Advancements in technologies have enabled man to create diamonds in the labs at a tiny fraction of the time required by Mother Nature to do so.
Over decades of scientific research and continuous pushing of manufacturing boundaries, scientists are now able to create gem quality diamonds on a large scale basis to meet demands in the jewelry industry.
Now, I want to emphasize that lab grown diamonds have identical properties to traditionally mined diamonds. They are composed of the same material, require the same cutting/polishing process and exhibit similar physical/chemical properties to diamonds mined from the Earth.
Yep, that’s right and it gets even better.
Lab created diamonds can be made to the same level of clarity, color and brilliance as naturally mined stones. In fact, these man-made diamonds are almost indistinguishable unless they are subjected to specialized testing equipment like spectrometers and X-rays. (more…)Continue Reading...
Recently, one of our readers noticed something weird in an AGS lab report for a princess cut diamond and asked me the following question: “I was browsing through James Allen for a 1 carat sized princess cut and shortlisted a couple of diamonds in their True Hearts line. When I brought up the certificate to look at details, I noticed a description called Proportions Factors under the Cut Grade section.
I’m not sure whether this is something new because I don’t see anything similar in other AGS platinum light performance reports. I hope you can shed light on this.”
First of all, let me show you a copy of the grading report for the diamond in question. You can clearly see that the stone receives a rating of “AGS Very Good 2” for Proportions Factors. You can view the full details of the diamond with this link. (more…)Continue Reading...
As many of my readers already know, I’m a huge fan of White Flash because of their transparent business practices and their strict adherence to providing quality jewelry. Previously, I did an indepth write up on their diamonds and gotten quite a huge amount of feedback from interested readers.
In today’s post, I’m going to show you what you can expect to receive in your FedEx delivery parcel when you purchase an “A Cut Above” diamond from WhiteFlash.com.
For the purpose of testing White Flash’s inventory system, I bought this diamond at a wire price of $879.79.Continue Reading...
In an effort to help you better understand what to look out for in an ASET image, I had compiled some images of diamonds with various levels of optical performances. Feel free to make comparisons of your diamond’s ASET against those listed below and you’ll quickly find out how well it returns light.
Here’s a quick explanation of what the different colors represent:
• Red: intense light return – red is generally what you want to see.
• Blue: contrast – important for contrast and scintillation. Blue areas should be as symmetrical as possible.
• Green: less intense light return – keep green areas minimal.
• Black/White: light leakage – keep black/white areas minimal.
A marriage proposal is one of the most memorable moment of anyone’s life. I know most women dream of getting proposed in a romantic backdrop and to be swept of their feet by their loved one. On the other hand, I also know most men face difficulties at the first hurdle in finding the right diamond ring (that’s why Beyond4Cs was created).
This one’s for the guys. So, what happens after you bought the ring? How do you choose the right moment and location for popping the question? If you are clueless on how and where to propose, perhaps some our handpicked locations in the States might help get your creative juices flowing. (more…)Continue Reading...