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Diamonds Are Forever But Monopolies Don't Last

Diamonds Are Forever But Monopolies Don't Last

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Diamonds continue to sparkle despite all the global gloom
Value spiked 30% in 2011 and are expected to stabilise in 2012 .
Stay informed, join our free newsletter at http://www.diamondsnews.com
Diamonds continue to sparkle despite all the global gloom
Value spiked 30% in 2011 and are expected to stabilise in 2012 .
Stay informed, join our free newsletter at http://www.diamondsnews.com

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 ==== ====Diamonds continue to sparkle despite all the global gloom. Value spiked 30% in 2011 and areexpected to stabilise in 2012 . Subscribe our free newsletter if you like diamonds.http://www.diamondsnews.com/  ==== ====Diamond information for couples interested in buying a diamond engagement ring. At a point innearly every man's life, there comes a time when his heart knows it's time to buy a diamondengagement ring for the woman he loves. Only then will you feel comfortable buying a diamondengagement ring. There are many things to consider when learning how to buy a diamond, youshould never rush into buying a diamond without first doing a little research as to how thediamonds are priced. Buying a diamond is no different, except most of know us very little aboutdiamonds. Buying a diamond ring is often an emotional - not to mention expensive -experience.   Diamond Ring: Buying a diamond ring can be a huge investment and you want to get one with the perfectdiamond in it, so you may be intimidated if you are a first time buyer. Buying a diamond meansinvesting in a piece for forever. Every individual buying a diamond seeks out the best they canafford. When buying a diamond, consider your budget and where the stone will be worn to helpdetermine the ideal carat size. The Four C's of Buying a Diamond, to determine the best price foryour ring, you need to be familiar with the four C's. The four C's of cut, color, clarity, and carat areexplained.   Diamond ColorMost diamonds have a slight hint of yellow and the diamond color scale is based on the amount ofyellow present in a diamond. It's the absence of color that adds value to thediamond. Diamond color is graded according to the GIA Grading Scale. Grades are basedon the amount of yellow that is visible when viewed face down through the pavilion using the GIADiamond Lite. The color scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (yellow tinge).   Diamond CutTo achieve the maximum reflection of light that causes a diamond to sparkle requires a diamondto have an Ideal/Excellent cut grade. Ideal cut diamonds are graded as such because they fallwithin the ideal cut grade parameters specified by the diamond grading labs. The better cut gradesare likely to display more fire and brilliance and since their appearance is more desirable, they arepriced accordingly. The GIA and EGL have only extended ideal/excellent cut grade parameters toround brilliant stones at this time. Determining a diamond's cut grade, however, goes beyondsimple measurements of width and depth. Diamond Cut is perhaps the most important of the fourC's.   Diamond ClarityA diamond's clarity is determined by the number, nature, position, size and color of internalcharacteristics called "inclusions" and surface features called "blemishes". These show
 
themselves as the various characteristics which make up the clarity of a diamond, includedcrystals, feathers, clouds etc. These characteristics are sometimes not visible to the naked eyeand they are what make each diamond unique. This clarity grade becomes more important as thediamond size increases. The clarity scale was developed by the Gemological Institute of AmericaGIA to quantify these imperfections.     Diamond CaratIt is a common misconception that carats refer to the size of a diamond. In reality, a carat is thestandard unit of weight by which diamonds are measured.  Since a carat is a measure ofweight, not size, one diamond of the same carat weight may look bigger than another dependingon the cut. A premium cut diamond may actually appear bigger than many diamonds of a highercarat weight.   Diamond ShapeStones come in different shapes - round, oval, marquise, pear, emerald, heart, princess, andradiant. RoundA round brilliant is a great choice if you want the most sparkle and the most enduring classicshape round-brilliant diamonds are the only shape to have this ideal proportion defined. Brilliantcut diamonds have facets that are shaped like triangles and kites. Today's round brilliant diamondhas a total of fifty-eight facets, but you'll see varying facet numbers in vintage brilliant cutdiamonds. Even though Round Brilliant cut diamonds are the most expensive in the market, theymake up the overwhelming majority of diamonds found in engagement rings, and are popular asstud earrings and pendants. Oval  The elongated shape of Oval diamonds gives a very flattering effect to your finger when worn in aring, and is found in some of the most beautiful diamond engagement rings. Unlike round cutdiamonds, oval cut diamonds have an elongated shape, which makes the diamond appear largerin carat weight. Oval cut diamonds are essentially elongated round cut diamonds. Many womenwith smaller hands or shorter fingers prefer the look of oval cut diamonds and pear shapeddiamonds because they truly slenderize and elongate the fingers on the hand.   Marquise  While marquise diamonds are not as popular as round cut diamonds or princess cut diamonds,they are still quite sophisticated and elegant. A marquise cut diamond has a uniquely beautifulshape that is favoured by many women, but a small percentage of brilliance will be sacrificed forthe beauty of this uniquely diamond shape. Compared to the round cuts, the marquise diamondsare not as popular these days. In addition, the shape of the marquise diamond almost makes thestone appear larger than it is. The Marquise shape was created for Louis the XIV and is hasbecome a timeless classic. PearThe pear shape is a stunningly feminine diamond shape with a rounded end on one side and atapering point at the other.  Due to their elongated shape, pear cut diamonds are known fortheir slenderizing effect. .The Pear cut allows a range of cutting styles, so that the teardrop shapecan be wider, slimmer, or cut to Ideal proportions, based on your choice and preferences. Pear
 
shaped diamonds have a rounded end and a single point. While pear shaped diamonds are not astraditional as round cut diamonds, or as trendy as princess cut diamonds, they are still coveted bymany people.   EmeraldThe emerald-cut diamond is among the most classic of diamond shapes that is distinguished bybeveled corners and step facets, emerald cut diamonds are more transparent than other shapes,resulting in the need for higher standards of clarity. The emerald cut can be one of the leastexpensive to cut because its shape is most like the natural shape of the rough diamond crystal.Because of the angle, size and shape of the facets, the emerald cut shows less brilliance and firedispersion than the other brilliant cut diamonds. However, the emerald cut stone reveals a classicbeauty and elegance not seen in other cuts. The trim lines of Emerald cut diamonds lend anelegant, sophisticated air to both the simplest of ring designs.   HeartThe heart-shaped diamond is the most romantic of diamond shapes and a symbol of love andaffection, the heart cut diamond is an excellent choice for an anniversary or engagement ring. It isa tender gesture to make to someone special. A quality heart-shaped diamond is lovely anddistinctive, with an even shape and well-defined outline. They are the ultimate symbol ofromance, and more and more people are choosing heart cut diamonds for engagement andanniversary rings. Heart Shaped Diamonds are rarer and more expensive as it takes a large pieceof diamond rough to shape cut and polish to something that is the ultimate symbol of love "theheart"   Princess A modern innovation, the princess shape dazzles and sparkles with its star burst facet pattern,while still leaving the crown of the diamond flat and open. The princess cut is stunning set as asolitaire it is a modern classic of clean, square lines and beautiful sparkle. Its sharp corners areusually contained in a four-pronged or bezel set in wedding rings. You will also find Princess cutdiamonds are often channeled into the wedding band itself. Princess Cut Diamonds are forthose people who love the sparkle and brilliance associated with round cut diamonds, but prefer the shape of a square. While the round brilliant solitaire seems to be the most popularshape right now for engagement rings, many people are deviating from this trend and going withprincess cut diamonds.   RadiantThe radiant cut was first patented in the late 1970's by Henry Grossbard, with its angularshape and brilliant cut facets it makes a scintillating alternative to other cuts such as the Emeraldcut. The radiant shaped diamond can be considered a modified brilliant diamond that is closelyrelated to the princess cut diamond because of its square shape. High quality Radiant cutdiamonds combine the fire and sparkle of Emerald and Round cuts.   Now you know the different shapes of diamonds that you can purchase and which shape willaccentuate individual fingers or provide brilliant sparkle we can now move on to the ring. There are many different metals used for rings today which can be grouped into two, precious andnon -precious, those in the precious group including silver, gold, and platinum, while those in thenon-precious group can include brass, copper ad nickel. Most rings today are made of gold or

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