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Since the times of ancient Rome, it has been customary for a man to give a woman an engagement ring. It was put on the finger nearest the pinky of the left hand, for ancient scientists believed this finger held a vein that led to the heart. Indeed, a Roman fiancee was given two rings: she wore a gold ring in public and an iron ring inside the house. Historians believe that the first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. People believed at the time that the sparkle of a diamond had its origins in the fires of love stoked by alchemists. Ever since then, the diamond has been the preferred gem for an engagement ring.

Since the times of ancient Rome, it has been customary for a man to give a woman an engagement ring. It was put on the finger nearest the pinky of the left hand, for ancient scientists believed this finger held a vein that led to the heart. Indeed, a Roman fiancee was given two rings: she wore a gold ring in public and an iron ring inside the house. Historians believe that the first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. People believed at the time that the sparkle of a diamond had its origins in the fires of love stoked by alchemists. Ever since then, the diamond has been the preferred gem for an engagement ring.

Types of Diamond Cuts

Round Brilliant Cut

Technology has allowed diamonds to be cut and polished in ways that were unknown in the days of Mary of Burgundy. One of the most popular types of diamond cuts is the round cut, or brilliant cut. No matter how large the carat, the brilliant cut diamond always has 58 facets.

Princess Cut

Princess cut diamonds are very popular for engagement rings. They are square cut and are best placed in a pronged setting that protects the corners. Professionals believe that the way the princess cut diamond is fashioned makes it nearly as brilliant and fiery as a round cut diamond.

Marquise Cut

The marquise cut is nearly the shape of a football, and this elongated shape makes the diamond look bigger than it is. According to legend, Louis XIV of France had a diamond cut in the shape of the mouth of his mistress, the Marquise of Pompadour.

Cushion Cut

The cushion cut diamond is a square with round corners. Since the 1920s, there have been interesting and attractive modifications to the facets in the pavilion, which is the part of the diamond beneath the girdle, a sort of equator where the top meets the bottom. The pavilion makes up much of the diamond’s carat weight.

Asscher Cut

The fascinating Asscher cut diamond has been around since 1902. It faded out of popularity for a time then became popular again in the early 21st century. It is a square cut diamond with cropped corners and a modified step cut. Because of this, the gem looks like it is filled with sparkling, nested squares.

Emerald Cut

The emerald cut diamond is one of the oldest diamond shapes, with stylistic origins tracing back to the table cut of the 1500s. Stonecutters initially created this shape for emerald stones. The Emerald cut became popular as it reduced the pressure during the cutting process and therefore prevented chips in the gems. Diamond cutters took notice of this new shape and soon after began to incorporate it into diamonds as well.

The actual term “emerald cut” was not used until the 1920s when the cut saw an increase in popularity. The rise of art deco, where clean lines and symmetry were admired, inspired the emerald cut trend. Since then, emerald cuts have remained one of the most popular choices for engagement rings and other jewelry pieces.


white-gold-platingKEEP YOUR GOLD JEWELRY SHINING BRIGHT AND WHITE

Why should the shine of your true love fade away?

Don’t be alarmed when the back of your ring starts appearing dull or you see bits of dull yellow on the surface – this is a natural process when the rhodium on the surface of white gold starts wearing off and the original milky yellow gold starts to show. But this is no reason to panic. Visit us to have all your pieces re-finished and plated while you wait.

Rhodium plating will not only enhance the reflectivity and luster of white gold, but also make the diamonds on it shine brighter and appear more clear and brilliant.

What is Rhodium and How Does Rhodium Plating Work?

Rhodium is a rare white metal that belongs to the platinum group in the periodic table. As compared to gold and other precious metals, it is more reflective and does not oxidize with air even in extreme weather conditions or heat exposure.Because of this property, not just white gold but silver jewelry is also plated with it to retain a shiny and bright appearance.

Rhodium plating is a standard process in the jewelry industry and is done to bring a super white appearance to white gold jewelry. Rhodium is applied to gold by an electroplating procedure when a microscopic layer of rhodium is plated over the original 14k or 18k white gold.

Why Does a White Gold Ring Need Rhodium Plating in the First Place?

What few people know is that rhodium plating is not just a process to make white gold shiny again – all white gold jewelry originally undergoes rhodium plating when it is first manufactured. Most jewelers make white gold by adding alloys like Palladium and Nickel into yellow gold. However, the resulting white gold is not pure white – it has a pale yellowish tinge to it. To make it appear super white and shine brighter, it is plated with rhodium. This process isn’t permanent. With regular use, the rhodium plating in your rings fades away, and bright white shine tends to wear off.

How Often Do You Need Rhodium Plating or Dipping?

This depends upon your usage of the gold jewelry, how rough or hard you are on it, your body chemistry and also the type of jewelry. Excessive sweating and chlorine exposure can also affect the life of rhodium and the initial thickness of the original plating also matters. When it comes to the type of jewelry, the plating on earrings, bracelets and necklaces tends to wear off slowly as compared to wedding rings and wedding bands because rings are more in contact with your body and other surfaces you are touching in a regular basis.If you aren’t using your jewelry much, rhodium plating may not be required for years. However, for engagement rings and wedding bands that are used quite often.

Not wearing your yellow gold jewelry any more?

Yes we can plate any gold jewelry in rhodium. Change your look from yellow to white by having your pieces rhodium plated.

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Giant Pink Diamond

Anyone in the market for a giant pink diamond?

One of the most valuable diamonds ever placed on auction will make a return appearance at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale on April 4.

“The Pink Star” diamond at 59.60 carats is the Largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America. Its estimate is more than $60 million.

The oval-cut diamond sold for a remarkable $83 million at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2013, a figure that remains the highest ever for a diamond to this day. However, it wasn’t long after the sale that rumors started to float that the consortium of buyers, led by diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, reneged on the purchase. In February 2014, Sotheby’s confirmed the rumors in its annual report, saying the diamond is now part of its inventory valued at approximately $72 million. The auction house reportedly had to buy back the diamond for $60 million because it had guaranteed that price to the original seller of the diamond.

The Pink Star is graded as Type IIa, which is rare for any pink diamond, much less one of this size and color. It originated from a 132.5-carat rough mined by De Beers in 1999 and was cut and polished over a period of two years. The Pink Star is more than twice the size of the Graff Pink—a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink diamond that established a world auction record for any pink diamond sold at auction. It sold for $46.2 million, at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2010.

Anthony DeMarco is founder of the Jewelry News Network. Please join me on the Jewelry News Network Facebook PageTwitter @JewelryNewsNet and Instagram @JewelryNewsNetwork.

 

 

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DIAMOND FLUORESCENCE

Did you know that only about 25% to 35% of diamonds fluoresce? GIA considers diamond fluorescence an identifying characteristic, not a grading factor like the GIA 4Cs of Diamond Quality. Learn more how GIA accesses fluorescence.

Some trade professionals think blue fluorescence enhances a diamond’s appearance, especially diamonds with I to M color grades. Bluish fluorescence can make a faint yellowish diamond appear more colorless in UV light, such as natural daylight. As a result, near colorless to faint yellow diamonds with a very strong to medium bluish fluorescence may have a slightly higher per carat price than similar diamonds that do not fluoresce.

The opposite is true for diamonds with higher color grades: diamonds in the D to H color range with a bluish fluorescence are often considered less desirable by the trade. Some believe that a bluish fluorescence may cause a hazy or oily appearance in these diamonds, but only if the fluorescence intensity is very strong. Not all diamonds with very strong bluish fluorescence look oily, however, and they may sell for less than diamonds that do not have blue fluorescence.

Fluorescence is neither good nor bad. A diamond’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may perceive fluorescence, or you may not. You may like it, or you may not.

If you are considering a diamond with bluish fluorescence, take the time to look at it under different kinds of lighting, including natural daylight, and compare it to other diamonds of the same color. See if you notice any difference.

Perhaps diamond fluorescence sparks so much conversation because its effect is so subjective. Opinions range across the spectrum. See if you notice it the next time you’re in a jewelry store – and then decide if it appeals to you. You should love what you end up buying. There’s no hard rule, so let your heart lead the way.

Now that you know more about fluorescence, you probably want to dig deeper into light’s effect on another aspect of diamond quality. Read on to learn how light affects a diamond’s cut appearance.

Main Image Copyright: GIA and Harold & Erica Van Pelt. Courtesy: Harry Winston, Inc.


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