Moissanite & Diamond Simulants – Antidote to Diamond Fraud

If you’re looking to buy the diamond of your dreams, stop right here before you part company with lots of your hard earned cash. Diamond fraud is lurking around many corners in the world-wide multi-billion dollar diamond market, which makes buying diamonds extremely difficult and time consuming to research.

One way a diamond dealer can perpetrate fraud is by treating a stone that has a yellow hue to create one of the highly prized fancy colors. A method developed by General Electric uses High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) to heat treat M, N, O, P colors with VS1 clarity or above so that the diamonds become colorless or near colorless (F, G color). The price can soar by 300% or more depending upon the size of the diamond.

The HPHT method involves placing a diamond “seed” into a huge growth chamber, adding carbon and trace amounts of lead to the seed and raising the pressure and heat until the seed crystallizes into a rough diamond. Sundance Diamonds in Orem, Utah puts a diamond into the chamber instead of a seed and uses extreme heat and pressure to alter the stone’s appearance. Bellataire Diamonds located in Belgium and New York uses the process on brownish color diamonds to return them to a colorless state. To date, no one has been able to manufacture a “white” gem quality diamond, primarily because the liquid nitrogen needed in the process becomes contaminated.

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Easy Diamond Buying Guide – Learn the 4 C’s

As you begin to research your engagement ring purchase, all the knowledge you need can be overwhelming. It is our hope that we can help you have fun in your search. This article covers the most basic information about diamonds. The “Four C’s” (cut, color, clarity and carat) determine the value of your diamond. So, what do you need to know about them?

Cut
You may have already decided on the shape for your diamond. The “shape” is not the same as the cut. Each diamond comes from the mine with a unique set of characteristics. The person who cuts the diamond must decide which shape will be best for that stone. The most popular, and therefore the most costly, shape is the round brilliant. All the others, such as oval, marquise, pear, and emerald are called “fancy shapes”.

Sit and imagine your ring on the hand of your bride. Is it brilliant and fiery, flashing and sparkling as she moves? If so, your diamond has qualities called brilliance, fire and scintillation. Is your diamond cut symmetrically and well-proportioned to reflect the light? What grade of cut does your diamond have? Cuts are given grades of VG (Very Good), G (Good), M (Medium), or P (Poor).

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The History Of The Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond, thought to be one of the largest diamonds in existence, has a strange and mysterious past riddled with contradictions and half-truths. It would not be the most recommended stone for your yellow diamond engagement ring despite its beauty.

Discovered in either 1877 or ’78 – it’s up for debate – the original diamond was believed to be roughly the size of a jet engine and took 34 miners 16 weeks to dislodge successfully. The size of the diamond was later reduced to “approximately the size of a plum” when it was realised that most of the bulk was “plain rock”. No records survive to confirm this. So we only have the miners’ – or the mining companies – word to go on.

What’s more plausible is that the diamond did come from a French-owned South African mine, and not, as some conspiracy theorists have speculated, the fires of Mount Doom. Tiffany’s would be quite quick to point out that Mount Doom is a fictional literary invention by JRR Tolkien.

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