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Jewellery Shopping Like A Pro When You Are On A Budget

Posted in: Jewellery Tips

When choosing an engagement ring, take into account the style of your partner’s life and the ring. Your ring should be a reflection of the person you are, both as an individual and as a couple. Remember, the ring itself will be the subject of many conversations over the next few years. Shouldn’t it be memorable?

Use attractive robe hooks to hang your necklaces, keeping them tangle-free. Install the hooks in a row on a wall or closet door, and use them to organize your necklaces by style, color, length or any other system that works for you. This will keep them untangled, and it looks nice as well.

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Make sure you know what kind of gem you are getting when you are buying jewellery. The three different types of stones are natural, imitation and synthetic. Natural and synthetic gemstones are both actual gemstones, while an imitation gemstone is just a plastic mold made to look like a gemstone. Natural stones are found underground and synthetic gems are created in a lab.

Show your significant other how much you are in love by surprising them with jewellery. Every woman loves receiving an unexpected gift such as diamond necklace or gold earrings. You will enjoy in her pleasure as she unwraps that beautiful piece of jewellery.

To keep the setting in good shape, clean it with a cloth that is just a little damp. Dry the piece by rubbing it gently with a soft cloth. Avoid exposing your costume jewelry to steam cleaners or chemicals.

There are many different aspects of jewelry to learn about. However, if you conduct your research properly, you can ensure that the pieces you purchase are of the highest quality, and that the way you care for them will keep them beautiful for many years to come.

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Diamond Education -4 C’s – CUT GRADE IN DIAMONDS

Posted in: Diamond Education, Jewellery Tips

As I’m sure you know by now, there are 4 C’s, Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat. This system for evaluating diamonds was developed by the Gemological Institute of America.  Today we are going to talk about the Cut Grade of Diamonds and the impact that can have on the fire, brilliance and scintillation of Diamond Rings and Loose Diamonds.
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The most important of the 4 C’s is the Cut grade, most jewellers in Ireland will agree with this fact. People get confused between cut and shape when referring to diamonds. Round Brilliant, Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Oval, Cushion, Marquise, Radiant, Ashoka, Prince are all shapes of diamonds that are used in engagement rings in Ireland. However, cut grade refers to how well the diamond is cut from its rough state. A diamond that is cut correctly will have all the facets aligned correctly and it is this that gives the diamond its fire, brilliance and scintillation. A diamond with a poor cut grade will be too deep or too shallow and therefore, will not have the sparkle of a well-cut diamond. Basically, the light will enter the diamond and leave from the bottom or the sides. A well-cut diamond will have light coming back out from the top of the diamond. Any jeweller in Ireland who does not discuss cut grade with you is trying to hide something!

Always check the cut grade of a diamond when buying engagement rings, the scale is Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

When you are purchasing your engagement ring from a jeweller in Ireland or abroad – Antwerp, New York, Dubai always inspect the diamond in natural light so that you can see if the diamond is well cut. Bear in mind, that with certain lighting, even a very poorly cut diamond engagement ring can sparkle. Several jewellers have LED lights that make any diamond sparkle!
One other aspect to inspect in the diamond ring is the table percentage, the table is the flat facet at the top of the diamond. If you are buying an uncertified stone just make sure the table is not to wide or too narrow as this also impacts on the life of a diamond, table percentage should generally be between 55-65% of the over diameter.
Once you take the time to inspect these various factors and are happy with the results, you will have a beautiful diamond engagement ring that will sparkle forever more!
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What are fracture filled diamonds?

Posted in: Diamond Education, Jewellery Tips

round-brilliant-bezel-rubover-engagement-rings-platinumI recently met with a jewellery valuer who values all types of jewellery. One of the services this valuation company provides is insurance valuations for diamond engagement rings that were purchased abroad, mainly Antwerp, Dubai and New York. Several Irish couples head to these locations each year in the search for a better deal, as they believe Irish Jewellers are too expensive due to higher margins, overheads etc.

Couples head off to these locations in search of diamonds and engagement rings at knock down prices. What you must remember is, if something is too good to be true it probably is!

This particular valuer in Dublin has seen an upsurge in recent times in couples coming in with engagement rings purchased abroad which have fracture filled diamonds set in them. The valuer now experiences fracture filled diamonds in 25% of these engagement rings. Some sellers refer to these diamonds as clarity enhanced, to most unsuspecting customers this term “clarity enhanced” sounds positive! However, what the buyer does not know is the cost of these diamond engagement rings is a fraction of the cost of an engagement ring with a natural diamond.

How is a diamond fracture filled? Basically, the inclusions are removed from the diamond by drilling tiny holes in the diamond, removing the inclusion and then filling the hole with a see through resin or filler. This resin will blend in perfectly with the surrounding diamond so the appearance will be very similar to a natural diamond. It is not against the law to fracture fill or sell these type of diamonds, however it is totally unethical of a jeweller not to inform the customer that they are buying a treated diamond that is not 100% natural.

Nearly all the couples that are informed of the diamonds treatment are distraught at the news, these couples were not informed or did not understand the term “clarity enhanced”.

Some couples only realise that they have a treated diamond when they need the ring cleaned or claws tightened as the treated diamond when exposed to heat can react adversely resulting in the resin melting and leaking out of the diamond. Exposure to sunlight can also result in creating an oily cloudy appearance for treated stones.

My advise is always check the receipt and paperwork you receive when you purchase the diamond engagement ring, if it states that the diamond is clarity enhanced just make sure that is reflected in the price. Always ask the jeweller if the diamonds are 100% natural and untreated.

And remember, if something is too good to be true, it probably is!

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Engagement Ring and Jewellery insurance – Top Tips

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Valuation – Before you can get your engagement ring or diamonds insured you will need to have them independently valued by a qualified gemologist. They will prepare a full report on the jewellery and describe in detail the condition of the diamonds. Insurance companies insist on the valuation being prepared by a valuer based in the country where jewellery will be located, a valuation prepared abroad will not be acceptable.

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What should the Valuation Report contain – The valuation should be comprehensive, an accurate description of the piece of jewellery is critical. The number of diamonds, size of diamonds, colour, clarity should all be reported. If the diamonds are certified, the certification details including the cert number should be on the valuation. The report should also include pictures of the engagement ring or the pieces of jewellery. This will help the insurance company if they have to replace your rings or pieces of jewellery. Make sure the valuation also specifies the metal of the engagement ring – white gold, yellow gold, platinum or palladium. The karat of the gold should also be identified, 9 kt, 18 kt etc

Insurance Policies – be very careful when the insurance company provides a premium, ask what cover you have for the jewellery or rings. Standard policies only cover you if the jewellery is on your person or in a safe. This means if the jewellery is stolen from your bedside locker it is not insured for example. Ask insurance company to cover you for all risks. Also check the overseas policy, if you travel more than 30 days outside the country per annum, you may not be insured.

Do not overinsure your Jewellery or Diamonds- bear in mind that insurance companies now replace the lost or stolen items, they rarely write a cheque for the jewellery unless it was under insured! Insurance companies will be delighted to charge higher premiums for over insured pieces of jewellery.

Regular Valuations – with the volatile gold and diamond prices in international markets, you should have your jewellery valued every 18 months to protect against market fluctuations.

If you are renting your accommodation – if you do not own your property and are renting, insurance companies are reluctant to offer cover for your diamond jewellery. Thankfully, there are now specialist jewellery insurance companies in Ireland. One such company is www.engagementringinsurance.ie

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Coloured Diamonds

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Today I am going to cover coloured diamonds. Most of you will be familiar with colourless or near colourless diamonds and these would be the most popular when a person chooses to purchase a diamond engagement ring. However, there has been a growing demand in recent times for coloured diamonds or what we call in the trade “Natural Fancy Coloured Diamonds”

Coloured diamonds are even rarer than colourless diamonds and therefore trade at a premium. What causes this colour to occur in diamonds? These colours are present due to the presence of certain trace elements such as nitrogen, boron, hydrogen etc. which were introduced when the diamonds were being formed deep within the Earth’s mantle.

Coloured diamonds can be one colour eg yellow, pink, blue, red or they can have a secondary colour associated with them eg Orangey Pink. Coloured diamonds with only one colour are more expensive.
The intensity of the colour is the primary factor in driving the price of a fancy coloured diamond, the stronger the colour the more expensive the price. There is a scale for all coloured diamonds, light, fancy light, fancy, fancy intense, fancy dark and finally fancy vivid. Fancy vivid would be the most expensive due to its uniqueness and rarity.
The most common coloured diamond would be yellow and therefore the most affordable, we have sold many diamond engagement rings with canary yellow diamonds as the centre stone. The presence of nitrogen give these stones their yellow appearance. Next most mined coloured diamonds are pink, there is one mine in Australia that produces most of the world’s pink diamonds, the Argyle mine. It’s the trace element hydrogen that produces this pink/violet colour.
Red diamonds are by far the rarest of all, these can cost several million dollars per carat!
Due to the extremely high prices these stones can achieve, there are lots of imitations, if you are considering a purchase of a coloured diamond make sure it is fully certified by an independent recognised laboratory and that the certificate states that the diamond is natural.
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