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Your Refresher Course on Diamonds: The Famous 4Cs

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Carat – The measurement of a diamond’s weight, this word is derived from the carob seeds that were used to balance scales in ancient times. For jewelry purposes, carats are further divided into points, a one-carat stone equaling 100 points. Therefore, a half-carat stone may be referred to as 50 points, a quarter-carat, 25 points, etc. Clarity – A diamond’s clarity is determined by any external irregularities and the number of internal inclusions. Most diamonds contain some inclusions, but many are microscopic in nature...

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Your Jewelry Box May Be Filled With Hidden Treasures

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The best thing about fine jewelry – aside from its beauty – is that it can be recycled, restyled and redesigned to produce a piece that will give you years of wearing pleasure. Gold and platinum can be melted down; diamonds and gemstones can be reset into stylish pieces. It’s time to gather all those damaged pieces and have them recycled into something you can enjoy. In addition to damaged and broken jewelry, how about that old diamond stick pin you inherited from your aunt? Or that ring from Grandma that is several sizes too small? Keep the...

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Why Cut Is the Most Important Of the 4Cs

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The Human Touch Cut is really the only quality of a diamond that is controlled by a human, in this case, the gem cutter. His job is to take a rough diamond and transform it into a sparkling gem. Regardless of a diamond’s shape, each cut is created using precise mathematical proportions. Round Brilliant Has 58 Facets For example, the standard brilliant cut, developed in 1919, and still the most popular cut, contains a total of 58 facets – the small, polished planes that reflect light. The large facet at the top is known as the table; the crown...

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When Gold Is Not Gold

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But here’s an important fact to know about the gold used in fine jewelry. Gold doesn’t have to be yellow. “Real” gold comes in myriad colors. By mixing other metals to yellow gold in varying percentages and combinations, jewelers can create a rainbow of colored gold alloys. In the case of black gold, a number of scientific processes are used to create this unusual variation. White Gold – Nickel and palladium are added to yellow gold to produce a white (or gray) color. Rose/Pink Gold – Copper is added to yellow gold to produce a reddish tint....

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When a Sale Is Not a Sale

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When you see a deep discount advertised, ask yourself, “Fifty percent off what?” Was the piece ever sold at the original, higher price? For how long was it selling at the higher price? And how many pieces were sold at that price? Some retailers will briefly mark an item up to a ridiculously high price and then reduce the price to a reasonable level and call it a discount. Another advertising ploy is to offer an item at a certain price, and suggest that the consumer would pay a much higher figure for comparable merchandise at another store....

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What You Need to Know About The ‘Ideal’ Cut

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Difference Between Cut and Shape Ideal cutting is not to be confused with the shape of a diamond. Cut refers to the arrangement of a diamond’s facets. A diamond that’s ideal cut is one that has been cut according to a mathematical formula that many experts believe results in the best possible reflection and refraction of light. Cut Is the Most Important ‘C’ Many experts feel that of the famous Four Cs (cut, color, clarity and carat-weight), cut is the most critical. Indeed, two diamonds of the same color, carat and...

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What You Need to Know About Platinum, White Gold and Sterling Silver

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Low-Cost Option Silver is the least expensive of the three and a good choice for casual jewelry and large pieces – a cuff bracelet or a strand of silver beads, for example. Silver shines brightly when new, but equally lovely is the patina it develops over time – a kind of warm, weathered sheen. On the downside, silver is relatively soft and not suited to securely hold precious gems. Silver also tarnishes, but less so if the jewelry is worn frequently. A silver polishing cloth will easily restore its luster. How Gold Becomes White...

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What You Need to Know About Metal Content and Trademarks

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What Karatage Means? For example, when buying gold jewelry, look for 14k, 18k or 22k markings on every piece. Most gold sold in the U.S. is 14-karat, meaning 14/24ths gold, or 565. Eighteen-karat gold, a standard in Europe, is 18/24ths gold, or 750. It may be marked 18k or 750. How Platinum Marks Differ Platinum has a different hallmark, usually 850, 900 or 950. The stamp will read 850 Plat, 900 Pt or 950 Plat. or some variation of these. That means each piece is between 850 and 950 parts pure platinum, 50 to 150 parts alloy. What to Look for...

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What You Need To Know About How White Gold Is Created

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Why It’s Popular Right now, white gold is very popular in bridal jewelry, as well as fashion jewelry featuring diamonds and pearls. This is because the white of the metal enhances the white of the gemstones. But it doesn’t end here. Many designers are using white gold settings with vivid gemstones, such as rubies, pink tourmalines, tanzanite and emeralds. They choose white gold because they like the way the colors leap out from the white settings. It’s All in the Mix Because the natural color of gold is yellow, adding any...

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What You Need to Know About How Gold Prices Are Determined

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Off the Gold Standard Up until 1968, the U.S. dollar literally represented a fixed amount of gold. For every dollar in circulation, the U.S. government had gold to back it up somewhere in its vaults. Dollars held in foreign hands were convertible to gold at a price fixed by the U.S. Treasury. From 1934 to 1967, that fixed price was $35 per ounce. But as government spending grew out of control in the 1960s, inflation caused the U.S. Treasury to raise gold prices to over $40 in 1970. By the end of 1971, more and more foreign-held dollars were...

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