Emerald from the African country of Zambia has been producing deep green Emeralds with fewer flaws.

Many Emerald fakes and doublets are known. Two pale colored stones may be glued together with a deep green paste, creating a stone resembling Emerald. Faceted green glass also resembles Emerald, and it may be coated with a hard substance to mask its low hardness. Synthetic Emeralds are also sold to unwary buyers without them knowing the stone is synthetic. Experts can distinguish all these fakes, and it is especially important to only purchase Emeralds from reliable dealers. Experts can also determine if an Emerald was treated with oil or a lubricant to mask internalflaws.

A rare and unusual form of Emerald, known as “Trapiche Emerald”, is characterized by star-shaped rays that emanate from the center of a stone in a hexagonal pattern. These rays appear much like asterism, but, unlike asterism, are not caused by light reflection from tiny parallel inclusions, but by black carbon impurities that form in a star-shaped pattern. These Trapiche Emeralds are only found in the Boyaca Emerald mining district of Colombia, and are cut into cabochons.

Though Emerald has good hardness, it is a brittle stone. It may develop internal cracks if banged hard or if subject to extreme temperature change. Emeralds that were treated to mask internal flaws should never be cleaned with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, nor should they be washed with soap. These practices may remove the oiling treatment and expose the hidden internal flaws.

 

USES of the gemstone Emerald

Transparent emeralds are faceted into gem cuts for jewelry, and make one of the most popular jewelry gemstones. Emerald is very sensitive to pressure and banging, and the well-known emerald cut was developed specifically for this gem to reduce the amount of pressure during cutting. Translucent Emeralds are cut and polished into cabochons and beads, as are Trapiche Emeralds.

.Emerald gemstone names:

  • Brazilian Emerald  –   Emerald from Brazil. The term Brazilian Emerald may also refer to green Tourmaline from Brazil.
  • Cat’s Eye Emerald  –  Emerald exhibiting cat’s eye effect. Cat’s eye emerald is very rare, and only exists on paler Emeralds.
  • Colombian Emerald  –   Emerald from Colombia. This Emerald is usually regarded as the highest quality.
  • Star Emerald  –  Synonym of Trapiche Emerald.
  • Trapiche Emerald  –   Emerald with black impurities in the form of a six-rayed star.

Zambian Emerald  –  Emerald from the African country of Zambia. Zambian Emeralds can have very good color and transparency.

 

Emerald gemstones Treatments and Enhancements:

Emerald flaws are very often concealed by treating a stone with oil or synthetic lubricants. This is a common practice in the gemstone industry. The fracture-filling materials contain very similar refractive indices to the Emerald, optically hiding the underlying flaw. Oiling is preformed by heating the Emeralds in a cylinder containing the oil, which allows it to penetrate through the heat. Though the oiling procedure is most frequently performed with cedar oil, newer, more effective fracture-filling techniques are being practiced, including irradiation. One should always inquire aboutoiling and fracture filling when purchasing an Emerald, as these techniques will affect the price of a gemstone. Generally, unless otherwise specified, it can be assumed that an Emerald has been oiled or otherwise fracture-filled. Standard oiling procedures are also not permanent, and the oiling may slowly wear off naturally, though frequent cleaning can hasten this process.

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The Cheng family Jewelry bussiness

Picture of Cheng AdrianHarvard Grad from China Succeeds Family Business to Become the World’s Richest Jewelry Magnate

Among China’s richest names is the Cheng family, a clan of jewelry merchants that, according to the recent net worth evaluation is the world’s richest at this point. Their heir, a young prodigy hold the key to the family’s massive jewelry empire. Adrian Cheng, Harvard graduate is the future-owner of the world’s richest jewel empire of this era. His family is one of Hong Kong’s top 4 richest names.

Cheng’s father, Henry is 69 years old and is currently battling with an unspecified medical condition. Henry had been on a leave very recently owing to his health concerns. A spokesperson for the company made a statement to the media explaining his absence to be caused from a stroke the business person suffered.

Irrespective of the truth in the statement, Adrian Cheng is all set to take over the business and the transition is expected to happen very soon. Adrian, a 36 years old Harvard graduate will own a conglomerate of businesses that include real estate property development, hotels in NYC, and of course, a chain of jewelry stores. Their chain of stores generate a total of 80% and sometimes more of Tiffany &Co. products all over the world. The company has under it, four registered companies that have a net worth of $25 billion.

Though each of these businesses Adrian is about to inherit are in peak positions of their organizational cycle, he will still be facing copious challenges when he takes the reigns. Declining margins in property development business, slogging demands in the jewelry market are two of the prime issues that he will surely face soon after occupying the seat.

The buyers

His family is in the business of high-end jewelry, which has limited and select buyers all around the world. Elites and rich collectors make most of their customers. In recent times, a slump has been noticed in the demand of high-end jewelries. Though the market will recuperate in time and the demand will be restored, perhaps amplified, for now, there are some steep climbs to make for Adrian.

Adrian Cheng has been in preparation for many years now. He has been getting groomed for the journey ahead since his Harvard days. Though he will have to toil harder once he is in position, it is expected that the heir to the world’s largest jewelry empire will continue to clutch firmly to its top position even under this young prodigy.

Meanwhile, there are a handful of other contemporaries in Hong Kong who are preparing for an imminent succession of their business empire. So, once the garb is worn, Adrian will be meeting them in the field. Some of them are rivals in similar businesses, including diamonds and jewelries. So, with the demand going sluggish for now, Adrian may have to give twice the effort to make things look up for his family’s business. He will also need to be looking into the threats faced by his other businesses to restore the position of his family’s business empire.

 

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Price and Demand Shuffle in the Colored Diamond Section

Price and Demand Shuffle in the Colored Diamond Section

After ages of living in the fringes, colored diamonds are finally on the rise. The impact of introduction of colored diamonds in the international landscape was almost dramatic. While some found themselves lacking reason to justify why they have so long ignored this section, while others were dumbfounded and exalted at the same time just to learn that their favorite diamonds come in colors too. In other words, the global market showed an expressed interest in color diamonds, a proclivity which hasn’t died, but proliferated since its first day.

To support that trend shifting with some facts, the Fancy Color Research Foundation published a report which indicated that prices of blue diamonds have inflected higher in 2016. To that point, it was safe to infer that the demand for blue diamonds has followed a similar path prior to the price spurt.

Stats shared in the Fancy Color Diamond Index states that the rise occurred by a measure of 0.4% as compared to last year.

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Rainbow colors

Blue diamond color and the rest

While that is the reality for blue diamonds, the FRCF dives into the status quo of other fancy colored diamonds. The researchers surface with data that suggests a stagnation in the prices in the final quarter of 2016. When this situation is matched with that of the previous 3 quarters, not much change could be registered. Researches have been able to confer two clear trends in the pricing this year. The price chart for blue diamonds are getting revised too sooner with a marked acceleration in demand and offset in the price of fancy yellow diamonds.

To put this in perspective, the prices of yellow diamonds have taken a hit. Figures collected state that the decline in the prices of yellow diamonds has been between 1 and 2%. This is the reality for vivid and intense bright yellow diamonds. However, though the commercial stones have taken a dip, the rare and best-grade yellow diamonds are still in demand and up in the pricing category.

Speaking specifically of blue diamonds which are currently up in the clouds, the ratings of these stones have gone through the roof. Experts attribute two causes contributory to this movement. First, the blue diamonds are in pretty short supply, chiefly because they occur lesser than the other varieties. Notwithstanding the scarcity, these diamonds are in a healthy demand in the market. To top it off, blue diamonds like pink diamonds in best grades and fine cuts are not abundantly available.

In the light of this, a new movement has been recorded in the market which will presumably bring back yellow diamonds to their heydays. Very recently, yellow rough diamonds have gone up in demand which is likely to alter the prices once again.

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Diamonds & Gems parade at the Oscar awards 2017

The Best of Fineries from the Oscars Evening, 2017

This Oscars, it was about who turned the heads and who got the oohs and has, like it was in all the past years. Though the Academy Awards is a celebration of creative accomplishment and artistic genius, the red carpet fashion has engulfed a good share of the show, a little more each year. Like the yestery years, the Oscars evening 2017 was as glamorous as any. Celebs arrived in their best rides, sporting the prettiest dresses and priciest diamond jewels as shutterbugs snap away capturing them from all perspectives. And as the bottle is uncorked, glamor getting flowing offering the guests a shot of seductive fame and glory. This year was no different except for new faces and fineries catching the eye.

Speaking particularly of jewelry, we already have in place some of our favorites from the evening.

At the very top of the list is Ruth Negga with her million dollar suite of Irene Neuwirth Gemfields rubies. Negga walked the red carpet with matching ruby jewelries, a headpiece that alone had 146.16 carats of Mozambican rubies and a pair of signature earrings.

Negga’s ruby razzle-dazzle is closely followed by Jessica Biel’s flashy Tiffany & Co. gold-and-diamond collar. One of its kind, Biel sported this elaborate collar with a jaw-dropping metallic gown. Her collar contains 200 baguette sparklers with 350 gold fronds that tail the choker of her neckpiece. A truly inspiring piece of work!

Ruth's Rubies and diamonds

Pharrel Williams’s Chanel brooch made statements too among all other signature pieces. He wore it on the lapel of his fine panther black suit. The brooch from the house of Chanel was a combination of diamonds and pearls. Curved in 18K white gold, the piece was generously inlaid with cultured pearls and diamonds which caught both the light and the eyes all evening.

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Another ravishing Hollywood beauty known to make heads turn everywhere she went with her very remarkable taste in jewelry made an expected entry in this list. Charlize Theron shone in her diamond chandelier earrings and sexy Dior metallic gown in the Oscars this year. From the Garden of Kalahari Collection, her Chopard earrings had a total of 59.9 carats of diamonds.

 

Charlize 2017

 

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Next in line is Taraji P. Henson who left the crowd bemused with her 103 carat diamond neckpiece. One from the Nirav Modi Luminance collection, this statement piece has a total of 103 diamonds. Her emerald ring also caught a lot of attention which was another from Modi’s Evergreen Emerald Ring range. Her ring was worth 8 carats alone.

Actor Kirsten Dunst appeared in the Oscars in her usual subtle and sublime style. She wore a simple, yet very artistic Niwaka diamond neckpiece and a pair of massive diamond ear studs that evening. Needless to say, she sizzled in them.

 

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Dakota Johnson’s gaudy neckpiece and collared Gucci gown caught everybody’s attention. The Cartier yellow-gold neckpiece featured very many diamonds and a design that is reminiscent of the jewelries of past eras. Her Victorian gold gown matched with her skin while the neckpiece stood out from its bling background.

 

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Big Clarity enhanced Diamonds pricing

Big clarity enhanced Diamonds pricing
Clarity Enhanced Diamonds are available is a wide range of sizes, shapes and qualities that influence their price. The grading of clarity enhanced Diamonds big or small are done after the enhancement process, their certification also. They have the same rules of non-enhanced diamonds, only cost much less. Diamonds with an excellent cut grade will be the most brilliant, sparkling and reflect maximum fire as compared to good cut grade and thus, will be priced higher. Let’s take a further look at the factors that influence the cost of these shiny allotropes of carbons:
The Shape:
The most popular diamond shape for engagement rings is the Round Brilliant Cut, which is followed by the Princess Cut. Any cut other than round falls under the category of Fancy Shape Diamond. The best examples of Fancy Cuts would be Princess, Asscher, Cushion, Heart, Oval, Pear, Radiant, Trilliant, Marquise and Emerald cuts. Round Cut Diamonds require maximum labor in polishing and cutting. Also, a considerable portion of a rough diamond to give it a brilliant round cut. These factors play a major role in the high price of round cuts diamonds vs non round.

Clarity: Influential Factor
The clarity of a diamond is one factor that determines its price. Diamonds with high clarity grades (VVS1 or VVS2) have inclusions which are so hard to find that even under a microscope of x30. These high purity diamonds are rare to find as compared to diamonds with slight to visibly prominent inclusions. Their rarity is a big contributor towards their high price. After all, rarity does come with a price tag.

The Internally Flawless (IF) diamonds, also called the Loupe Clean grade are the rarest specimens and fetch the highest price. It is rare to find a Clarity Enhanced diamond with VVS clarity and impossible to find an internally flawless (IF) one.

In big clarity enhanced diamonds make sure the inclusions are not visible Even if they were graded VS2 to SI2.

Color Makes a Difference Too
Color is an essential factor that determines a clarity enhanced diamond’s worth. The color grading of diamonds ranges from D to Z. Colorless diamonds, the ones that show least tint of color fetch higher prices than their slightly colored and prominently colored counterparts. And then we have Fancy colored diamonds, which are known to fetch highest prices because of, again, their rarity. In big clarity enhanced diamonds like in all big diamonds the color is significant by the size. Make sure to ask the supplier of the big diamond if the diamond looks white even if it is G H I colors.

Cut Influences the Price of Clarity Enhanced Diamonds
As long as the Clarity Enhanced diamond looks white and 100% clean to the unaided eyes, the only difference between VS1 and SI1 will be in your pocket. Did you know, that the color and clarity just can’t make up for the diamond if it’s been ruined by a poor cut? That’s true, because it’s the cut of a diamond that brings out the sparkling brilliance of an otherwise naturally rough piece. A poor cut would result in imbalanced reflections and make a diamond look dull. Therefore I take the Cut as the most important beauty factor.
What carat are Big Clarity Enhanced diamonds?
We take as big CE diamond a diamond of 3 carats and bigger. Contrary to the popular belief, Carat is not a unit of size, but weight. Two identical specimens of may have different carat weight. In the same way, two diamonds that weight the same may have different sizes. It all depends on the weight distribution of a diamond.

Some diamonds have major weight concentrated on their girdle, pavilion or at the bottom, and this may make a diamond appear not as heavy as it actually is. There’s no denying to the fact that diamonds are sold by their carat weight. Once a diamond is cut, its weight determines its cost.
So now that you know the factors that determine the price of a big Clarity Enhanced diamond, it’s time we tell you about another important factor: Certification. This factor is important because you can’t always believe the words of a jeweler.

A diamond which certified by institutes like GIA, EGL, AGS, IGI IGL etc. goes through strict evaluation and assessment. Buying a certified diamond means the Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat mentioned in the certificate are genuine and you are buying the best quality for your budget. You can buy the best quality certified Clarity Enhanced diamonds online here .

 

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