Tips And Lessons

Infographics: How to Be a Smart Diamond Shopper

When it comes to buying a diamond, first timers often find the experience to be intimidating and confusing. Speaking from the perspective of someone who had been through the process, I can empathize with the feeling of being lost and getting overwhelmed by information.

Besides the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat), there are many other factors to take into consideration when you are choosing a diamond. A lack of knowledge or misinformation can easily turn your purchase into a big disappointment. (more…)

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The April Birthstone – Diamonds

Did you know that diamond is the traditional birthstone for people who are born in April? Since ancient times, this beautiful gemstone has been encompassed in romance, evoked feelings of love and also been surrounded in mystery.

A Quick Historical Overview

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Diamonds were first discovered in India during 800BC and were only available to the elite classes of society. Perhaps one of the quirkiest law ever laid down in diamond ownership occurred in the 13th century where a law was passed down that diamonds could only be owned by royalty. This law quickly changed as more sources were discovered and the supply of diamonds increased. (more…)

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How to Take Photographs of Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Getting great looking jewelry photography can be tricky to capture. Most people don’t realize a lot of expertise has to go into creating the stunning pictures you see in splash pages and magazines. That’s the reason why jewelry companies often employ people with specialized skill-sets and invest in high-end equipment to create professional images of their products.

That said, don’t let this scare you into thinking you can’t take decent photographs even with simple tools. If you had just received your ring and want to share pictures of it with everybody online, you are at the right place.

This article will show you insights on how to photograph your diamond ring using basic point-and-shoot cameras and mobile devices. (more…)

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Ring Settings That Will Help Enhance a Diamond’s Size

When it comes to shopping for diamond rings, most people would place their priorities in getting the largest possible diamond they can afford. In this post, I am not going to mellow on you about the importance of Cut.

If you already browsed and read through for your research, you would have already known all that. Instead, we are going to take a look at how the choice of ring setting designs can help you enhance the size of your diamond optically.

By placing these considerations on your ring setting choice, you might not have to break the bank to achieve a similar look of buying a bigger diamond. (more…)

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Fancy Colored Diamonds – GIA vs. EGL

gia vs egl colored diamonds

Diamonds Exist In All Types of Colors

Question: I’ve read some of your articles about the reliability of grading labs and I found them to be very informative. I know you would recommend GIA/AGS over EGL/IGI grading reports when it comes to “white” diamonds.

However, what about colored diamonds? I looked at my local store and found a nice looking fancy yellow diamond graded by EGL. Do the same “lax” standards apply for fancy colored diamonds too?  (more…)

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