Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year you can do better than flowers and breakfast in bed. Whether it’s her first Mother’s Day or her twentieth, it’s time to get her a better present. This year, the best Mother’s Day gift is to upgrade her diamond. After all, Mom deserves better than pancakes and bacon crumbs all over the duvet cover.
Upgrade Her Diamond Engagement Ring
Every year, many women receive the gift of their dreams: a diamond engagement ring. However, not every man starts out shopping for rings with enough money saved. In fact, most are surprised that they should have learned how to budget for an engagement ring long before buying one. Because of this, many women end up with the perfect engagement setting but with a smaller diamond. Therefore, the decision to upgrade her diamond is an easy one for plenty of husbands. Although an anniversary or Valentine’s Day are popular choices for upgrading her diamond, Mother’s Day is every bit as worthy. Not only does your wife deserve the very best, she’s also the mother of your children. In many cases, even a modest upgrade is a huge improvement. She’ll be thrilled to find her one carat round cut diamond has been upgraded to 1.5 carats.
More To Diamond Upgrades Than Carats
However, there is more to upgrading her diamond than simply selecting a larger carat weight. While the improvements may not be instantly noticeable to the untrained eye, a better quality cut will improve a diamond’s fire and brilliance. Additionally, a diamond with less inclusions will reflect more light, thereby increasing the sparkle of her diamond. Finally, you could decide to upgrade her diamond by choosing a colorless diamond instead of a near colorless. Although it may not offer as much of an instant WOW! factor like swapping a half carat diamond for a much larger one, these diamond upgrades will give her plenty to brag out.
What To Do With The Old Diamond
If you decide to upgrade her diamond this year, you may be worried about what to do with the old one. Essentially, there are three main choices ranging from creating new jewelry with the old diamond, selling the old diamond, or finding a diamond upgrade program. Diamond upgrade programs allow you to essentially swap the old diamond with a new one then paying the difference. For many people, this is the most economic choice as it minimizes the cost of the upgrade. For those that can afford it, though, the best option is to turn her old diamond into new jewelry. This allows her to keep the original stone from your proposal. It makes the decision to upgrade her diamond an even more sentimental gesture which is something she definitely deserves.
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Family heirloom jewelry makes for an incredible link to the past. Whether its the diamond ring your grandfather used to propose to your grandmother or another treasured item, heirloom jewelry has great sentimental value. However, in the past, many engagement rings had small center stones or sometimes no diamond at all. If you have an heirloom engagement ring, but you want to upgrade the center stone, wholesale diamonds are a great choice. Not only are wholesale diamonds readily available on the internet, they are also much more affordable than buying loose diamonds from a retail store. Additionally, when working with a diamond wholesaler, you can set your budget and have a custom diamond search performed. This search provides you with the perfect wholesale diamond for your ring.
Upgrading The Center Stone
Currently, the most common carat size for an engagement ring is 1.5 carats. One carat diamonds can range widely in price depending on cut, color, and clarity. However, the median price for a one carat diamond is approximately $5,000 which means a 1.5 carat diamond can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $25,000. In the past, though, engagement rings often did not have diamonds until the early part of the twentieth century. At this time, diamond engagement rings became the norm. Nevertheless, the diamonds in these older rings were often much smaller than one carat. For this reason, many people look to upgrade the center stone in their heirloom rings.
The Right Diamond For Your Setting
The perfect diamond for your heirloom engagement ring will depend on the setting. Many vintage rings were specifically designed for round diamonds. However, this does not mean you would be unable to choose a different diamond shape. Other diamond shapes can be used with heirloom rings by customizing the prongs of the engagement setting. Additionally, if you are significantly increasing the carat weight, then the ring will need customization to support the larger diamond.
Why Choose Wholesale Diamonds
Wholesale diamonds make perfect sense for upgrading the center stone on another ring because they simply cost less for the same pristine quality. Diamond importers such as direct manufacturers are able to keep their prices low. Since there is less overhead for inventory and retail space, diamond wholesalers pass savings on to their customers. Find a diamond wholesaler such as Adiamor to get the lowest prices that are still backed by a lifetime warranty.
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When deciding on a diamond shape for an engagement ring, many people are unaware of their options. For instance, most people think of diamond cut to be the look of a diamond. However, that’s only partially true as diamond cut actually refers to the quality of diamond cutting. Since diamond cutting creates a diamond’s proportions, this does affect diamond shape. Two of the most popular cuts are round cuts, also known as brilliant cut diamonds, and step cut diamonds. Step cut diamonds typically create rectangular diamond shapes like emerald cuts or Asscher cuts.
One of the most noticeable features of step cut diamonds are they have straight lines and parallel facets. One of the most popular step cut diamonds is the emerald cut. The primary features include straight, tiered facets that appear like a mirrored staircase within the pavilion. Cut corners on the outer edges of the diamond are its signature characteristic. Another step cut diamond is the Asscher cut diamond. Originally created in 1902, this diamond shape has seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to its vintage looks.
The other primary cut is the brilliant cut. This type of diamond cutting produces brilliant round diamonds while a modified brilliant cut is used to create many other diamond shapes ranging from princess cut diamonds to heart shaped diamonds. The optimal brilliant cut round diamond will create 58 facets. These facets allow for maximum fire and brilliance which gives brilliant cut diamonds their famous sparkle and shine.
Which Diamond Shape Is Right For You?
Depending on whether or not you’ve chosen an engagement ring setting or are looking to simply buy a loose diamond online, the decision on diamond shape will depend. For many people, the fire and brilliance provided by the brilliant cut diamond as well as the varieties of diamond shape make it the best choice. On the other hand, the step cut does provide a unique look created by the mirrored pavilion. Because of this, it is important to choose a step cut diamond with as few imperfections as possible, so look for a clarity rating of VS2 or higher.
Buying wholesale diamonds is easier than you might think. Also, many people are surprised to learn that wholesale diamonds doesn’t mean buying in bulk as a retailer. In fact, anyone who is looking to purchase a diamond online is capable of ordering a wholesale diamond. Additionally, buying wholesale diamonds can save a customer a lot of money when compared to retail prices. In today’s blog, we break down why buying wholesale diamonds online can save you money.
Traditional Diamond Retailers
When most people think of buying a diamond, they probably think of a mall jewelry store. These locations are conveniently located in nearly every shopping mall across the globe. While these retailers have a vast amount of inventory, this means these large corporations have a vast amount of overhead expenses. Brick and mortar locations require a lot of money as well as employees to staff the store. Although these large companies are purchasing bulk diamonds, the margins required to support these retailers requires a larger mark up on the diamonds themselves. In turn, these higher expenses are passed on to the customer. Their cost of an average one carat diamond engagement ring has all these additional expenses built in.
Wholesale Diamond Sellers
On the other hand, direct diamond importers offer the advantage of selling diamonds wholesale. These wholesale diamond sellers often manufacture their own diamond jewelry. While some jewelry manufacturers sell their products to retailers like the ones found in shopping malls, others prefer to sell directly to the customer. By eliminating the additional expenses of retail stores, the savings is then passed on to the customer. Additionally, these companies are able to sell the diamonds they import at wholesale prices. This means the customer pays less for a wholesale diamond.
Custom Diamond Searches
Another way customers can save money buying wholesale diamonds is through custom diamond searches. While a mall jewelry store may be able to take a family heirloom ring and turn into a new ring, the cost of sourcing a particular diamond through a traditional retailer is very expensive. However, direct manufacturers and diamond wholesalers are able to source an incredible amount of diamonds. Many offer custom diamond searches. This means a customer provides the exact specifications of the diamond they want, including cut, color, clarity, and carat size. The diamond will then be directly imported and sold at its wholesale price without adding any additional costs.
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When it comes to buying wholesale diamonds, many first time customers are unfamiliar with the details. For instance, because most people think of wholesale clubs that house tons of merchandise in a warehouse store, many people first think that buying wholesale diamonds means buying diamonds in bulk. This, though, is certainly not the case. In order to help our customers better understand the diamond buying process, we’re answering a couple basic questions about wholesale diamonds.
What Are Wholesale Diamonds?
The definition of wholesale is selling of goods to retailers. In the most traditional sense, a wholesaler would be like a farmer selling crops to a local market. The local market would then package, markup, and sell the farmer’s crops with a profit margin. This profit margin covers the market’s operating costs, with the market essentially being the middleman between the farmer and the customer. When it comes to buying wholesale diamonds, then, that means purchasing diamonds from a supplier instead of a diamond retailer.
Is Adiamor A Traditional Diamond Retailer?
In the most simple of answers, no. At Adiamor, we are a direct to consumer manufacturing company. This means we don’t have showrooms across the country with large piles of inventory. In fact, each of our diamond engagement settings are made to order. Then the diamonds are set in house before the rings are polished and shipped directly to the customer. This process allows us to streamline efficiency and minimize costs, passing the savings on to the customer.
Does Adiamor Sell Wholesale Diamonds?
Yes! Whether a customer is interested in buying wholesale diamonds to retail or to create their own jewelry, we can help. Again, thinking of the farmer helps to understand how this works. The farmer in this scenario, though, is the diamond supplier. These suppliers mine, cut, and grade the diamonds before selling them to manufacturers like Adiamor. Instead of packaging the diamonds into engagement rings or other fine jewelry, we sell wholesale diamonds to individuals and retailers alike.
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Diamond color is not related to fluorescence; it is a separate element referring to the diamond’s ability to fluoresce under ultraviolet (UV) light. Although the sun emits some UV rays in sunlight, it is generally not enough to detect most fluorescence. However, when exposed directly to UV light, many diamonds will glow with a blue coloration. Blue is the most commonly displayed diamond fluorescence, but other hues are possible. Diamond fluorescence grades include None, Faint, Medium, Strong, or Very Strong.
Although fluorescence is a characteristic that can be measured, it is rarely an issue when selecting a diamond. This is because diamond fluorescence is rarely detectable to the eye. The impact of fluorescence on the value of a diamond depends on its noticeability. Since diamonds graded none or faint fluorescence have little effect on color, the value of these diamonds is not affected. However, some higher grade stones such as those rated D to G may contain a milky white appearance under UV light. This can greatly reduce the stone’s value. On the other hand, fluorescence often adds value to stones with a hint of color, such as I-color and below, as diamond fluorescence often gives the diamond a brighter appearance.
Diamond Fluorescence In Direct Sunlight
Although the sun’s UV rays don’t affect most diamonds, diamonds with very strong fluorescence glow blue under direct sunlight. While the amount of fire and brilliance is not changed, the diamond’s color appears blue. However, even very strong diamond fluorescence will still be faint in most sunlight. Ambient sunlight, such as the light that passes through windows into buildings, will not alter the diamond color. Therefore, while a diamond’s fluorescence may lower the value of a stone, it will still appear gorgeous with great sparkle in nearly every situation. For this reason, many shoppers on a budget will opt for a diamond with strong fluorescence when designing a custom engagement ring.
Learn more about diamond fluorescence in the Adiamor Diamond Color Education guide.
Why Buy GIA Certified Diamonds?
Adiamor offers a variety of loose diamonds in every shape, carat weight, and quality grade imaginable for your selection as the center stone in any one of our exquisite engagement ring settings. To assure excellence and your peace of mind, every loose diamond sold by Adiamor includes certification by one of the world’s leading gemological labs: the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society (AGS).
Since Adiamor’s loose diamond inventory is primarily made up of GIA certified stones, in this post we’ll talk about the key differences and superior qualities that make GIA labs the most widely used and most trusted source of diamond certifications, but first let’s start with a summary of the advantages of purchasing a diamond certified by GIA.
The Main Advantages of buying a GIA Certified Diamond
- You know that the diamond you purchase is a natural diamond.
- You can easily compare stones due to the consistency of grading.
- You will know exactly what you are buying since every important attribute of the diamond is listed in the certificate.
- You will get what you pay for.
What is a Diamond Certification?
A diamond certification is a document provided by the gemology lab to document the lab’s process of inspecting and grading the stone, and to serve as an official report on all identifying or otherwise notable features of an individual diamond. GIA certifications are available in varying levels of detail as diamond grading reports, diamond dossiers, and, most recently, diamond eReports.
To be certified by the GIA, a diamond must be unmounted and have a carat weight of at least 0.15. To clarify GIA does not certify a ring just a diamond. Some jewelers or jewelry stores may inaccurately tell you that a ring is certified. It is possible that the ring has been inspected by a GIA graduate gemologist, but this does not make the ring or the center diamond certified by the GIA laboratory.
Why Choose GIA Certification?
The GIA is known worldwide as the most trusted, precise source for diamond certifications. GIA certification standards and quality grading ranges are the most rigorous of any of the major laboratories, and consequently carry the most added value and guarantee the highest diamond quality. GIA achieves the highest level of consistency of any of the major laboratories in part by grading diamonds in a consistent environment in all offices including the same lighting, the same paint color on the walls, and the requirement for the graders to wear only certain colors when grading diamonds. As a non-profit organization, GIA maintains a standard of complete integrity and impartiality.
How Do I Know the Diamond and/or Certification is Genuine?GIA certified diamonds are laser inscribed with the unique report ID number to protect owners from fraud, and aid recovery in the event of a theft. This number matches the diamond to the report corresponding to its quality grade and identifying features. Diamonds above 1 carat sometimes don’t have inscription since the inclusion pattern acts like a fingerprint to identify the diamond.
To prevent certificate forgeries and alterations, the GIA also places security features within the document itself including holograms, copy guards, and microprinting, the same features used to prevent fraud in financial institutions.
Thanks to these measures, you know what you are buying and what you will get. Purchasing GIA certified diamonds online carries no additional risk compared to buying in a store due to the incredible consistency and the ability to validate you have the diamond you paid for. Customers are assured of the diamond’s authenticity and the veracity of the associated report; consumers even have the option of verifying details directly with the GIA or with a third party gemologist.
Your Diamond’s Unique Features
Quality is determined and cataloged under the famous “Four Cs” of diamond grading: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Flaws in the diamond such as inclusions, clouding, pits, and poorly cut facets are noted in both the written report and in an illustration of the diamond showing the location and severity of each flaw.
The diamond’s weight is recorded using a state-of-the-art electronic micro-balance scale that provides an exact measurement to five decimal places, and color grade is determined in a standardized viewing environment. Your GIA certification will also evaluate qualities like the stone’s polish and symmetry each of which are taken into account for the final overall quality assessment recorded in your diamond’s report.
GIA – The Worldwide Standard for Evaluating Diamond Quality
GIA established the “4Cs” in the 1940s which has become the worldwide standard for evaluating diamond quality. So if you believe in using the 4Cs to evaluate and compare diamonds you already have some knowledge of and trust for the GIA Laboratory and its certification process.
To learn more about GIA certified diamonds or for assistance in choosing a stone, contact Adiamor’s expert team of gemologists.