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Know Your Diamonds, Part 1: Colorless Diamonds

Since the birthstone of April is the diamond, we thought spending some time this month blogging about the different aspects of these gemstones would be helpful for our customers. As one of the four c’s, color is incredibly important when selecting a loose diamond for use in fine jewelry. However, “color” can be a bit misleading. The most sought after diamonds are actually colorless. The reason for this is that colorless diamonds are less cloudy and therefore reflect more light. This is referred to as brilliance and fire in the industry, but most people simply refer to it as a diamond’s sparkle.

Defining Colorless Diamonds

The color of a diamond is rated on a scale from D to Z on the GIA scale. A diamond rated as a D would be considered completely colorless and therefore the most prized. However, colorless diamonds can also be rated E and F. The naked eye is unable to distinguish the amount of color in these diamonds. Moving down the scale, near colorless diamonds are rated G through J. These diamonds also appear to be without color to the untrained eye, but faint hints of other hues are detectable with precision instruments. For most people, near colorless diamonds are the best value. This is because people in everyday life will see a sparkling diamond without any color without paying full price for a truly colorless diamond.

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Examples of diamond color grading

What About Fancy Colored Diamonds?

While colored diamonds in the K through R range of the GIA grading scale are not desirable for fine jewelry due to their faint yellow tint, there are some diamonds with natural coloring that are actually quite valuable. These diamonds are known as fancy colored diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds are created when other elements are present during the creation of a diamond. For example, the presence of boron creates diamonds with blue hues while trapped electrons create pink diamonds. Even more rare, the presence of radiation manifests diamonds with green coloring. Diamonds with pure natural coloring are some of the most prized gemstones on the planet.

The Right Diamonds For Fine Jewelry

At Adiamor, we only carry diamonds graded between D and J. These colorless and near colorless gemstones are the best choices for creating fine jewelry and engagement rings. Colorless diamonds are the most valuable because they are more rare, but near colorless diamonds provide great value for the price. When deciding on what diamond is right for your custom jewelry, color is an extremely important aspect. However, it is only one of the four C’s, and factors such as cut, clarity, and carat weight should heavily factor into your decision.

Continue checking in with the blog this month as we explore more diamond related topics. For more information on diamonds right now, visit our Education Center today!

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The Diamond Is April’s Birthstone

Each month of the year has an associated gemstone. Relating to the twelve zodiac signs, these gems allegedly hold mystical properties. As time passed, the gemstones of each month became known as birthstones, and wearing birthstone jewelry supposedly brings the wearer good luck. In 1912, the United States adopted a standardized list of birthstones. However, to reflect new gemstones, some changes have been made over the years. Nevertheless, April has perhaps the most popular gemstone as the diamond is April’s birthstone.

The Diamond’s Romantic History

Diamonds are known all over the world for their majestic sparkle. This is known in the industry as fire and brilliance. Due to their natural beauty, diamonds have been prized possessions since early in human history. While ancient cultures initially recognized the diamond for its strength, diamonds became associated with romance during the Roman empire. Some ancient Romans believed that the tips of Cupid’s arrows were made of diamonds. This is probably the earliest connection between diamonds and love. The Romans also considered diamonds to be the most valuable item on the planet. This is a thought held by many today.

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The diamond is April’s birthstone

The Many Characteristics of Diamonds

In addition to their hardness and beauty, diamonds have many other unique characteristics. Diamonds are composed of only one element: carbon. The crystallization of diamonds takes place over millions of years and requires an immense amount of pressure. As the earth’s core presses carbon into diamonds, finding colorless diamonds used for fine jewelry makes them even more rare. While nearly $9 billion dollars worth of diamonds are mined each year, nearly 80% are used for industrial purposes. This includes the making of drill bits, saws, and other construction applications. Therefore, when diamonds are used in jewelry, they are the highest quality gemstones available.

The Power of Birthstones

In ancient history, birthstones were important elements of protection. This included the use of prized gemstones to create breastplates and shields. As history progressed, the view of birthstones altered to match modern customs. The modern use of birthstones no longer involves the creation of shields, but it does continue through their use in fine jewelry.  Today, birthstones allegedly bring good fortune to those who wear them. If you are looking for the perfect fine jewelry for someone born in April, Adiamor has an extensive collection of bracelets, earrings, and pendants made with April’s birthstone. Additionally, you can even create your own piece of diamond jewelry for a completely unique look.

Have a favorite piece of diamond jewelry that you wear to celebrate your birth month? Let us know in the comments!

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Diamond Jewelry: 5 Must Have Essentials

The perfect collection of diamond jewelry complements your engagement ring to create a complete set. In order to fill out your jewelry box with pieces that match your ring, consider these must have essentials!

1. Engagement Ring

Now that you are engaged and have your dream ring, it is time to start thinking about building your jewelry collection with staple items that will coordinate with your ring.  Take into consideration your engagement ring: is the center stone round, princess, or cushion cut?  What type of metal is your ring: platinum, rose gold, etc.?  You can coordinate your other jewelry box items to your ring.  Here are 4 additional items that will dress up any look day or night.

French cut halo setting
French Cut Cushion Halo Setting R2940

Browse our collection of engagement rings here.

2. Eternity Bands

This can be added to your collection as a wedding band, but eternity bands look great stacked together if you have a few of them.  This is where you get to show your own personal style.  Pick bands in different widths, metals, and diamond setting styles.  Since an eternity band has diamonds all the way around the ring, there is no need to worry about which side of the band is showing.  Eternity bands make great anniversary or birthday gifts.

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Stacked Diamond Eternity Bands

Browse our collection of wedding rings here.

3. Diamond Studs

Diamond earrings are a staple that you can wear all the time no matter what the occasion.  For diamond studs, you can choose to have a classic pair where the center diamond stands out, or you can choose a pair with a halo setting with smaller diamonds around the center stone.  Either is a good option and will add a bit of glitz to your ears.  Earrings make a great wedding day gift or push present to celebrate a milestone.

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Round Halo Diamond Earrings E5197

Browse our collection of earrings here.

4. Solitaire Pendant

Another must to add to your jewelry box is a diamond solitaire pendant.  Just like earrings, this can be made in a classic single center diamond or it can be made with a halo to enhance the center stone.  Paired with your diamond stud earrings the pendant will draw eyes upwards and will create a triad of sparkle directly to your eyes and face.

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Round Diamond Halo Pendant P5182

Browse our collection of pendants and necklaces here.

5. Tennis Bracelet

You cannot go wrong with a diamond tennis bracelet!  This piece will complete any Jewelry Box.  Depending on the width you choose it can be worn every day or saved for special occasions.  Also if you decide you would like to stack bracelets for a stylish look, a tennis bracelet is classic and can be paired with any other style of bracelet.  A tennis bracelet makes the perfect present for any occasion!

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Diamond Tennis Bracelet 1.75cttw B2095

Browse our collection of bracelets here.

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Adiamor Recently Featured on Telemundo Acceso Total

Adiamor Featured on Telemundo Acceso Total
Adiamor Featured on Telemundo Acceso Total

 

Here is the transcript of the Accesso Total segment on NBC Universal’s Telemundo featuring Adiamor Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

Host:
Alright, for those who are thinking of getting engaged this Saint Valentine’s Day and still haven’t bought the darn ring, I visited a jewelry store where I was given some information to keep in mind. Let’s see.

Contrary to what a normal jewelry store is like with display cases, we found this place in downtown Los Angeles where they make your engagement ring not only to your size but also to your special order. I spoke with Jennifer Sarkisian, one of the owners, who explained to me that after Christmas, this date is definitely the one on which they sell the most engagement rings.

Jennifer Sarkisian:
I think there’s a lot of pressure to get engaged on Valentine’s Day…

Host:
With the pressure many men are under to buy the ring on this such special date, they have to know that there are many options, and sometimes it helps to know the partner’s preference.

Jennifer Sarkisian:
We have everything from a simple solitaire, round…

Host:
Solitaires, the classic stone, square stones known as princess cut, rectangular, oval, and the ones in the shape of hearts are the most popular options. But be careful, with companies like these where orders are made on the Internet, or anywhere you buy diamonds, you have to make sure you’re not getting ripped off.

Jennifer Sarkisian:
Very important that you’re buying…

Host:
You have to make sure you buy certified diamonds. The prices of diamonds depend on four characteristics: the cut of the stone, its clarity, the color, and of course, the carats. Tomás Apata works in the part of the shop assembling them and making them just to the customer’s order.

Tomás Apata:
The first step is we count the diamonds, the ones that are going to go on the ring. We start drilling the rings to make the holes for the rings.

Host:
You’re the one in charge of mounting the stones, right?

Tomás Apata:
Mm-hmm.

Host:
In what part of the process does that go?

Tomás Apata:
You could say in the middle of the process. We polish them; after polishing you still do an inspection of the ring to make sure all the diamonds are tight-fitting.

Host:
Mm-hmm. About how long do you guys take to create a complete ring?

Tomás Apata:
It varies. It could be from one hour to, I don’t know, we’ve taken up to 10 hours, 12 hours on one ring.

Host:
But you completely finish the rings here?

Tomás Apata:
Here. We can finish them, yes.

Host:
Greetings to Tomás, to Arturo. They work there assembling the rings, and they say that at 10:00 in the morning, they always have us at Acceso Total on, so thank you very much.

Host:
Okay.

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Out With The Old, In With The New: What Do I Do With My Old Diamond?

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

-From In Memoriam [Ring out, wild bells] by Lord Alfred Tennyson

We hope everyone’s 2014 is going well so far. As we look forward to the brand new year (while trying to stick to our recently devised resolutions) it reminds us of some jewelry we created which combined the old and new.

People often want to change or upgrade their ring, but then do not know what to do with their old diamond. Sometimes, people inherit diamonds or gemstones and want to set them in new jewelry. Instead of trying to ‘trade in’ former jewels, we recommend creating new jewelry for them. Sentimental stones can take on new life in modern settings, while you can choose the style of jewelry which you prefer. We have been lucky enough to work on several projects like this recently, and the results were phenomenal.

Our first upgrade like this was a personal favorite because it was one of our own staff’s diamonds. Jennifer had a diamond from a previous engagement ring. We created a rose gold bezel setting for it and strung it on a white gold chain to create this beautiful necklace. Jen recommends this for customers as a way to upgrade their engagement ring while still keeping their original diamond ‘close to their heart’.

Adiamor's rose gold diamond bezel pendant
Rose Gold Bezel Pendant

 

Another ring we created was this impressive three halo ring- it is a three stone ring with a halo around each stone! The customer had a classic gold ring with three diamonds in it. We designed this custom setting from pictures that the customer sent us. We removed the three center diamonds from the old ring and set them in the new one, and they loved it!

Adiamor's three halo diamond ring
Three Halo Ring

 

 

Adiamor's diamond halo ring
Twisted Pave Halo

 

 

 

 

 

 

One customer had a family ring with a center diamond and two sapphire side stones. The stones were all lovely, but they wanted something a little more modern with the old diamond. We fashioned exquisite diamond halo earrings for the sapphires, like ESPD5157, and set the center diamond into R2932, our twisted pave halo ring. The results were stunning!

Adiamor's sapphire diamond halo earrings
Sapphire Earrings with Diamond Halos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Is The Best Way Wear Layered Necklaces?

One trend which is perfect for gifting this holiday season is layering and stacking delicate necklaces and bracelets.

Both Anne Hathaway and Kourtney Kardashian among many other celebrities have embraced these latest trends to gorgeous effect! Whether the look is casual or glam, we can all agree we want to start layering asap!

Kourtney Kardashian wears her Sideways Diamond Cross Necklace Layered with Other Dainty Charms
Kourtney Kardashian wears her Sideways Diamond Cross Necklace Layered with Other Dainty Charms

A great way to start a layered look is with a versatile diamond solitaire necklace. A solitaire pendant worn alone is elegant, classic look, but when paired with multiple other necklaces

Layered Necklaces, New by Adiamor, Diamond Solitaire, Sideways Diamond Cross and Pyramid Stud Necklaces
Layered Necklaces, New by Adiamor, Diamond Solitaire, Sideways Diamond Cross and Pyramid Stud Necklaces

A trend we’ve be seeing recently is symbols like diamond accented crosses or initials set asymmetrically in mixed metals like white and rose gold. This gives off a charming, effortless effect while being perfect for layering. One pendant can sit off to one side while the other necklaces are centered.

Adiamor’s new bracelets and necklaces are an ideal way to try the layered look. Featuring symbols like crosses and pyramids, the new styles come in white, yellow and rose gold.

All of the necklaces featured at left are under $500.00 at Adiamor.

 

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History of Art Deco Jewelry Designs, Part 2

The history of art deco jewelry designs is filled with classic inspiration and contemporary style. But, where did the name ‘Art Deco’ come from?

Several events happened during the 1920s that influenced fashion and jewelry design. In 1925 the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (In English, the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts) was held in Paris. This event attracted artists of every variety to display their works, and drew immense crowds. The exposition showcased all the newest styles and art forms from across the world. The new style was geometric, linear, and often recalled classical styles in an updated way. The phrase “Art Deco” stemmed from the name of this exposition, and was given to this new style in the 1920s.

Paris Exposition Poster
Paris Exposition Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 had a major impact on all aspects of design. Bold geometric lines and the use of gold and inlay work became very popular in jewelry after seeing the striking designs like inlaid lapis and gold in Tut’s tomb.  Motifs like the stylized human form and abstracted forms from nature were incorporated into many designs.

King Tut, Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Stock
King Tut, Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Stock

 

 

 

Palmolive Soap Ad, 1917, Image by Captain Geoffrey Spaulding, via Flickr
Palmolive Soap Ad, 1917, Image by Captain Geoffrey Spaulding, via Flickr

 

The advent of technology was another major influence on all aspects of design in the 1920s. Design such as the iconic Cartier Louis wristwatch were designed for the on-the-go timekeeping needs of aviators. Tennis and golf were popular for all genders, and sportier styles of clothes created the need for jewelry that would go with those clothes. Hefty brooches, delicate filigree, and multi-layered pearl chokers that looked appropriate with ruffled Edwardian blouses were now seemed far too old fashioned for the streamlined designs of the 1920s. Delicate platinum was still du jour, but in much more geometric lines.

Cartier Watch, Image Courtesy of Cartier.com
Cartier Watch, Image Courtesy of Cartier.com

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Engagement rings were popular in the 1920s, but the diamond solitaire did not become the universal standard until a little bit later on in history. Diamond rings were popular, maybe set with three equal sized diamonds, and other gemstones were also a common choice for an engagement ring.

Art Deco 3-Stone Engagement Ring, Image Courtesy of laantiques.com
Art Deco 3-Stone Engagement Ring, Image Courtesy of laantiques.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For an enagement ring with geometric balance and detailing reminiscent of the Art Deco period with a timeless appeal, try this three stone pave setting R2557

3-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with Pave Accents by Adiamor
3-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with Pave Accents by Adiamor

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For some intricate pave set diamonds that would have made any artisan in the 1920s proud, take a look at this baguette and pave set ring: R2439

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Baguette Accents by Adiamor
Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Baguette Accents by Adiamor

 

How did Art Deco decline in popularity?

(And for you Art Deco fans, why did it ever go away?!)

Check out the last installment, Art Deco #3 for the answers!

 

 

 

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How to Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

Like most valuable items in your home, diamonds can be covered by insurance. Not only can you insure your diamonds, but considering their value, there’s no reason you shouldn’t. However, there are a couple of steps you must take first and a few options available where coverage is concerned, so there are a few things you should know to get started.

To begin with, you need to know the value of your diamonds. That means you’ll have to take your collection to a jeweler and get each stone individually appraised. This can get a bit pricey if you have a lot of items, but considering the cost of replacing them after theft or damage, the price of appraisal is minute. Upon completion, you will receive a certification stating the particulars of each diamond and its estimated value, which can be used to determine your coverage. You should make copies and photos to provide your insurance company.

So what options are there where insurance is concerned? Really, there are three types, and only you can decide which one is right for your collection. The most commonly used coverage is called “Replacement Value” and it covers the cost to replace your property. This is the least expensive coverage because your diamonds can often be replaced at a much lower cost than their stated value. You could also select the “Cash Value” option, which will pay out the current market value of your merchandise (although the price of diamonds, as with other commodities, is constantly fluctuating, so depending on when you need to cash in your policy, you may not even receive the amount you paid for your stones).

Finally, you can opt for one last type of coverage, which is called “Valued At” insurance. It is not very commonly used and there are two reasons. It tends to be the most the most expensive option, and insurance companies don’t generally like to offer it because they must pay out an agreed upon value for the items covered. This means if you have a diamond that you purchased for $1,000, but the value at the time of coverage is agreed to be $1,200, that is what they will pay you, even if it is only worth $800 at the time of theft or irreparable damage. Most insurance companies are loath to pay even a fraction of what something is worth, much less more than it’s worth, so you can understand why they charge more for this coverage.

In any case, you will have to choose the insurance that best suits your needs and your budget, but being aware of the steps necessary to get the proper insurance and knowing the different options available is a good first step towards making sure you get the value out of your diamonds in the event of accident or theft.

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When to Give the Gift of Diamonds

Diamonds may be forever, but how do you decide the right time to give them? While most women probably share the sentiment that they are happy to receive a diamond at any time, there are certain special occasions that warrant the gift of ice. So if you’re unsure about whether or not presenting a diamond will win you accolades or get you into hot water, here are a few general rules for diamond gifting.

1. Diamond ring/solitaire. This represents an offer of marriage. If you’re ready to propose, get her a diamond ring. If you’re considering a birthday present, do NOT give her a heart attack by presenting her with a ring box. If you’re already married, feel free to give as many diamond rings as you can afford.

2. Tennis bracelet. Traditionally worn by tennis players to denote tournaments won (the number of diamonds represented the number of tournaments) these in-line bracelets have become a popular gift from husbands to wives. They can be given for any occasion, but a popular trend is to offer one up at the birth of your first child.

3. Eternity band. These have become very popular as wedding bands, but they are really best given on an anniversary as a symbol of continuing love and devotion. You don’t have to wait until your diamond anniversary, either (60 years of marriage is a long time to wait for another diamond).

4. Diamond necklace. A single stone makes a great graduation gift, while something like a heart is better for a romantic occasion such as Valentine’s Day. Something a little more flashy, like a multi-diamond strand, should be given to celebrate an important lifetime milestone.

5. Diamond studs. The all-around best diamond gift. Every woman should have at least one set of diamond studs and they can be given to any woman, at any time. You can bestow them upon your mother, sister, wife, or girlfriend without worrying about what they might read into it (other than the fact that you obviously care about them and have excellent taste).