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What Are Dirty Diamonds

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A dirty diamond is one of two things: a rough

diamond, or a diamond that hasn't been

cleaned in a while. Rough diamonds are

uncut and unpolished - hence, they are dirty.

But that type of dirty diamond will soon be

cut and polished and sitting in a beautiful

jewel box in a display case. Then someone

will purchase it, and before long, it will

become a dirty diamond once again.

Diamonds become dirty. When you wash

your hands with a diamond ring on, soap

scum clings to it. When you put on hand

lotion, it gets grease on it. Shower with your

diamond earrings or necklace, and again,

you get soap scum. In one short day, your

brand new diamond could be dirty!

Purchase an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner the

same day that you purchase your diamond

jewelry, and use it every single day, without

fail. The clarity of the diamond changes

when the diamond is dirty - it loses its

sparkle. By taking one minute each day to

clean your diamond jewelry, you can avoid

this, and your diamonds will never be dirty!

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Colored Diamonds

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Fancy colored diamonds are all the rage

these days. Gemologists have developed

new ways to create versions that are

affordable for the average person - by

treating less desirable diamonds. These

less desirable diamonds are treated with

irradiation followed by intense heat. This

turns brown and yellowish diamonds into

beautifully colored diamonds that you can

afford. This produces stunning greens,

blues, yellows, reds, purples and other

colors. These colors are considered

permanent, but there is a possibility

they could change during repairs if a high

heat is used.

Treatments like irradiation make it possible

for more people to own these vividly colored

diamonds. Most natural colored diamonds

are rare and also extremely expensive. When

shopping for colored diamonds you need to

assume that any affordable fancy color

diamond has been treated. Ask about the

stones origin and request to view a lab

certificate to verify authenticity.

Synthetic colored diamonds are another

option if owning a colored diamond is

something you desire but cannot quite afford.

They are real diamonds, but they are created

in a lab.

Natural fancy color diamonds get their

coloring from different trace elements present

in the stones, such as nitrogen, which

produces a yellow diamond. Diamonds can

be colored by exposure to radiation during its

creation. An example of a diamond affected

by radiation is a Green diamond.

Another way that a natural colored diamond

gets color is by its inclusions. Regarded as

flaws and undesirable in a colorless diamond,

inclusions give unique tones and brilliant

flashes of color in a fancy color diamond.

Remember that Natural fancy colored

diamonds are very expensive, any colored

diamond labeled to be sold as natural should

be accompanied by a certificate from a

respected grading lab.

A "fancy" diamond is a natural diamond that

has color. These colors vary from red, green,

purple, violet, orange, blue and pink - and

most shades between. Fancy color shades

vary from faint to intense.

The most famous diamonds in the world are

Color diamonds. The Tiffany Diamond,

which is yellow and the Hope Diamond which

is blue are colored diamonds. Color

diamonds have an amazing financial track

record. The value has never decreased on

wholesale level in more than 30 years. Blue

and pink diamonds have doubled every 5

years of a strong economy. In the 1970's

you could have bought a very high quality

blue diamond for about 50K and today the

very same stone would be worth between

2 and 3 million.

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How To Spot A Fake Diamond

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In this world of advanced technology it is

almost impossible to simply look at a

diamond and determine whether it is real or

not - especially if you don't know much

about diamonds. There are some steps that

you can take to avoid buying a fake diamond,

however.

First, only deal with reputable jewelers, and

when you find a reputable jeweler, stick with

them. Avoid buying diamonds or other

jewelry from jewelers that you have never

dealt with before in the past. Ask to see the

certificate for the stone. If no certificate exists,

walk away.

Look at the setting that the stone is in. Fake

diamonds, such as zirconias, are usually set

in low quality metals. Take a close look at the

stone. Fake diamonds are not durable -

natural diamonds, on the other hand, are the

most durable stone on the planet. Look for

scratches or nicks.

After purchasing a diamond, take it to

another jeweler for appraisal. In fact, take it

to two or three other jewelers for an appraisal

to make sure that the appraisals are all fairly

close. If you find that you have purchased a

fake diamond, you may be accused of

making a switch when you return to the store

of your purchase; therefore, it is important to

have a certificate for the diamond. No two

stones are alike.

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How To Sell A Diamond

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There are many reasons why you may want

to sell a diamond that you own. Perhaps

you've gotten divorced, or you are strapped

for cash. The reasons why don't really matter

- getting the best possible price is what

counts! The way to obtain the best price

for the diamond is to not be in a rush. Slow

down, and carefully consider all of your

options - there are many.

First, have the diamond appraised. In fact,

have it appraised by two or three jewelers to

get an accurate idea of the diamonds value.

Tell the appraiser that you want the Rapaport

Value. This is the wholesale value of the

diamond, and it basically tells you the highest

price that you can sell your diamond for. If your

diamond has no certificate, you should

consider getting a certificate from GIA. This

may help you get a better price for the

diamond as well.

First, try to sell the diamond yourself, to

people you know. Friends and family

members may be interested. If you don't have

any luck with friends or family members, you

should turn to outside sources. Absolutely

avoid pawn shops! A pawn shop will only offer

you about 10% of what the diamond is worth!

Also avoid offers of selling the ring on

consignment. There are many things that

can go wrong, and there is no shortage of

diamond scams - even in well known

jewelry stores.

If the diamond is important, you should

strongly consider auctioning it off through

one of the famous auction houses, such as

Christie's or Sotheby's. If it isn't what is

considered an 'important' diamond or a

high-end diamond, you should try to sell it

to an individual using classified ads, or even

eBay. However, selling to an individual that

you do not know could put you in danger -

especially if the diamond is worth a lot of

money.

Your final option should be a jewelry store. It

is vital that you not let your diamond out of

your sight while in the jewelry store - you

might find that the diamond you walked in

with is not the same diamond that you walk

out with! The jeweler will try to tell you that

your diamond is of poor quality or low

weight. Inevitably, there will be some

problem with the diamond. This is where

your appraisal and/or certificate will come

in handy.

If the jeweler is fair, they will offer you

between 60% and 80% of the value of the

Rapaport Value. Do not accept anything less

than this. Again, do not let the diamond out of

your sight until you have been paid for it.

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How To Care For Your Diamond

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Caring for a diamond takes more than

occasional cleanings. Diamonds are forever,

but they can be damaged if you are not

careful. By learning how to properly care for

your diamond, you will ensure that your

diamond is indeed forever.

First, you should take your diamond jewelry

to a jeweler once a year. Have him check the

mountings and prongs that hold your

diamond in place. Have him make any

needed repairs. This will prevent your

diamond from falling out of its setting and

becoming lost.

Diamond jewelry that is not being worn, or

diamonds that are loose should be stored in

a fabric lined jewel case, or in a jewelry box

where it can be kept separate from other

jewelry. Each piece should have its own

compartment. This will keep diamonds from

becoming scratched, and it will also keep

your diamond from scratching other jewelry

as well.

Remove your diamond jewelry when doing

physical work. Diamonds can be chipped

and scratched easily. Also avoid allowing

your diamond to come into contact with

bleach or other household cleansers - this

can damage or change the color of the

settings and mountings, and it may even

irreversibly change the color of the

diamond!

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Are Diamonds Really Rare

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When you walk into a jewelry store and see

all the diamonds in all of the various settings

that are for sale, it is difficult to realize that

diamonds are indeed rare. Most people

don't even stop to consider how that

diamond came to be sitting in that jeweler's

case! There is quite a bit of work that is done

before a diamond is ready to sell to the

general public!

For every one million diamonds that are

mined, only one will be found that is a quality

one caret diamond. In order to find a two

caret diamond, about five million diamonds

must be mined. More than two hundred tons

of ore must be mined to find one small

diamond, and even then, more than 80%

of the diamonds that are mined are only

good for industrial use, such as diamond

drill bits.

So, the next time you visit your local jewelry

store, ask to see the one carat diamonds.

You should look at this diamond with new

appreciation - knowing that it truly is one

in a million!

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Where Diamonds Are Mined

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Argye mine located in the Kimberley region

in the far north east of Western Australia.

Owned by Rio Tinto, this mine is the world's

largest single producer of volume of

diamonds. However, due to low proportion

of gem quality diamonds it is not the value

leader. It does produce 90-95% of the

world's supply of pink diamonds.

Diavik is also owned by Rio Tinto, located in

Canada it is a very large mine. It is located

north of Yellowknife and south of the Artic

Circle on an island. The island is connected

by an ice road. It is also an important part of

the regions economy employing more than

700 people and producing more than 8 million

carats annually.

Ekati diamond mine is owned by BHP

Billiton and located south of the artic circle

in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

The Ekati is Canada's first operational

diamond mine. Diamonds mined here

are sold under the Aurias trade name

Authenticity is verified through Canada

Mark service. CanadaMark service is also

owned by BHP Billiton Diamonds, Inc.

Baken diamond mine is located along the

lower Orange River in South Africa. It is

owned and operated by Trans Hex. The

average size stone for 2004 was 1.29

carats. In 2004, this mine produced a

78.9 carat D color flawless diamond that

sold for more than 1.8 million dollars (US),

as well as a 27.67 pink diamond that was

sold for over 1 million US dollars.

Merlin is the second of only two diamond

mines in Australia. No longer operating it

was owned by Rio Tinto and sold to Striker

Resources, who has explored the

possibilities of reopening the mine.

Orapa is the world's largest diamond mine.

It us located 240 Km west of

Francistown. The mine is owned by

"Debswana" which is a partnership

between DeBeers and the government of

Botswana. This mine operates 7 days a

week. It maintains pre primary and

primary schools for its employee's children.

There is also a 100 bed hospital and game

park. This mine began production in 1971

and is the oldest mine owned by the

Debswana Company.

The Premier mine located in Cullinan, South

Africa produced the largest gem diamond

ever in 1905. The Cullinan Diamond

weighed 3,106.75 carats. This mine also

produced the Golden Jubilee diamond

which weighed 545.67 carats. This mine is

owned by the De Beers Company and was

renamed The Cullinan Diamond Mine in

2003 in celebration of its centennial.

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Choosing The Cut Of A Diamond

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There are many different cuts of diamonds

to choose from. The cut essentially refers to

the shape that the diamond is cut into -

unless you are in the diamond or jewelry

business, but this shape has a great impact

on the much the diamond sparkles.

The most popular cuts are heart, marquise,

oval, pear, princess, round, trillion, and

emerald cuts. The shape has an impact on

how much the diamond sparkles, but the

actual cutting itself - when the diamond

cutter actually cuts the diamond into a

particular shape - also matters a great

deal. If the diamond is poorly cut, it will lose

its sparkle.

However, in the diamond industry, the cut of

a diamond doesn't refer to its shape at all.

Instead, this is a reference to the stone's

depth, width, brilliance, durability, clarity, and

other aspects of the diamond. Common

cutting problems include a missing or off

center culet, misalignment, a diamond that

is too thick or too thin, cracks, or broken

culets.

When shopping for a diamond, you should

of course choose the shape that you like the

best, but then look at several different

diamonds of that shape to find the one with

the best cut - the one that sparkles the most,

in all types of lighting.

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About Diamond Weights

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Diamonds are measured in Carat Weight.

One carat weighs 200 milligrams. If a

diamond is referred to as four grains, this

also means that it is a one carat diamond.

The word Carat comes from the word carob.

A carob is a bean that grows on a tree in the

Mediterranean. In times past, if a diamond

weighed the same as a carob bean, it was

one carob, or one carat.

However, in the far east, where Carob trees

do not grow, rice was used to measure the

weight of a diamond. If a diamond weighed

as much as four grains of rice, it was four

grains - or one carat as we know it to be

now. The majority of diamond purchases

are for diamonds that are 1/3 of a carat.

Beware when shopping for diamonds that

are already set or mounted. If more than one

diamond is used in the piece, the tag on the

jewelry will give the CTW or Carat Total

Weight - it does not tell you the carat weight

of each stone in the piece. You need to ask

the jeweler for the total carat weight of the

largest diamond in the piece to truly

understand what you are buying.

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