What is the Most Important Four C’s to Consider?

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When shopping for a diamond, most people know about the important characteristics to look for—the infamous four C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight). But do you know what is the most important of the four to consider? Many debate over which of the four is the most important. However, based on years of experience in the jewelry industry, I have seen that a majority of consumers prefer size as their first choice when shopping for a loose diamond. If size is the most vital to you, then the most important of the four C’s would be carat weight. The carat is the unit of measurement for the size and weight of a diamond. Since the rarity of a diamond … Read More

The Rarest Diamonds- Golconda

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Golconda is a ruined city located south-central India and the capital of ancient Kingdom of Golconda. Today this area is known as Hyderabad. The area was once known for their diamonds found in the Southeast area in a mine called the Kollur Mine. In the past, these mines were the only known rough diamond mines in the world during 4th Century B.C. up until 1730. Only the finest diamonds were found and traded there. In fact, gemologists classified these diamonds in the “2A” range meaning they have practically no trace of nitrogen (diamonds are comprised mostly of carbon). And the defining characteristics of Golconda diamonds are their incredible transparency, “whiteness”, and overall purity. Golconda diamonds are so special and unique, … Read More

Diamond- The Hardest Substance Around

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The diamond is the hardest substance known to man. In fact, its name derives from the Greek word adamas, which means invincible. And hardness measures the resistance to scratching. It is graded from a scale of 1 ( being the softest) to 10 (the hardest) on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. And diamond, being the hardest substance, has a rating of 10. Therefore, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. In fact, diamond cutters use specially diamond tipped drills to polish a diamond rough. The hardness of diamonds contributes to its suitability as a gemstone. However, a diamond’s hardness depends on its purity, therefore a flawless diamond would have a higher hardness. A diamond that was more pure … Read More

Trip to Sri Lanka

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Recently Jerry Pheng Young went to Ratnapura, Sri Lanka to get a handful of new colored gemstones. This wonderful journey inspired Jerry share this amazing trip experience with you. Throughout history Sri Lanka has been known as the “Gem Island” because of their vast array of colored gemstones. In fact, Marco Polo once wrote that the area contains the best selection of natural sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other colored gemstones. Additionally, the unique color, clarity, and luster of blue sapphires from Sri Lanka have made this region widely popular. These gorgeous stones have a hardness of 9 (on the Moh’s hardness scale), making them a perfect alternative to a diamond (10 on the Moh’s hardness scale). The sapphires from Sri … Read More

Romantic Rose Gold

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Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy commonly used for specialized jewelry because of its reddish color. Rose gold gets its beautiful rosy pink color from a larger portion of copper in the metal alloy. It is also interchangeably referred to as red gold or pink gold. Despite the various names, the difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content. Simply put, the higher the copper content, the more pronounced the red coloration in the gold is. Just like how pure gold is yellow, pure copper is reddish. And due to its popularity in Russia in the early 19th century, it is also sometimes rarely referred to as Russian gold. A common alloy for rose gold … Read More

Yellow Sapphires

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Sapphires are remarkable stones that are an excellent alternative gemstone to a diamond for engagement ring and other gemstone jewelry. But many jewelry consumers often associate sapphires with the color blue. But these amazing colored gemstones come in a variety of magnificent colors and hues. Some of these colors include: pink, green, and yellow. In fact, yellow sapphires are a great sapphire color that represents the warm and bright sunshine of a beautiful summer’s day. Yellow sapphires come in a huge array of different color hues such as light yellow (that can resemble fancy yellow diamonds) or deeper intense shades that can appear orange-like. Furthermore, yellow sapphire range from very light canary to an ultra golden color tone. And the … Read More

August Birthstone: Peridot

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August marks the middle of summertime and what better way to celebrate than with the birthstone of the month—Peridot! Before purchasing a Peridot, here are a few facts every colored gemstone buyer should know: Geology/History: Peridot is a stone that belongs in the olivine mineral group based on its color composition. And the stone’s name is derived from the Greek word Peridona which literally means “giving plenty.” In fact, the stone is said to bring good luck, fortune, and peace. It is also believed to attract love, calm anger, and protect against negative emotions. Furthermore, peridot is said to bring protection, health, and peaceful sleep to the wearer. Today, peridots can be mined from locations such as China, Pakistan, and … Read More

Alexandrites

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Alexandrites, more rare than diamonds, are perhaps some of the rarest gemstones on the planet. First discovered in 1834 in Russian emerald mines, they were named after the Russian tsar, Alexander II. It is hardly used in modern jewelry because of the extreme rarity. While Russia used to be the sole-source for these precious gemstones, they are now found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Burma, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Unknown to many, alexandrite shares the month of June as its birthstone with pearl. It is also a popular gift for the fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. What To Consider When Purchasing An Alexandrite: 1. There are many simulants and synthetic alexandrites on the market; therefore, choose a jeweler you can trust that … Read More

Mother of Pearl

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Summer is approaching and what better way to show her you care than to surprise her with her birthstone for the month of June-the pearl! Even if June isn’t her birth month, pearls still make a beautiful gift, whether it is a pearl necklace, bracelet, or earrings. And in contrast to popular belief, pearls do not just come in white. They actually come in a variety of exotic colors that range from blackish, silver green, blue, pink, eggplant, and other colors. Pearls are also prized for their amazing mirror-like luster. At INTA Gems & Diamonds we have a tremendous selection of gorgeous Tahitian and fresh water pearls. But before you decide to purchase pearls, here are ten useful facts and … Read More