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What’s The Difference Between Colorless and Near Colorless Diamonds?

Gemologists grade diamonds based upon a wide number of factors. The four most important factors are called “The Four C’s,” and this includes diamond color. The best graded diamonds actually refers to the absence of color, and these are known as colorless diamonds. While colorless diamonds are the most valuable, near colorless diamonds also offer a great value. For customers searching for a more affordable diamond ring, picking a near colorless diamond is a great option. Continue reading below to learn more about the difference between colorless and near colorless diamonds.

The Diamond Color Scale

Diamond color is a primary factor in determining the value of a diamond. The most well known rankings of diamond color are provided by the AGS and GIA. Although AGS is one of the standards, the majority of diamond retailers use the GIA scale. This scale rates diamonds from colorless to near colorless followed by faint, very light, and light color. Diamonds beyond a rating of Z on the GIA scale are known as fancy colored diamonds. Diamonds rated D through F are considered colorless diamonds while diamonds in the G through J range are near colorless.

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Diamond color is an important aspect of the four c’s

 

Near Colorless Diamonds

As their name implies, near colorless diamonds contain only the smallest traces of color. Diamonds are colored by elements trapped inside, such as nitrogen. The nitrogen absorbs blue and violet light, which causes the diamond to appear with a yellow or brownish tint. While near colorless diamonds are not as pure as colorless diamonds, it can be extremely difficult to tell them apart without magnification.  When mounted in jewelry, it can be impossible to differentiate colorless and near colorless diamonds apart.

The Best Value

Since near colorless diamonds are much more affordable than completely colorless diamonds, they are a great value. Additionally, for customers who absolutely must have a colorless diamond, diamonds graded F are an excellent choice. Although these diamonds are graded as colorless, they are a more affordable options than diamonds graded D. Overall, the right diamond for you fits both your style and budget. Be sure to research diamond color in the Adiamor Diamond Education Guide before making a decision. This will allow you to get the best diamond for your budget.

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A Diamond Pendant Is The Perfect Anniversary Gift This Year

When selecting an anniversary gift, there are tons of guides that suggest different elements for different years. Paper, wood, silver, and gold are popular choices for different anniversaries. However, the diamond anniversary doesn’t appear until the 50th anniversary (or much later) depending on who you ask. Diamonds, though, are definitely a girl’s best friend. For this reason and many more, a diamond pendant is the perfect anniversary gift for any year.

The Tradition of The Necklace

In ancient cultures, the gift of a necklace was a statement of love. The Romans, for example, used necklaces instead of engagement rings. This is one reason that a diamond pendant makes such a great anniversary gift. In addition to being a beautiful present, there is great history and meaning behind giving someone a necklace. Additionally, presenting your wife with a diamond necklace allows her to expand her jewelry box. When it comes to diamonds, there is no such thing as “too many” which means they are always an acceptable gift. Even if you gave her diamond earrings last year, a pendant will still make an excellent anniversary gift.

Upgrade The Engagement Ring Diamond

While the diamond ring is now the engagement standard, that first diamond isn’t always perfect. In fact, a popular anniversary gift is often to upgrade the size of the diamond on the engagement ring. Although many jewelers offer diamond upgrade pricing, there is another option for replacing the diamond: an anniversary pendant. Instead of selling or trading in the original diamond, have a necklace custom made. This allows her to keep the diamond that made her say “Yes!” while also allowing for a larger diamond on her current ring. This is a best of both worlds solution, and it is an excellent option for a major anniversary.

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An excellent anniversary gift idea is upgrading the diamond in her ring and using the original diamond on a necklace

 

To learn more about diamond pendants, visit the Adiamor Pendant Guide today!

 

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Do You Have To Buy Wholesale Diamonds In Bulk?

When most people thing of wholesale, they probably think of large retail clubs. These places sell large quantities of products originally intended for resale. By buying in bulk, retail club members save on the items. The direct relationship between the manufacturer and the customer eliminates the middleman. However, when it comes to wholesale diamonds, it is not quite this simple. In short, you do not have to buy wholesale diamonds in bulk to receive wholesale prices. However, just like retail clubs, there is a direct connection to the manufacturer.

Traditional Diamond Retailers

Traditional diamond retailers purchase their products from diamond manufacturers and wholesalers. These manufacturers create their engagement rings and other fine jewelry using diamonds purchased directly from the diamond cutters. The cutters are located all over the world ranging from India to Russia to Canada. However, Adiamor is not a traditional diamond retailer. Instead of purchasing completed rings from jewelers, we create them ourselves. Our certified gemologists work with artisans who create diamond engagement rings directly for our customers.

Wholesale Diamonds and More

By selling directly to our customers, Adiamor passes on the wholesale diamond savings directly to our customers. However, in addition to selling wholesale diamonds, we have the customer service experience as retailers. All of our diamonds are graded by either the GIA or the AGS to ensure their highest quality. Since we only sell conflict free diamonds, you can be certain in your piece of mind with your purchase. Plus, our customer service includes a full 30-day return policy that focuses on customer satisfaction. We have trained professionals waiting to answer any questions or help you purchase wholesale diamonds today. Call us toll-free at 1-877-627-5094 or e-mail us at service@adiamor.com.

 

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Why Do 1 Carat Diamond Prices Vary So Much?

When many people start shopping for engagement rings, they are unaware of how complex the process is. The first thing to do when buying diamonds online is to get educated about the four c’s. Learn about cut, clarity, color, and carat weight are all extremely important in deciding which diamond to purchase.  For many shoppers, the first item on their wish list is carat weight. However, carat weight is generally considered to be the last characteristic to consider. Because of this, 1 carat diamond prices can vary dramatically. While many customers will search for a 1 carat diamond, they are surprised to find the costs can vary between $1,000 and $13,000. To best help our customers be educated about their diamond purchases, we’ve put together this explanation as to why 1 carat diamond prices vary so much.

Cut, Clarity, and Color

As we’ve mentioned many times before, cut is the most important factor in determining a diamond’s value. The highest quality of cut is affinity, and affinity cut diamonds will have perfect symmetry. This means the diamond will produce the maximum amount of fire and brilliance, and therefore has the highest impact on how much a diamond costs. Additionally, clarity describes the amount of inclusions, or internal markings, that a diamond possesses. These inclusions are unique to each diamond, and they are also used to help identify and appraise diamonds. Finally, the most valuable diamonds are colorless diamonds. This means the diamond has not been affected by external sources that tint the diamond with yellow or brownish hues. Colorless diamonds allow for the maximum amount of light to pass through, which then provides the most sparkle.

 

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The price of a 1 carat diamond can vary widely based upon cut, clarity, and color.

Tips On Shopping For Value

When shopping for an engagement ring on a budget, it is important to shop for diamonds with value in mind. Because a diamond’s cut is so important, be sure to select a loose diamond with at least a very good cut. Diamonds that have a clarity of Very Very Slightly Included will not contain inclusions visible the naked eye. In fact, a microscope would need at least 10x magnification to identify internal flaws. Finally, a 1 carat diamond that is near colorless in the G to I range will appear to be crystal clear to the naked eye. When these factors are combined with a 1 carat weight diamond, typical prices start around $5,000. While this is only a starting point, it does help first time diamond buyers understand how much they are spending on diamonds– and why a 1 carat diamond can vary so much in price.

To learn more about diamonds, visit the Adiamor Diamond Education center today!

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Diamond Earrings Are The Perfect Summer Accessory

Diamond earrings are a classic gift that is perfect for Mother’s Day, bridesmaid gifts, and as a graduation present. Additionally, earrings are the perfect accessory for all of those summer weddings you will be attending this year. So, in order to help our customers buy the right set, we put together this guide on buying diamond earrings online. From pre-set diamond earrings to custom diamond studs, we can help you choose the perfect earrings for any occasion.

Pre-Set Diamond Earrings

When looking for the perfect pair of diamond earrings, pre set diamond studs are a great option. This means the task of selecting a diamond is already done for you. With pre-set earrings, all you need to do is select which metal you prefer. At Adiamor, we carry earrings in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum settings in addition to our bezel set earrings. After choosing a metal, the next thing to do is select the size. We carry diamonds ranging from ¼ cw to 1 cw for the pair. Pre-set diamond earrings are the perfect accessory for almost every occasion.

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Diamond earrings with a halo setting

Design Your Own Earrings

While pre-set earrings are an easy option, many people prefer to create custom  earrings. This option allows customers the opportunity for a unique piece of jewelry. Additionally, if you purchased a ring from Adiamor, we can help you match the style of your other jewelry. Custom earrings can be created in rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum using round, princess, or Asscher cut diamonds. No matter your style or budget, our fine jewelers can produce the perfect earrings for you.

Diamond earrings are a classic accessory that can dress up any look. Plus, with the option of designing your own earrings, you can be certain that your earrings are exactly what you want. Learn more about earrings on the Adiamor Earring Guide or contact us for help creating a unique pair of earrings today!

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5 Great Songs about Diamonds

Diamonds have become so entrenched within our culture that they can be found in songs and musicals that date back decades. Here are just a few of the best lyric representations of the gorgeous rocks that we use to frost ourselves.

1. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. This number from Gentleman Prefer Blondes may have been Marilyn Monroe’s most memorable movie scene (although modern viewers are more likely familiar with Madonna’s reprise of the famous pink dress from the Material Girl video). Monroe famously quipped, “A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” In short, a girl needs to get what she can before her looks start to go. Apparently, diamonds can pay for the rental, the automat, or even a lawyer.

2. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. This lilting tale of drug-tripping from the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine waxes poetic about a girl with kaleidoscope eyes, but nonetheless compares the dazzling rocks we wear on our fingers to those that populate the heavens every night.

3. Diamonds and Pearls. In this song where Prince famously spells out the word “diamond” in a sing-songy sort of rap after asking the rather ambiguous question, “If I gave you diamonds and pearls, would you be a happy boy or a girl?”, begging the question, does he know the gender of the person he’s singing to? And also, who wouldn’t be happy to get diamonds and pearls? Fittingly, the gift of diamonds and pearls in this song is equated to both giving the whole world and the gift of all his love.

4. Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes. In Paul Simon’s tale of a rich girl and a poor boy, the former has diamonds on the soles of her shoes. As Simon puts it, “Well, that’s one way to lose those walking blues.” So is this horn-heavy, African inspired song that practically begs you to get up and move.

5. Diamonds Are Forever. This Shirley Bassey song used for the Bond film of the same name asserts that, “Diamonds are forever, they are the only way to please me.” They won’t lie and they won’t leave you, unlike double-oh-seven.

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Top 5 Diamond Heist Movies

tennis-braceletA good heist caper can be a lot of fun. What could be more entertaining than a masterful blend of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and often, love? And yet, the thing that makes these movies stand out from others is not the noir-like mise-en-scéne, the suspenseful plotlines, or the cleverly scheming characters, but rather that beautiful and elusive object of desire: the diamond. While there have been quite a few heist movies produced over the years, the silver screen has seen a few notable examples of diamond-stealing at its finest.

1. To Catch a Thief (1955). No one did heist like Hitchcock, and in the master of suspense does not disappoint in this tale of mistaken identity that centers on one man’s quest (the incomparable Cary Grant as John Robie) to catch a copycat thief and clear his name in a string of thefts that culminates with love interest Francis Stevens’ (Grace Kelly) jewelry collection (including a stunning diamond necklace that she famously uses to bait him.

2. The Pink Panther (1964). Who could forget the David Niven as the dashing and debonair cat burglar or Peter Sellers as the mumbling, bumbling Inspector Clousseau? This movie may have poked fun at the heist-movie genre, but not before revealing the pivotal and titular pink stone that spawned the film.

3. A Fish Called Wanda (1988). This madcap caper starts with the theft of $20 million in diamonds and devolves into all-out warfare as the merry band of burglars try to outwit each other into giving up their shares of the loot. This satirical take on the art of thievery and the petty rivalries it inspires is pure hilarity.

4. Snatch (2000). Guy Ritchie directed this violent and modern take on the heist film by pitting a disparate cast of money-grubbing goons against one another as they attempt to get their hands on “a diamond the size of a fist”, an 86-carat flawless beauty. Between the guys who stole it in the first place, the boxing promoter, a Russian gangster, a Jewish jeweler, and a band of misfit amateurs, it’s anyone’s guess where the priceless diamond will end up.

5. Flawless (2007). Michael Caine and a hideously coiffed Demi Moore star as two unlikely thieves who pull off the diamond heist of the century when they decide to rob the bank they both work at (in an attempt to get back at the company that done them wrong).

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