Archive for the ‘rings’ Category

Diamonds Are Like Flowers

January 18, 2009


With more brilliance than a traditional Marquise, and more fire than a Princess cut stone, the Calla Diamond stands apart as the unique and timeless expression of love.

Inspired by the butterfly’s love affair with the elegant beauty of the Calla Lily Flower, each diamond is passionately shaped and precision cut to the ideal symmetry to ensure the maximum brilliance. No other diamond shape compares to the sheer romance and unique elegance of this one of a kind cut.

Nelson recreates the beauty of nature in his new design, the Calla Collection.

To see the collection of engagement rings, bridal sets, necklaces and earrings click here.

The first time I saw this collection I was in love. Now only to convince my darling husband I need a new wedding set.

Please leave me a comment on your thoughts about this unique collection.

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Blinded By The Sparkle

November 21, 2008


The day you were given your diamond engagement or wedding ring is one of the most memorable moments of your life. With special care and treatment that diamond ring can remain as brilliant as the day you received it.

Most jewelers encourage their customers to remove their jewelry first thing as they arrive home and make it is the last thing that they put on before they leave the house. This saves ‘gunk’ buildup as well as excess wear and tear from doing normal household chores like banging your diamonds and prongs on sinks, dishwashers and washers and dryers. All of these things wear on gold and can flatten and bend prongs. This all can lead to a lost or damaged diamond or gemstone. You should visit a professional jeweler every six months to have your diamonds mountings and setting checked.

To keep your diamond ring in great shape, it needs to be cleaned routinely. Harsh household chemicals, lotions, and hairsprays can cause buildup on your ring, making it look cloudy. Although your jeweler can professionally clean and polish your ring, you can you can also achieve that brand-new sparkle at home by following these easy steps:

1. Use a store-bought jewelry cleaning solution or use a good homemade cleaner which is 1/3 mild liquid soap, water and ammonia

2. Place the ring in the solution and take a soft toothbrush to clean the diamond, taking care to get into all the crevices underneath and in between the setting.

3. Rinse with warm water.

4. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

Tip : Clean your ring away from the sink so you don’t risk it going down the drain.

A Diamonds Cut

July 19, 2008

Cut refers to the proportions, finish, symmetry and polish in transforming a rough diamond into a polished diamond. A well cut diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. This results in a display of brilliance and fire. Diamonds that are cut too shallow or too deep leak or lose light through the side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance and ultimately, value.

Cut is the only one of the 4Cs that is influenced by the human hand. Diamond cutting requires great skill. The diamond cutter must polish tiny surfaces known as facets onto the rough diamond. This process is what creates the crown, culet, table, girdle and pavilion of the diamond. The facets when arranged in precise proportions, will maximize brilliance and sparkle.

Many people also refer cut to the shape of a diamond for example – round, heart, princess, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, radiant, trillion, asscher and cushion.

Cut and cutting style work in harmony to create a diamond’s brilliance. Three basic cuttings styles are: brilliant-cut (round); mixed-cut (princess) and step-cut (emerald).

A round diamond is symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light that enters, it is the most brilliant of all the diamond shapes. Non-round shapes, also known as “fancy shapes” have their own guidelines to be considered well cut. As an example, a round brilliant cut, which has 58 faucets. Since the quality of the cut is directly responsible for the stone’s beauty, the precision with which the facets are arranged is of prime importance. They determine the amount of light reflected to the eye called brilliance.

Expert diamond cutters over the years have created specialty cuts with spectacular fire and brilliance. Examples are kites, stars, and half moons. Other specialty diamonds might look like a standard round, when in fact they have more facets then the standard 58.
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