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Blood Tainted Diamonds: Three Ways to Avoid Them

Conscientious customers nowadays typically inquire about the source of the diamonds they are intending or considering to purchase. “Blood diamonds” have been so named because armed factions in a number of politically unstable African states routinely coerce local populations to work the diamond mines under extreme working conditions and for very little pay.

Concerned consumers generally have three options when it comes to avoiding blood diamonds. These are: (1) buying from retailers that deal solely in diamonds mined from Canada or Australia; (2) buying a synthetic diamond; or (3) buying diamonds that have been certified by the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
Conflict-free diamonds
Diamond mining operations in Canada and Australia comply with all relevant regulations and best-practices recommendations and are certainly conflict-free. The provincial government of the Northwest Territories of Canada, for example, issues its own certificates of authenticity for diamonds that have been mined within its territory and are then processed into gems at centers and labs within the province. These diamonds basically never leave the Canadian Northwest and so do not run the risk of being mixed with diamonds from other sources prior to cutting, faceting, and polishing.
Synthetic diamonds
Another way to ensure that a customer is not buying a blood diamond is by choosing a man-made diamond. Synthetic
diamonds are an alternative for those who are looking for value at a lower price. But most synthetics are limited to shades of yellow, and many of the big gem labs have refused to grade them. Without a reliable grade certificate from an established gem lab, the price of an individual synthetic might not correspond well with its actual 4Cs. The biggest drawback of synthetics is, of course, their lack of uniqueness. They come in batches, and individual gems in every batch are practically identical microscopically. The ownership of expensive synthetics can be difficult to establish, and some companies have thus resorted to techniques such as laser etching to “individualize” each gem.
Kimberly Process Certificates
Other than buying natural diamonds that had been mined and processed in Canada or Australia, the third and least reliable way for potential buyers to ensure that they purchase a non-conflict diamond is to look for a Kimberly Process Certificate. The Kimberly Process however is a voluntary system and has been criticized by some of its own originators. Partnership Africa Canada’s 2009 Diamonds and Human Security Annual Review states that the KPCS doesn’t have the teeth to enforce its prescription since legislation in participating countries is inadequate or poorly enforced, monitoring and statistical information on trades are spotty, and smuggling and non-compliance are not being effectively sanctioned. Although the Kimberly Process has received much criticism as of late, it is still the only existing system for screening rough diamonds that have not been sourced from either Canada or Australia. And since Africa is the source of approximately 65% of the world’s supply of rough diamonds, the Kimberly Process Certificate is still better than no certificate at all.

Jewelry: A Timeless Investment

Emerald Gemstone: May’s Birthstone, Facts and Folklore

When purchasing jewelry as a gift, you may want to consider buying emerald Gemstone that includes a person’s birthstone. For this month, the month of May, emerald is the birthstone of choice.As stunning as this popular, precious stone is, there is much to consider when purchasing it.You may be in the market for a loose emerald stone, emerald ring, emerald anniversary band, emerald diamond ring, three stone emerald ring, emerald bracelet, emerald necklace, whatever your choice, there is much to look for and consider. Learn about emeralds and buy with confidence. The 4c’s cut, clarity, color and carat, apply to emerald as well as diamonds, and to all gemstones. There is also much folklore and history that surrounds the emerald stone.

Emeralds, belonging to the beryl family are most often found in different shades of green. Depending on the presence of  chromium and vanadium, the emerald’s color can range from a grassy green to yellowish or bluish green.The finest quality emerald bears a “lime jello” color. Color is the most important factor when determining its’ price.In fact, smaller emeralds with richer, better color, command a higher price than bigger stones with a weaker color. When it comes to cut, the precision and delicacy of the cut determines the price of the stone.emeralds can be cut in a variety of ways including the traditional “emerald cutas well as rounds, ovals, squares and cabuchons. Heavily flawed stones are most frequently given cabuchon cuts. As far as clarity goes, (clearness of the stone) unlike diamonds,emeralds, almost always have inclusions and are rarely flawless.In fact, emerald connoisseurs will not purchase an emerald unless they can see the inclusions because they assume they are fake or laboratory created.emeralds are measured in carat.emeralds with the best color and few inclusions become very expensive, as they are so rare.

Emeralds have a fascinating history.Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment. emeralds are traditionally thought to enhance the clairvoyance of their wearers. Mummies were often buried with emeralds and the gems were popular in ancient Rome, but some think that many of the stones called emeralds in ancient times were actually peridot. They have graced Crown Jewels and embellished the thrones of some of the oldest dynasties in history.In ancient times emeralds held a real fascination for the people.emeralds were, in fact, considered to be a cure for many diseases. As a result of such claims, emeralds were greatly sought after and a profitable trade was established between Egypt and nations as far away as India. The Egyptian monopoly on the world supply of emeralds lasted right up until the Sixteenth Century, C E. Cleopatra valued her lustrous emeralds so greatly that the ancient mines in Egypt are now called Cleopatra’s Mines — there they discovered emeralds of breathtaking size and beauty. From mines in the Egyptian desert, not far from the Nile River, emeralds made their way to all parts of the ‘known world’. The finest emeralds are found in Colombia; other sources are Russia, Zimbabwe, and Australia. In ancient times emeralds were believed to improve low I Q and poor eyesight.emeralds have an interesting legacy of violence, romance, and controversy. Scholars wore emeralds to strengthen their memory and become more eloquent. Unlike diamonds and rubies, there is no abundance of emeralds, and that is probably the reason why these mystical pagan green gems are more expensive than any other jewel. And, carat for carat, they are the most expensive gems in the world. Why such a high price? A large part of the reason is that emeralds are rare gems.

Buying emerald jewelry for the May birthday girl, makes it that much more personal and special.The emerald, so brilliant,beautiful and steeped in history and folklore, will make the perfect gift, as long as you know what you are buying, so you get the best quality for your money.

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.

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.