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Where should I buy my diamond?

Question Where should I buy my diamond? Answer I hope I am the person who helps you select this special gem that will symbolize your eternal love. If I cannot help you, may I recommend that you find a GIA gemologist who is an expert in diamonds.  A GIA gemologist must go through rigorous education… Continue reading Where should I buy my diamond?

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How do know I am getting the diamond I selected?

Question How do know I am getting the diamond I selected? Answer Trust and honesty make up most of the jewelry profession.  Throughout history, diamonds have been "blind" products. One must first feel comfortable with the jeweler he or she is dealing with. Secondly, it is important to loupe one's diamond before and after the… Continue reading How do know I am getting the diamond I selected?

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What if I don’t know my girlfriend’s ring size?

Question What if I don't know my girlfriend's ring size? Answer Try to find one of her old rings and bring it to a jeweler. He or she will gladly tell you the answer by slipping the ring on a metal ring size gauge called a mandrel.  Note: it is important to know which finger… Continue reading What if I don’t know my girlfriend’s ring size?

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What if I don’t know my girlfriend’s finger size?

Question What if I don't know my girlfriend's finger size? Answer Try to find one of her old rings and bring it to a jeweler. He or she will gladly tell you the answer by slipping the ring on a metal ring size gauge called a mandrill. It is important to know which finger she… Continue reading What if I don’t know my girlfriend’s finger size?

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How is a gemstone set?

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

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Will gold tarnish?

Question Will gold tarnish? Answer All the gold that has ever been mined still exists. Gold does not corrode or tarnish and can be subjected to elements and intense pressure without being destroyed. The oldest gold jewelery dates from 6,000 years ago and looks the same today as when it was first given. Fun Fact… Continue reading Will gold tarnish?

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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 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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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