Thinking about purchasing a high-end luxury watch, such as an Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre or Rolex for a loved one this holiday? Here’s what to know before you buy.
Despite the fact that we all have clocks on our electronic devices, watch wearing has been on the rise. Besides added convenience, a nice piece of jewelry on your wrist can finish an outfit and add to your sophistication.
A luxury watch can be a special item that is built to last and worth handing down to the next generation. Some of the most elite watch brands include, but are not limited to, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC ), Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Rolex, and Jaquet Droz.
Be honest—can you afford it?
Before purchasing a luxury watch, the most important thing is to be honest with yourself if you can afford a brand-new one. Will the watch be an asset or a liability? Do some research: There are various versions of high-end watches available out there, including pre-owned and refurbished. Consider buying pre-owned, but make sure it’s authentic and not a “knock off.” The key is to honestly assess your financial situation carefully and choose your watch accordingly.
Make sure it’s real.
In the past, fake high-end knockoff watches were so poorly made that it was usually easy to distinguish them from the genuine item. Today, counterfeit watches can be almost impossible to distinguish (to the untrained eye) from the world-renowned masterpieces. Online auction houses and individual internet sellers commonly offer very convincing copies. If you want a genuine Patek, Rolex or other specific designer, make it clear to the dealer that you are interested in seeing and buying only a 100 percent genuine, unaltered watch — including the watch band.
Make sure the dealer is legit.
Even a pre-owned luxury watch is an expensive item. It is absolutely essential that you buy from a knowledgeable dealer you know you can trust. Every year, people are scammed out of millions of dollars thinking they are buying “the real thing,” when in fact it’s a knockoff. That is why it is important to buy a new or used high-end watch from a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. If you do find one online that you like, read reviews on the company and make sure their return terms are clearly stated.
A new luxury watch can be purchased from an authorized dealer or it can be obtained from an independent, unauthorized watch dealer selling new, near-new, pre-owned, or vintage watches. If your objective is to purchase a new, current model watch and to save on the price, or if you are looking for a specific model no longer available from an authorized dealer, then buying from an independent watch dealer is a good option. To find an authorized dealer in your area, visit the manufacturer’s website for dealers in your area.
Understand the guarantees.
Before buying, ask the seller if the watch is an authentic, unaltered piece, and if they offer an unconditional money back guarantee. Also ask for a full, written, timekeeping and water resistance guarantee with the watch for one full year, and that the bracelet contains only authentic parts.
Confirm that it’s in good working order.
Also, before you buy, make sure the watch is working properly, and has been serviced by an authorized manufacturer service center, or reputable and experienced independent watchmaker known to specialize in high-end watches.
Get the model and serial number.
Make sure you get and check the model and serial number of the watch before buying. The dealer should give you the opportunity to take the bracelet off and check the numbers located between the lugs for authenticity.
Take your time deciding.
Whether you are buying a new or pre-owned luxury watch, choose carefully and don’t allow yourself to be rushed into buying. Do your research, and if necessary, ask the dealer to hold the watch for you for a day or two while you consider buying it.
Trust your instinct: if the deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with the watch and the purchase—this is an heirloom item that should last your lifetime and be handed down to the next generation. Finally, once you buy, insure it and enjoy it!
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Holiday Jewelry Gifts for Men and Women
With the holidays around the corner, it’s not too soon to start thinking about special gifts for the ones you love. Here are some beautiful gift ideas for her and him.
Ideas for Her
If you know a gal who’s into glamour, consider getting her a bold and beautiful cocktail ring. Often oversized and stunning, cocktail rings are the perfect way to glam up a basic outfit. Lovely as well as versatile, they can be paired with tailored denim, blazers, and even plain white T-shirts.
The 1990s are making a comeback in the form of chokers, collars, and bib necklaces.
Fashion-forward ladies are rocking metal, fabric, leather, and rhinestone-covered chokers. It can be worn alone or layered with longer chains with nearly every outfit.
These clever earrings are the new style statement of the jewelry scene with their range of subtle to bold looks. From stone-studded climbers that arc up the ear to simple metal cuffs that closely hug each earlobe, ear cuffs make an excellent gift for stylish women.
While some earring jackets are simply an optional frame for the stud to rest in, the latest style features an ornamental backing that clips onto the post from behind and hangs below the curve of the earlobe.
Fashion mavens everywhere are pairing up their favorite chains to create unique combos that make a statement. For the style-savvy gal on your holiday shopping list, pre-layered necklaces are a great way to get that layered look with one piece of jewelry.
Pearls are the perfect gift for the elegant woman on your list. Look for pieces that integrate the soft elegance of pearls with warm metals like yellow and rose gold. Large pearls placed into very simple settings are another way to achieve the look.
From monogram rings to initial pendants, customizable jewelry is both stylish and timeless. If she appreciates sentimental gifts, birthstone jewelry, an engraved pair of earrings or a pendant necklace makes a memorable gift she’ll treasure for years to come.
Rose Gold Jewelry
Fashionistas are flocking to this feminine look as elegant rings, stylish necklaces, and glittering earrings take on the pinkish hue. A complement to most skin tones, rose gold makes an easy and beautiful gift.
Stacking rings have become a fashion staple for the modern woman. The key to layering rings is to stick with similarly sized bands to keep the look cohesive. Look for bands with unique details like small crystals or carved designs to add variation.
If your giftee likes to track her fitness but isn’t exactly into the sporty look, consider getting her a jewelry cover for her tracker. Designers have transformed the way athletic trackers are worn with stylish bangles and pendants that conceal the gadgets.
Whether worn under the collar of a classic button-front blouse or paired with a deep V-neck dress, Y necklaces boast feminine appeal. If your giftee prefers laid-back, eclectic looks, pair a Y necklace with other chains to create a bohemian-inspired look she’ll love. If she’s a minimalist, look for a Y necklace with a simple design that highlights her natural beauty.
Ideas for Him
From rockers to stock brokers, beaded bracelets and necklaces offer effortless style. Give casual dressers earthy wood or colorful beads to lend laidback flair to their style. Or opt for black and greyscale beads to complement business attire.
Leather cord jewelry possesses casual sophistication and effortless styling. Whether wound around the wrist or suspended from the neck, a leather cord is an earthy material that exudes masculinity. Pair leather bands with metal details to create a refined look that complements both casual and business wear.
Necklaces featuring 24- to 30-inch chains or cords weighed down with unique yet subtle pendants are a trendy finish to casual wardrobes. If going for the gold, look for chains that are unornamented to keep the look intriguing yet understated.
Luxury watches are essential to a well-dressed man’s wardrobe. If you’re searching for an extra special gift for the lucky gent on your gift list, consider a pre-owned or vintage-style Rolex, or another luxury brand to fill his stocking.
A paracord safety bracelet is the perfect example of style meets function. It’s woven from durable nylon rope and can unravel to a length of 3 to 20 feet, depending on the bracelet. The unraveled cord can be used to perform a variety of tasks to help someone survive when stranded out in the wild. It can be used to make a sling, tourniquet, or fishing line.
From simple metal to crystal studded, a skull ring is just the thing to add a little edge to his look. Sturdy metals like stainless steel or sterling silver give these bold rings a solid, heavy feel while keeping them stylish.
Raw, brushed, and unpolished metals are setting the trend for men’s jewelry. Look for strong metals like titanium, stainless steel, and tungsten that feature unburnished finishes. Also consider rings, bracelet clasps, and necklaces with unpolished metal details.
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New York Fashion Week 2018 took place September 6-14. Here’s a rundown of the jewelry styles and trends seen on the runways, courtesy of jckonline.com.
Ideas from the Streets
The streets outside of fashion shows have always been filled with trendsetters inspiring others with their looks, and New York Fashion Week was no exception. Jckonline writer and blogger, Brittany Siminitz who covered the event, observed that what people are wearing on the street gives us an insight into what styles are current, both in the type of jewel and how to wear it, while runway fashion shows are a glimpse into the looks that will be trending in the future.
Many of the looks that caught her eye at New York Fashion Week are enduring trends: hoop earrings, big statement studs, and necklaces worn in layers.
Big and bold gold was “the king and queen” of all that is bejeweled. “I’m so inspired by how these women wear it; surprised by how effortless some of the bigger looks appear: choker-length necklaces and big earrings worn together are somehow unfussy looking where I would have imagined they’d be too much,” Siminitz commented. Bangle bracelets were also seen, worn both at the wrist bone and a bit further up the arm.
Here’s a look at some unconventional pieces seen at New York Fashion Week, courtesy of Vogue Paris.
- A gold lipstick case caught the eyes of Vogue Paris on the runway. More decorative jewelry than pragmatic case, the cases swung from models’ belts to add a touch of shining glamour to the looks.
- The Greek accessory, kombolói, also known as “worry beads,” is thought to help relieve stress, and, according to jewelry designer Tory Burch, is next season’s must-have accessory.
- Large arm bracelets were seen perched on the biceps of many models. Worn in a variation of configurations, some models had bracelets layered symmetrically on both sides, while others had three in a cascade down their arms.
- Riding the small bag trend, designer Brandon Maxwell created what is possibly the smallest bag in existence. A golden chain no bigger than a ring and engraved with the label’s logo was spotted on the runway, carried by the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid.
- Prabal Gurung’s out-of-this-world golden hoop earrings crossed-over each other, to create the impression of a planetary orbit. The Japanese pearl label Tasaki collaborated with Prabal Gurung on the jewelry for his third collection.
A Look Ahead
Taking into account the jewelry pieces spotted on the New York, London, Milan and Paris Spring/Summer 2019 runways, here’s a summary of upcoming jewelry trends, according to Vogue Paris.
- Shell-shaped rings and pendants
- Extra-large and 1980s-inspired earrings
- Layered necklaces
- Crescent moon hoops
- Chains, chains, and more chains
- Name and logo necklaces
- Bold arm cuffs
- Western-inspired pieces
- New age chokers
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Sources: jckonline.com; Vogue Paris
With Labor Day weekend in the books, we’re looking ahead to the jewelry looks that will be trending this fall, courtesy of the jewelry-savvy bloggers of jckonline.com. Don’t miss out on this year’s must-haves.
Heart-shaped jewelry is anything but new, but staffers at JCK started seeing hearts—both in heart-cut gemstones and as silhouettes for settings—in the spring of 2017. The trend hasn’t slowed down, but the designs are evolving to suit modern tastes.
Swiss designer Nana Fink is one of many designers who incorporate hearts in their creations, “I love symbols and the heart is of course the strongest one, together with the star.”
Hard stones here to stay
This is another not-new trend that’s showing staying power. Opaque gems such as lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye, and malachite have been on the rise for years. Unlike faceted stones, which tend to be smaller and pricier, hard stones can be used in pieces where designers want to maximize volume. Plus, their opaqueness lends itself well to a more bohemian vibe.
Classic gold chains
It’s not as if the classic gold chain has ever gone out of fashion, but since the price of gold has come down to around $1,200 an ounce, designers are investing in it once again and the look is trending on Instagram. JCK loves chunky chain bracelets and luscious 18-inch solo chain necklaces.
Nostalgic adjustable bracelets
Fashion meets fine jewelry in this trend, where an adjustable fit means no sizing is necessary. Think precious metals and gemstones. It’s a fun, approachable look that tugs at one’s sense of nostalgia, while answering the very grown-up demand for the finer, time-tested luxuries.
Personalized signet rings
The signet ring has become popular with celebrities from Bruno Mars to Gwyneth Paltrow, and jewelry lovers everywhere are catching onto the trend. Rings engraved with signets or small seals trace their roots back thousands of years to the days of noble family crests and heraldic imagery, when wearers pressed them into clay or wax to sign or seal documents. Nowadays, both men and women are sporting signet rings engraved with initials, decorative symbols, and even gems. The look is a perfect way to capitalize on the current popularity of personalized jewelry.
Diamond solitaires never out of style
While engagement ring styles are as varied as the brides who wear them, there are certain designs trending, including rose gold and rose gold accents, rings featuring alternative stones such as morganite and aquamarine, and unconventional styles that don’t look much like the traditional engagement ring at all. Still, with such a wide range of possibilities, the classic round solitaire is a beloved, timeless design that never goes out of style (or wanes in demand, for that matter).
Vintage estate piece
Estate jewelry is becoming ever more popular, as vintage and antique jewelry lovers are always on the search for unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. To find your favorites, be willing to browse estate sales and higher-end pawn stores. Or, enjoy shopping online with ease from the trusted source of estate, vintage and antique jewelry, Adina by Empire Jewelers.
Owning fine jewelry is one thing, but caring for it properly is another. It’s important to know how to clean your fine jewelry to avoid causing damage and to bring the radiant best out of each piece. Here are some tips from Adina Jewelers’ experts on how to best clean and care for your favorite fine jewelry pieces..
Different Pieces, Different Techniques
Keep in mind that different precious metals and gemstones require different cleaning techniques, so be sure to follow the cleaning instructions for the type of jewelry you want to clean. If you have a gold or silver piece with a gemstone, follow the cleaning instructions for the gemstones, not the metal, as gemstones are more delicate.
Soak the gold jewelry in warm water with a mild detergent solution for one to three minutes. Next, gently brush the jewelry with a soft toothbrush or jewelry brush to remove dirt and grime. Carefully rinse the gold piece in warm water to remove the detergent, then dry with a soft jewelry or flannel cloth.
To clean tarnish off of silver, create an inexpensive silver dip solution by lining a small bowl with aluminum foil. Place the silver piece in the bowl and cover it completely with a small amount of baking soda. Pour hot water over the jewelry and wait for the bubbling to stop. After the solution has stopped bubbling, rinse and buff the piece dry with a soft cloth. Repeat the process several times for badly tarnished pieces.
To clean silver jewelry containing gemstones, soak the piece in a solution of mild detergent and warm water for one to three minutes. Then gently buff small sections of the jewelry without touching the gemstones. Rinse and dry. If the piece is heavily tarnished, it may require a special silver cleaning paste or professional cleaning.
As most gemstones are porous and delicate, create a solution of warm soapy water with a small amount of baby soap. For harder gemstones (diamonds and rubies), gently scrub away additional grime. Rinse completely and dry. For softer gemstones (opals and corals), wet a soft cloth and clean the gemstone rather than soaking it.
For diamonds not in a metal setting, gently clean the diamond with a solution of ammonia and water. For diamonds in metal settings, soak the piece in a solution of warm water and mild detergent for two to five minutes. Gently scrub the diamond with a soft toothbrush or jewelry brush. Then, rinse the diamond in warm water to remove remaining detergent. Buff the diamond dry with a soft cloth.
Before cleaning a pearl necklace, make sure the pearls are secure. Rub each pearl gently with a soft jewelry or cotton cloth, as pearls can scratch easily. For visibly dirty pearls, create a solution of warm water and mild baby soap. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and gently wipe pearls clean. Don’t submerge pearls in water.
Preparing Fine Jewelry to Be Cleaned
Here are some things to do before you start cleaning:
- Make sure the setting of your piece is secure and well fastened, so you don’t damage or lose a valuable gemstone during cleaning.
- Use a soft, lint-free jewelry cloth or light cotton cloth to remove dust or other contaminants from the piece, as they may cause light scratching during the cleaning process.
- Do not use harsh, abrasive cleaners such as chlorine and ammonia, especially on opaque or soft gemstones. Porous stones will absorb the chemicals and damage the stones. Use a mild detergent instead.
- Avoid using tweezers, pins or other sharp objects to remove dirt and grime, as this may damage the stone or setting.
- Do not clean your jewelry over a sink, as stones could come loose and fall into the drain pipe.
- If you have an expensive and valuable piece, consider having a professional clean it to avoid damage.
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Interesting Facts about the Ruby, July’s Birthstone
Happy Birthday, July babies! To celebrate your summer birthstone, we’re paying tribute to the romantic and luxurious ruby. Read on for fun and interesting facts about rubies:
- Ruby is the birthstone for July, as well as the astrological sign of Capricorn.
- Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones; the others are emerald, sapphire and diamond.
- Ruby is the red gem form of the mineral corundum, which has an absolute hardness of 400 (compared to diamonds which have an absolute hardness of 1600).
- Trace amounts of the element chromium is what gives rubies their red appearance.
- Blue corundum gems are called sapphires.
- Rubies in shades of pink are simply referred to as pink rubies.
- The finest rubies in the world were once found in Burma in South and Southeast Asia. Today, Burma is known as Myanmar.
- Flawless top-quality rubies are more valuable and rare than top quality colorless diamonds.
- The Sanskrit word for ruby is “ratnaraj” which roughly translates to “king of the gems.”
- The color of the pure red rubies from the mines of Mogok was sometimes referred to as “pigeon’s blood.”
- The most expensive ruby ever sold was a 25.59 carat cushion-shaped ruby ring set between shield-shaped diamonds. It sold in 2015 at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva for a reported $30.3 million.
- The American Museum of Natural History has the largest ruby in the world, which weighs around 4.6 grams.
- In ancient times, rubies were thought to give its wearer good health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love.
- The word red is derived from the Latin word, ruber.
- Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their color and strength; this is standard practice and accepted by the American Gem Trade Association and Israel-Diamonds.
- At the end of The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy she can return home to Kansas by clicking the heels of her magical ruby red slippers together three times and repeating the phrase, “There’s no place like home.”
- Theodore Maiman invented the world’s first laser, known as the “ruby laser” in 1960. This first generation laser was a solid-state type using a ruby crystal.
- Rubies are referenced four different times in the Bible—the Bible associates these gems with beauty and wisdom.
- According to ancient folklore, people of India believed rubies would help them be at peace with their enemies.
- High ranking Chinese mandarins were given rubies, as they were thought to provide guidance and teaching.
- In ancient times, ruby stones were kept under a building foundation, to strengthen its structure.
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Father’s Day Jewelry Gifts
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. Here are some cool and classic jewelry gift ideas to help show the father figure in your life that you appreciate all he’s done.
Some background on Father’s Day
Let’s first start with some history of the holiday. Father’s Day was created in 1910 by Sonora Smart Todd. Her idea was to create a day to complement Mother’s Day, which had been established in 1908 by Ann Jarvis. Although it would take almost two decades for the holiday to gain popularity, it eventually took hold, as we still celebrate it today.
Say it with a piece of jewelry
To really impress your dad or the father figure in your life, you may want to consider giving a piece of jewelry, such as a watch, tie clip, or cuff links. As jewelry designer David Yurman said, “I’ve always felt that jewelry is one of the most personal and emotional gifts you can give your loved one.” Men really do appreciate a good piece of jewelry as much as women do, especially if it’s wearable and practical, in addition to being beautiful.
Watches: convenient and fashionable
In our digital age when most people check their phones for the time, a handsome watch can be a convenient time piece, as well as a way to elevate one’s style. Watches offer a truly unique statement about the wearer. If you’re considering giving a watch, take a moment to think about your father’s personality.
What’s your dad’s personality?
Is he classic and conservative, or edgy and cool? Is he active and in need of a durable sports watch? Or tech-savvy who will appreciate a smartwatch that is an extension of his iPhone? If so, then consider the Apple Watch Sport or a host of other iOS-compatible smartwatches on the market.
Consider your budget
If his taste leans toward classic styles and higher end brands, a fine watch can become an heirloom that is handed down for generations. Before you spend more than you should, read 6 Things to do before Buying a Rolex.
A necklace that reflects his personality
Like a watch and other pieces of jewelry, a necklace should really speak to your father’s personality, taste, and interests. Consider a pendant that reflects his personal beliefs. Is he a religious man? How about a classic gold cross or pendant with the Hebrew life sign? Or a guitar if he’s a musician; or maybe a dog tag proclaiming your love for him. There are some unique options out there, including a Batman logo with the saying, “You are my superhero.” Take time to investigate and you’ll be sure to find the perfect pendant. Just make sure the piece is well made so it lasts a good long time.
A pair of classic cufflinks
Few pieces of men’s jewelry say class and elegance like a pair of gold or silver cufflinks. Prices range widely for cufflinks, so don’t be intimidated. A basic pair of cufflinks generally starts around $20 (typically made from stainless steel) and increases into the thousands, depending on the metals and gemstones adorning them. Go the extra step and have them monogrammed with your father’s initials.
Make time to spend time
Whatever you decide to give to your dad on Father’s Day, remember that time is the most precious gift of all, so schedule time out of your busy schedule to do something with your dad he really likes. Or take time to reminisce and remember him with family. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Not sure what to get mom? Here are some unique and affordable gift ideas for mom, your wife or grandmother or other special mother-figure in your life.
The natural look
If mom is into earth tones and organic, nature-made materials, look for unique, handmade pieces, such as tribal- and nature-inspired jewelry.
For meditating moms
If mom is the spiritual type, consider getting her a piece of jewelry that’s airy and transparent. Think halo and circular shapes as a way to evoke a protective halo; “suspended” pieces — crystals suspended in seemingly “gravity-defying structures” — and silver metal pieces with lightweight elements to create balance.
Birthstone charm necklace
A necklace with her birthstone or those of all her children, gathered in one elegant necklace is a truly unique and thoughtful gift. Take it to the next level with charms made of crystals, and a sterling silver or gold chain.
Black and white
If mom has a cool, edgy style, consider getting her a piece of black and white jewelry seen on the runways at the Paris Fashion Week shows. Think Art Deco–inspired jewels, enamel, and silver or white gold with rhodium effects.
Brighten her day with bright colors
Jewelry doesn’t have to be conservative and stuffy. This Mother’s Day, brighten mom’s life with a piece of jewelry in fun and vibrant colors she will appreciate and enjoy.
Classic pearl earrings
If mom is a timeless beauty, show her your love with a pair of classic, always-in-fashion pearl earrings.
Florals for spring
If mother loves flowers — and what mom doesn’t — instead of getting her a bouquet of flowers that will inevitably fade and die, get her something that will truly last, such as a beautiful floral-inspired necklace or pair of earrings, floral rings, ear cuffs, or hair piece.
Give mom a mother’s necklace featuring the silhouette of a mother and child and you’ll be giving her a unique piece from the heart that she’ll be sure to cherish. The image is simple yet at the same time iconic, and will be a great accessory with a number of outfits, or an everyday piece.
If mom has a glamorous side, get her a pair of big and bold statement earrings in whatever colors and styles she’s fond of. They’re great to spruce up springtime outfits, from simple white shirts to intricate X-inspired necklines.
Mothers deserve gifts that are as unique as they are. Customize a personalized bracelet for her with a message of love or faith. Styles range from gold and silver to leather, depending on her taste.
Thanks to their appearance at the Oscars, chokers and other statement necklaces continue to be a great look for spring. When mom dresses for warmer weather — Give mom a mother’s necklace featuring the silhouette of a mother and child and you’ll be giving her a unique piece from the heart that she’ll be sure to cherish.
The quest for wellness is inspiring technology companies to come up with more feminine-looking and feeling devices for women to wear when working out, and throughout the day. The simple rubber strap is moving out in favor of more ornate fitness wearables, from nature-inspired leaf designs to Rolex-looking smart watches.
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If you’re lucky enough to have been born in April, you get to claim the diamond as your birthstone. Whether you have an April birthday or not, this glamorous gemstone is a favorite of many. Test your knowledge of diamonds, the official birthstone of April. Scroll down for the answers — but no cheating!
- Diamonds are a naturally occurring allotrope of what element?
- Diamonds are formed deep inside the Earth’s interior when carbon is crystallized over a long period of time. What two factors cause the crystallization?
- Diamonds are appraised and priced according to the 4Cs: color, clarity, carat weight and cut. What organization created this standard grading system?
- Diamonds were first mined in India around 800 BC. Today, what are the four top diamond producing countries in the world?
- A state park in Arkansas is the only diamond-producing location in the world that allows the public to dig for and keep the diamonds they find. What is the name of the state park?
- Marilyn Monroe famously sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in what 1953 film?
- In the 1963 film, The Pink Panther, Peter Sellers played clueless police inspector Jacques Clouseau on the trail of a jewel thief known as “The Phantom.” In the movie, what is the name of “the largest diamond in the world?”
- In December 2011, Elizabeth Taylor’s renowned jewelry collection was auctioned at Christie’s in New York. One of her most famous pieces was the Taylor-Burton diamond ring, given to her by husband, Richard Burton. How many carats is it, and what is its estimated worth?
- In James Cameron’s movie Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, what is the name of the fictional blue diamond lost to the ocean?
- On December 10, 2012 at the final lot of Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels” auction, a new world auction record was achieved for a reddish-orange fancy colored diamond. What was the diamond’s carat weight, and what did it sell for?
Diamond Quiz Answers:
- Heat and pressure
- The 4Cs grading system was created by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
- Australia, Zaire, Botswana, and the former Soviet Union
- Crater of Diamonds State Park
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- The Pink Panther
- The Taylor-Burton diamond is a 69.42 carat pear-shaped stone estimated to be worth $3.5 million. Taylor sold the diamond in 1978 following her divorce from Burton to fund her charity work.
- “The Heart of the Ocean”
- The rare 3.15 carat diamond is the largest reddish-orange diamond ever graded at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and sold for $2,098,500, setting a new world auction record for a reddish-orange diamond and a new per-carat record price of $666,200.
Fancy colored diamonds
In recent years, auction houses have been setting record sales of fancy colored diamonds, according to reports from the Premier Diamond Group (North America) Ltd.
“The recent activity for colored diamonds at high-end auctions like Christie’s and Sotheby’s is fascinating to watch. Savvy investors are seeing how valuable and important fancy colored diamonds can be,” explained Michael King, Director of Trading for Paragon International Wealth Management, an investment firm that specializes in the acquisition of fancy colored diamonds for investors.
With fancy colored diamonds trending, test your knowledge of these beautiful diamonds—and learn some interesting facts—with this true or false quiz. Scroll down for the answers—but no cheating!
- Diamonds that have been colored naturally, without the help of people, are known as authentic fancy colored diamonds.
- Clear, white diamonds are always worth more than authentic fancy color diamonds.
- According to Diamonds.net, fancy color diamonds have increased in value by 167 percent on average since January 2005, outperforming other assets in that period, including the Dow Jones Industrial’s average increase of 58 percent, and Standard & Poor’s 500 63 percent increase.
- Fancy colored diamonds are only found in pinks, yellows, and blues.
- Authentic fancy color diamonds get their color from the trace elements they are exposed to. Radiation can create a greenish tint, while large amounts of nitrogen causes a yellowish color.
- Through heat treating and irradiation, gemologists are able to enhance the color of most diamonds, as well as create beautiful synthetic diamonds in labs, making fancy color diamonds more expensive and harder to buy.
- Fancy colored diamonds are graded the same as white diamonds.
- With fancy colored diamonds, the rarer the color, the less in demand the diamond will be. Similarly, if the color is richly saturated, the diamond will also be worth less.
- In fancy colored diamonds, inclusions are considered desirable.
- In December 2012, at the final lot of Christie’s auction season, a reddish-orange fancy color diamond sold for $2,098,500, setting a new world auction record for a reddish-orange diamond and a new per-carat record price of $666,200.
Fancy colored diamonds true or false answers:
- False. Authentic fancy colored diamonds are often worth more than clear or white diamonds. Rarecoloreddiamonds.com reports that 20 years ago, a one carat fancy intense-pink internally flawless diamond would have sold for approximately $70,000. Today, that same diamond would be worth $500,000.
- False. Fancy color diamonds are found in 12 different colors, with more than 90 secondary hues and nine intensity levels within the 234 color combinations.
- False. Through irradiation and heat treating, gemologists are able to enhance the color of most diamonds, making them more affordable and available to people.
- False. The four main criteria for determining a fancy color diamond’s value include hue, color saturation, color purity, and availability. The diamond’s color, including intensity of color and hues, is considered the diamond’s most important quality.
- False. With fancy colored diamonds, the rarer the color, the more valuable it will be. And if the color is richly saturated, the diamond will also be worth more.
- True. Inclusions are actually flaws, but in a colored diamond, they can create unique tones and beautiful flashes of color.