Note: This article deals with the pricing of jewelry created using smaller Diamonds, under 0.10-0.15ct each. 3. Jewelry Retail Dealers: If such a store or company has its own in-house jewelers (most do), they are virtually always on the lookout for the best deals on valuable certified loose diamonds that have been analyzed and appraised from weight, color and cut. If not, they will purchase finished, wholesale diamond jewelry for resale to the general public. When selecting a diamond there are four things you need to understand, Known in the trade as the four C’s. The criteria are colour, cut, clarity and lastly carat. The colour is a reference to the inclusion or absence of colour in white diamonds. The lack of colour is a positive aspect this allows for maximum light to pass through making it sparkle brightly.
The diamond brilliance and liveliness is as important as its color. After all, that’s what sets the gem apart from glass and cheap imitations. A well cut diamond has more sparkle; more brilliance and “fire,” than any other gem. But the key to the sparkle is in its being well cut. We have seen diamonds that were so badly cut that they had no life at all. In fact, one might just as well be looking at a piece of glass. These diamonds have their place in jewelry design when, for instance, celebrities, who have, or want, to appear at many gala and Oscar performances, want to wear diamonds but, generally cannot afford the real thing. Another time when these cheaper diamonds may be required, is when a copy of an original mined diamond is needed to be duplicated.
Well, producing a material that is harder than a natural diamond has actually been a goal of scientists for a very long time and in 2004, a group of scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC produced gem sized diamonds that are harder than any other crystals. These diamonds were made from a gas mixture at a rate that is 100 times faster than any other method that has been used to date. The crystals were so hard that they actually broke the equipment used and were made in less than a day.
Unlike ‘bling’, fashion jewelry designs of the past, had a certain style. We just have to look back in history at the fashion designers of, for instance, Coco Chanel, who greatly popularized the use of fake jewelry in her years as a fashion designer. She brought fashion jewelry to life with chunky gold chains, jeweled buttons and, also, her infamous fake string of pearls. Her designs, as those of many other famous designers of the past, are now pieces which are very collectible and demand a high monetary value. So much so, that there is a substantial secondary market for these types of jewelry designs and vintage classic pieces.
Ideally, they should be completely smooth throughout the sphere, which, of course is not usually the case and quite a rare find. Size is also an important factor in determining value in a pearl. The largest tend to be found in the South Sea, or in Tahiti, where they can reach sizes of 13mm. A pearl engagement ring will be most impressive when the focal point is a large pearl, possibly flanked by diamonds, or smaller pearls. Metalsmiths, beaders, carvers, and lapidaries combine a variety of metals, hardwoods, precious and semi-precious gemstones, beadwork , quillwork , teeth, bones, hide, vegetal fibres, and other materials to create jewellery. Contemporary Native American jewellery ranges from hand-quarried and processed stones and shells to computer-fabricated steel and titanium jewellery.