Saturday, June 28, 2008

Synthetic diamonds won't hurt natural diamond industry

There is a lot of controversy around the cultured diamond. These diamonds are synthetic, or in other words, not naturally made. While experts can tell them apart from real diamonds, experts do believe that they can be helpful when added to the industry. Synthetic diamonds are diamond crystals that have been produced by a very complex, technological process. In short, this method is a geological process done by man.

At a recent diamond conference held in Europe, the topic of cultured diamonds came up. The leading investment and corporate leaders in the industry talked about the effects that the cultured diamond would have on the markets. The key is that they did not say the diamond would cause the natural occurring diamond’s prices to fall. Rather, they believe that the synthetic formed diamonds will in fact help to provide some solution to the problem of demand, which the diamond industry has had a difficult time keeping up with.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Push Gift

Ok, I don't know who out there does not know what the term ” push gift” means, if you don't then this is for you.

A push gift is a gift a man presents a woman for giving birth to their child, now some might think, why should she get a gift for that? That is when I have to say, you try to get out a bowling ball out of a whole the size of a marble and let me know how you feel.

My friend recently gave birth to her first child and asked me to help her husband find the perfect push gift (she wanted to be surprised). Well do you know he was one of those souls who believed (as you see I used past tense) why should she get a gift. Well after explaining to him the necessity of the gift he relented, but do you know if he had his choice he would have gotten her a coffee maker or something (believe it or not). But then the magical day arrived, 3 weeks early I might add and her husband finally was a believer in the push gift.

When he witnessed the pain and suffering the women he loved went through to bring a life into this world, he did a complete 360, from coffee maker to not only a diamond but a pink diamond to welcome his newest addition into this world.

We went to and found the most beautiful Pink diamond pendant that she can wear and pass down to their precious bundle of joy. Both mother and daughter are extremely happy with their new gift and plan on wearing it for many years to come.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Engagement Ring Trends

Engagement Ring Trends Inspired By
What Celebrities Are Saying “Yes” To

According to this article on diamond engagement ring fashion trends, celebrities have fallen head over heels in love with their engagement rings...

Eva Longoria Parker, Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson, Jessica Alba, Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl. It almost appears that all of young Hollywood has fallen in love. They have also fallen head over heels in love with their engagement rings.

When you’re contemplating an engagement ring, you may care to consider that engagement rings can tell you a lot about a person. According to jewelry experts, an engagement ring is as individual as the person who wears it. Here are three top celebrity engagement ring styles and some clues to what the style means:

Fancy-Shaped Diamonds
Round diamonds are undoubtedly the most-popular shape stone for engagement rings. However, there is an entire world of “fancy” shapes available including emerald, oval, marquise, pear and cushion. These fancy-shaped sparklers say the person is fashion forward with distinctive style. Celebrity fancy-shaped engagement ring wearers include Ellen Pompeo (emerald), Katherine Heigl (pear), Eva Longoria Parker (emerald) and Victoria Beckham (marquis).

Romantic Vintage Inspiration
Vintage engagement rings are romantic and ornately crafted. However, you don’t have to scour estate stores to find vintage design. New, vintage-inspired rings are being meticulously designed to be just as beautiful as their predecessors. Platinum, white gold, and palladium are great options, as vintage styles are best suited for cool metals. Vintage and vintage-inspired rings say the person is passionate, optimistic and hopelessly romantic, suggest the experts at the Jewelry Information Center. Celebrities such as Kate Walsh, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Love Hewitt adore vintage styles.

Brilliant Color
Getting engaged is a colorful time in a couple’s life. Engagement rings are now equally as vibrant and vivid. Diamonds come in nearly every color in the rainbow. However, like a rainbow on a clear day, they are very rare. Being rare also makes them very valuable and pricey. Yet, small accent stones can be attainable and make a big impact. Women wearing colored diamonds want to make heads turn and are fun spirited while craving luxury. Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn and Brooke Mueller (Charlie Sheen’s fiancĂ©e) all have yellow diamond engagement rings.
Engagement rings and wedding bands serve as a lifelong reminder of dedicated love. They are passed down through generations. Find the right rings by shopping with a reputable jeweler.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


The three major international trade organizations in the diamond and jewelry industry reached an agreement to abide by new rules set by the International Diamond Council (IDC) - a joint committee established in 1975 by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) to create an international standard for rules, working methods and nomenclature.
The three organizations issued the following joint statement during the 33rd World Diamond Congress in Shanghai:

"CIBJO recognizes and respects the revised IDC Rules for Grading Diamonds, which was prepared by the International Diamond Council (IDC), which is a joint committee of IDMA and the WFDB concerned with diamond grading standards and nomenclature. The revised rules were approved in Shanghai by the executive committees of both IDMA and WFDB".

"The revised IDC rules include terminology that broadens the range of descriptors that can be used for gem-quality diamonds that have been created in laboratory or factory, and to date have been referred to as ‘synthetic’. According to the new IDC rules, gem quality diamonds created in a laboratory or factory can be described as: ‘synthetic’, ‘laboratory-grown’, ‘laboratory-created’, or ‘man-made’, and the descriptor must always be followed by the word ‘diamond’ or ‘diamonds’. Under no circumstances can the term ‘cultured’ be used to describe gem-quality synthetic diamonds.

At present, CIBJO's Diamond Blue Book only allows the descriptor ‘synthetic’ to describe gem-quality synthetic diamonds."

"Concerning diamond nomenclature, we have been aiming to get IDC - i.e. WFDB and IDMA - in line with CIBJO for many years. This important achievement bodes well for the development of the future of international diamond grading standard and nomenclature," enthuses Stephane Fischler, Chairman of the IDC, who praised the WFDB and IDMA Presidents and IDC officers for their support, and CIBJO Chairman Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri for his vision and statesmanship.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The perfect ring

I have recently gotten engaged, but the sad news is I still have not found my perfect diamond ring. As a gemologist, I have heard one too many times that I would hate to be the person who has to buy you a ring (God, I hated people saying that), but now I have to agree.

The pressure to find the perfect ring is amazing. I put it all on myself of course, this pressure, but it is there all the same. I just have to keep reminding myself that the ring will be perfect as long as I find it so.

I feel like everyone else, that I want something that is unique and different, and I have the ability to create it myself with my resources, so why shouldn’t I.

I started with shape, now that was hard, then style of ring, again very hard. Then finally it came to me, a colored diamond; but not any colored diamond a environmentally friendly conflict free diamond, that when wearing I know I am giving back to society not only in beauty but in keeping our earth safe for my children and my children’s children.

So with that decision made I had to find this glorious diamond, and surfing the web I did. offered me all the amazing colors and shapes within reach, to say the least I was very happy.

Now I am sure you all want to know what I have chosen, baited breath and all that, but guess what; I am going to keep you in suspense until that day the ring is on my finger and I am walking down the isle with my husband, let’s just call him Mr. Big!

Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Gemesis Has Pink – Retail Rollout Expected in Early ‘09

Lab diamond maker Gemesis has announced the beginning of regular production of pink diamonds. This is the firm’s second color range since the commercial production of yellow diamonds was launched

Manufactures are expected to start receiving the rough output by late November of this year, with the first jewelry set with the Gemesis pinks projected to be in stores in early 2009.

Production will start with 1 - 2 carat rough, according to CEO Stephen Lux, though it is understood that larger goods of about 3 carats are expected to be produced at a later stage. The pink lab-created diamonds’ color ranges from fancy purple to vivid pink.

Since Gemesis came onto the market with their range of yellow diamonds, there has been an expectation that additional fancy colors will be introduced. While the company declined to comment, blue diamonds are likely to be offered next.

Gemesis diamonds sell at about a 30 percent discount to natural mined yellows of comparable size, color and clarity. Because of the scarcity of pink diamonds, the discount on the lab-made goods is expected to be less then 30 percent.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Everyone has sex on their mouth.

If you haven’t heard; everyone is talking Sex; meaning Sex and the City the Movie. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend one of the Premiers for the Movie and after Party.

May I say the clothing, shoes, jewelry, and just everything was amazing in the movie and of course, I had to dress the Part. The only problem was, who should I dress like? Miranda, all business; Charlotte, the Jackie-O style; Samantha, the colorful Vamp or Carrie, the chameleon.

Usually I would go like Carrie, but I found the most beautiful dress that was so Charlotte esk that I had to go that way. But you see no matter how beautiful the dress is without the shoes, bag and jewelry the outfit is not complete.

The shoes were Manolo Blaniks, the Bag was Valentino and the jewelry was by An extraordinary Yellow diamond pendant that was so elegant and classic, that it was the perfect finishing touch to my ensembles'.

I would have to say that if you like the half hour show, you will enjoy the movie, and guess what you do not need a premier party to dress amazing, you can do it everyday of your life, it helps if you know were to shop.