How Not To Be Fooled By Non-Authentic Diamond Purchases

 

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There is the age old saying: “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Fortunately, this statement holds true to its meaning. Diamonds are a universal gem and hold their value, being one of the most precious gems money can buy. One of the reasons why diamonds cost so much is because they are hard to come by. Both the extraction and cutting process takes a great amount of time and effort to produce that shiny beautiful gem you are wearing around your neck or on your finger. When purchasing diamonds or jewellery in general, there are wide selections to choose from. But when making your selection, buyers must also be wary of the authenticity of the diamonds themselves.

Types of diamond jewellery

There is a plethora of diamond jewellery that any buyer can choose from. If you ask anyone about what they think about when they hear the word “diamond”, they instantly will think “rings”. Although it is true that a majority of diamonds are used as an accessory to rings, the variants of jewellery are quite extensive. These include :

Many stores worldwide sell a range of diamond jewellery. Diamonds for Less, a diamond store in Toronto, sells an interesting range of diamond jewellery in Canada which is open to the public.

For customers looking for something unique, Diamonds For Less offers customised jewellery. Furthermore, they will always show you their actual jewellery pieces before you make a purchase, where you can check their overall quality and authenticity.

How to check authenticity

Speaking of authenticity, there are several do’s and don’ts of diamond buying. Buyers must always be wary when purchasing an item that can potentially break their bank. To the untrained eye, a piece of glass cut into a diamond like shape could be a real diamond. However, it is not that simple. For those new to learning about diamonds, it is wise to know a bit more about the four C’s of diamond buying in order to check its true authenticity. These four C’s are:

  1. Cut
  2. Clarity
  3. Colour
  4. Carat

There are certain standards that apply to these four C’s. From there, their overall grade can be determined using an alphabetical hierarchy list. The higher the alphabetical hierarchy, the better the grade and the more valuable the diamond. In addition to the four C’s, make sure of the following to check for authenticity:

  • Check the seller’s background and any reviews from previous customers
  • Always make sure the seller allows you to inspect the diamond up close
  • Make sure the diamond has a certificate
  • Make sure that the certificate is authorised by an independent source such as GIA, HRD, Gemscan etc.
  • Forget about branded diamonds
  • Have the diamond checked in front of you by a gemologist if you are spending big money
  • Have the appraisal done in front of you before purchasing.

Conclusion

By following these simple guidelines, you can rest easy knowing that your diamond purchase will remain authentic. Do not be fooled by savvy diamond salesmen who try to lure you in offering dodgy items without any authenticity. Being a smart buyer will guarantee that you have made the right purchase and will certainly avoid any future regrets when purchasing the precious gem.

Mother’s Fashion in Diamonds: Things You Need to Know

Mother’s are the people who love their children unconditionally. This is perhaps the only love that does not need any reason or cause. It blooms automatically and stays forever. An excellent way to acknowledge this love would be through a gift of diamond jewellery.

Diamonds are precious possessions that signify everlasting love for your dear ones. It is only natural to give presents of diamond to the person you love the most in this world. These diamonds could be bought as ornaments or as precious stones. Though it is a usual practice to buy diamonds as ornaments, you could also buy these as standalone gift  to your mother.

Diamonds are a girls best friend

Diamonds are a girls best friend

 

For buying diamonds you should approach a dealer of authentic diamonds. To make your purchase of this exquisite stone affordable, it would be wise to opt for discount stores. The best prices on loose diamonds would give the scope of making a purchase as per your exact needs.

Varieties offered

Buying diamond jewellery for your mother could be an exciting experience. Your choice of jewelry could be impressive with necklaces, earrings, bangles, and rings. In case you would prefer to gift something trendy, then fashion jewellery could be your best solution. Fashion jewellery has become quite popular due to its light weight, conventional and unconventional designing, and affordability. So when you buy for your mother, you should always be alert.

Before buying a diamond fashion accessory it is important to carry out a 4C test.

Marilyn in diamonds

Marilyn in diamonds

Carrying out the 4C test

While buying, a dealer carries out the 4C test of the concerned diamond. Determining the quality of a diamond is never easy as there are a number of attributes to consider, like carat, cut, colour and clarity. For a beginner or untrained buyer, it is difficult for selecting a diamond based on these attributes. By colour, a diamond could be red, pink, brown, blue, yellow or white. Only a seasoned diamond dealer would be an expert in carrying out these tests.

Any diamond is first judged by its colour. White and yellow diamonds are most preferred because of their brilliance and their brightness. The other shades though attractive are not much in demand. If however, you own diamonds of any other shade they could also be sold. Classified by clarity a diamond could have different gradations or flaws. A normally flawless diamond would appear absolutely clear to naked eyes. The cut of a diamond is a vital parameter of price determination for any diamond piece. In fact, the brilliance of any stone depends on its cut.

The most important determinant of the price of your diamond is its weight measured in carats. Cut, colour and clarity are physical aspects determined through visual examination. Only when you are satisfied with the visual characteristics of a stone would you plan to buy it. The most important parameter of price determination is the weight of the gemstone. The weight of diamond is measured in carats, and the higher it is the greater is its rate. For instance, the per carat price of a 4 carat diamond would be more than the per carat price of a 2 carat variety.

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Certification of sellers

Many of the diamond sellers are affiliated to societies like AGS (American Gem Society), and GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Being members of these societies you are assured of a justifiable deal whether you buy or sell. If you sell, money is paid instantly. These certifications also help in developing the consumer trust. However, for your satisfaction, it is better to check out with a few of these sellers before making the final decision of buying a diamond for your mother.

Bio

About the author – Vincent Warne is an expert mineralogist with a vast experience of travelling all around the globe studying minerals and other precious stones. He is also an expert in determining best prices in loose diamonds available in American markets.

Little Voice brings Judy and Marilyn to life at the Birmingham Rep

One of the most memorable scenes in modern film is the one where a drunken, shambolic Ray Say, played by the magnificent Michael Caine, sings an expletive laden version of ‘It’s Over’ by Roy Orbison. This is, of course, a scene from Little Voice, the film version of the National theatre smash hit ‘The Rise and Fall of the Little Voice’, and it is one of my favourite films. So I had very high expectations of the new touring production starring ex Coronation Street stalwarts Vicky Entwhistle and Chris Gascoyne that opened at the Birmingham Rep last night. I’m pleased to say that the play and performances exceeded every single one of them. It is magnificent.

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Little Voice is a fragile, introverted young girl with a secret, awe-inspiring talent. Living with the blousy Mari, a vulgar lush excuse of a mother, she spends all of her time in her bedroom, listening to the cherished records left to her by her late father, the music of doomed divas like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas. When a drunk Mari brings local big shot Ray Say home, a power cut leads him to discover Little Voice’s very big talent for mimicking her idols to almost uncanny effect. Ray hears the cash tills ringing as he realises that the timid girl may just be the meal ticket he has spent his whole life looking for. This sets up a chain of events that may just destroy Mari, Ray and Little Voice, and all they hold dear to them.

Vicky Entwistle as Mari and Chris Gascoyne as Ray Say in The Rise And Fa...

Little Voice is played by Nancy Sullivan and it is one hell of a performance. She is totally believable when shy and nervous, but when she transforms into the performing Little Voice she literally raises the roof with her performances as Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, and a tremendous Edith Piaf. It is an awesome performance, totally powerful and unforgettable.

Nancy Sullivan as LV in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice. Photo by Keit...Vicky Entwhistle and Chris Gascoyne are also perfect, and, at times, hilariously funny in a triumphant double act. Chris just oozes oily charm as Ray Say, all white socks and slip on shoes – you can almost smell the Brut reeking from him. He shows great range in taking Ray from a sleazy charmer to a nasty, predatory bully who shows no qualms in using violence against his star act. And ‘that’ performance of ‘It’s over’ is a brilliant tour de force.

Chris Gascoyne as Ray Say and Vicky Entwistle as Mari in The Rise And Fa...

Vicky Entwhistle is also superb as Mari, a bully of a mother and friend. She is brash, charmless and an horrific mother, but in Vicky’s hands she is also hilarious and very real. Mari may be a nasty vicious bully to those closest to her, but she has also been hurt and abused too and Vicky lets these glimpses of pathos come through, not least in the scene where she holds up the ash of her furniture.

Vicky Entwistle as Mari in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice. Photo by K...The supporting cast are also impressive, from the hilarious Joanne Brookes as Sadie, overweight and chastised for it by Mari (‘come and choose a chair to crush’ being an example), to Brendan Charleson as the fabulously named Mr Boo (don’t shout my name too loud you’ll scare me). Tendayi Jembere is just lovely as Little Voice’s love interest Billy, another gentle soul who loves lights the same way Little Voice loves music. His scenes with Nancy Sullivan give the play real heart.

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Little Voice is a true modern classic, one full of memorable, shocking, funny and tender moments, all of which help to create an unforgettable theatre experience.

Little Voice is at the Birmingham Rep until 30th May. For ticket information click here.