Just asÂ technology and scientific advances have changed every aspect of our daily lives, it has also altered what type of Â jewelry and gemstones areÂ available toÂ us.
Fine jewelry enhances how we look and feel andÂ it allÂ begins with the allure of gemstones.Â While rarity is a component of the pricing of gemstones, the allure or loveÂ of gemstones is primarily about theirÂ Beauty, Sparkle and ColorÂ …created by Mother Nature.Â Technology, however, isÂ altering the supply and color of gemstones, in addition to maybe altering our definition of a “Gemstone”.
Gemstones & Beauty
Gemstones/rocksÂ too soft to be cut or faceted into gemstones (in the not so distant past) are now heavily marketed and popular with many women.Â For example: Precious Gemstones (i.e. Diamonds, Sapphires & Rubies) are still treasured, but theÂ category ofÂ Â Semi-Precious gemstones has expanded to include stones like “Drusy” (a type of quartz that to me, Â sounds like one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs) and “Chrome Diopside” (Doesn’t that sound like aÂ dangerous chemical?).Â So, there are many beautiful gemstones, not as durable and not as sparkling as a Diamond, for example,…but it terms of beauty, wellÂ beauty lies in the eyes ofÂ the beholder.Â Still, only a Diamond is beautiful, rare and durableÂ enough to last Forever.Â You know that a Diamond is the hardest gemstone, right?Â In contrast, opals though beautiful, are one of the softest gemstones and should not be worn everyday or too often. It is the advancements in cutting technologies that hasÂ enabled manufacturers toÂ cut & polishÂ giant opal gemstones; but, the larger they are, the more fragile they are..so be careful!
Gemstones & Sparkle
When it comes to sparkle, despite technology, a Diamond still provides theÂ best sparkle and brilliance a gemstone can offer, Some women fall victim to marketers thatÂ promote gemstones that are cut “like” a Diamond, or sparkle “like” a Diamond…butÂ no gemstoneÂ hasÂ the optical properties of aÂ Diamond. That is why sellers compare every other gemstoneÂ to a Diamond with the words “like/as”. Â Caution, the fact is: Â no other gemstone, regardless of the cutter or Â technologies used to facet the stone, compares….no gemstone comes evenÂ close to a Diamond’sÂ Brilliance,Â Fire, Scintillation or Sparkle. I’m just sayin’ (Diamonds are the ultimate gemstone…) but, you know I loveÂ ALL fine qualityÂ jewelry!
Gemstones & ColorÂ Â
Gemstones that are Â enhanced for improved color were once neverÂ considered or offered by a fine jeweler…but thanks to gemological advances, many enhancementsÂ are now permanent.Â Today, approximately 90% of natural color gemstones are enhanced and I do believe that a natural enhanced color gemstones is a preferredÂ purchase (andÂ value) versusÂ any simulant, synthetic or doublet gemstone. BTW a doublet/tripletÂ is aÂ gemstone created from layers: a desirable gemstone slice is glued or fusedÂ on top of a less desirable gemstone or other material to make it more colorful, as well as more durable and affordable. TheÂ time when Â Diamonds were available only to royalty are long gone, but natural Fancy Color Diamonds remain out of reach to most, other than to the most elite affluent and well-healed collectors. Well, thanks to gemological advances, the COLORS OF DIAMONDS are available to all of us!Â Remember, a Color Diamond that is available on the market from a reputable jeweler/retailer is a Genuine Diamond (born from the earth) that is then enhanced for color.Â For example:Â a natural Green Diamond occurs from being nearÂ natural radiation duringÂ the formation ofÂ the diamond deepÂ beneath the earth. Gemologial advancements now make it possible forÂ specialized manufacturers to safely irradiateÂ select genuine diamonds to make Green Diamonds. Â Natural Pink Diamonds, however are formed during a slippage of the lattice work during formation.Â Gemological Advances have not yet been able to affordably create these natural wonders…but it willÂ soon, I’m sure.
Oh, The Colors of Diamonds
While I was a consultant that supported the DeBeers Group for ten years, I may have unknowingly been color-deprived 😉 Once I discovered the magic and mystery of Diamonds, combined with the Colors of Diamonds, I was seduced and I may be in-love forever! Oh, The Colors of Diamonds! I am proud to announce that I as the official the RESIDENT DIAMOND EXPERT FOR HSN/Home Shopping Channel (just one of my prestigious clients in the fine jewelry industry),Â I plan to ensure that there are lots of beautiful fine jewelry available for all, with the many Colors of Diamonds ! CLICK HERE TO FIND SOME RARE BEAUTIES! http://www.hsn.com/shop/colors-of-diamonds/11999?query=Colors%20Of%20Diamonds&isSuggested=True&