synthetic diamonds

How To Identify Synthetic Diamonds

The fact is, we can’t, none of us. At least not by eye, and not even when using a 10x loupe. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant, especially if we truly prefer our diamonds to be completely natural. But this is where the problems really start. Because synthetic diamonds are completely natural in…

Determining The Value Of An Old European Cut Diamond

Diamond grading and, by extension, valuing is actually a complex process. It’s not as simple as just checking the Four Cs, and grading it accordingly, the fact that the various cuts have undergone changes and improvements in cutting techniques means putting a value on any diamond is difficult. This is especially true with stones that…

Instagram #vintage jewelry

The definition of “vintage” is somewhat disputed by those who deal in such items across all sorts of genres and marketplaces. In jewelry terms, though, there is a pretty much agreed definition. To be called vintage, pieces must be at least 20 years old but less than 100, at which point they become antique. Of…

Diamond Guide

A Guide To Precious Stones

Often, terms like “gemstone” and “precious stone” are used interchangeably, but they’re not quite the same. Any colored, mineral-based crystal, as well as some other organic-based materials, used in the manufacture of jewelry can be called a gemstone, but there are also different groups within the broader class, largely based on rarity rather than quality.