Baby Jewelry Unique jewelry for the East Indian traditionGold jewelry is a traditional gift for Hindu babies, often presented at an Indian baby shower. This modern shower party is traditionally associated with the bride’s godh bharai, or godh bharna. The godh bharna is a cultural and spiritual celebration which takes place during the seventh month of pregnancy. Mothers are given pregnancy gifts of gold and silver jewelry charms during these traditional pre-birth ceremonies, which she will later give to her children. Charms of gold and silver are meant to symbolize long life and wealth.
Godh is the lap, while bharna is the gift
The Hindu baby shower is sometimes co-ed and sometimes attended by only the women of the family. Not a casual affair, the mother-to-be is dressed in a sari and is adorned similarly as on her wedding day. The family will be similarly attired.
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During ceremonies, she sits while guests place gifts in her lap. As each gift is placed, the guest whispers blessings into the ear of the mother-to-be. All the guests sing baby shower songs and eat food that is prepared for the occasion. Games are often played, where food is assigned to be either masculine of feminine and according to which foods are chosen or won, these games are considered a fun way to guess the gender of the coming baby.
The gifts become sacred pieces of jewelry for the mother and child and are often passed directly to the child upon birth, soon after or even later in life. These gifts are meant to symbolize good health, fortune and spirituality for the life of the child.
The bangle bracelet is one such gift, popularly given to symbolize everlasting wealth and fortune. Bangles are given to add actual wealth to the family’s assets, and hence are made of silver or gold metals, or are duo-tone. The sizing of these gifts is less important than the meaning, since many of the pieces will be worn throughout the child’s life as they grow into them.
Chain bracelets are a widely popular choice for baby gifts, especially among adherents of Hindu marriage and child-bearing traditions. Bracelets are often adorned with particular gold and silver charms that are sometimes inlaid with diamonds or other stones. Bracelet charms may depict traditional symbols of some spiritual or celestial significance, or signify the coming of baby with such icons as baby carriages, rattles or pacifiers.
Beyond the baby shower
East Indian or Hindu jewelry pieces of silver and gold are associated as symbols of strength and wealth, respectively. Gifts of either are appreciated. Baby rings are pieces which are often available in minakari (Mina Kari, or enameled) design, due to their available surface area which makes a great palette for designers.
Pendants are available in a wide variety of symbols and are often given after a birth, when the sex of the baby is known since they can be heavily symbolic of specific gender-based ideas.
Body ornamentation with jewelry in the East Indian tradition serves not merely to please the beholder of the jewel but to fulfill the auspicious purpose of blessing and metaphor. Historically, each Hindu occasion has been marked by receiving various symbolic jewelry pieces. Valuable jewelry accumulates in a family over time and signifies various values beyond the monetary.
Posted April 08, 2013Give Watches As Stylish Gifts To Others And YourselfThe right watch tells much more than the time. It makes a powerful statement of style that tells everyone who seems the wearer he or she is a confident and in-charge person who has the dignity and courtesy to treat others with the respect they deserve.
Whether it’s an important meeting with an out-of-town client or drinks with a friend, watch wearers don’t miss engagements. They are the kind of people who don’t miss a thing and don’t tolerate it when others do.
After all, nothing is more well-mannered than being on time.
The right watch also completes any outfit, setting the wearer apart from those who don’t bother with the kind of elegant and refined finishing touches that make both a fashion statement and a bold statement of self-confidence.
No matter the occasion, watches make elegant and well-received gifts for both men and women. Luxurious, exquisite diamond watches and other high-quality jewelry pieces make perfect gifts because they express admiration and love equally well.
A Rolex, Tag-Heuer or Omega watch also makes the perfect gift for yourself. When its time to show a bit more professionalism, poise and assertiveness, a gold or silver watch can give you the sophistication you need.
Imagine how others will think of you when they see a premium, high-end timepiece on your wrist. You may feel appreciated now, but looking exceptional helps others realize what you already know about yourself.
Celebrities have known the power of wearing the right watches for years. In fact, most public figures have large jewelry collections that include special watches for every occasion. Musicians, politicians and actors accent their carefully considered styles with timepieces, proving how a watch can be a part of your unique look too.
Wristwatches were in danger of going out of fashion among young people just a few years ago, but a new generation is discovering what their parents and grandparents discovered decades ago: The right watch sets an appropriate tone for an evening out with someone special or an afternoon on the town with friends.
Today’s watch-wearers have an advantage over those of yesterday, however. While choosing the right watch once required a visit to a jewelry store and dealing with a tedious and often overbearing salesperson who didn’t always share your style ideas, you can now purchase high-end watches online.
A broad and impressive selection of Rolex, Tag-Heuer and Omega watches is available online right now. There are a number of choices available to convey any mood or make any statement. No matter what you want to say when you step into a room, don’t let your style cause you to blend into the wallpaper.
Buy the perfect watch for your personality and wear your style on your wrist for all to see before you ever say a word.Posted October 31, 2011Tips on Purchasing an Engagement RingThe engagement ring is the piece of jewelry that a woman will treasure for the rest of her life. It is a symbol of enduring love and probably the most sentimental item of jewelry she will ever own. Purchasing the right engagement ring is important, and a little research will go a long way in choosing that most special of jewelry pieces. Read on for five tips on purchasing an engagement ring.
• Set a budget. Convention suggests spending the equivalent of two months' salary; however, this amount is only a guideline. Some people decide it is worth it to spend more for that special ring, while others will spend less. Once there is a number in mind, important decisions regarding carat size and type of band can be made.
• Consider the prospective bride's likes and dislikes. The man who plans to surprise his prospective bride with a beautiful ring has many options to explore. He may choose between platinum and gold, elaborate and understated, and traditional and modern. Careful observation of her jewelry should yield some valuable clues, and he may want to consult one of her close friends for advice. Personality also comes into play. Does the prospective bride love to show off her jewelry? She may well prefer something larger and more elaborate. Is she more understated in her approach to life? She will probably gravitate to the simple and classic.
• Make a decision regarding metal. Platinum and gold remain very popular for engagement ring settings. While platinum is durable and shows fewer scratches and nicks, yellow gold has a warmth and tradition that many women love. Other choices include white gold, rose gold and silver. In the end, the choice of metal comes down to personal taste.
• Think about the stone. Though diamonds are still the gems of choice for many engagement rings, there are other beautiful stones from which to choose. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana both received sapphire engagement rings. Rubies and emeralds are also good choices. Smaller diamonds can be set on each side of the main stone, if desired. Some people looking for a very personal touch incorporate birthstones into the ring, alone or with diamonds.
• Select a shape that reflects the taste and personality of the woman for whom it is meant. The round brilliant cut, which emphasizes the stone's brightness and fire, remains very popular for diamonds. The rectangular emerald cut, with its truncated corners and outside facets, is beautiful for many gems, including emeralds. An oval cut makes the hand looks slimmer and longer and will look larger than a round-cut stone of a similar weight. Again, careful observation of the prospective bride's jewelry, along with a few subtle questions, may yield clues as to preference among the many available shapes.
Engagement rings have been given for centuries as symbols of a couple's lifelong commitment. The ring travels with a bride wherever she goes as a reminder of her groom's love. It will stay in the family for generations, passed from children to grandchildren. A trusted, knowledgeable jeweler can provide a ring as beautiful and precious as the love it represents.Posted October 31, 2011The Kohinoor DiamondThe Kohinoor diamond numbers among the most famous diamonds in the world. It was discovered in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and has passed through the hands of Hindu, Turkic, Mughal, Sikh, Afghan and British rulers in its long history. Most recently, it was seized by the East India Company and given to Queen Victoria in 1877.
According to many reports, the Kohinoor was mined at the Kollur mine in Andhra Pradesh. The date of its discovery remains unclear, though Indian legends claim that the stone is 5,000 years old. Some stories say the precious stone was created by the gods; others report that it was discovered in the Godavari River. The first written reference of the Kohinoor speaks of it belonging to a Rajah of Malwa in 1306. The jewel was described as weighing 186 carats, similar in shape and size to a hen's egg.
The Kohinoor passed to Babur, the first of the Mughal emperors, in 1526, and it stayed with the Mughals for more than two centuries. Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor responsible for the construction of the Taj Mahal, installed the Kohinoor in his Peacock Throne. His son, Aurangazeb, eventually took the jewel to Lahore and housed it in his own personal mosque. When Nader Shah invaded the area in 1739, he carried the Kohinoor back with him to Persia. It was then that the stone gained its Persian name, which means "mountain of light."
Nader Shah was assassinated in 1747, and the jewel passed to Ahmed Shah Abdali from Afghanistan. There it stayed until 1830, when it was given to the Maharaja of Punjab. In 1839, the Maharaja willed the Kohinoor to a temple in Orissa; however, the Punjab was proclaimed part of the British Empire in 1849, and the East India Company demanded the stone be presented to Queen Victoria.
Victoria's husband, Albert, was unimpressed with the appearance of the diamond. Indian diamond cutters had wanted to preserve the size of the stone, and so it was not cut down to increase its brilliance. Albert ordered the Kohinoor cut from 186 to 105 carats. In the process, the diamond was transformed into a smaller but more brilliant stone. The diamond was then set into a brooch for the queen.
Following Queen Victoria's death, the Kohinoor was worn in turn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The late Queen Mother was the last person to wear the stone in public. The diamond is now on display in the Tower of London with the other British Crown Jewels.
India believes the Kohinoor was illegally seized by the British and wants it returned, along with a number of other precious objects seized under colonial rule. India has joined a United Nations-backed international campaign seeking the repatriation of treasures to countries such as Greece, Egypt and Turkey. The British High Commission in New Delhi denies India's claim, saying the Kohinoor was legitimately acquired and that its ownership is not negotiable. For now, the Kohinoor remains in Britain, far from its land of origin.Posted October 31, 2011History of Tag-Heuer WatchesA superior timepiece comes with a rich history that entices you to know more and to hear the story of an exclusive and elegantly styled watch that you’ve fallen in love with and want to take home. The history of Tag-Heuer timepieces began in 1860 when timepieces were typically gold watches on long gold chains. Eduardo Heuer founded HeuerAG in St. Imier, Switzerland where he was from and he worked diligently for 22 years creating timepieces. In 1882, he patented his first chronograph and this became the foundation for the Tag-Heuer timepieces today.
To appreciate the Tag-Heuer watch, you must understand that a ‘chronograph’ is a watch or a timepiece that not only tells time, but also performs other time-related functions, such as being a stopwatch. A few years after Heuer patented his first chronograph, he developed the first chronographic timepiece for the automobile. At that time, the expertise of the Heuer company was reaching into other areas where time needed to be measured and the company was becoming a leader in this field.
The company motto of Tag-Heuer today is "Swiss Avant-Garde Since 1860", which reminds everyone of the history and tradition of precision and style which is a reality of the company. The spirit of Tag-Heuer embraces the design and elegance of their timepieces that have found respect in jewelers’ showcases. If you have acquired a Tag-Heuer, you know that you have a watch that you can rely on and be proud of, like the Rolex. The watches show the superiority of the workmanship that has gone into making them and the company has developed a watch of high class showmanship. Today, design and technology have merged with elegance and class.
In 1895, Heuer patented the first water-resistant cases for pocket watches, which were especially significant for the sports watches. In 1920, Heuer was invited for the first time to bring their chronograph timepieces, which measured 1/100th of a second, to keep time at the Olympic Games. Here, the Heuer timepieces gained popularity with contestants in the sports arena. In 1950, Heuer began manufacturing designer watches for Abercrombie & Fitch, which proved to be a tremendous advancement into the public eye.
In 1966, Heuer developed timepieces that could measure to the 1/1000th of a second! This accomplishment created a stir around Europe and Tag-Heuer created some of the most excellent Swiss sports watches that Europe and other countries had ever seen or used in competitions.
This company loves the precision of the race car industry, which reaches back in their history. Many famous sports figures promote these scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal faced watches, made in eye-catching designs with diamonds and without.
The name Tag-Heuer wasn’t officially used until 1985 when Techniques d'Avant Garde, a race car conglomerate, bought HeuerAG and changed the name. The elegance and luxury that was incorporated into the sports style chronograph and other styles began to win awards and world-wide honors. In 2006 and 2007, the ‘avant-garde’ yet exquisitely cultured timepieces were recognized and awards were given to the relatively newly formed company called Tag-Heuer. Yet with their popularity and acclaimed place in jewelry and watches, they never forget the rich Swiss-made roots where it all began.Posted October 31, 2011Golden Eye Diamond StoryLegend holds that the Golden Eye Diamond was mined a century ago in South Africa and that somewhere in its history it was pared down from the size of an apple to its present 43.5-carat weight. The intensely yellow gem, which features a rectangular brilliant cut crown, is touted as the one of the world's largest internally flawless canary yellow diamonds. While the diamond's distant history is a matter of some conjecture, its whereabouts in recent years has been well documented in news stories.
At an inch long, approximately three-quarters of an inch wide and one-half inch deep, the Golden Eye Diamond is one of the most notable diamonds in the world. The Gemological Institute of America states that the gem is from South Africa; however, the mine of origin has not been determined. What is known about the unique diamond's history is that it ended up in the possession of a northeastern Ohio businessman convicted of conspiracy and money laundering.
The FBI seized the gem from Paul Monea, a businessman best known for a Tae Bo infomercial and his ill-fated attempt to market electric grill lighters as pain relief devices. It is not clear how Monea came into possession of the Golden Eye Diamond. Monea allegedly told others that a friend gave the gem to him or that it came from a diamond mine he owned. Monea tried to sell the diamond to an undercover agent representing himself as a broker for a drug cartel in South America.
The FBI confiscated the stone, and Monea was convicted of money laundering. The U.S. Marshals Service, which is tasked with selling forfeited properties that federal criminals gained by illegal activity, sold the diamond online in early September 2011. The minimum bid was listed at $900,000. The Marshals Service received calls from prospective buyers in Saudi Arabia, Israel, China and all across the U.S.
After 16 bids had been placed in the three-day auction, Ohio home builder Jerre Hentosh won the gem for $2.84 million. The price represents quite a bargain since the diamond's value had been estimated as high as $20 million. Hentosh says he and his wife have occasionally dabbled in the purchase and sale of fine jewelry but have never before bought anything so valuable online. He had been prepared to pay $7 million for the rare diamond.
Though multiple parties had claimed part-ownership of the stone, a federal judge found none of the claims credible. Money from the sale of the diamond will go to victims of the criminal case in which the gem was seized, as well as local, state and federal agencies. The website that handled the auction will also receive a portion of the proceeds.
As for Hentosh, he hopes to turn a tidy profit by locating a new buyer for the precious gem. He says that he has already heard from a museum interested in acquiring the Golden Eye Diamond. And Hentosh's wife, Donah, has laughingly hinted that the gem would make a lovely 45th-anniversary gift.Posted October 31, 2011Why Jewelry From India is More ExpensiveJewelry has been an important part of Indian culture and traditions for thousands of years. Precious metals and stones have long been associated with wealth and power in India, where jewelry is regarded as an investment as well as an adornment. In difficult economic times money could be raised through the sale of jewelry. Traditionally, jewelry sold in India was less expensive than Indian jewelry marketed in the U.S. Today, however, several economic factors, including a burgeoning Indian economy, have helped raise the price of jewelry in India in comparison to Indian jewelry available from U.S. retailers.
India is the largest consumer of gold in the world, followed by China. The increased wealth of India and the rise of the Indian middle class have strengthened the demand for gold and gems. The increased demand has raised the prices of these items. India has a huge population, and as the number of people grows, demand for gold continues to increase. Supply struggles to keep pace with demand since it is becoming more difficult to find gold and more expensive to mine it.
The diamond market in India grew from $400 million in 1995 to $3 billion in 2010. Gold sales rose by $20 billion in the same period, and the market is expected to keep growing. A rapidly growing Indian middle class has more disposable income to spend on expensive jewelry. Occasions for buying jewelry abound, especially in the wedding and festival seasons
Consumers in India are flocking to high-end jewelry, unfazed by the high price tags. Gold has always been seen as a near-necessity in India; the difference now is that the well-heeled consumer willingly pays for the prestige of a brand name rather than simply focusing on gold content and diamond carats. As Indian consumers show their willingness to spend more money on exclusive jewelry, the prices of these desirable designs continue to escalate.
Finally, a weak rupee also plays into the rising price of jewelry in India. The Indian jewelry sector imports most of its rough diamonds and gold from countries such as Brazil, Russia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. The weakness of the rupee forces Indian manufacturers to pay higher prices for jewelry materials, and the additional cost is passed on to the Indian consumer. When the U.S. dollar is stronger than the rupee, jewelry can be imported to the U.S. from India at a lower cost and the savings passed on to the American consumer. Recent currency fluctuations have favored the American consumer of Indian jewelry, and the trend is forecasted to continue.
While jewelry in India was once available at lower prices than Indian jewelry sold in the U.S., American jewelers now offer the more budget-friendly option.Posted October 31, 2011Gold: Its Found in More than Just JewelryGold: It's Found in More than Just Jewelry
We all love the beauty of gold, but that is nothing new in human history. After all, people from every generation have appreciated the rarity and distinctive appeal of this precious metal. Gold necklaces, earrings, rings and much more are favorites today, and such jewelry will remain in favor long into the future. But did you know that gold has uses beyond jewelry? Some of your favorite products, in fact, likely include gold in their construction.
Top jewelry retailers only use the highest-quality gold in their jewelry, but military contractors are also in the market for the best gold available. Since gold can be pounded so thin as to make it transparent, it has many military applications, especially for aircraft. Pass an electric current through a cockpit window that contains gold, and ice will not form on the window at high altitudes.
The same gold that makes beautiful, durable chains for the necklaces and bracelets we sell can also be made into gold thread and used in tapestries, clothing and other textiles. Satellites launched into orbit often contain gold to reflect radio waves and light. Electronic manufacturers use gold to conduct electricity. Semiconductors, electric connectors, microchips and other components of your favorite electronic devices, such as computers and smart phones, usually contain gold.
In the past, the belief that gold was good for a person’s health was largely a superstition, but recent medical advances have shown that quality gold does have many healthcare applications. Imagine our surprise, for example, when we discovered that the same high-quality gold used in our jewelry is also useful for certain cancer treatments and in making crowns and other dental devices. It is also an essential part of many microscopes and other tools used to make medical discoveries.
Food and Drink Applications
Many gourmet foods are made with high-quality gold. We prefer to make the finest jewelry with such gold, but the appeal of “gold-laced food” is undeniable.
Monetary and Investment Applications
Especially in times of economic uncertainty, gold is essential for individual financial stability. Many people choose gold bars and coins for long-term investing, but our gold jewelry is likewise suitable for investment because we use only the best gold for our rings, necklaces and other jewelry pieces. Those who buy our gold jewelry can be assured that they will be able to resell it later on and receive the per-ounce pricing current at the time of sale.
In the past, many currencies were based on the gold standard, but countries are unlikely to return to this measure of value anytime soon. Buying quality gold jewelry from us, however, enables you to take advantage of gold’s investment potential easily and affordably.
Buy Only the Best Gold
As an individual, you are most likely interested in gold jewelry above all else. We recommend that you buy only the purest, highest-quality gold that is available today. When you purchase gold jewelry from our company, the best gold is exactly what you will get.Posted October 26, 2011The History of Omega: A Study in FirstsOmega is more than one of the most famous names in the watch-making industry; this company is an interesting study in firsts. It was the first watch to land on the moon, and the first to explore the depths of the ocean. Known for leading the pack in accuracy, Omega watches have witnessed our favorite sports legends as they made history. Want to know more? Here's a rundown of Omega's history:
The Founding of Omega
Omega got its start in 1848 when 23-year-old Louis Brandt opened an assembly workshop to make precision pocket watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, France. When Louis passed away in 1879, his sons, Louis-Paul and Cesar, took over the family business and changed the operation to include the manufacture of the watch parts as well as the assembly to gain control over the quality of each component. By 1885, this switch resulted in the Labrador, the first watch that varied by less than 30 seconds each day.
The Early Years through Today
Over the years, the company passed from the Brandt family to a series of other owners. In 1930, Omega merged with Tissot. Soon, a new parent company, SSIH, was formed. Eventually, this parent company expanded to become the third largest watchmaker in the world and held more than 50 different brands including Hamilton and Lanco. In the 1980s, SSIH merged with ASUAG, another Swiss holding company, to form a new group called ASAUG-SSIH. When this group faced an economic crisis, it was taken over by a private company and rebranded SMH. At this time, Omega watches continue to be made by this final entity.
That Famous Logo
Believe it or not, if you could get your hands on an original Brandt watch, it wouldn’t even carry the famous Omega logo. This brand name wasn’t used until 1894. Ironically, Omega, a brand name that has become synonymous with famous firsts, is actually the last letter in the Greek alphabet. However, it was chosen to represent this line of timepieces because it symbolizes perfection and accomplishment.
Omega Celebrity Ambassadors
As if the quality and styling weren't enough to sell an Omega, this company has used a number of celebrity spokespeople to market this brand of timepieces. Although many names are no longer familiar, everyone can recognize these household names:
• Cindy Crawford – Brand Ambassador for 1995
• Michael Phelps – Brand Ambassador for 2004
• Nicole Kidman - Brand Ambassador for 2005
Some Famous Firsts
Here are some more famous firsts in Omega’s exciting history:
• 1892 – Omega developed the first watch, the minute-repeater, that announced the minutes, quarter hours, and hours at the touch of a button.
• 1917 – Omega made the first textured watch designed for the visually challenged.
• 1932 – Omega became the first official timekeeper of the modern Olympic Games.
• 1934 – Amelia Earhart refused to carry any other timepiece on her famous flight across the Atlantic.
• 1937 – Omega developed the very first waterproof watch.
• 1943 – Omega released the first automatic watch.
• 1967 – The first touchpad technology was introduced by Omega and used by the swimmers in every summer Olympics since this date.
• 1968 – An Omega was used to determine the exact location of the North Pole for the first time.
• 1969 – The first, and only, watch to be worn on the moon was an Omega.
• 1970 – An Omega helped time the boost that saved the Apollo 13 mission.
• 1981 – An Omega adorned the wrist of diver Jacques Mayol when he set the unassisted diving record.
• 1994 – Omega releases another first: a self-winding wristwatch.
• 2006 – Always a pioneer, Omega is an official sponsor of the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered aircraft.
Whether you choose to wear a classic Omega Speedmaster or select their latest timepiece, the elegant Ladymatic, a watch that bears this famous brand will never disappoint!Posted October 26, 2011Diamond Grading 4Every diamond is unique, and choosing the right diamond is a personal decision. People with the same budget may make completely different choices, depending on personal preferences. There are a variety of factors that affect diamond price, which is why it is important to focus on the factors that are most important to you. Focusing on what is most important to you will help you choose a diamond that is beautiful and meets or exceeds your personal standards without breaking your budget.
All diamonds undergo laboratory certification prior to sale, which gives an independent judgment of the characteristics of each diamond. This certification, called a dossier or grading report, verifies the characteristics and value of each diamond. GIA certified diamonds are among those with the most accurate dossiers because GIA is an independent laboratory that is not owned in whole or in part by diamond companies or retailers, which frees this non-profit organization from bias and influence. Additionally, GIA developed the four C's of diamond rating, which is the standard that is used universally today.
The Four C's of Diamond Grading
Clarity describes how clean a diamond is from imperfections, called inclusions. There are 11 grades of clarity, with the highest being flawless. A flawless diamond is clean from inclusions. A diamond may be described as internally flawless if it contains small external inclusions that can only be seen with a microscope. Very very slight inclusions, or VVS1 and VVS2, are terms used to describe diamonds that contain slight inclusions only visible by an expert when using a microscope. Very slight inclusion diamonds, referred to as VS1 and VS2 may contain inclusions that are rarely visible with the naked eye and easily visible with a 10x magnifying loupe. Slight inclusions are often visible with the naked eye and easily visible with a 10x magnifying loupe. Industrial diamonds contain inclusions that are easily visible with the naked eye.
Carat weight determines the size of a diamond, although the shape also affects the appearance of size. Diamond price charts are typically divided by carat weight and the prices of round diamonds and fancier shapes are different. The carat historically takes its name from the carob seed, which was a uniform weight used by early gem traders as a counterbalance for their scales.
Colored diamonds are more expensive than traditional diamonds. There are a variety of colors available, including red, pink, blue and other colors. Because of their uniqueness compared to the typical diamond colors, many people are willing to pay premium prices to have a diamond that is truly special. Lighter colored variations are less expensive than the more intensely colored diamonds. Depending on their budgets, many people sacrifice clarity or carat size in order to have a more unique gem that still fits into their price range.
Cut is a very important characteristic that many people overlook. No matter what the clarity, carat weight or color of a diamond, a poorly cut diamond will not sparkle as much or look as good as a diamond that is well-cut. Although cut affects price less than the other three C's, it is a very important factor. For those who want a great looking diamond that is still affordable, the best recommendation is to sacrifice slightly on the first three C's if necessary in order to get a diamond that is well cut.Posted October 26, 2011