FANCY COLORED DIAMONDS

While regular diamonds are graded using the four C’s (Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight), fancy colored diamonds are graded by how intense their color is. The GIA grades fancy colored diamonds on three terms: Hue, Tone, and Saturation. The hue of a fancy colored diamond is it’s overall color. The tone refers to how light or dark the stone is. The saturation of a colored diamond would be referring to the depth of the color.

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The above chart is used for gemologists to assign a color to a fancy diamond.

 The different colors of fancy colored diamonds have different values as well, according to the rarity of the shade.

1. YELLOW DIAMONDS

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Yellow diamonds are the most common type of colored diamonds, making up around 60% of all colored diamonds.

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The yellow diamond color scale is pictured above. A vivid yellow color would be the most valuable and expensive type of yellow diamond. A vivid yellow diamond is sometimes called a canary diamond.

2. BLUE DIAMONDS

Blue colored diamonds are very rare. The hue is more of a dark and greyish blue, and less intense than other blue gemstones, such as sapphires.

The intensity greatly affects the price of a blue diamond. A 0.50 carat light blue diamond is priced around $50,000 US dollars. However, a stone of the same weight with an intense color would cost around $130,000 dollars!

Perhaps the most famous diamond in the world, the Hope diamond, which is pictured below, is a fancy dark greyish blue colored diamond.

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3. RED DIAMONDS

Red diamonds are the rarest type of colored diamonds. Only about 25-30 natural red diamonds have been discovered thus far. The largest one discovered weighs 5.11 carats, and sold for $8 million dollars in 2001. Now, it is estimated to be worth around $20 million dollars!

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Other colored diamonds get their color from added chemical impurities, but red diamonds have none. Diamond experts proclaim that these stones get their red color do to a deformation in their atomic structure.

4. BROWN DIAMONDS

Brown diamonds are the most affordable type of naturally colored diamonds, apart from black diamonds. A 1-carat brown diamonds would be priced around $2,500 dollars. Up until the 1950’s, brown diamonds were primarily used for industrial work instead of jewelry due to their color. However, around the mid 1900’s, brown diamonds were rebranded to turn peoples perspective on them. They were instead referred to as cognac, champagne, amber, and chocolate diamonds. This rebranding worked, and people began wearing these stones as jewelry.

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The above diamonds are cognac diamonds, named after the deep reddish brown liquor. On the contrary, champagne diamonds are much lighter in color. As you can see pictured below, a champagne diamond can look stunning when set.

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5. BLACK DIAMONDS

Natural colored black diamonds get their black color from many inclusions inside of a colorless diamond, which makes the stone appear black. Sometime, black diamonds are dark grey which are then treated to bring out a deeper black color.

Black diamonds have also not been popular until recently. Now, a black diamond engagement ring is a trendy and different way to express your love. It can definitely be a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection. Black diamonds are also cheaper than colorless diamonds. This gorgeous black diamond ring pictured below has a total carat weight of 1.25 cts and is only priced at $899.99.

Pair this lovely ring with our black diamond band below, and you will be sure to catch everyone’s eye with your uniquely beautiful set.

SPRING/SUMMER 2019 JEWELRY TRENDS

 

1. BULKY LAYERS

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All types of layered necklaces and chains have made a huge appearance on the runway for Fashion Week. Even a faux-layered necklace such as this beautiful Monroe necklace would make your outfit pop.

2. FLORAL

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Flower inspired jewelry of all kinds has also been spotted on models during Fashion Week SS19. You can never go wrong with a flirty floral inspired piece like this Posy necklace.

3. DROP EARRINGS

All different types of drop earrings have been making a comeback as well. Play it safe with a simple, elegant diamond strand, or go for a more bold look with these diamond lace drop earrings, pictured in rose gold.

4. BOLD AND COLORFUL

Bright colors and big statement pieces are very trendy right now. The violet royalty ring, encrusted with sapphire and amethyst, will definitely catch anyones eye. Too bold for your taste? Try this colorful diamond and sapphire bracelet that will give you a pop of color a bit more subtly.

5. HEARTS

Heart-inspired jewelry of all sizes has been making a comeback recently as well. Play it safe with heart shaped diamond stud earrings, or go big with the whimsy heart pendant.

 

5 GREAT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Looking for a gift for a special Mother in your life?

Look no further, we have a great list of beautiful pieces that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face.

 

1. OVAL CUT MORGANITE AND DIAMOND 14KT ROSE GOLD BRACELET

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This stunning Morganite and Diamond bracelet will surely catch everyones gaze. The peachy Morganite stones look especially beautiful when accented by diamonds and set in 14kt rose gold.

2. ROUND BRILLIANT 1.00 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND 14KT WHITE GOLD THREE HEART SHAPE NECKLACE

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This gorgeous Three Heart necklace would be a great gift idea for a mother of three children, with each child represented as a heart.

3. PRINCESS CUT 1.00 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM SCREWBACK STUD EARRINGS

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You can never go wrong with a classic pair of diamonds, such as these Princess-Cut diamond studs!

4. INFINITY RING

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This diamond Infinity Ring is an amazing way to tell her that you will love her forever!

5. 18K WHITE GOLD CAPRI SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET

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This Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet would make a beautiful and elegant present. The sapphire accents add an element of class and mystery to the piece.

 

WHY IS YOUR CHOICE OF JEWELRY ESSENTIAL TO YOUR STYLE?!

Your choice of jewelry can make your outfit or clearly break it. We like to say jewelry is the cherry on top always. Wether it is a statement pair of earrings a gorgeous necklace or bracelets, jewelry is always popular and adds that special touch to your style. Not only is jewelry extremely significant to us during all our human cultures and throughout history, it is always popular as well. Different decades had specific styles to show and as the fashion world un ravels and plays so does jewelry and all designers involved. 

For many woman jewelry is a way of treating themselves by also knowing they've made an ever lasting investment. Eventually pieces get passed on to daughters granddaughters or daughter in laws and hold tremendous significant sentimental value. 

Like we see so often fashion items from decades ago coming back into style and sometimes get re purposed into something cool and trendy so does Jewelry.

With all that being said, keep your eyes on the jewels and stay fabulous at any event!

17 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TIARAS OWNED BY THE ROYAL FAMILY!

A tiara is a jeweled ornamented crown which is usually worn by woman, and the royal family has quite a collection to their disposal today. We gathered a list of 17 beautiful tiaras owned by Queen Elizabeth today we are absolutely in love with. Meghan Markle's Tiara will have its own segment in our next blog.

 

1. THE GIRLS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND TIARA

THE GIRLS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND TIARA

THE GIRLS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND TIARA

The Committee of The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland gifted this Tiara to Queen Mary on her wedding day. This is where this beautiful Tiara gets it's name from. It is frequently seen as it gets worn often by the royal family and photographed.

2. THE GEORGE IV STATE DIADEM

THE GEORGE IV STATE DIADEM

THE GEORGE IV STATE DIADEM

This crown was worn by Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation. The crown is set with over 1,333 diamonds, one of the Queen's most frequently worn crowns. It was originally made for King George IV for his coronation in 1821. Queen Victoria and Queen Mary also wore it.

3. THE BURMESE RUBY TIARA

THE BURMESE RUBY TIARA

THE BURMESE RUBY TIARA

When the Queen was gifted 100 Burmese rubies on her wedding day, she decided to have them made into a diamond and ruby tiara. The diamonds were used from a different tiara that was taken apart.

4. THE HALO TIARA

THE HALO TIARA

THE HALO TIARA

The halo tiara was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by her mother Queen Mother on her 18th birthday. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middelton wore it on her wedding day to Prince William. Princess Margaret was also seen wearing it. It was made by Cartier in 1936 and gifted to Queen Mother by her husband.

5. THE ORIENTAL CIRCLET TIARA

THE ORIENTAL CIRCLET TIARA

THE ORIENTAL CIRCLET TIARA

The Oriental Circlet Tiara was Queen Mother's favorite Tiara. It was designed by Prince Albert originally for Queen Victoria. Queen Mother passed it down later to Queen Elizabeth II.

6. THE BRAZILIAN PARURE TIARA

THE BRAZILIAN PARURE TIARA

THE BRAZILIAN PARURE TIARA

When The Queen was being coronated, Brazil gifted her a set of Aquamarine jewelry. The Queen had a Tiara custom made to be matched to her Aquamarine jewelry set. It is said that the Crown keeps growing, with new stones The Queen was gifted recently.

 

7. THE QUEEN MARY FRINGE TIARA

THE QUEEN MARY FRINGE TIARA

THE QUEEN MARY FRINGE TIARA

This Tiara is most famous for being worn by Queen Elizabeth II for her wedding day as well as being worn by Princess Anne, but it originally belonged to Queen Mary and was custom made for her in 1919. This gorgeous Tiara can also be converted into a necklace and worn as such.

8. THE GRAND DUCHESS VLADIMIR TIARA

THE GRAND DUCHESS VLADIMIR TIARA

THE GRAND DUCHESS VLADIMIR TIARA

This Tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II by her grandmother Queen Mary. It originally belonged to the Russian Grand Duchess Vladimir and was sold to Queen Mary after.

9. QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S KOKOSHNIK TIARA

QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S KOKOSHNIK TIARA

QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S KOKOSHNIK TIARA

This Tiara is also one of many beautiful Tiaras, that were passed down to Queen Elizabeth II and she is frequently seen wearing it. It was originally a gift to Queen Alexandra by The Ladies of Society for her wedding anniversary.

10. THE CAMBRIDGE LOVER'S KNOT TIARA

THE CAMBRIDGE LOVER'S KNOT TIARA

THE CAMBRIDGE LOVER'S KNOT TIARA

The Queen gifted The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara to Princess Diana as a wedding gift. It is most commonly associated with her and also often seen on the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middelton. Originally it was made for Queen Mary.

11. THE LOTUS FLOWER TIARA 

THE LOTUS FLOWER TIARA

THE LOTUS FLOWER TIARA

The Lotus Flower Tiara was originally comissioned to be made by Queen Mother. Its original state was a necklace which was then re designed into a tiara. The Duchess of Cambridge is often seen and photographed with it. Princess Margaret also wore it quite often.

12. THE GREVILLE TIARA

THE GREVILLE TIARA

THE GREVILLE TIARA

Dame Margaret Helen Greville owned this tiara originally and gifted it then to The Queen Mother. The Duchess of Cornwall wore it on her wedding day to Prince Charles. She is still often seen wearing it.

13. THE DELHI DURBAR TIARA

THE DELHI DURBAR TIARA

THE DELHI DURBAR TIARA

This is one of the largest Tiaras owned by The Royal Family. It was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II and originally belonged to Queen Mary. The Duchess of Cornwall favors this tiara a lot as seen on this picture.

14. THE MEANDER TIARA

THE MEANDER TIARA

THE MEANDER TIARA

Princess Anne was given the Meander Tiara by her mother in law Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Anne let her Daughter Zara Phillips wear it on her wedding.

15. THE SPENCER FAMILY Tiara

THE SPENCER FAMILY Tiara

THE SPENCER FAMILY Tiara

This gorgeous Tiara and one of our favorites was often worn by Princess Diana the Princess of Hearts. It came straight from her family and was borrowed by both her sister as well as her sister in law on their wedding days.

16. THE POLTIMORE TIARA

THE POLTIMORE TIARA

THE POLTIMORE TIARA

This Tiara was sold in 2006 at auction for 926,400 Pounds. Long after it was given to Princess Margaret by her mother, Queen Mother. The occasion was Princess Margaret's wedding.

17. AND FINALLY ... THE GEORGE VI SAPPHIRE TIARA!

THE GEORGE VI SAPPHIRE TIARA

THE GEORGE VI SAPPHIRE TIARA

The Queen was gifted Sapphire jewelry by her father on her wedding which she used to create this Masterpiece. The Sapphires were originally purchased by George VI. That is where the Tiara gets it's name from.