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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Buying Rough Diamonds Jewelry

These are the natural unpolished diamonds, dug out from the depths of the mines and appear like shards of glass usually found on the beach. They are white, off white and comes in vivid colors like yellow, brown and green. As per stats, more than 5000 classifications of raw diamond are possible and one can sort them according to gem quality, industrial quality and crushing boart.

Usually, they accompany a lower price tag as compared to polished diamonds, but very few are able to pass the gem-quality standard and qualify to become rough diamonds. To be precise, only 20% of the diamonds removed from the earth in natural state every year possess gem-quality. The remaining 80% have inferior quality and popular as industrial diamonds.

The criteria to choose rough diamonds are different from the selection of polished diamonds. While cut, color, carat and quality are the 4C’s to determine the excellence of a polished diamonds, their rough counterparts do not have any regulated set of evaluation standards. At the most, one can sort them as per the size, color, and shapes of the crystals. This is perhaps the reasons why it is often tough to know their exact price.

Tips to buy rough diamonds

If you are among the rare ones to express your love for rough diamonds jewelry, here are some valuable points to consider while buying the same:

  • Shop in the daylight: The true color of the diamond is more likely to surface in the broad daylight and with a northern exposure.
  • Color test: You can use diamond color test grader to know the color of the stone under a daylight lamp. Just put it inside the grader, press gently on the paperboard and check out the color.
  • First timer: If you are new to purchasing rough diamond, it is advisable to use a diamond tester, to make sure that the stone is diamond instead of a simulant.
  • Analyze: It is important to check the rough diamond to know its weight after polishing. Sever other essential criteria worthy to take care of before buying include rough shape, internal stress, crystallizations deformations, etc.
  • Be attentive: If your salesperson tries to convince you about the color improvement of raw diamond during cutting, then beware. There is no such rule; the salesperson might be trying to deceive you.
  • Bring your testing tools: As a beginner, you may have hard time knowing how to differentiate between the fake and real raw diamonds jewelry. To avoid the confusion, it is better to take your own testing equipment and materials like diamond tester, polariscope, loupe 10 X, scale, and so on.

Wooden Bead Bracelets

The units are made from different kinds of woods. The most common are:

Bayong: It’s durable, has warm red-brown color and visible wood grain pattern

Ebony: It’s black in color and has a subtle wood grain

Palm: This is coconut or date palm wood that features distinct parallel grain markings

Jackfruit tree: It has a warm golden brown or yellow brown color. The wood is hard and the beads made from the wood are smooth with loose grain.

Sibucao: This is hard redwood. It’s usually red-orange or orange in color and tends to darken with age.

When buying the bracelets, they come in different colors for you to choose from. As rule of thumb, you should buy the ones that you are pleasing to your eyes and match your skin tone.

To buy the right units you need to find a number of tips that include:

Size: In addition to the bracelets being made from different types of wood, they also come in various sizes for you to choose from. As rule of thumb you should buy those of your size. Buying bracelets that are too small would result to them getting damaged after a short time. On the other hand, purchasing units of a bigger size would mean that they keep on falling off every now and then. When you are in the store, try on the bracelets and ensure that they are the right fit.

Construction: The other factor you need to consider when making the purchase is the construction of the bracelets. Here you need to consider the quality of the beads used in making the bracelets.

Two of the most common types of bracelets used are coated and oiled. Coated beads provide the units with moisture protection. Oiled beads, on the other hand absorb oil from the skin developing a unique color as they age. For a great experience, buy bracelets with high quality beads. The beads shouldn’t have cracks or any other flaws.

Band material: What is the type of material used in making the bracelet bands? The units are made from a wide range of band materials including: elastic, leather, silver, and precious metals. The material you go for depends on your budget and preferences. You also should consider your allergy issues.

Clasp design: The nature of the clasp determines how easy it is to remove and put on the bracelets. To have an easy time, go for easy designs such as lobster and safety clasps.

Types of Rings

Mother’s

The mother’s ring is a special type that includes the birthstone of her children. The most common style has the birthstones related to the mother’s sons, and they can be living or dead. Additionally, this memorial ring can also include the birthstones of the mother’s parents.

Championship

The championship ring is presented to winning team members after achieving success in a sporting event. They are typically made of white or yellow gold and likely to feature diamonds. Also, the ring design will incorporate the team logo, name, or symbol.

Mood

The mood ring is unique in style and includes a special thermochromic liquid crystal at the center of the ring. The liquid crystal is made to change color in line with the wearer’s body temperature. This makes it really easy to see a person’s mood simply by looking at the color of the ring. The ring can change many different colors. Black is an indication of stress, brown is nervousness, green is a feeling of calmness, and dark blue is fun and relaxation.

Signet

The signet ring was extremely popular in the past. It is still available today, but a lot less common in use. This type of ring is designed to show the initials of the wearer or bears a coat of arms of a family. In addition to identifying a particular person wearing the ring, they also function as a means to print a wax mark on a letter or similar items.

Advantages of Custom Made Jewelry

Designed from scratch

A major benefit of the custom-made jewelry is that every piece created will be entirely unique. This type of jewelry is completely designed from scratch with the intention to create something that is one of a kind and able stand out from the more traditional designs.

For the fussy wearer of jewelry, this will give a perfect opportunity to give their input to ensure the finished piece is able to fully match their personality. There is plenty to think about in the process of creating the perfect piece of jewelry. Also, the things to consider will vary with the different types of jewelry. For instance, the basic shape of the item is likely to range from rectangular or round for a pendant, while a set of earrings can have a drop or button style.

A further consideration is the specific metal for the custom-made jewelry. The most popular options include titanium, sterling silver, gold and platinum. The preferred metal style is relatively easy to choose because most people have a particular preference for the basic metal color and look.

Additionally, there is the option to choose the type, color, number and size of the gemstones.

Typically, it will benefit to have a rough idea of the preferred style or look of the piece of jewelry before making a visit to the store to make it easier to explain what is needed.

Create an heirloom

Jewelry that is well-crafted and personally designed has the potential to become a much-loved heirloom that can be passed from family member to family member. However, it is essential to have the jewelry piece made to a high standard. For instance, rings with a single or multiple gemstones will need to have them protected and set well to last for the long-term.