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What makes diamonds different colors?

Question What makes diamonds different colors? Answer Believe it or not, diamonds come in almost every color in the rainbow. Most all diamonds have tones of yellow or brown. Diamonds are pure crystallized carbon. However, nature will sometimes combine trace elements and that is what makes diamonds different colors.  Nitrogen makes diamonds yellow and brown.… Continue reading What makes diamonds different colors?

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Diamond Mike wants to hear from you!

Wishing you a brilliant day! Diamond Mike Watson http://www.GalleryOfDiamonds.com _______________________ Do you have a jewelery-related question for Diamond Mike? Let us know here, or by emailing info@galleryofdiamonds.com.

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What is Color?

Question What is Color? Answer Although diamonds can be found in nearly every color of the rainbow, a pure white diamond is one of the most prized and expensive. The absence of color is considered pure white. Most all diamonds mined have traces of yellow and brown. Rare diamonds come in other colors such as… Continue reading What is Color?

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What is Cut?

Question What is Cut? Answer Of all the characteristics of diamond grading, cut is the most fascinating. Clarity and color are innate attributes of diamonds, given to them by the forces of nature. Cut, on the other hand, is the work and science of man. It is the expert proportioning of rough diamonds that brings… Continue reading What is Cut?

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What is Clarity?

Question What is Clarity? Answer Clarity refers to a diamond’s imperfections, or "inclusions." Although many diamonds have crystals or feathers that may be viewed with the unaided eyes, very rare and expensive diamonds have few or no flaws. A diamond in which no flaws can be seen by an expert at 10X magnification is said… Continue reading What is Clarity?

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What is fluorescence? Is it good or bad?

Question What is fluorescence? Is it good or bad Answer Some diamonds fluoresce, which mean they emit light when exposed to long-wave ultraviolet light. Diamonds with strong fluorescence, called "overblues," can sometimes have a hazy appearance that makes them appear cloudy in light with strong ultraviolet content.  On the other hand, strongly fluorescent diamonds with… Continue reading What is fluorescence? Is it good or bad?

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What is so special about a diamond?

Question What is so special about a diamond? Answer A diamond is born from the earth after a million years of incredible heat and pressure.  It is made of a single component-carbon.  This component is similar to the graphite in your pencil.  The only difference is that the carbon in a diamond has become crystallized,… Continue reading What is so special about a diamond?

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How to Buy a Diamond. Clarity.

The value of a diamond is partly determined by it's clarity, or clearness. The more clear, the more rare. The more rare, the higher the value. All diamonds have inclusions. In fact, if examined with high enough magnification, even a flawless diamond indeed has flaws. Some have black, or "carbon" spots. Some have white and wispy… Continue reading How to Buy a Diamond. Clarity.

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It’s About Clarity

A diamond is born deep within the earth. When you combine unimaginable heat and pressure for about one million years, you beget a coveted gem that remains the hardest natural substance in the universe: crystallized carbon. (Believe it or not, the carbon in a diamond is the same element as the graphite in your pencil,… Continue reading It’s About Clarity

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Diamond Grading: There’s More than Just 4 C’s

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/daily-prompt-2/ Most people know about the 4 C's of diamond grading.   Those are important, but they're not the only factors a gemologist has to take into consideration when grading a diamond.  Here's a little information about some of those other factors: Flourescence Some gem-quality diamonds fluoresce: they emit light when exposed to long-wave ultraviolet light.… Continue reading Diamond Grading: There’s More than Just 4 C’s