why create personal jewelry catalog

Why You Should Create a Personal Jewelry Catalog

Whether a family member has passed away, you are working to get your affairs in order, or you want to have a record of your jewelry collection for another reason, a personal jewelry catalog can be a valuable thing. This may include your grandma’s necklace from Tiffany and Co., your engagement ring from Kay Jewelers, and […]

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How Design Quality Impacts Jewelry Appraisal

How Design Quality Impacts Jewelry Appraisal

Far too often many jewelry owners think that the value of what they are wearing consists only of the gold and jewels it might hold, but in the case of master level designers there is also an intrinsic value in the art of the jewelry itself. Many people who want to have jewelry appraisal done, take their […]

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everything about diamond color - the Hope diamond

Everything About Diamond Color

Does it surprise you to learn that diamonds come in every color of the rainbow, red, yellow, green, and blue? In fact the famous Hope diamond is a dark blue. Most diamonds, though, range from colorless to light yellow to brown, all of which fall in the normal spectrum. A chemically pure and structurally perfect […]

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diamond carat weight

What Is Diamond Carat Weight?

The weight of your diamond, like its color, cut, and clarity, doesn’t change, and so, like these, it’s a good identifying characteristic. It’s important to remember that a diamond’s value is determined using all 4 C’s of diamonds, not just carat weight. The GIA system for weighing diamonds is based on the carat unit of […]

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What Is Diamond Cut?

What a diamond does, better than any other substance, is to flash light back to your eye. When a diamond is cut well, the result is the brightness and flashes and sparkling that make us love diamonds. The key to all this light dancing in and around your diamond is the cut and arrangement of […]

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What Is Diamond Clarity?

Diamond clarity is part of what makes your diamond unique and special. Like a snowflake, your diamond’s clarity reflects the way it was formed in nature, and in nature’s own way. Every diamond will have some inclusions, or markings, that help identify your very own stones. There are different names for these inclusions, like feathers, […]

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4 Cs of Diamonds

The 4 C’s of Diamonds

Let me start by saying that every single diamond, like a snowflake, is unique. Each has its own combination of characteristics: clarity, color, cut, and carat weight, that together make it special. The Gemology Institute of America (GIA) refers to these as the Four C’s of Diamonds. Your diamond’s combination of 4 C’s doesn’t change. […]

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Birthstone of May Emerald

Birthstone of the Month: The May Birthstone is Emerald

merald. The name emerald comes from the Greek ‘smaragdos’ via the Old French ‘esmeralde’, and really just means ‘green gemstone’. Emeralds are from the “Beryl” family of gems. The green of the emerald is the color of life and of the springtime, which comes round again and again. But it has also, for centuries, been […]

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Birthstone of April Diamond

Birthstone of the Month: The April Birthstone is Diamond

iamond. The mere mention of the word fills the mind with a multitude of concepts and images. Diamond is a mineral, a natural crystalline substance, the transparent form of pure carbon. Diamond is something superb, the peerless “king of gems” that glitters, dazzles, and symbolizes purity and strength. Diamond is for engagement and the 75th […]

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