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What are VVS Diamonds?

Diamonds are all graded on the relative quality in 4 categories, Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat weight. These 4Cs are used worldwide when appraising diamonds, and each is given a rating on a well-defined scale. VVS represents a score of the clarity of a diamonds. Clarity is a measure of how clear or “clean” an individual diamond is. It is unaffected by the color of the stone, and simply measures the level of flaws and…

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October Birthstones

October is another month that has more than one birthstone. Opal is remarkable for its ability to display just about any color in a variety of light conditions. Although known since the days of Ancient Rome, it was the discovery of significant deposits in Australia in 1956 which really put opal on the map. Tourmaline is another colorful gemstone. Although there are a number of gems which occur in several colors, few occur in such…

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Demystifying L Color Diamonds

We are all conditioned to think that diamonds are very white in color. In reality, though, with the exception of the very whitest D color diamonds, most have a slight yellow tint. The key is how yellow the tint is, and whether you can see it easily or not. On the GIA color scale, any diamond from D-J is colorless to the naked eye. Beyond this, it becomes easier to see any trace of color.…

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Scavenger Hunt Proposal Tips

Scavenger hunts proposals are beautifully simple. At least they are if you’re a participant. If you’re a planner, they can be terrifying. Not the concept, that’s simple enough, but keeping them engaging throughout multiple stages. And praying that the end was worth the effort for all concerned. Such hunts are becoming more popular as a way of proposing, and you’d think the very specific aim would make it easy. It can, though, be trickier than…

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Carat Weight Vs Total Carat Weight

Back before units of measurement became standardized, weights for different things came from different scales. Some of these survive today, such as measuring a horse’s height in “hands” or still using the Troy Ounce to weigh gold. Another is the carat for measuring the weight of a diamond.

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The Definitive Guide to H Color Diamonds

H color diamonds generally come under the heading of near-colorless. They don’t match the non-color standards of D, E or F diamonds, but it’s unlikely all but an expert eye would see even a hint of color. They are probably the ultimate compromise between quality and cost. By not being colorless, the price drops quite sharply, but they will look colorless in almost any setting.

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Prong Setting vs. Bezel Setting

Engagement rings, indeed all rings, are available in a variety of setting types. Traditionally, the “big two” settings have been prong and bezel. Both settings are materially, and visibly different, and both perform very different roles. Some cuts better suit one or the other, as do different diamond weights. But what are the pros – and the cons – of each?

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Marriage Proposals At Home

We’ve all seen the videos on YouTube of a spectacular and meticulously planned proposal. But what if that’s not your style, or it’s not what your partner would appreciate? What if a flash mob would just prove embarrassing? Or if dropping to one knee in a restaurant would cause more concern than joy?

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I Color Diamonds

I color diamonds are on the cusp of the Purist Vs Realist debate. They’re not absolutely colorless but, then again, whatever color is there is usually extremely difficult to detect. This means the decision on whether an I color diamond is suitable for you comes entirely down to personal preference. What Is an I Color Diamond? On the official color scale of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), I color diamonds come under the heading…

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Should you Buy an SI2 Clarity?

What is “Clarity”? Every diamond has a grading or classification for the relative clarity of the stone. Within the crystal structure of a rough diamond will be imperfections which have appeared during the ages that it took for the diamond to form. These imperfections, or inclusions, occur in almost all diamonds. Depending on how many inclusions there are, and how visible they may be, each diamond will have a classification when it goes on sale.…

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June Birthstone

Not satisfied with just one, or even two birthstones, June has claimed three for itself. There were only two – pearl and moonstone – until 2016 when alexandrite became the third June birthstone. Pearl has long been popular as a gemstone, despite being fundamentally different to most other crystal-based precious and semi-precious stones. Moonstone has been a part of gemstone usage for millennia, with the Romans believing it was formed from solidified rays of the…

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July Birthstone

The ruby is one of only 4 precious stones, along with diamond, sapphire, and emerald. All others are semi-precious and carry neither the same affection nor (usually) the same value. As befits probably the most beautiful gemstone we know today, it is the sole birthstone of July and the height of summer. In true Henry Ford fashion, you can have any color ruby you want, as long as it’s red. Myths About Ruby Despite now…

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Best Places to Propose in New York

Ah, New York, New York. The city so good they named it twice. NYC has so many iconic buildings and other locations, that the city is instantly recognizable to people who have never set foot there. As a result, marriage proposals in New York occur on a daily basis. Discover how to propose in New York in style. But which are the best places to propose in this great city? Here are our Top 19…

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