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The Size of a Diamond

I love to joke when someone asks how big of a diamond he should buy for his lover. That is always a good time to reply, "it depends how much you love her," or, "whatever size one year of your salary can buy." In truth, size doesn't matter. (To back up a little, the value… Continue reading The Size of a Diamond

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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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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, I recommend that you find a GIA gemologist who is an expert in diamonds.  A GIA gemologist must go through rigorous education and… Continue reading Where should I buy my diamond?

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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 does a gold band symbolize?

Question What does a gold band symbolize? Answer A gold band not only symbolizes the timelessness of love, it also honors the tradition of marriage. Gold has been at the epicenter of marriage and has been celebrated as the original and authentic symbol of love as early as 200 AD. Fun Fact From Roman marriage… Continue reading What does a gold band symbolize?

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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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What is White Gold?

Question What is White Gold? Answer Pure gold in its natural form has a glowing, yellow color. It is also quite bendable, which makes it unsuitable for most jewelry.  Therefore, gold has to be mixed with other metals to make it more durable.  Pure gold is considered 24k. When 24k is mixed with 10 part… Continue reading What is White Gold?

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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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Why is platinum more expensive than white gold?

Question Why is platinum more expensive than white gold? Answer The world price of platinum has generally always been more than the price of gold.  Platinum and gold also have two very different properties that affect pricing. In the case of two visually identical rings-- one made of white gold and one made of platinum--… Continue reading Why is platinum more expensive than white gold?