When you finally get to that point where you are ready to propose, it can be exciting, daunting and a little terrifying – all at the same time. Not only do you have to come up with a creative way to propose – you also have to think about the money involved. You will have travel, dinner and all the other miscellaneous expenses – but you also have to think about the ring. Yes, the ring, you have to figure out exactly how much money you can shell out for sweetheart on the ring that she will wear for, presumably, the rest of her life. You want to make sure that you don’t spend so much money that you can’t pay all your bills at the end of the month, but you also want to make sure to spend enough to really knock her socks off. Here are a few things to consider when budgeting for a diamond engagement ring.
Searching for the perfect diamond color can be a little bit daunting, because how do you know what color is the most, well, you. The last thing you want is to get a diamond engagement ring that is the wrong color – maybe it looks off, or maybe the color isn’t appealing to you. If you have been paying attention to diamond trends, you may have noticed that yellow diamond engagement rings are becoming quite popular. Out of all the fancy diamond colors, yellow is definitely one of the most glamorous and radiant. Here is everything you need to know about yellow diamond engagement rings.
The diamond on your engagement ring may sparkle and shine on the day he proposes, but it won’t stay that way if you don’t know how to take care of it. Unfortunately, no matter how beautiful and flawless your diamond may be, by virtue of it being a diamond, it is a literal magnet for dirt and grease. That’s why keeping your diamond sparkling clean really has to become a new part of your routine. You don’t necessarily need to do it on a daily basis, but you can if you want. In most cases, with the proper technique, you can clean diamond jewelry on a weekly basis and avoid the greasy, murky look of dirty diamond jewelry. Here’s how to do it properly.
You may know your stuff when it comes to the polished loose diamonds and how they’re graded, but how much do you know about rough diamonds and how they’re mined? If you’re like most people, probably not much. People often talk about how the price of a diamond is based on a false sense of rarity, and how the myth of that rarity helps to inflate the value of diamonds. However, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. While diamonds are not as rare as they once were, we never know when a mine may be tapped dry, and when another mine will be found. Plus, once we do find a new diamond mine, there’s no way of knowing – until we start digging – exactly how many stones the mine will yield. And finally, when a mine doesn’t yield many diamonds, there are tens of thousands of tons of dirt that have to be sieved either way. If you want to know more about the diamond mining process, here’s a little tutorial.
If you pay any attention to jewelry auctions at all, then you’ve definitely noticed the way that blue and pink diamonds have been dominating the scene for the past couple of years. It seems every few months there’s another Sotheby’s auction where a blue or pink diamond breaks another record for highest price per carat. There was the Graff Pink, Wittelsbach-Graff, The Sweet Josephine, and the Oppenheimer Blue to name a few of the most famous. Here we look at some of the most impressive, record-breaking blue and pink diamonds sold at auction over the past few years.
Remember when you were a kid and there was only one type of gold? When you thought of gold, you thought of yellow gold. If you had seen white gold, you probably would have assumed it was silver, and very few people knew anything about rose gold, or any other kind of gold for that matter before Apple started selling all of their products in a variety of colored metals. This begs the question, what gives gold its color? And what’s the difference between all of these different types of gold, anyway? Well the answers are pretty simple, and it all comes down to the metal alloy, but let’s first cover all the major bases when it comes to gold in general.
In a previous article, we talked about buying jewelry at auction, but in this article we’re going to explore buying diamonds and diamond jewelry at gem shows. Gem shows occur all across the country, but the main ones are in Las Vegas and Phoenix. Diamond and jewelry wholesalers reserve a booth and display their wares to either retail clients or wholesale clients. Indeed, gem shows can be a great venue to purchase jewelry, but you need to know how to navigate. You don’t want to show up to a gem show and start purchasing diamond jewelry at random. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying at a gem show.
One great way to purchase diamond jewelry is to head to an auction. The best auctions happen in the best cities, like London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and Monaco. The benefit of buying at auction is that you get to purchase a really special piece of jewelry that was possibly owned by a celebrity or even royalty. Whatever the case is, it can help to know some of the ins and outs of buying at auction. Here is how it’s done.
Most people working at jeweler stores – or at least most people that own jewelry stores – are experts when it comes to rare gems and diamonds. Of course, the correct nomenclature is gemologist. Gemologists have some of the most interesting jobs and it doesn’t always involve trying to get a new diamond engagement ring on your finger. It also includes sourcing, researching, and discovering new trends in the gemology industry. Here is everything you wanted to know about gemologists.
In the diamond industry, there is a role so essential that without them, all integrity in the industry would be lost. We’re talking about diamond appraisers. Their job seems simple: look at diamonds through a series of instruments and determine the value. However, the job is much more complicated and their purpose is sometimes overlooked. Whether you want to get the most money when selling a diamond, or if you want to make sure you’re not overpaying for a diamond you’re buying, diamond appraisers will have your back. Here are some reasons why diamond appraisers are so important.