Monthly Archives: January 2018

Diamond Shapes And Cuts

First choose the perfect style of the engagement ring or the wedding band since your spouse will be wearing it for the rest of her life. A great way is to short list a few as per the design and budget and then let your spouse choose the one that she likes the best. If you want the ring to be a surprise you can take along the bride’s mother, sister or her best friend. They are sure to know the exact choice, or simply make your bride’s evening special. Take her on a special date along with a preview to select a perfect piece that she will have for the rest of her life.

Assuming you are still with me, you obviously want to get your future bride something exactly right. And it is actually quite easy to do. The secret to buying the perfect engagement ring for her is to buy something special to you. Choose something with your heart.

The trickiest part of on-line auctions is the actual transaction. Who will trust whom first. Normally the buyer sends funds, then the seller sends the item. The seller must also give a period of time for the buyer to return the item for a full refund. The transaction can be problematic or smooth. May all your experiences be trouble free, but the transaction problems I have tracked seem to run between 20% and 35% of the attempts have problems.

The Band. The band is the metal part of the ring. This is the part that goes around the finger. Usually, the band is made out of gold, white gold, silver, or platinum. The best choice would be platinum, because of two reasons. Platinum is the sturdiest metal among these, and being so, it symbolizes a strong bond between the couple.

The birthstone for April is the diamond. Usually diamonds bring thoughts of Jewelry new and colorless, sparkling stones, but diamonds come in several colors too. Yellow, red, pink, blue and green diamonds are rare and usually more expensive than colorless diamonds.

For clarity, you can use a magnifying glass. If the stone is graded SI1 (Slightly Included 1), it is better. IF (Internally Flawless) is the most expensive type.

Gems are an important part of jewelry. The estate jewelry value could be 99% determined by the gem. On the other hand the gem could add zero to the value. The two critical factors are the gem itself and the condition. Some gems have a higher value then others. A natural ruby is worth many times more then a synthetic ruby. Diamonds are generally more valuable then amethysts. Knowing your gem’s grade and rarity will help with understanding its value. The condition of the gem is critical to the value. Some chips and abrasions can justify the repolishing cost. But in most cases chips and scratches will render the gem unappealing and valueless. Tip: careful handling of jewelry retains a higher value then carelessness.