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The Cheapest Diamond In The World

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Surprisingly, man-made diamonds are as real as the ‘real’ diamonds from a mine. The only difference is that man-made diamonds are made in a factory using the latest technology to compress carbon at a high pressure. As for the real diamonds from the mine, the diamonds are created using the natural process of compression, but it takes millions of years to achieve the same result.

As such, you can get the cheapest diamond in the world if you buy the synthetic diamonds, which is just the same as the real diamonds that cost you a fortune to get but a carat of it. The best part is the man-made diamonds are very much the same as the real diamonds. It is difficult to tell them apart for a common person. Only an expert can separate the real from the fake, but overall it looks just the same and sparkles just the same. Therefore, there is no difference if you are going to buy a man-made diamond ring for your wedding or engagement because, basically, they are the same except the time involved to produce each of them.

There is an increase in man-made diamond production, as there are more and more people looking to own diamonds without having to pay a hefty price. So the Demand for man-made diamond is on the rise. As long as the diamonds are real, they are excellent. Who says it must be originally from a mine, as not only do they cost a fortune but the man-made diamonds are exactly the same. However, if you are looking for real diamonds at a cheaper price, you look for real diamonds with round cut. It is the most popular shape of diamonds used for making bracelets, rings and earrings. Besides, since there are so many round diamonds compared to other shapes of diamonds, it stands to reason that this type would be slightly cheaper.

When it comes to choosing the cheapest diamonds, you must learn the 4C’s rule. The 4C’s are carat, clarity, colour and cut. Carat is a measurement of the diamond’s weight. The more carats mean the diamond is heavier and naturally more expensive. The number of inclusions available determines clarity. The fewer inclusions the more value it would be. Colour plays an important role as well in the pricing because if the colour were rare then the diamond would be very valuable. As for the cut, different cuts have different values.

Diamonds for Engagement Rings

Monday, July 15th, 2013

This wasn’t always the case. Prior to the 20th century, it was more common for women to receive a sewing thimble as a token of her beloved’s devotion. The first engagement rings, called betrothal rings in the Christian tradition, came from an ancient Roman custom. In 1477, Mary of Burgundy, a duchess of the Low Countries, received the first known diamond engagement ring in 1477. Only women of status such as herself were commissioned such pieces. For hundreds of years, diamonds were not even thought to be a part of the engagement process.

Not until 1930 did the engagement trend start growing into the unavoidable topic of discussion among couples who are leaning toward marriage. Early Hollywood actresses wore the rings in their films and in public, inspiring the average American woman to take matters into their own hands. The boom of the diamond industry also made diamonds more affordable. Mining and cutting techniques improved and brought down the cost of producing a cut and polished diamond. By the 1950’s the largest diamond mining company in the world, De Beers Diamond Trading Corporation, started a very successful marketing campaign that opened the world to the idea that everyone could afford diamonds. The words “A Diamond is Forever” became the mantra of hopeful brides.

Today, a thimble just won’t cut it: an estimated 80% of women living in developed countries receive a diamond ring in exchange for lifelong vows. This number continues to increase as access to diamonds gets easier. Many people now purchase a diamond from an online jeweler. Most online stores today provide a much larger selection of diamonds at a lower cost than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. The online jeweler has the advantage of lower overhead costs since they do not have an expensive storefront to maintain. Many online jewelers pass these cost-savings onto consumers — making diamond engagement rings more affordable today than they were prior to the online shopping boom.

As a strong symbol of financial security and commitment, as well as a cherished heirloom to pass to the next generation, the diamond engagement ring may indeed be eternal.