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The leading certification and authentication authority, the GIA, has made a significant change in regards to authenticating Color Diamond certificates. All GIA certificates, including identification and origin reports (Color only certificates) can now be checked online and verify the authenticity of the GIA certificates.
Taking ownership of a new piece of jewelry involves responsibility, as now you should care and maintain your jewelry. Here is a quick and very important guide on how to take care of, and how to avoid the heartbreak of losing or breaking your precious diamond jewelry.
Since not everyone possesses the ability or the time to sit down and read through the collage of articles that describe the many different characters of colored diamonds, we thought it best to put together a quick guide for colored diamond education.
Color diamonds with a dominant brown color but a high pink presence as well, are known as pink brown diamonds. These diamonds look a lot like brown pink diamonds, which have a stronger pink presence. In this case, the price for the pink brown diamond is much lower than the latter since the dominant color is brown, a less expensive and more commonly found stone.
How do natural fancy colored diamonds compare to the more well known colorless diamonds? Are they as authentic? Just how rare are they? And, most importantly, do they really have the ability to retain value as much as some say?
There are Natural Purple Diamonds, and there are enhanced Purple diamonds. The former are “real” despite the fact that the enhancements are done to natural diamonds. “Real” here refers to the color.
Pure Purple diamonds are so rare that a stone of any size will be priced quite high to something of relative size in a colorless stone. Even purple diamonds with secondary hues that display a strong purple color will cost a pretty penny
Most colored diamonds derive their colors from impurities and other elements. However, in the case of Green Diamonds the origin of color is very different. It is actually atomic radiation or radioactivity during the diamond’s formation that causes the beautiful green color.
There are many in the market searching for the lowest diamond prices around and keep their eyes peeled for wholesale items. Both diamond dealers and private buyers are constantly searching for diamond sources with the largest selections and the most competitive prices.
Another reason Champagne diamonds are so popular, besides for their affordability, popularity, and beauty, is the fact that they have been marketed well. That is in fact the reason they have so many names such as Champagne and Chocolate colored diamonds.
Black diamonds are opaque black diamonds that come in only one color intensity: Fancy Black. Only two other colored diamonds come in just the Fancy intensity, and these are white and red diamonds.
Blue diamonds tend to receive lots of attention since they are infrequently auctioned off. It is for this reason that blue diamonds sold at auction are quite noteworthy. Two such stones include the famous Wittelsbach-Graff and the 7.03-carat blue cushion-cut diamond
Similar to all other fancy colored diamonds, natural blue diamonds are made by nature. Though the process that diamonds go through including cutting and polishing can have an effect on a diamond’s color, blue diamonds are actually found with their beautiful blue color tone.
The rarer, and most often more desired yellow diamonds are good quality (VG/VG and up/VS+) with very high color intensity such as Fancy Intense Yellow and Fancy Vivid Yellow stones.
The pink diamond is one of the most desirable types of diamond because of its unique and romantic color. Pink diamonds are among the rarest of diamonds along with natural red diamonds and blue diamonds.
Yellow diamonds currently possess the highest market demand of all other colored diamonds and have become the most adaptive fashion trend this decade. Due to their growing popularity, many individuals have questions regarding the yellow stones. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
When it comes to buying Fancy Color Diamonds, it is a completely different world one must learn. There are critical differences between white diamonds and colorless stones and different attributes which take precedence over the others.
Pink diamonds are extremely popular and recognized luxurious items. The increase in rarity together with the market demand has significantly driven prices up. Consequently, they are often utilized as excellent alternative investments.
Natural colored diamonds are in their own category because of their rarity and their magnificent colors. So, why buy colored diamonds? The uniqueness, the rarity, the beauty, the wide range of colors and prices, the prestige, are only a few of the many reasons.
Where do the natural diamond colors of Yellow, Pink, Blue and others come from? Here is a closer look at the origin of these beautiful and fascinating diamond colors...
Green color diamonds can be found with a single color, but often contain one or two secondary hues. The overtone colors of green diamonds are Yellow, Yellowish, Blue, Bluish, Brown, Brownish, Grey, Grayish, Gray Yellowish, and Grayish Yellowish
The objective of a fancy colored diamond is quite different than a colorless stone. The goal is to increase the color intensity and improve the color saturation. Fancy Colored Diamonds often contain asymmetric, elongated facets.
The Make of a color diamond is how well the polish and symmetry are with regards to the many proportions of the diamond. The correlation between the depth and its table diameter will highly affect the diamond's appearance.
The world we live in is full of some of the most amazing natural resources such as Argyle Pink Diamonds that prove to be a safe haven for investors. Just because the US economy has seen better times doesn’t mean a promising future is hopeless.
The four attributes of diamond quality, known as the 4Cs, are all of extreme importance. However, as the single attribute that man has the ability to perfect on his own, diamond cut must be done with patience and care.
The Leibish & Co. diamond education portal contains a full descriptions of the four diamond attributes (the 4Cs - Carat Weight, Color, Clarity, and Cut) used in order to properly assess the most precious stones in the world.
This series of articles is intended to further educate buyers on how to fully utilize and analyze the plethora of important information provided in the GIA Colored Diamond Grading Report
One of the GIA’s more visible services is provided through its GIA Laboratory which provides diamond grading services to describe the characteristics of loose diamonds
The reference diagrams include the Plotting Diagrams and the Proportion Diagram. The Key to Symbols is located below the plotting diagrams
Established in 1931, the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. It is dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology.
It is possible for a diamond to receive a low clarity grade as a result of the imperfections in the stone and therefore have a reduced cost, but still remain ‘eye-clean.’ Thus, a great deal for the educated buyer!
Small imperfections in fancy colored diamonds won't be overlooked. Rather, they just won't be considered as detrimental to the overall value as they would be in colorless stones. This plays back to how rare fancy colored diamonds are.
Diamond clarity basically describes the diamond's overall appearance in relation to the number of both internal and external imperfections in the stone. Each stone is assessed and then graded according to a standardized grading scale.
Internal inclusions will reduce the value of the diamond. However, depending on the location of where the imperfection is found, it might not necessarily affect the appearance.
Any shapes other than Round Brilliant, are deemed fancy shapes. Fancy shaped diamonds are separated into four types: Round-Edge Fancies, Step Cuts, Modified Cuts, and Mixed Cuts.
The most common Fancy Shapes used for Fancy Colored Diamonds are Radiant and Cushion. With Fancy Color Diamonds, the goal is to concentrate much more on the color and intensity of the stone.
The Radiant, which is considered one of the most common shapes used with Fancy Color Diamonds, belongs to the Modified cut type. It is a cut created from a combination of two diamond cutting styles, the Round and the Emerald.
The Cushion belongs to the Modified cut type. It is an elegant round-edge stone that was introduced in the mid 1800's. Otherwise known as a 'Pillow Cut,' this square shape diamond with rounded edges is slowly becoming trendier.
The Round belongs to the Round-Edge Fancies cut type. It is cut with a perfectly symmetrical faceted arrangement. The Round is cut in a way that allows the light to reflect through the stone causing a magnificent brilliant effect
The Oval belongs to the Round-Edge Fancies cut type. The Oval cut resembles an elongated round stone. Based on the brilliant cut, it features 57 facets throughout the stone.
The Pear belongs to the Round-Edge Fancies cut type. It is otherwise known as the ‘tear drop’ diamond. The pear is one of the many variations of a round brilliant. This elegant design is one of the more popular choices for Fancy Colored Diamonds.
The Marquise belongs to the Round-Edge Fancies cut type. It is an elongated Round Brilliant cut diamond with pointy ends. The Marquise was actually created by the instruction of Louis XV. He wanted a diamond that resembled the smile of Marquise de Pompadour
The Heart belongs to the Round-Edge Fancies cut type. The shape of the heart is known to best resemble love and romance. It is a quite difficult shape to contour as the top two shoulders must be perfectly even.
The Emerald belongs to the Step cut type. It is a very unique shape as its pavilion is cut with rectangular facets. Since the Emerald shape has a very open table, people often prefer a higher clarity grade stone.
The Asscher belongs to the Step cut type. It is a very unique square shaped stone that strongly resembles the rectangular shaped Emerald cut diamond. It is highly recommended to choose a higher clarity grade stone for this cut-cornered diamond since the table is quite open.
The Princess belongs to the Modified cut type. The princess shaped stone is a favorite for engagement rings. This sharp edged square often has a very fat stone depth in order to maximize its magnificent brilliance.
The main color, and if there is a secondary color, together define the color tone, however the strength of color is defined by the intensity level. The intensity level can be anywhere from a very soft shade to a very strong shade, and the stronger the shade the more valuable the diamond is.
Diamonds come in practically every color. If you thought a beautiful large diamond could make a strong impression, then imagine how one would react to the sight of an exotic pink, yellow, or even black diamond.
The Chocolatier, Paul Wittamer, teamed up with the jeweler Fabienne Lascar to create dessert so magnificent that it was officially named as the most expensive chocolate praline in the world.
Yellow colored diamonds may have the highest demand, but they are not by any means the only colored diamonds used in fancy colored diamond jewelry. Fancy orange diamonds, for example, are a rarer stone but very much worth the extra expense.
Diamond jewelry worn on the body will attract dirt from the environment and from your body. A diamond ring or bracelet has the highest probability of being knocked about and attracting debris as it is worn on the hand. A diamond pendant faces less risk of abuse.
Through various methods of artificial enhancement, companies actually possess the ability to artificially modify and enhance the color of the stones.
The color of the diamonds is defined by a number of characteristics, different compound elements in the stones produced some of the most exquisite fancy colored diamonds, and the demand for these colored diamonds has grown.
Diamond color is a Fancy Colored Diamond’s most significant characteristic. In fact, unlike a colorless diamond where the 4C's (carat weight, clarity, color, and cut) are all equally important to the overall value, the color characteristic plays the most important role in the value of the diamond.
Red diamonds are in a different category than other fancy colored diamonds. This is because red diamonds are the rarest of all diamonds. Most jewelers will never see a real, natural red diamond.
Jewelry Cloth – A jewelry cloth is best to wipe the diamond clean before and after the scrubbing. If a jewelry cloth or flannel cloth is not available, a simple piece of cotton can be substituted.
Crafting the jewelry is incredibly comprehensive and extremely detail oriented. While all diamond jewelry requires applied thinking and immaculate design, the design of fancy colored diamond jewelry is far more complex.
Everything including the metal type and its color needs to be carefully considered in order to compliment the true color of the diamond. Therefore, even with custom designs supplied by the customer, the design team will always suggest any modifications needed to enhance the outcome and final appearance.
One of the most important sections of each model created is the cup, otherwise known as the bath, in which the diamond is placed. The diamond is scanned so that the cup can be made to accurately hold the stone.
The Leibish & Co. design team uses the most up-to-date, Rhino technology to create a usable virtual model of the jewelry. Through the model, the team can accurately design each section of the jewelry so that each piece is proportionate.
The model must first be thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Once completed, from that incredibly accurate, precisely measured plastic model the jewelry is crafted.
The wax model is attached to a casting tree, where molds for each of the jewelry pieces are created. Each section of the jewelry is created separately so that every piece can be properly prepared for assembly.
This process must be done very carefully and accurately as even the slightest miscalculation can result in a disproportionate piece of jewelry. Each section of jewelry is soldered together and finalized for a perfect piece of jewelry.
Very carefully, the correct sized holes are drilled into the jewelry and the settings are created. Only after all diamonds, other than the center are set, do the jewelers begin working on the center stone.
Both the Leibish & Co. company logo as well as the metal used to create the jewelry must be engraved into the piece. Whether it is 18-karat gold, 14-karat gold, or platinum medal used, the information must be engraved for authentication purposes.
Leibish & Co. uses only 100% natural fancy colored diamonds. The stones themselves are never enhanced or artificially colored in any way. Modifications to the jewelry itself, for example plating the cup, are necessary and regularly done in order to perfect the finished product.
Blue diamond's can appear as a Faint Blue, Very Light Blue, Light Blue, Fancy Light Blue, Fancy Blue, Fancy Deep Blue, and Fancy Vivid Blue. In the event of a secondary hue, a Fancy Dark intensity is also possible.
Often referred to as “Golconda” diamonds, after one of the first diamond mines discovered in India that supplied the majority of this class, Type IIa stones are the most desirable by collectors.
If the depth of the diamond, measured from the top of the table all the way down to the culet, is deep (otherwise known as a ‘fat’ diamond with an obtuse pavilion angle), the measurement across the top of the diamond is often smaller.
Still, like so many other things in life, in order to gain, you sometimes need to gamble. A great example of this was when Lawrence Graff acquired the Wittelsbach Diamond, which later became the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond, at auction in December 2008.
Carob seeds were used on precision scales as weights against small quantities of precious stones. Tradition continued to custom and today, even though the scales are far more precise, diamond weight is still described as carat weight.
In the industry, the weight of a diamond is often referred to per carat as opposed to the overall stone. The reason is because the cost is increased considerably per carat. For example, a 1.00 carat diamond is not exactly half the price of a 2.00 carat diamond.
Make sure that the stones you are looking at are natural fancy colored diamonds. Artificially colored stones will potentially lose their color and reduce in quality over time. A natural colored diamond on the other hand, will be just as bright and beautiful 100 years from the day it was originally polished.
Have you ever considered purchasing a uniquely shaped diamond? Check out some of the most interesting Fancy Colored Unique Diamond Shapes we owned. Read through the article to see the many more unique diamond shapes they stock!
Diamond Fluorescence is a perfect example of a one of these features. It can slightly help reduce the cost of the diamond, while not necessarily lowering the overall value of the stone. Those with years of professional experience can often distinguish the slight difference in appearance under regular lighting.
Chameleons are among the most remarkable animals known to man, with the ability to change their skin color spectacularly, and then to return to their original color. In the mineral kingdom as well, color-changing stones are encountered.
Chameleon diamonds possess one of the most unique values in the fancy colored diamond family. As rare as all fancy colored diamonds are, these stones are so admired because of their magnificent color changing capabilities.