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Diamond Ring Buying
Guide by Renee Newman
Consumer-oriented book filled with useful information, drawings &
pictures for 1st time diamond buyer.
Photo Masters of
Diamond Grading by Gary Roskin
Photo Masters is a compilation of 244 extraordinary photomicrographs,
suitable for students or experienced diamond graders.
Blood Diamonds cost torture & death for Sierra Leone residents. Conflict
Diamonds finance civil wars & terrorists, including al Qaeda.
Antique Price Guide
By Judith Miller, author of more than 80 books on antiques, including "How
to Make Money Out of Antiques."
Fancy shapes are less expensive than Rounds. There
is one quality which can affect the cost
of a Fancy Shape yet never appear on a Certificate, and that is
"Shape Appeal". You don't need to be a gemologist to know
if a Heart Shape has an appealing look to it. The lobes of the Heart
may look completely different on one stone than another and yet
you wouldn't necessarily be able to determine that from the measurements
of the Stones. The best way to judge shape appeal is to look at
the stone's girdle outline without a Loupe, and decide if it's attractive.
Another thing to look for in Fancy Shapes is that
the Diamond has a nice length to width ratio
Heart Shaped Brilliant bears some similarity to the Pear Shape,
except that there is a cleft at the top. In fact, often the
reason cutters may choose a Heart shape over a Pear may be that
the Rough Diamond contained an inclusion located in the cleft.
The skill of the cutter can make a great difference in the beauty
of this cut. The "Shape Appeal" is especially important
to watch out for: Shape
appeal. Make sure the overall girdle outline is attractive.
The lobes should be even and well defined. The cleft
should be polished to ensure maximum brilliance. The
Heart also has the bow-tie effect.
DIAMONDS TUTORIAL NAVIGATOR
Lesson 1, The 5Cs:
Lesson 2, Shapes:
Lesson 3, Articles:
to Buy a Diamond, How
to Sell Your Jewelry,
to Read a Diamond Certificate, GIA
vs AGS Cut Grade,
the difference between a Diamond Certificate & a Jewelry Appraisal,
Largest Polished Diamonds, World's
Largest Rough Diamonds,
is the SI3 Clarity Grade?, Diamond
Lesson 4, Shop Around:
Lesson 5, Talk to the pros:
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