All about Diamonds

All about Diamonds

Diamonds are known as a symbol of romance and hope to start one’s lifetime of happiness.

They are indestructible stones made up of crystalline carbon. Diamonds were used as a way to communicate thoughts onto a rock. Researchers recognized that the hard substance provided an excellent way to engrave their thoughts on rocks and cave walls. Diamonds as jewelry first appeared in the European courts, with the French king Louis IX bestowing his favor to the sparkling gem.

He passed a law stating that diamonds could be used only by kings and established the supremacy of the diamond over all other gemstones. Till 1750, India was the only known source of diamonds, but soon diamonds were discovered in Brazil too. Modern diamond mining began quite late, in the year 1860, with the discovery of diamonds in Hopetown, South Africa.

 

What You Didn't Know About Diamonds

  • A DIAMOND IS AT LEAST 990,000,000 YEARS OLD.
  • 10 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD OWE THEIR LIVELIHOOD TO THE DIAMOND INDUSTRY.
  • DIAMONDS ARE PRESENT IN SEVERAL COLORS, BUT THE RAREST IS THE RED DIAMOND.
  • DIAMONDS ARE SEEN AS THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS A PERSON'S LOVE - ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • ACTOR RICHARD BURTON GIFTED ELIZABETH TAYLOR THE 33-CARAT KRUPP DIAMOND AND A PEAR SHAPED 69 CARAT DIAMONDS.
  • THE LARGEST DIAMOND EVER DISCOVERED WAS THE 3016 CULLINAN. THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN JOSEPH ASCHER WAS CHOSEN TO CUT IT. HIS FIRST ATTEMPT TO CUT THE DIAMOND SHATTERED HIS BLADE AND ASCHER PROMPTLY FAINTED. THE DIAMOND WAS FINALLY CUT INTO NINE GEMS.
  • IN 2004, ASTRONOMER TRAVIS METCALFE DISCOVERED A DIAMOND STAR THAT IS ESTIMATED TO BE 10 BILLION TRILLION TRILLION CARATS.
  • SOME OF THE BEST-KNOWN DIAMONDS ARE THE 45 CARAT HOPE DIAMOND, THE 546 CARAT GOLDEN JUBILEE AND THE KOHINOOR.
  • DIAMONDS CAME TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH ROMANCE AFTER A DE BEERS AD CAMPAIGN WHICH CAME UP WITH THE LINE DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

 

 

Educational:

 

Know Your Diamonds - The Types

 

Chemical Classification of Diamonds

 

Diamonds are classified as Type I or Type II depending on the extent of chemical impurities found in them. Type I diamonds contain nitrogen molecules and Type II diamonds have other impurities apart from nitrogen. Nearly 98% of diamonds are Type I diamonds.

Classification on Basis of Origin

 

Diamonds are classified into three types depending on the basis of their origin. These include natural diamonds, synthetic industrial diamonds and thin film diamonds. Natural diamonds, as the name suggests, are found naturally.

Synthetic industrial diamonds are created by subjecting graphite and various catalysts to high hydraulic pressures and temperatures. These diamonds are of poor quality and are not used in jewelry. However, they find a market for industrial purposes. The third type of diamond is created by a process known as chemical vapor deposition.

 

Classification of Diamonds Based on Color

 

The most common type of diamond is the white diamond. It comes in several shapes and sizes and is mined in all diamond producing countries of the world. Colored diamonds include yellow, blue pink and champagne diamonds. The pink diamond is the rarest and most sought-after diamond. Around 95% of the world's supply of pink diamonds comes from the Argyle mine.

 

How Good is Your Diamond?

 

You can check out how good your diamond is after considering the 4Cs. These stand for Cut, Color, Carat and Clarity.

  • A WELL-CUT DIAMOND SPARKLES BRIGHTER AND THE MORE CUTS THE DIAMOND HAS, THE MORE BEAUTIFUL IT LOOKS. IT TAKES TIME AND SKILL TO PRODUCE A WELL-CUT DIAMOND. IF YOUR DIAMOND HAS A HIGH CUT GRADE, IT WILL BE VALUED MORE HIGHLY.
  • THE COLOR OF YOUR DIAMOND WILL DETERMINE ITS QUALITY. WHEN BUYING A DIAMOND, REMEMBER THAT A SMALL DIFFERENCE IN THE COLOR GRADE CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE PRICE OF THE DIAMOND.
  • FLAWLESS DIAMONDS ARE RARE AND VERY EXPENSIVE. MOST DIAMONDS HAVE IMPERFECTIONS. HOWEVER, THE FEWER AND LESS VISIBLE THE IMPERFECTIONS, THE MORE VALUED IS THE DIAMOND.
  • BUY CERTIFIED DIAMONDS. CERTIFICATIONS ARE QUALITY REPORTS DONE BY INDEPENDENT GEMOLOGICAL LABS. SOME OF THE POPULAR CERTIFICATIONS ARE GIA, AGS AND IGI.

With its unique sparkle and glitter, the diamond continues to captivate and enthrall people across different countries and cultures!

 

Properties Associated with Diamonds

 

Diamonds reportedly have the power to remove any inferiority complex. It is often prescribed as a panacea for creative blocks suffered by artists, writers and actors. Those who believe in the powers of gemstones attribute the diamond with the power to ward off negativity and to maintain good health.

 

Tales Associated with Famous Diamonds

 

The Cullinan

 

Weighing a whopping 3106.75 carats, the diamond was discovered in 1905. There were a lot of discussions and confabulations regarding the cutting of the diamond. When D-Day arrived and the appointed master diamond craftsman Mr. J Ascher struck the diamond, his cleaver broke into two. Mr. Ascher was overcome and fainted.

 

The Kohinoor

 

The Kohinoor was owned by several Indian kings before finally making its way into England. However, the buzz around the stone is that it can be owned only by a woman. If a man owns the Kohinoor, he either loses his position or other misfortunes come visiting him.

 

The Blue Hope

 

The 45.52 carat stone has brought bad luck to successive owners. Legend has it that it was stolen from an idol in a Hindu temple and the temple priest cursed the thief and all subsequent owners of the stone.

 

The diamond's beauty is truly dazzling, but it is the myths associated with it that make it a stone beyond compare.

 

 

Ethical Sale of Diamonds

 

Diamonds are the ultimate gift to show your love. But do you know what the stone itself contributed to?  In many cases, a trail of war and violence. Read on to learn about Blood Diamonds....

Diamonds are exquisite stones. They symbolize love, wealth and status and are cherished as some of the most beautiful possessions one can have.

But, what is the history of that piece of ancient stone? Not the history of how it was formed, but of where it was mined, where it came from. This has become a controversial issue in recent years, but one that everyone should be aware of.

 

What You Should Know About Conflict Diamonds

 

Most diamonds are mined in African countries. Some of these countries are regions of bloody conflicts that result in horrible human atrocities and misery. As these are also some of the poorest regions of the world, it is hard for the people to escape from the causes and effects of unregulated diamond trade.

 

Diamonds as Fuel for Conflicts

 

In many of these regions of Africa, rebel groups and terrorist organizations use the proceeds from the sale of diamonds they have mined to fund their agenda. They even force people to work as slave labor to mine the diamonds. The mining methods are primitive, involving brutal manual labor. This creates a vicious cycle where the people are unable to find any escape from their poverty other than to work for these organizations.

In countries like Liberia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, the money from sale of diamonds have contributed hugely to horror tales of terrorism, torture, rape, child labor and slavery.

People who buy diamonds are generally unaware of what their money might be contributing to. Till recently, the diamond trade generally ignored the trail of blood the stones left behind. But, as the world woke up to what was happening, there was a general outcry to do something to stop the trade in 'Blood Diamonds' as the diamonds from these conflict areas came to be called.

The Kimberley Process

 

In 2000, the UN General Assembly recognized the gravity of the situation and initiated a process that would require the Diamond Trade to cut ties with Blood Diamond sources.

 Many African countries that have a legitimate diamond trade came together to draft a scheme by which they could trace the source of diamonds that enter the legitimate market. This scheme, on its final draft, came to be called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

 

The Goals and Implementation of KPCS

 

The KPCS requires that diamonds be shipped in tamper-proof shipping crates accompanied by detailed documentation tracking their source. This documentation is to ensure that the diamonds did not originate in a conflict area.

The KPCS is a self-regulatory process and participation in this scheme is voluntary.  Many countries still do not comply with this scheme. So, the process still has a long way to go. But, it was a positive start to end the trade in Blood Diamonds.

 

The Flaws in KPCS

 

As mentioned before, even now, many countries don't recognize the KPCS and so conflict diamonds could still enter legitimate markets. Another criticism against the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is that its goals are too narrow. It just aims to make sure that the diamonds did not originate in known conflict areas. It largely ignores other issues like Human Rights Violation, Child Labor, Slave Labor and impact on the environment.

These are major issues in some countries where diamonds are mined, regions other than the recognized conflict areas. Some of these atrocities even take place with the sanction of the legitimate government in these countries.

 

Other Codes for Authentication of Diamonds

 

Many independent regulatory schemes have come up like the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Authenticating Canadian Diamond Claims. This authenticates diamonds mined in Canada and guarantees the stones are 'conflict free'.

But, it is Africa that is the richest source of diamonds and it is there that the problems are mainly concentrated.  Some traders have their own ethical code that goes beyond the KPCS stipulations. Many countries and organizations have now begun to push for stricter controls on the diamond trade.

 

Creating Awareness Among Consumers

 

The need is to raise awareness among consumers about the possible violent history of the stones they purchase. No human being wants to contribute to brutal bloodshed and conflicts, but most people are not aware of these issues.

Many organizations and even individuals are now campaigning to create awareness through blogs and other medium. Information is a potent weapon. If people begin to be aware of the issues and start insisting on knowing where their diamonds came from, traders would be forced to confront the issues.

Many websites and news features are now highlighting individual horror stories about the victims of conflict in the ravaged areas. They tell stories of mutilations and torture, of rape and humiliation, of slavery and child labor. They highlight the effects of unregulated mining practices on the environment. The link between these issues and the diamonds are explained through the story of how diamonds are creating the funds for the organizations that indulge in these horrific acts.

These stories, highlighting personal details, create more of an impact among viewers. As more people become aware of the issues, it is widely hoped that more pressure will be exerted on the traders and governments to act.

 

How Consumers Can Make a Difference

 

As the implementation of regulations on diamond trade is not uniform, many retailers can't really provide their consumers with any real guarantee about the history of the precious stones they are selling. As the law is not strict, they cannot ask questions. But, the average customer can, and in the end, it is the general public who can initiate the change.

Diamonds are symbols of prestige. They are admired for their beauty. But if the trail they have left behind is ugly, would the customers still be willing to buy them?

The next time you buy diamonds, buy them from established traders and websites who can guarantee the source of the stones. These big firms have the power to ask questions and can follow more stringent standards.

If each buyer insists on knowing the details of the source of their diamonds, the Diamond Trade and the governments will be forced to take more stringent action. Insist on written guarantees that the diamonds did not come from problem areas.

You, as a customer, can make a difference. You can help stop the violence and human misery and environmental damage that go on unchecked. If you just pause to ask questions before you make the purchase. The power is with you.

 

 

The Healing Powers of Diamonds

 

Diamond is a precious stone of miraculous abilities and exceptional power. It is the king among gems and that is why the Greeks named the stone "adamas", which means indestructible and invincible. 

This beautiful stone is generally colorless and exhibits pale hues of pink, blue, yellow, brown and grey colors. Diamonds with brighter colors are unique and they invariably attract a large amount of admiration and invariably attract huge appreciation and acquire detailed and individual descriptions.

 

Discovering the Power of Diamonds

 

When a diamond is properly faceted, it sparkles with multi-colored rays of light. The famous Persian poet Hafiz mentioned that "the rainbow is confined in it forever". Diamonds have many healing powers as they strengthen and re-energize all the energy centers of the wearer.

 In the East, diamonds are used as heart tonifies; to be used as one you have to place a diamond in the water for a night and it should be consumed the next day.

Since time immemorial people have had a belief that diamonds are miracle stones. It was a popular belief that people who carry diamonds wouldn't suffer from chronic stomach problems or any memory loss. Hindus in the ancient times strongly believed that the vibrations of a diamond render a very positive aura to many organs of the body and brain and heart in particular.

Other healing powers of diamonds also include protecting the owner from driving away bad dreams, fight depressions and preventing apoplexy. Green diamonds are particularly useful to mothers during their time of delivery; this type of diamond is also considered to be a symbol of motherhood.

 

Diamond Ring Buying Guide

 

If we look back, the history of how rings evolved as the symbol of wedlock originated with tribes tying grass roots around the newlyweds to indicate that they were now promised to each other. Over the years, this was changed to tying the wrists together and then later, the respective fingers.

Today we use a ring to symbolize more than just marriage, there's a ring for every reason and for every season, be it friendship, graduation, baby showers or even turning sixteen.

Buying the ideal ring can be an intimidating task with all the homework and technicalities involved in the selection and purchase of precious stones. Our purpose in educating you on the finer details of jewelry shopping is to enable you to make a more informed decision when it comes to a financial investment like a diamond or a gemstone. Buying jewelry is a very personal matter since the focus is on matching the person with the piece of accessory you're going to buy, so there's very little room to be impulsive.

 

Diamond Ring Types

 

Bands: are the simplest form of ring you can find. Normally it's a flat piece of metal made into a circle.

Solitaire Rings: are rings that have a large gemstone in the center which stands out. Depending on the shape of the stone, the rings are called round, oval, square, cushion, etc.

Eternity Rings: are rings that have same sized gemstones embedded all around the ring. These rings are usually in a claw or channel setting. If the stones only go half way around, then it's called the half eternity ring.

Cluster Rings: usually consist of gemstones in a cluster setting as the centerpiece. This gives the illusion of one large stone from a distance. Sometimes the cluster setting could also contain one large stone and several stones surrounding it.

Three Stone Ring: as the name suggests, these rings contains 3 gemstones, often one larger than the other two and set in the middle. This type of setting is largely popular when combining diamonds and gemstones.

Five Stone Ring: Like the three-stone ring, this ring contains 5 gems set in a row, with or without a combination of diamonds.

Ring Sizing:

 

How do you find a ring that fits? If you're worried about the size of the ring, our suggestion is to find a ring that's a little smaller than the second knuckle of the finger. Large knuckled people should wear looser rings and slimmer hands require tighter rings. It's important to get the size of the ring right the first time since some rings cannot be reset. There are multiple factors that affect the finger size from the weather to internal bodily functions, so another suggestion would be to find an older ring that he or she uses, and use that as a reference.

 

Picking the Right Diamond Ring

 

The symbol of the ring and the exchange of the rings during marriage is a symbol of eternal togetherness, happiness and love. Picking the right ring for a proposal or an engagement cannot be an impulsive decision since you're probably looking for something special and affordable at the same time. There are several aspects you need to consider when trying to pick the right ring.

Budget - Once you've got an idea of what your budget is, your shopping instantly becomes easier since the out of budget buys get automatically filtered out. Also, if she's hinted or told you what kind of ring she's looking for you can then choose the setting and gemstone accordingly.

 

Quality - Once you've finalized on the right ring, make sure you check its quality. With the growing popularity of online shopping, quality checks become essential and should not be compromised on.

 

Her Preferences - What color does she like? What setting would she like? Would she prefer something simple or something with a little more sparkle? Does she have a favorite gemstone? Or a favorite metal? Observe the jewelry she's currently wearing to get an idea of her preferences.

 

Her Personality - Is she social and gregarious? Or shy and reserved? Also, don't buy her something she's already got in her cupboard, this one needs to stand out from the rest of her collection.

 

Custom Make - There are also options where you can design your own engagement ring. We suggest you look at those options too but make sure you do your homework on the 4C's of gemstone or diamond buying. Sometimes a better cut or color may be the right ring, even though the clarity isn't too high.

 

Educate yourself - Before setting out to buy a ring, make sure you're thoroughly informed about the buying guides for gemstones and diamonds so you get lots or frustrated along the way. This information will save you from making an impulsive decision.

 

Ask questions - You could always team up with a friend who knows her to help you out, or better still, ask her to come along and choose her own ring!

Certifications and Return Policies are crucial. Look into those too.

 

Get the size right:

 

If you're planning to surprise her, factor in enough time to research and buy your ring so nothing is hurried about this decision.

Choose something that is timeless and of high quality so the ring remains a symbol of your love forever. Also make provisions for the Wedding Bands which are likely to follow next.

Popular metals for engagement rings are Yellow Gold, White Gold and Platinum and Gemstones combined with Diamonds. Using her birthstone is an effective idea although make sure you choose the right gemstone since this is a ring she will be wearing every day.

We wish you luck and happiness and we hope you pick the right ring!

 

Storing Your Diamonds

When not wearing your jewelry, store them in proper jewelry cases. Buy cases that have cloth lining or buy jewelry cases that have separate compartments for different kinds of jewelry. If you have to store them in a plain box, wrap each piece in tissue paper. Don't let your jewelry rub against each other. This could cause chipping and scratches.

Periodic Checkup

Take your diamonds to the jewelers twice a year or once every year, to check if the stones are loosened from their setting or if they need any other kind of care that only a professional jeweler can provide.You can also get your jewelry professionally cleaned at the jewelers every year.

Diamonds are precious possessions and need proper care to last long and keep looking good. Preventing damage, lessening the daily wear on them and cleaning them regularly can keep your stones bright and sparkling for long. It is also important to let a jeweler inspect your diamonds and do any repair work necessary from time to time.

 

Buy certified diamonds. Certifications are quality reports done by independent gemological labs. Some of the popular certifications are GIA, AGS and IGI.

With its unique sparkle and glitter, the diamond continues to captivate and enthrall people across different countries and cultures!

 

 

Some Tips on Storing Diamond Jewelry

 

Now that you have bought all the jewelry you wanted to, where and how do you store them? Keeping all your jewelry in a single box or place can cause all of them to be tangled and might also damage them. 

Storing jewelry in a proper way not only increases its life but also avoids tarnishing and contamination. It also ensures that the sparkle and brightness of the jewelry lasts longer.

One of the most important aspects of storing jewelry is that each type of jewelry has a unique set up. Did you know that storing jewelry can reduce the original worth of the items much lesser that what they are actually valued at?

 

So, if you want to learn to master the art of storing jewelry in the right way, read up the tips mentioned below.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #1

 

Sturdy jewelry cases with soft interiors are the best bet for keeping your jewelry safe. While the tough and sturdy external cover would protect the jewelry from any external damages, its soft interiors would keep the jewelry safe from any unwanted scratches.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #2

 

In case the option of a jewelry case isn't there, storing it in soft fabric pouches is an ideal option you can think of. These pouches are a good choice if you are travelling and have space restrictions.

 

 

Storing jewelry Tip #3

 

Nowadays, multi-storage cases or pouches are also available in the market. These pouches have defined spaces for storing different types of jewelry. There is a horizontal space for storing all the chains and necklaces, ear rings and rings are kept on padded cushions that are available on the pouch.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #4

 

A three-drawer organizer is also available for storing different jewelry. While one drawer is available for storing necklaces, the other one is used for keeping rings and charms and the last compartment can store bracelets.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #5

 

A plastic zip-lock bag, which comes with an anti-tarnish strip, can also be used for the same. It not only protects jewelry but also delays the tarnishing in jewelry.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #6

 

Pearls are very soft and need extremely protective storage. A dust free bag would be an ideal storage for them.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #7

 

Gemstones are very susceptible for scratching and cracking. So, a nice way to store gemstones would be to keep them in a separate pouch.

 

Storing jewelry Tip #8

 

You can retain the original shine of a silver jewelry by keeping it in a tarnish resistant case and cloth.

Now that you know the right place for your jewelry, start giving them their own space from now on. See them sparkle and shine!

 

How to Take Care of Diamonds

 

The main feature of any diamond jewelry is the sparkle. So, how do you keep your stones from losing their color and sparkle? Read on to find how you can keep your diamonds bright and shiny.

Diamonds are among the hardest substances on earth. Yet, they can be damaged if you do not take good care of them. Diamond jewelry, when worn constantly, can accumulate dust and grime and become dull.

Diamonds may also get scratched or the stones can work loose from the settings. When you store your jewelry together, they can rub against each other and get scratched.

 

The Daily Diamond Care

 

Diamonds are not delicate objects, but even the toughest items do need care if you want them to keep looking their best. And you do the most damage to jewelry and precious stones in all the little daily chores you do.

 

Chemicals That Are Harmful to Diamonds

 

Chlorine and other chemicals can harm diamonds and the metals in which they are set. Prolonged exposure to chlorine, as in a swimming pool, can make your diamonds look dull. The chemicals can also eat away at the gold setting. The stones could then work loose from the prongs.

 

The chemicals that you use while doing washing and cleaning work can also be harmful to your jewelry. The oils, lotions and soaps you use every day can leave traces that accumulate over time and create a filmy layer over the stones, making them lose their sparkle.

 

 

Rough Use

Wearing your diamond ring when working in the garden can add to the dirt and grime that tarnish your jewelry. You also increase the possibility of losing your ring as you are digging and weeding.

Banging your jewelry against hard surfaces when you are cleaning the house or doing some other rough work can chip the stones or scratch them.

To keep your jewelry from getting damaged in the above situations, remove them and put them in a safe place till you have finished these jobs. If that is not practical, where possible, wear gloves. When you take off your gloves, be sure you don't pull your rings off with them too.

 

 

Cleaning Diamonds

 

It is not always possible to wear gloves or keep taking your jewelry off and putting them on again several times a day. So, eventually, jewelry does get dirty. How do you clean them and get their sparkle back? It is possible to clean your diamonds at home, but you need to get ready a few basic items first.

 

 

The Bare Necessities

 

You need to be ready with the following items - a soft brush, like an eyebrow brush, a toothpick, a strainer, some tissue paper and a lint-free soft cloth.

There are many ways to clean your precious stones and all are simple and can be done at home.

 

Mild Detergent Solution

 

Use a mild detergent and create a warm sudsy solution. Leave your jewelry in it for a few minutes. Then take it out and work up lather by scrubbing it gently with a soft brush. Put the jewelry in a strainer and rinse it with warm water. Once it is clean, take it out and pat it dry with a soft cloth. Make sure that it is a lint-free cloth.

 

A Cold Bath

Make a mild solution using one-part mild dishwashing detergent and four parts cold water. Put your jewelry in this solution and leave it there for some time. Pick up the jewelry and clean around the edges with a soft brush like an eyebrow brush. Rinse the jewelry and leave it to drain on tissue paper.

The Special Agent

Get one of the brand name jewelry Cleaning Liquids that are available in shops. Make sure you buy a product that can be used on the type of jewelry you wish to clean. Some gemstones can be more delicate than others. So, take care about which cleaner you choose when cleaning jewelry that has multiple types of stones.

Once you have chosen the appropriate cleaning liquid, read the instructions carefully. Don't ever skip this step. The instructions might contain warnings and exceptions. Be careful to note these points. Now, clean your jewelry as instructed.

 

The Sound Cleaner

Sometimes, the grime and dirt accumulated around the stones might not yield to mild cleaning. You can try Ultrasonic Cleaning to clear out this stubborn dirt. Small Ultrasonic Cleaners are available in shops.  These devices come with a metal cup which can be filled with a mild detergent solution. These machines send high frequency sound waves through the soap solution, causing the liquid to vibrate. This vibrating liquid then causes the dirt and grime to move, clearing them from the jewelry.

 

Take care while using these machines. Buy the appropriate device and read the instructions carefully. These machines might cause the stones to work loose from the settings, so use with caution.

 

Ammonia Solution

Ammonia solutions are effective in cleaning diamond jewelry without causing damage. However, do not use them on fracture-filled diamonds.

A good way to find ammonia based cleaner at home is to find if your window cleaning liquid is ammonia based. If it is, pour a little in a cup and leave your jewelry in it for a few minutes. Make sure it is a mild solution (If in doubt don't use this method). Remove the jewelry from the cup and put it in a strainer. Rinse it and pat it dry with a soft cloth.

Take It to the Jeweler

If your jewelry refuses to yield to any of these treatments, it is time to call in the professional. Take your precious pieces to a jeweler and have them cleaned.

 

 

Diamond Earrings Buying Guide

 

Earrings are a universal gift and possibly the safest present you could give anyone. A variety of earrings are available today but that can also leave you confused about which is the best option, and we understand that. From studs to drops to long danglers, to diamonds or gemstones, simple or complex designs, the list of decisions to make can be a long one. To help you along the way, these are a few things you might need to keep in mind.

 

Determine the Face Type

 

What is your face type, or how do you find out what it is? The answer is quite simply to stand in front of a mirror and trace your face outline on the mirror with a lipstick.

Make sure your hair is secured away from your face before you do this. Study the outline and determine the main contours to identify the basic shape of your face. Once you've identified your Face Type, it becomes easier to select jewelry to suit it. Sometimes your face could be a+ combination of different face types so it's always better to identify the Face Type before choosing your jewelry. Earrings help draw attention to your best features and often complements your style and taste.

 

 

Some of the main Face Types are:

 

Round Face

 

Generally wide at the cheekbones and in the shape of a circle, often called the baby face due to the soft lines of this face shape. The best suited earrings for a round face tend to be long danglers to take the focus away from the dramatic cheekbones. Square and Oval shaped earrings or Diamonds could also be well suited.

 

Oval Face

 

Shaped like an Oval, this face type tends to be wide at the forehead and narrow at the chin, often called a 'long face' as well. This particular Face Type is suitable to any design and is also called the 'ideal' face shape for women. From danglers to studs, the Oval Face Type can carry off any pair earrings with style.

 

Square Face Type

 

Square faces are so called because they tend to be proportionate in width and length. A square face would normally have a wide forehead and strong jaw line as well which can often be balanced by a pair of oversized round earrings or large drops or danglers.

 

Diamond Face Type

 

A Diamond face is similar to the Oval or Round face type i.e. the cheekbones are the most prominent feature of the face, and narrower at the chin.This versatile face type is suitable for any earring design from smart office studs to lovely evening danglers.

 

Rectangle Face Type

 

A Rectangle Face Type has a large and prominent forehead which is its most dominating character.  Also known as the Oblong Face Type, a rectangle face would be much longer vertically than horizontally. Since rectangle faces are long, long earring designs should be avoided. On the contrary, earrings that accentuate the cheekbones and take the focus away from the length of the face are recommended like small drops or chandelier earrings.

 

 

 

 

Types of Earrings

 

There are a few basic categories of earrings:

 

1. The Chandelier Earrings which has a large gemstone and smaller ones suspended from it

2. The Huggies which snugly fit around your ear lobe and are often clasped at the back

3. Hoops which are curved wires or bands and sometimes have a pendant dangling from it

4. Studs which consist of a stem and a head with a screw to secure it at the back, normally seen in gemstone earrings

5. Briolette which are teardrop shaped earrings, or any elongated shape.

6. Drops or Danglers which are drop shaped or dangle slightly below the ear lobe.

 

To complement the types of earrings, there are also categories of earring backings that secure them in place. The most popular of these are the Friction post nut, the Screw back, the Swivel Post and the Lever back. Always make sure the earring backing is crafted to perfection to ensure you never lose your earring.

 

Earrings can make an outfit. While the long glamorous danglers need little in terms of other accessories and a subtle outfit, studs can also make a statement in their own way. It's all a question of enhancing your look by highlighting your earrings and customizing your look to fit that lovely pair.

 

 

Pendants Buying Guide

 

A pendant can make a statement or enhance your look depending on how you wear it. Pendants make for special gifts and last forever by making a lifelong memory.

 

Choosing the Right Chain

 

While choosing the right pendant is important, it is also important to pick the right chain to accentuate it. While longer chains suit closed necks, shorter chains are best suited for longer necklines or summer dresses. A chain can be worn to classy evening affair or to work every day depending on the design and the pendant.

 

A quick guide to picking the right chain is below:

 

Collar Style, best suited for low necklines or off shoulders used largely for a formal evening or a special day.

Chokers, best suited for strapless tops which could be casual or semiformal

Princess, suited best for high necklines but can be worn with anything

Matinee, best suited for very high or very low necklines

Opera, best suited for a formal evening event

However, the pendant and chain and the length of the chain depends on where you'd like the pendant to rest so roughly measure your neckline and then decide on the right chain.

 

Chain Types and Chain Clasps

 

There are plenty of variety of chains to choose from depending on your pendant and the final look you're aiming for. While the cable chain is the most popular, you could also look at Box Chains, Rope Chains, Figaro Chains, and Curb Chains. The different clasps that hold a chain are the Lobster Claw Clasp or the Spring Ring Clasp both being easy to handle and a safe way to secure your necklace.

 

Choosing a pendant and a chain ultimately lies in what you're looking for and is an extremely personal matter. Remember that these are timeless pieces so make sure you pick the one you like the best. Make sure you also store your jewelry well so they don't lose any of their luster. The safest bet is to keep them in the box they came in and not to stuff too many necklaces together in one box. Also make sure your necklaces aren't bent as these weaken the clasps.

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