Posts Tagged ‘clarity’

Astral Topaz: November’s Birthstone From the Sky

From azure blue to yellow sun to orange sunset, topaz is the jewel of the sky. The pure transparency plus the vivid colors of topaz remind one of being on top of a mountain and reveling in the changing beauty of the sky.

Topaz variety

Topaz is clear and transparent when pure and it’s the impurities that give it its various shades of yellow, gold, pink, orange, red, light-purple, light-brown, green, and blue. Blue topaz has become very popular and its color ranges in tone from the very light sky blue to the mid-toned Swiss blue, and finally, to the darker-toned London blue. Pink and yellow precious topazes are particularly well sought after as they are quite rare, with some of the yellow gems exhibiting the even rarer (among topazes) cat’s eye effect. Imperial topaz shows the characteristic but varying combinations of pink, yellow, tan, orange, and red hues.

Topaz charm

Topaz legends ascribe various beneficial effects on someone wearing this gem such as better vision, greater strength, increased intelligence, higher creativity, and so on. When choosing topaz jewelry pieces, consider carefully the design of the settings, making sure that the gem is adequately protected from the jolts and knocks of daily use. Jewelry worn on parts of the body that do not often come into contact with everyday objects are the ideal pieces for setting topazes. Earrings and Necklaces, for example, are ideal mounts for topaz gems.

Topaz is harder than quartz and ranks 8 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale. Topaz is in fact the indicator mineral for that rank. Topaz also exhibits a perfect cleavage in one direction which make it less tougher than other gemstones such as beryls and sapphires. But when set properly in well-designed mounts, topaz gems can last a lifetime and can easily outshine other more well-known gems.

High-quality topaz gems have no visible blemishes (surface scratches) and few or no visible inclusions (internal “bubbles” or tiny trapped non-topaz crystals). Large topaz gems of the highest clarity (“flawless”), vivid colors, and sparkling cuts command the best prices. The pink, red, or deep-yellow colored natural topazes, especially cat’s eye topazes, are the most valuable.

Famous topaz gems

Considerable topaz gem deposits can be found in many parts of the world from the Americas to Asia, Europe, and Russia. Famous topazes include the colorless Braganza (previously mistaken for a diamond) on the Portuguese Crown, the El-Dorado Topaz (31,000 carats, yellow-brown color), and the Lua de Maraba (>25,000 carats, gray color). All of these topazes are Brazilian in origin.

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.

Navigate the Seven Seas of Finding a Diamond

When it comes to finding a great diamond, everyone has heard of the 4 C’s:


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#1 Color. Color is a rating from D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, and so on. A little known fact is that there are no A, B, and C ratings. The GIA scale gem white is colorless, the color D. The better the color the more the cost.


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#2 – Cut. This is the shape of the diamond, be it, round (brilliant), emerald, princess, oval, or pear. The cut is how well the material is made – symmetry and polish are key to the brilliance of a diamond.


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#3 – Carat. This is measured by weight. One hundred points is equal to one carat. The larger the stone the more the cost. Sometimes a few points can cause a very large increase in price, especially right around the full carat mark.


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#4 – Clarity. A stone can be flawless, internally flawless, have flaws not perceived by the human eye, eye imperfect can have many different and various flaws of different sizes that can be seen by the naked eye. We use a ten powered jeweler’s loop to view the diamond. The cleaner the stone the more the value.

The combination of cut and brilliance can also influence the price dramatically. A professional should take the necessary time to explain all the issues and find the right product for you.

Now, let’s talk about the other 3 C’s that you should be thinking about when making the largest purchase besides your car or house:


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#5 – Cost. The professional should set a standard of how much you should invest in the diamond verses the mounting for example. A good salesman will spend his customers budget wisely verses his needs.

#6 – Common Sense. If something looks better than the quality go with it versus the perfection with certain limitations. Some people get so concerned about the certification write up, that they wind up with a piece of paper versus the best looking final product they could have afforded.

#7 – Customize. We have to customize the product for the event. For example, the event could be an engagement, wedding, anniversary, or birthday. These occassions we cherish and remember and hand down from one generation to the next. People who give it and receive it will always cherish it.

All the 7 C’s are very important. You need a trustworthy professional to explain the ins and outs of all these and what is important to your needs.