Archive for March, 2009

Dazzling Diamonds, April’s Birthstone

14k Solid Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud (0.50.ct.tw)

14k Solid Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud (0.50.ct.tw)

“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.”

If you were born in April then you may be lucky enough to receive a large amount of diamond jewelry in your lifetime, as this is your birthstone.  Diamonds are formed when carbon deep in the earth is compressed under massive pressure to form a clear stone,  this diamond ore is brought closer to the surface by volcanic activity.  Diamond’s are the hardest natural mineral in the world, and this, along with their ability to reflect light makes them highly desirable in jewelry.

 

Roughly 130 million carats of diamonds are mined each year,  and almost 50% of these come from Africa.  Diamonds are also found in Australia, Russia and even the US.
Diamonds have always been considered attractive and valuable gemstones, and have been associated with engagement rings and weddings.  Although many men struggle to find just the right engagement ring, with the huge selection of designer diamond rings available at reputable locations, there are hundreds of beautiful rings available to suit any budget or style.

Diamonds are believed to pass their clarity and longevity to the wearer and their relationships, helping them to find balance, strength and courage.  The stone is associated with the crownchakra, meaning that when worn it is thought to be able to encourage clearer thinking and focus.

Diamond jewelry is a gift to be treasured forever, and diamonds have been included in the designs of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and broochesfrom as early as the 8th century BC, when they were only found in India.  Traditionally, alongside diamond engagement rings,  diamond tennis bracelets are one of the most popular jewelry designs to use the stone,  and these are often given as a special gift to express love.

Sapphire is sometimes considered an alternative birthstone for April, and with the popularity of colorful gemstone rings , why not treat your loved one to a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring with a dazzling pink, blue or yellow sapphire.

A Tanzanite and diamond ring is another beautiful combination,  as the vibrant purple Tanzanite is highlighted by the clear, white sparkle of diamonds.

The traditional birth flower associated with April is the daisy,  so what better gift that a piece of jewelry which incorporates both diamonds and daisies?  Flower designs in jewelry have been particularly popular over the recent months, and the trend looks set to continue.  Diamond and daisy jewelry is a wonderful birthday gift for milestone ages such as 18, 21, 30 and 40, as the diamonds add class and significance while the daisy shape creates a feeling of fun and youth.  These diamond daisy earrings are cute and fashionable.

Of course, if you like things simpler,  what woman wouldn’t be overjoyed to receive a classic pair of diamond stud earrings for her birthday?  And if she was born in April,  your gift will hold even more meaning.

The Hunt for a Perfect Diamond

Diamonds are associated with the finest things in life, and a diamond engagement ring is possibly the most significant diamond purchase that you will make during your lifetime.  Browsing jewelry stores and catalogs can be overwhelming, with each one guaranteeing that they offer the best quality selection. So how can you be sure that you are getting a great diamond in that designer ring

Finding the perfect beautiful ring for the woman that you love can be a difficult job if you don’t know what you are looking for.   When you propose you want her to know that only the finest, superior quality diamond ring is good enough for her, and you should also take care to find a designer ring that suits her style and taste to make the ring more personal.   When it comes to diamonds size matters, but is only a part of what you should look for in an engagement ring.  The physical size, or weight, of a diamond is measure in carats, but just because a diamond is large doesn’t mean that it is high quality, or even attractive.  In fact, many of the largest stones that you see on display in jewelry counters may not even be real, or natural diamonds.

To truly appreciate a diamond you need to take into consideration the other 3 cs of diamonds, namely cut, clarity and color.   The finest diamond designer rings will display exquisite cuts, a high level of clarity, and a pure color.   However, if you are looking for a cheap engagement ring you can opt to choose a higher grade of one element over another to keep the price of your designer ring within your budget.  For example, if you are happy with a diamond that has flaws ‘only visible under close inspection’ then you will be able to afford a larger carat.  A diamond with a cut that is not quite perfect might be technically less valuable but could create an unusual fire and sparkle to enhance the clarity of the gem.   Each piece of diamond jewelry that you purchase should come with a certificate to show you exactly what the rating is for each ‘c’.  The beauty of buying a diamond designer ring online is that a good site will often display that useful information right alongside each beautiful ring.

Some may even let you search by settings for your engagement ring, by diamond type or by price range letting you find a precious engagement rings within your budget.   Modern designer rings now also offer choices in other gemstones for engagement rings in tantalizing color combinations such as diamond and tanzanite rings or pink saphire and diamond rings.  Settings for engagement rings can also vary, ranging from modern designer styles to classic and traditional settings.   The important this is to choose a diamond ring not based on size or price alone, but to choose a designer ring that you feel she will love and treasure forever, because that is was an engagement ring symbolizes.

Know about Luxury, Designer & Branded Wrist Watches

Ballon Bleu De Cartier Unisex Two-Tone Watch Model W6920033

Ballon Bleu De Cartier Unisex Two-Tone Watch Model W6920033

Luxury watches have always been a symbol of style and status. There is no mistaking the look of designer wristwatches by name such as Cartier, Citizen, Michelle, Breitling, Bulova or omega. Their exquisite quality cannot be immitated , and of course, this quality comes at a price. While it may seem more difficult to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a designer wristwatch in times of financial insecurity, luxury watches have proven to be good investments time and time again.

Luxury wristwatches, especially swiss-made luxury watches by well known brands like Bulova and Cartier are highly  fine collectible and often sell for many times their original price. Signed jewelry is also a stable investment, and any luxury timepiece bearing an engraved signature from names such as Breitling or Wittaneur is sure to command a high price in the future.

The quality of swiss-made luxury watches is world renowned, and purchasing one of these designer timepieces you can rest assured that it will work accurately for many, many years to come.  If you only have limited money to spend, why spend it on cheap unreliable watches that may only last a few months?  Spend your money wisely on a quality watch that will not only look great and work well for decades to come,  but will also hold it’s value and act as an investment.

The designer brands behind some of the world’s most distinctive watches have certainly done their homework when it comes to technology, and it is this dedication to accuracy that adds to the value of a luxury watch over a cheaper alternative.  For example,Acutron uses a minute tuning fork to regulate it’s timekeeping,  while Citizen created the worlds first timepiece with voice recognition.

Designer wristwatches from brand names like Breitling, Bulova, Cartier and Wittanuer stand the test of time, regardless of how fashions change, thanks to their classic design and attention to detail.  Each timepiece is a work of art,  reflecting the best craftsmanship as well as time keeping technology.   A luxury Cartier watch from fifty years ago looks as stylish today as contemporary designs,  and the brand name alone is enough to command respect for the wearer.

While cheaper watches are disposable, a luxury wristwatch is for life. Our days as a ‘disposable’ society are numbered, and we are placing more value and importance on quality and things that last.  We are also becoming more aware of our impact on the environment.  Not only do designer luxury watches represent money well spent, but they are a ‘green’ purchase, preventing the waste of energy and resources spent on making ‘throw away’ cheaper watches.

A luxury designer timepiece makes a meaningful gift for a graduation, retirement, anniversary, wedding or any special occasion.  Unlike any other gift,  designer wristwatches can be passed on from generation to generation, forming part of your estate.  Vintage watches from days gone by from designers such as Cartier and Wittanuer still have value, and in many cases have increased.  By giving a loved one a gift of a designer wristwatch you are investing in their future and giving them more than just a beautifully crafted timepiece.

It is said that to judge a man,  you should look first to his watch.  Invest in a quality designer wristwatch and you will always look successful, confident and stylish.

Mystical Aquamarine, The March Birthstone.

Aquamarine gemstones vary in color and intensity, depending on their quality, and come in a range of shades from the pale blue of a waterfall to the strong azure of a deep ocean.  Some aquamarine’s also display a slight sea green tinge.  It is this similarity to water colors that earned the stone it’s name, which literally meant ‘sea water’ in the ancient Italian used by Romans.  Aquamarine jewelry was popular even then, with gemstones rin, earrings, necklaces and brooches. Aquamarine gemstones have also been believed to hold many mystical powers related to water.  It was thought to be able to purify water and grant it special healing powers,  and early mystics would place aquamarine gemstones into vessels of water to be used in their healing and divination rituals.  In the Middle Ages, the stone was also thought to have been a powerful antidote, and was used to treat poisoning.
Modern day healers still believe that Aquamarine has healing properties, particularly against infections, and it is said that wearing aquamarine earrings or an aquamarine necklace can help to ease the symptoms of tonsillitis and throat infections.
Sailors also believed that aquamarine gemstones would protect them at sea, guarding against evil spirits and helping to bring them good fortune on their journeys, so they created necklaces using the gemstone as a talisman.
Traditionally,  aquamarine is said to bring good fortune to those who wear it, and many believe that the stone can rekindle romance, and increase trust and harmony in relationships.  For this reason, aquamarines make a sentimental and meaningful choice of gemstone to add to a diamond eternity ring, or other designer ring.  Aquamarine gemstones look truly beautiful in rings, and their soft blue shade is bound to be admire and appreciated by everyone.
The stones are found all over the world, but most gemstones used in designer rings, necklaces and earrings come from mines in Brazil and Russia.  Aquamarine jewelry is highly desirable,  as most of these gemstones are naturally pure with few blemishes, inclusions or other flaws.  This means that they are also more affordable than some other gemstones such as sapphires.  Pale, sparkling aquamarines make beautiful but cheap engagement rings,  and there is no reason why a semi precious engagement ring should look any less beautiful than a diamond engagement ring.  They also symbolize security and safety for long term relationships, so what better gemstone to use in a designer engagement ring
Aquamarine comes from the ‘beryl’ family of stones and is closely related to the emerald. emerald gemstones are more rare, and therefor more expensive,  but they make beautiful emerald and diamond rings, and emerald stud earrings look great with any outfit.  Aquamarine or emerald jewelry make ideal gifts for loved ones with birthdays in March.  Or why not treat your Mom to a stunning 3 stone emerald diamond ring for Mother’s Day


A Gem Amongst Gems

A gemstone is a breathtaking sight that in some mysterious way to capture our imagination and causes a gasp of admiration. But despite the fact that a gemstone may look great to the eye, it is necessary to inquire carefully about the gemstone quality in order to avoid further disappointment. The factors to consider are the gemstone color and cut as well as the quality of the metal setting.

Sparkling and colorful, all gemstones styles can arouse a wide range of emotions, but not leave anyone indifferent.

Their shine and brilliance is sure to implant admiration even into the most callous soul. In terms of universal respect and recognition gemstone quality jewelry outshines any other object used for personal adornment. Gemstone articles get a great deal of appreciation from those who find true beauty in their dazzling brilliance and the subtle glow of the setting, and this fact triggers the development of gemstones trade.Precious gemstones are also valued and recognized for their durability and their main positive attribute apart from breathtaking beauty, is their permanence. However, there is still risk that due to poor gemstone quality or any external detrimental factors, gemstones of any styles and types will lose their initial look and begin to look pathetic rather than breathtaking. In that case it appears appropriate to use gemstone enhancement methods as a remedy to improve gemstone quality.
There are several types available: permanent methods (namely laser drilling, heating and radiation) and temporary methods (bleaching, oiling and waxing) that can be of considerable help and applicable for all gemstones styles.

Speaking about the gemstones styles available, it is necessary to mention that there is a staggering diversity of options in that respect. To name just a few of those available would be: pear, round, oval, marquise, and others. There are a few even more sophisticated ones like bow-tie style. Before purchasing a gemstone jewelry , it is crucial to take proper care in assuring the gemstone quality as well as the reliability of the metal setting. The notion of gemstone quality is made up of several aspects, namely the gemstone color and cut, size and weight, as well as whether the gemstone has undergone any kind of treatment.

It seems opportune here to provide the reader, who is likely to be the lucky owner of a collection of gemstones, with a few tips concerning the storing of gemstones and their maintenance.

It goes without saying that gemstones are appreciated not only for their appealing look, its amazing glow and shine, but also for their durability, which was recognized already in the earliest times as an intrinsic gemstone quality. Notwithstanding the fact, the certain rules of gemstone wearing and storing, similar for all gemstones styles, are obligatory to observe in order to prevent the precious mineral from losing its charm.

First and foremost it is essential to keep articles of jewelry with gemstones away from each other in order to prevent them from scratching each other; there is additional risk that the gemstone that is intrinsically tougher than metal may damage the surface of the metal setting.

In terms of maintenance occasional cleaning using gentle soap and a soft tooth brush (referred to as gemstone bath is required in order to get rid of the dust maintain the appealing look. Provided that good care of them is taken, including occasional cleaning and appropriate storing, they are sure to last for centuries and therefore successfully acquire the status of a family treasure and be passed on to successive generations.

Don’t be Fooled by Enhanced Diamonds

The phrase ‘too good to be true’ can be applied to everything in life, including diamond jewelry.If you find a cheap engagement ring or bridal ring, or see signs for wholesale diamond rings, be sure that the seller isn’t cutting their price by cutting quality.While there are excuengagesive retailers who can offer you genuine designer diamond rings and other natural diamond jewelry at a great price, many offer low prices because they are using enhanced diamonds.

Unlike high quality natural diamonds, enhanced diamonds are inferior stones that have been artificially treated to hide cracks, repair ugly inclusions and improve their color.These treatments are unnerving by any standard and include laser drilling and boiling in sulfuric acid to remove black or dirty inclusions, exposure to radiation to enhance or change the stone’s color, placing the diamond in extreme heat and pressure to improve clarity, using a sealant to hid cracks and pits in the diamond, and being coated with a substance to add a reflective effect.

While all of these treatments can result in a gemstone that is cheaper than a natural diamond, don’t be fooled.Enhanced diamonds cost less because they are lower quality, and therefore less valuable.In fact, there is heated debate in the jewelry industry about the use of treatments to enhance diamonds, as it can make stones difficult to grade and certify accurately.

Under US law  , all enhanced diamonds must be declared and sold as such.One of the most common practices to enhance diamonds that must be declared is laser drilling to dissolve inclusions to improve clarity.These holes are clearly visible under a jeweler’s microscope and it is debated whether or not this process damages the integrity of stone.

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is the leading organization in studying and grading diamonds and all other gemstones, and they also require that all diamonds that have been laser drilled must be disclosed as enhanced.When buying diamond jewelry make sure it comes with a clear appraisal that discloses full information about each stone.

If clear information about stone enhancements is not immediately available, or a customer service rep does not want to talk about this process openly then walk away and look elsewhere for a natural, high quality diamond.

Unfortunately, just because a diamond has not been laser drilled does not mean that it hasn’t been subjected to other enhancement treatments such as a being boiled in sulfuric acid. Most inferior stones actually have fractures that extend to the surface from inclusions deep in the stone that allow the acid to travel into the inclusion without holes being bored.

Would you consider buying a diamond ring if you knew the diamond had been immersed in sulfuric acid?Or buy a diamond bracelet that had been exposed to radiation? Would you buy any kind of gemstone jewelry that you knew had cracks that had to be filled with a sealant?

The GIA has announced that new treatments to artificially enhance diamonds are being developed all the time, making it more difficult for customers to identify and buy a genuine, natural diamond.They have reported finding diamonds being sold with “an uneven texture with abundant fractures” and “unevenness in their color”[1] although they couldn’t identify what techniques had been used to treat the stone. Another report noted that High Press/ Heat Treated (HPHT) annealing of diamonds is “one of the most serious challenges the diamond industry has ever faced”[2]

This worrying trend makes it even more important to only buy diamond jewelry from a source that you trust, and who are dedicated to only creating designer diamond jewelry using the highest quality, natural diamonds.Look for sites that advertise that they don’t use enhanced diamonds, and have clear certification for all of their diamond jewelry from

While enhancements may not be visible to the naked eye, they will certainly be visible to a trained jeweler or appraiser.While you may not be immediately concerned about the resale price of your diamond bracelet, engagement ring or gold diamond ring,any valuable piece of diamond jewelry is an investment in the future, and you will certainly want to make sure that any jewelry passed down from generation to generation is the highest value that it can be.

The Advantage of Buying Brand Name Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Watch Model W51005Q4

Cartier Tank Francaise Watch Model W51005Q4

So, you’ve decided that you definitely want brand name watch and you’ve done the research, you know the differences between a brand name watch and a replica, but you still haven’t figured out what name brand you want to purchase. With a little name brand watching, you’ll have it figured out in no time at all.

Where to start your name brand watch search

The best place to start is consumer reports. Read what other people think about the make and model of the brand name watch that you’re interested in. Know what each brand offers. Know how the quality of the different brands measure up to one another. This is a lot like researching the make and model of a new car.

Each company has their rendition of the sedan, but the Infinity and the Jaquer are a lot nicer looking than say, the Camry, but what about quality? Which one is made better? This is something that you need to research while you’re “name brand watching”. It’s also vital to look at what else the company has made, and how long the company has been around.

Sometimes new companies evolve, and put out a great product for a minimal cost, just because they are trying to break into the market. Don’t over look those guys! Read ratings, other peoples opinions, ask around! You may find that you’re getting twice the quality for half the cost.

But buyer beware, sometimes, unfortunately, you do get what you pay for, so don’t make a hasty decision with your fingers crossed and expect to come out on top. Look for something reliable. A brand name watch is an investment

Also check into a warranty just in case something does go wrong. This is another great thing to look into during your “name brand watching”. Some companies offer a better warranty system than the others. And with an investment like this, you want to be protected.

These are just a few ways to get your feet off the ground and do a thorough study to learn and watch different name brands.

There are few site that  offers free online help comparison when buying a watch. A huge range of online resources including . Brietlingomega,  cartier, rado , invicta and much more

How to Securely Buy Jewelry Online

Buying jewelry online has become so much more secure than it was years ago, when e-businesses first opened up online. There are courses offered in colleges to teach programmers how to come up with new security programs. I buy jewelry online at many different places. There are ways to protect yourself, and things you can look for from a merchant to keep yourself safe. I always look for certificates of trust and security like the one put on a website by VeriSign.

The online retailers are doing a great job with keeping their websites secure. I have not had any problem with my private information getting out. I like to purchase things online, because I can stay at home and do it in my pajamas if I want to. I can also look around and do a little research about my purchases to see who offers the best prices and information about the seller. I am not one that likes the malls, they are way too crowded. I prefer to stay at home and shop and have the item shipped to me.

I save money by purchasing jewelry online due to the lower overhead of the online storefront. The brick and mortar jewelry stores have utility costs, building rental cost, and have more employees to pay. The savings of the online retailer is passed on to me as a buyer. I also communicate with the seller by e-mail to ask specific questions about the jewelry that I want to buy. There are those out there that will try to take advantage of people who are not knowledgeable about online business practices. That is why you should know what you are doing and what to look for when buying online.

I made sure to look into online buying when I first started. I did not know the first thing about it, and was reluctant to give my credit card number to a business. Once I knew how to look for secure sites, I have been buying online ever since. I find that most jewelry sites seem to have good security. I think it is because of the nature of their business.

VeriSign, and other security certificates are shown on safe websites, and you will know when you are entering a secure site. You can feel comfortable that the diamond bracelet that you ordered will get to you safely, and that your payment will be secure. If you do not see any type of security certificate on a website you want to purchase from, I would not give them any information just to be on the safe side.

I use PayPal and it has allowed me to purchase online from many jewelry retailers. Some are not set up to accept secure payments through their own business for their merchandise, so they

use PayPal. I trust PayPal and they offer buyer protection for some purchases. E-bay users have used PayPal for years, and now retailers are also starting to use them more often. PayPal is a secure site for your information to be stored for purchases.

If there is a PayPal sign on a website you can feel secure in paying them. If they have their own payment system there will be certificates like VeriSign and other trusted certificates. Jewelry is often a major purchase, and you want to be sure that you receive the product that you expected. Most jewelers will offer a money back guarantee; it is usually good for 30 days. This allows you to get the product at home and make sure it is what you expected. This is something that you should look for on a jeweler web site before you make a purchase. I always make sure that they have a return policy though I have seldom had to use it. Most people are honest with you, because they want your repeat business.

Honest jewelers will offer to take back or exchange something that is not the correct size in a ring or color you expected in a stone. Whether it be a diamond, tanzanite, amethyst, or a garnet you want to be assured that it is as described. Often you can get appraisal certificates of major jewelry purchases that are made for your specific item. This is given out most often by a GIA certified appraiser. This is your defense against a crooked seller. I ask for these on larger purchases of rare stones or large karat weights of stones. It is a smart practice.

There are many good jewelry stores online. Type in the name of a stone or a piece of jewelry that you want into a search engine and you will find many places to check out. I shop on E-bay, Bidz .com, and I have a retailer that I like to purchase from called the Jewelry Nest. I collect Invicta watches and rare stones and all types of jewelry. I have found that they are very fair in pricing at the Jewelry Nest, and I have never had to return anything. I feel very secure in dealing with them. With E-bay I have had to make a few returns. Bidz.com gets you on their high shipping costs, but if you are looking for a few pieces of jewelry at a fairly low price they are a good place to look, the quality at Bidz.com is sometimes not as expected. I look for testimonials on the retailer sites from their customers. This can be helpful to you in deciding whether to trust where you are buying from.

There are a few bad apples that can give all of the good sellers a bad name. Once you have bought from a jeweler, your trust will grow, I know mine did with the Jewelry Nest and E-bay.

Transparency is a key element to look for when purchasing jewelry online. The jewelry merchant needs to ensure the quality of their items just like you need to ensure your payment. Check for any business complaints by doing a web search about that business. Look for the trusted signs on the website. You need to be proactive as well when purchasing online. I took this approach, and I have done pretty well so far.

Perfect Diamond For the Perfect Love

Diamonds are associated with the finest things in life, and a diamond engagement ring is possibly the most significant diamond purchase that you will make during your lifetime.Browsing jewelry stores and catalogs can be overwhelming, with each one guaranteeing that they offer the best quality selection. So how can you be sure that you are getting a great diamond in that designer ring?

Finding the perfect beautiful ring for the woman that you love can be a difficult job if you don’t know what you are looking for.When you propose you want her to know that only the finest, superior quality diamond ring is good enough for her, and you should also take care to find a designer ring that suits her style and taste to make the ring more personal.

When it comes to diamonds size matters, but is only a part of what you should look for in an engagement ring.The physical size, or weight, of a diamond is measure in carats, but just because a diamond is large doesn’t mean that it is high quality, or even attractive.In fact, many of the largest stones that you see on display in jewelry counters may not even be real, or natural diamonds.To truly appreciate a diamond you need to take into consideration the other 3 cs of diamonds, namely cut, clarity and color.

The finest diamond designer rings will display exquisite cuts, a high level of clarity, and a pure color.However, if you are looking for a cheap engagement ring you can opt to choose a higher grade of one element over another to keep the price of your designer ring within your budget.For example, if you are happy with a diamond that has flaws ‘only visible under close inspection’ then you will be able to afford a larger carat.A diamond with a cut that is not quite perfect might be technically less valuable but could create an unusual fire and sparkle to enhance the clarity of the gem.

Each piece of diamond jewelry that you purchase should come with a certificate to show you exactly what the rating is for each ‘c’.The beauty of buying a diamond designer ring online is that a good site will often display that useful information right alongside each beautiful ring.Some may even let you search by settings for your engagement ring, by diamond type or by price range letting you find a precious engagement ring within your budget.

Modern designer rings now also offer choices in other gemstones for engagement rings in tantalizing color combinations such as diamond and tanzanite rings or pink saphire and diamond rings.Settings for engagement rings can also vary, ranging from modern designer styles to classic and traditional settings.

The important this is to choose a diamond ring not based on size or price alone, but to choose a designer ring that you feel she will love and treasure forever, because that is was an engagement ring symbolizes.