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Of all the various diamond shapes, the most popular by far is the round diamond. It takes center stage in the classic engagement ring - a round solitaire diamond set either in yellow gold or platinum. Shapes other then round are called fancy shapes. There are many different rounds brilliant diamond cuts from the ideal cut diamond such as 58 facets - to the patented and even 66- facet Leo Diamond Cut.
Princess cut diamonds are perhaps most popular of the fancy shaped diamonds. Princess cut diamonds are relatively new with a shape that is ablong, usually square or alonost square. With modified brillient cut arragement of facets instead of step cut. Most square or rectangular cuts just don't live up to the brillient sparkle of the round cut diamond, but the princess cut diamonds are designed for getting maximum brilliance from a square cut.
Emarald cut diamons have a rectangular shape with cut comers. It is known as step cut because its broad, flat planes resemble steps on a staircase. Inclusion and inferior color are more pronounced in emerald cut diamonds, so pay close attention to clarity and color grading.
Asscher cut diamonds were developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of holand . The Asscher cut is a stepped square cut, often called the "square emerald cut" and like emerald cut, the Asscher cut has cropped comers. Asscher cut diamonds have gained in popularity recently.
Marquise diamonds have an elongated shope with pointed ends supposedly inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour and commissioned by the Sun King, France's Louis XIV. It is often used as a solitaire or enhanced by smaller diamonds.
Oval diamonds give an even, perfectly symmetrical design popular among women with small hands or short fingers. Oval diamonds have an elongated shape which can make a woman's finger appear longer.
Radiant cut diamonds have a square or rectangular cut that combines the elegance of the emerald cut diamond with the brilliance of the round. Radiant cut diamonds have 70 facets to maximize the effect of its color refraction.
Pear shaped diamonds are a hybrid cut, combining the best of the oval and the marquise, shaped like a teardrop. Pear shaped diamonds also complements a hand with small or average-length fingers. It works exceptionally well in pendants or earnings.
Heart shaped diamonds are basically a pear-shaped diamond with a cleft at teh top. Heart shaped diamonds are sometimes considered romantic, but they can be difficult to cut. The skill of the cutter greatly determines the beauty of heart shaped diamonds.
The cushion cut diamond is an antique style of cut. Sometimes referred to as a "pillow cut", the cushion cut has as open culet (the bottom of the diamond) and a rectangular to square shape with rounded comers. The beauty of a cushion cut is the depth of the diamond. In the past most quality cushion cut diamonds were found only on the antique and estate market, today cutters are once again cutting these stones.
The trillion cut was developed in the late seventies. The trillion cut is an adaptation of the radiant cut but it is in a triangular shape. The trillion is a triangle that has equilateral sides and is a combination cut of the step cut and the brilliant cut diamond.
D is pure colorless, and very rare diamond. It has sparkle that will mesmerize any on looker. If you have the finances for D color diamond you may not always see the difference but you will certainly feel it.
A Pristine set E, F is a close color of D but might have a microscopic difference that can only be noticed by the most attentive eye in certain light conditions. A true diamond connoisseur can appriciate an F color only after years of diamond experience.
A Pristine set E, F is a close color of D but might have a microscopic difference that can only be noticed by the most attentive eye in certain light conditions. A true diamond connoisseur can appriciate an F color only after years of diamond experience.
G color is the finest achievable color that can be sought after for being near colorless without breaking the bank. H is close second but has a noticeable difference to a diamond professional. A grade between G and H is what we call G-H which is a great way of enjoying near colorless diamonds without paying the colorless price.
G color is the finest achievable color that can be sought after for being near colorless without breaking the bank. H is close second but has a noticeable difference to a diamond professional. A grade between G and H is what we call G-H which is a great way of enjoying near colorless diamonds without paying the colorless price.
I is decent white diamonds that in some settings can look almost as good as G-H. This color is definitely best coupled with a quality no better than SI2, as any upgrade should just be spent on a better color. However the bright side to these diamonds is that you can have plenty of carats that are clean and clear and not spend an excessive amount of money.
J is decent white diamonds that in some settings can look almost as good as G-H. This color is definitely best coupled with a quality no better than SI2, as any upgrade should just be spent on a better color. However the bright side to these diamonds is that you can have plenty of carats that are clean and clear and not spend an excessive amount of money.
A slightly tinted color that will satisfy anyone new to the diamond industry.
Noticeable tinted, any more color and these diamonds will become fancy intense colors.
Prong is the most practical way of holding a gemstone or anything else for that matter. When you hold a pen in your hand you are using a kind of prong setting. It is sturdy and safe. A quality prong setting is one using really small and light prongs as not to take away from the gemstones. This minimal prong setting is achieved by master jewelers that know nothing ruins the luster of a gemstone more then larger metal rods holding it. When considering the quality of a prong setting, choose one in which the prongs do not take away from the brilliance of the diamond or one in which the prong holds more than one stone.
Channel setting is a method whereby stones are suspended between two bars of strips of metal, called channels. It's a great settings that can be used in the design of many wonderful pieces of jewelry. However the place where channel setting really works best is in the bezels of watches. Nothing is nicer than a well calculated watch bezel where every stones sits shoulder to should all around the dial. Channel is also a fairly sturdy setting that leave little concern of diamonds falling out.
The earliest technique of attaching stones to jewelry was bezel setting. A bezel is a strip of metal bent into the shape and size of the stone and then soldered to the piece of jewelry. Then the stone is inserted into bezel and the metal rubbed over the stone, holding it in place. This method works well for either cabochon or faceted stones. Best for diamond chains and larger single diamonds this setting is like the business suit of diamond setting as it is not very elaborate and unique adorned by other settings.
There are an infinite amount of ways of hold a diamond in place, you can use prongs, other forms of pressure and even other diamonds! Unique setting are usually a sign of real high-end jewelry because it takes time and skill to architect jewelry with diamond settings that are not common and unique to that piece of jewelry.
Diamods is tension set ring is popular as engagement setting and also as aniversary ring. The tension set ring concept is more than 40 years old. Tension setting is a unique means of showing and selling loose diamonds. Tension mounting is the best method of shawing a stone's brilliance. It can enhance the color as much as two grades.
The invisible setting shows no visibility of prongs or anything holding diamonds together other than themselves. Although this is an extremely beautiful setting, if not done correctly, it will not last forever or will remain fragile. Ensure there are no cracks in between the stones and the surface is perfectly flat. If you want an elaborate invisible settings with curved surfaces, be sure it is manufactured by master jewelers such as at TraxNYC.
Pave setting is a very unique form of securing a gemstone. There are a few types of pave setting, mainly pre-set, micro or hand setting. The hardest of these is the hand-setting which can be done on almost any metal surface. This hand takes years to learn or even longer to perfect, but once mastered is is one of the most impressive settings out there. Best used on icing out almost anything that has not been originally designated for diamond setting such as sides of diamond watches, bands, rings and almost anything with a thick metal surface. For custom work Pave is the setting of choice.
Flowless and internally flawless; are extermely rare to find as it is hard to find anything perfect, let alone a diamond. If you're looking for flawless diamond for of any significant size or color get ready for a long hunt, because whoever has it doesn't want to give it away without a large premium.
Flowless and internally flawless; are extermely rare to find as it is hard to find anything perfect, let alone a diamond. If you're looking for flawless diamond for of any significant size or color get ready for a long hunt, because whoever has it doesn't want to give it away without a large premium.
Pristine quality with microscopic flaws that take time to find even to trained eyes with powerful microscopes. It you want to spend your money on VVS you should also invest to couple them with at least F color to make it worth your while.
Pristine quality with microscopic flaws that take time to find even to trained eyes with powerful microscopes. It you want to spend your money on VVS you should also invest to couple them with at least F color to make it worth your while.
The most practical pristine grades with microscopic flaws only trained professionals can notice in some certain light conditions. Great grade when coupled with G-F color.
The most practical pristine grades with microscopic flaws only trained professionals can notice in some certain light conditions. Great grade when coupled with G-F color.
SI is the most practical way to purchase diamond jewelry that will impress onlookers and satisfy diamond true purpose which is to shine. A S1-1 Stone with G color is a grade that can fool even the pickiest diamond buyers who claim they only stand for VS diamonds. This is beacause in smaller diamond sizes, the difference is too minute to tell with the naked eye especially if you lack years of experience.
SI is the most practical way to purchase diamond jewelry that will impress onlookers and satisfy diamond true purpose which is to shine. A S1-1 Stone with G color is a grade that can fool even the pickiest diamond buyers who claim they only stand for VS diamonds. This is beacause in smaller diamond sizes, the difference is too minute to tell with the naked eye especially if you lack years of experience.
I clarity stones are great in some settings and are recommended for beginners in the jewelry industry. In other words, it is hard to appriciate higher grades without owning this quality first.
I clarity stones are great in some settings and are recommended for beginners in the jewelry industry. In other words, it is hard to appriciate higher grades without owning this quality first.
I clarity stones are great in some settings and are recommended for beginners in the jewelry industry. In other words, it is hard to appriciate higher grades without owning this quality first.
10K is also known as 417 because it is 41.7% pure gold. Being that it is less then 50% gold it is not used in most high-end jewelry, however with today's record gold prices that view is slowly changing and seems to be the case that "10k is the new 14k." Regardless of that, 10k is the most practical and inexpesive way to show off heavy gold jewelry, and in most cases identical to 14k gold to an untrained eye.
14K is also known as 587 because it is 58.5% pure gold. In our option this gold is more practical way of manufacturing diamond jewelry because of its hardness and overall quality. 14k gold is ideal because it has the perfect balance of gold and other metals making it very malleable and very sturdy when completed. 14k gold is the best bet for any jewelry that weights over 20 grams.
18K is also known as 750 because it is 75% pure gold. 18l relatively the purest form of gold that we can use to manufacture quality diamond jewelry. An advantage of 18k is that it catches rhodium wears off 18k white gold is left looking yellowish and dull. However with yellow gold, 18k will retain the most high quality gold luster possible to practically use with diamond jewelry forever. 18k is heavy, precious, soft and should mostly be used in jewelry generally under 20 grams.
Yellow gold has been sought after since the beginning of the recorded history for many more reasons then we can list. The only thing worth mentioning about yellow gold to a jewelry consumer is that it will always have a cash value. Regardless of what shape your gold jewelry takes, you can sell it per gram at any reputable gold buyer or refinery for straight cash.
There are few key benefits and drawbacks to white gold that one must know when purchasing. First it is the most common metal used for jewelry manufacturing in today U.S. market, and because of that it keeps a great resale value especially in men's jewelry and engagement rings. However the major drawbackes to white gold is that it is not actually white, it has a tint of yellow and the only reason why white gold looks white is because it is plated with rhodium.
Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewelry due to its reddish color. A common alloy for rose gold is 75% gold and 25% copper by mass (18 karat). Since rose gold is an alloy, there is therefore no such thing as "pure rose gold".