When in search for the perfect stone its not as simple as just going out to buy it. When you want to find the perfect diamond at the right price just going to one store like Zale’s or Jared’s will not do. I suggest checking the main stores out to see what they have to offer but when you want the same if not better quality for a diamond or any custom jewelry at a much more reasonable price check out bova diamonds. We offer high quality diamonds and other precious stones at a fraction of the price. We feel bad for people who get suckered into paying an enormous amount for something they could have gotten at a much better price. It is our pleasure to help people find the diamond of their dreams.
WHAT MAKES A DIAMOND SPARKLE
Brilliance is an essential attribute of a beautiful diamond and has 2 components; brightness and contrast. Bright diamonds return lots of light from the surroundings back up through the crown to a ‘face up’ observer. If light from above leaks out the back of a diamond, naturally it has less brightness. But light that enters and leaves in the face up direction is wasted because your head blocks the lights. Diamonds that are too deep or very shallow do this -they have areas that act like a mirror back to the viewer; they return less light and so they have less brightness.
To be brilliant, a diamond needs more than just brightness. Consider the contrast of a chess board, although it has only 1/2 the light return of a sheet of white paper, it appears brighter, especially when it is moved because it ‘scintillates’.
Fire or dispersed light appears as flashes of rainbow colors. You see more fire in darker environments like restaurants that have just a few point light sources or just a flickering candle. Fire is also a result of a diamond’s symmetry and proportions. There are several factors that greatly influence the amount of fire a diamond produces such as star facet length, lower girdle facet length, pavilion angle, facet junctions, the angle at which light enters the diamond, and the angle of the light rays as they exit the diamond.
Diamond experts have known for a long time that steep crown angles and small tables (like ‘old cut’ diamonds) produce more fire. But this combination also produces less light return. Less light return makes it easier to see fiery flashes that might otherwise be swamped by bright white sparkles; this is one reason is why old cut diamonds and some fancy cuts appear to have a lot of fire.
Scintillation is the intense sparkles in a diamond as it moves. Black and white sparkles of scintillation show well in flood lit or office lighting environments where fire can be totally absent. Under pin point or spot lights fire also adds to scintillation. Ideally a diamond has many pleasing flashes spread across the surface of the stone, with few dull dead patches.
Polish is graded the same way as symmetry: Ideal, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair or Poor on a GIA report. Poorly polished facets may reduce the intensity of light reflected from, or refracted into and out of, a diamond. Labs assess polish by examining the diamond, facet by facet, with reflected light under a microscope; you or I may not see any difference.
The minimalist design and timeless appeal of solitaire diamond rings make them extremely popular amongst sophisticated and affluent class. Diamonds are rare and expensive. They hold a special significance in the lives of women and men across the world.
Cut and polished to perfection, solitaire diamonds are masterfully created and used in engagement and wedding rings. A single diamond is highlighted and becomes the centre of attention in a solitaire diamond ring. These rings are available in different shapes and sizes. The round shaped diamond is the classic favorite. But they come in a variety of beautiful shapes including heart, pear and emerald.
It’s getting to be the season when it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift giving. While jewelry is always a very personal gift between the giver and the receiver, why not think about choosing a piece that offers further personalization when it is adorned with a birthstone such as a gemstone bracelet, earrings, necklace, ring or estate piece?
Gemstone jewelry has a long and storied history that dates back to Biblical times when a jeweled breastplate was worn by Aaron in the book of Exodus. The breastplate was donned by the high priest when he presented the names of the children of Israel. Each stone in the breastplate was a symbolic representation of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The stones on the breastplate were laid out in 4 rows with three stones in each row, and included the stones sardius, topaz, carbuncle, emerald, sapphire, diamond, liqure, agate, amethyst, beryl, onyx and jasper.
Throughout history, there have also been connections made between the stones and the twelve signs of the zodiac where each stone was believed to have healing, therapeutic or talismanic advantages. It was recommended that an individual wear the stone that corresponded to the current astrological time. For instance, during the time of Aquarius (Jan. 1 to Feb. 18) wearers were encouraged to wear garnets for protection. The garnet stone was believed to have powers to protect from snakebites and nightmares and also provide guidance in the dark. Other regions of the world also have their own symbolic gemstone talismans including the Alsoa Mythical gemstone list of the Tibetans and the Ayurvedic birthstone list used in India.
Later in 18th century Poland, gemstones were associated with the month of birth, hence the beginning of the concept of birthstones. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers created the list of birthstones that is still used by jewelers. Today, birthstone jewelry retains its symbolic meaning with gemstone earrings used for the first ear piercing for young girls or with a birthstone ring, necklace or bracelet that’s given to mothers and grandmothers to commemorate the birthdate of a child or to celebrate grandchildren.
Birthstone List and Corresponding Zodiac Sign
Garnet: January – Aquarius (Jan. 21 – Feb. 18)
Amethyst: February – Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Aquamarine: March – Aries (March 21-April 20)
Diamond: April – Taurus (April 21-May 21)
Emerald: May – Gemini (May 22-June 21)
Pearl, Moonstone: June – Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Ruby: July – Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)
Peridot: August – Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 22)
Sapphire: September – Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)
Opal, Tourmaline: October – Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Yellow Topaz, Citrine: November – Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
Turquoise, Tanzanite: December – Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 20)
This holiday season, consider giving the truly personalized holiday gift of gemstone jewelry that commemorates the date of their birth. Bova Diamonds offers a beautiful range of gemstone pendant necklaces, gemstone bracelets, gemstone rings and gemstone earrings set in whatever you would like!!!
Diamonds make excellent courtship gifts from this perspective because they are simultaneously very expensive and lack intrinsic value. No man (or woman) can be inherently interested in diamonds; you cannot drive them, you cannot live in them, you cannot do anything with them. Any man who would buy diamonds for a woman must be interested in making an investment in her. Flowers, another favored gift for women, are also relatively expensive and lack intrinsic value. Of course, diamonds and flowers are beautiful, but they are beautiful precisely because they are expensive and lack intrinsic value, which is why it is mostly women who think flowers and diamonds are beautiful. Their beauty lies in their inherent uselessness; this is why Volvos and potatoes are not beautiful.
According to evolutionists and geologists, diamonds were formed about 1–3 billion years ago, that’s way earlier than any known record of even the Earth’s first land plants let alone coal. Coal, known as a fossil fuel is formed from the dead remains of vegetation like trees, ferns and other plants and life. The formation of coal takes millions of years and can be traced back to 300 to 400 million years ago, but not a billion years. So, how again are diamonds supposed to have formed from coal that didn’t even exist then? They didn’t.
Natural diamonds, the hardest substance known to man require very high temperatures (ranging from 900 to 1300 on the Celsius scale) and pressure that exists only at depths of 87 to 120 miles (140 to 190 kilometers) in the Earth’s mantle to form. Unlike other gems which are formed by a combination of elements, diamonds are made up of one single element- Carbon. Carbon-containing minerals present in the Earth at those depths, crystallize to form diamonds because of the immense pressure together with the heat from molten magma.
The trend these days is for couples to ring-shop together, but if you’re more of a traditionalist and looking to surprise her with a ring she’ll love, be sure to do some reconnaissance. You can ask her best friend or sibling for help — and swear them to secrecy. But if you’re set on not telling anyone, pay attention to the jewelry she wears. Is she more of a platinum/silver girl than a yellow-gold one? Does she gravitate to vintage jewels as opposed to simple, classic pieces? Watch her for a couple of weeks and take mental notes to size up her style.
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The diamond is the quintessential, universal symbol of love. Of all its many roles, the diamond as messenger of romantic love – beginning with the belief that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds – has resonated through the centuries to emerge today as powerful as ever.
While the ring itself, with no beginning or end, is an ancient symbol of eternal love, the story of the diamond engagement ring reaches back to the Middle Ages, when the invincible diamond, symbolising ”unquenchable” love, was considered ideal to seal a betrothal or marriage pledge, By the fifteenth century, the diamond ring was a feature of royal and noble weddings.
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