Non Traditional Diamonds Engagement Rings

Traditional diamond engagement rings seem to never go out of style. Still, there are some brides-to-be that have an appreciation for the not so traditional look. If you’re one of these women, you may want to take a look at some of the non-traditional celebrity diamond engagement rings to draw some inspiration from.

One of the most non-traditional diamond rings in Hollywood would have to be the diamond engagement/wedding ring that Christina Applegate received when her and her long-time beau, Martyn LeNoble exchanged I do’s in February of 2013.

Her wedding ring has got to be one of the most unique in all of Hollywood. It was crafted by famed Jeweler, Neil Lane. The ring is made from platinum and crafted into a sleeve-like design. Then he took Christina’s engagement ring and fit it inside a sleeve of tiny diamonds so the two rings became one. The ring is absolutely stunning, and there is no other one of its kind.

Diamonds Engagement ringAnother non-traditional diamond engagement ring is that of Artisan, Jessica Simpson. Her ring was also designed by Neil Lane, and is a stunning 5-carat ruby ring with a pear-shaped diamond on either side of the ruby. It’s not the traditional diamond stone that many are accustomed to getting, but there’s not much that’s traditional about Jessica so it’s a perfect ring for her.

Not to be outdone by Eric Johnson’s beautiful unique ruby engagement ring to Jessica is the non-traditional ring Angelina Jolie received from Brad Pitt. This ring is unique in every sense of the word.

Crafted by famed jeweller and designer, Robert Procop, this beautiful diamond engagement ring is estimated to be worth $500,000.00. The ring is constructed of emerald diamonds that gracefully fall along the sides of the band on either side of the stunning center stone; and elongated tablet shaped diamond; non-traditional yet stunning and memorable.

One of the most famous non-traditional engagement rings in recent years is actually one that made its appearance decades ago. The ring that Prince William gave to his beautiful bride to be, Kate Middleton, originally belonged to William’s beloved mother, Princess Dianna.

The ring is an astonishing 18-carat oval sapphire that is surrounded by 14 diamonds. The setting is 18-karat white gold, and is a truly remarkable ring by any standards.

Don’t feel committed to purchasing a traditional ring. If you want a non-traditional diamond engagement ring, you can certainly find one if you take the time to look around. If you don’t like what you see, you always have the option of designing one on your own.

Non-traditional diamond engagement rings are some of the most beautiful rings ever created. Their uniqueness sets them apart from other rings, and when you give a woman such a precious ring as one of these, you’re letting her know that you think she is a beautifully unique person herself.

Enhanced Diamonds; Are They Damaged Diamonds We Should Stay Away From Or Are They Really A Bargain?

Enhanced diamonds have been around for some time. Many people shy away from them because they believe these diamonds to have less worth than their sister diamonds that are original in every sense of the word. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

with-side-finishedEnhanced diamonds are indeed real diamonds. They were formed the same way, and have the same characteristics as other diamonds. The only difference between them and other diamonds is that they have been enhanced in some way.

When a diamond is enhanced it means it has either had the color of it enhanced or the clarity of it enhanced. Either of these treatments does not render the diamond less valuable.

Color-Enhanced Diamonds

Color-enhanced diamonds are natural diamonds that have had their color enhanced to varying degrees by manual means. The process can significantly increase the value of the diamond. There are a number of ways to enhance the color of a diamond.

Irradiation exposes the diamonds to radiation. This process physically alters the diamond’s crystal lattice, and forces the naturally occurring carbon atoms in the diamond out of place. The longer the stone is exposed to the radiation, the darker the color.

High temperature pressure high temperature (HTHP) is simultaneously used to treat a diamond to alter its naturally occurring color. The diamond’s color can be lightened or darkened to varying degrees. The process can also be used to completely remove color from a diamond.

Coatings can also be applied to a diamond to change the color. Similar to the magnesium coatings on camera lens, a vacuum film is applied changing the color of the diamond. The film is quite secure and can only be removed with sulfuric acid.

Clarity-Enhanced Diamonds

When diamonds are formed deep within the earth’s crust, they are subjected to intense temperatures and tons and tons of pressure. This process causes imperfections in the diamond called inclusions and blemishes.

Inclusions occur inside of the stone while imperfections occur on the stone’s surface. If there are too many of either it can have an adverse effect on the diamond’s overall value because these birthmarks, as they’re sometimes called, take away from the diamond’s clarity. In order to improve the clarity, the diamond can be enhanced. The two most common ways of enhancing a diamond’s clarity are by fracture drilling and laser drilling.

Laser drilling involves drilling a pathway through the diamond to the inclusion. Then acid is poured into the pathway and bleaches out the inclusion. When a diamond is fracture drilled a glass-like substance is used to obscure the imperfection, thus enhancing the clarity of the diamond.

Diamonds that have been clarity-enhanced or color-enhanced can be extremely valuable, and often times are more desirable than diamonds left in their natural state of being.

You can find some great bargains on enhanced diamonds just as you can on other diamonds. They are not damaged goods. In fact, they are goods that have been made better through the enhancement process.

Diamonds Scams And Frauds You Should Know About

Scams and frauds have been around for hundreds of years. Someone is always trying to turn a fast buck at the financial cost of another person’s pocketbook. The diamond industry isn’t immune to scammers. There are some serious scams and fraudulent practices anyone looking to purchase loose diamonds or diamond jewellery should be aware of. Here’s a brief breakdown of the most common ones.

An appraisal and a certification are the same thing

Not! In fact, there is a huge difference between the two that could cost you thousands of dollars if you don’t know what it is. The difference? One is an honest, un-biased opinion; the other is not.

When a diamond has been certified it means an independent gemological laboratory has carefully inspected the diamond, and placed an honest, educated grade on the diamond. When a diamond has been appraised, it means a value has been placed on it by the store or jeweller who is trying to sell it. This opinion is highly biased!

Never purchase a diamond based on an appraisal, but instead, make sure it has been certified. This will ensure that the grade/rating it has been assessed is accurate.

Approximate carat weight verses carat total weight

Many jewellery shops will advertise diamonds in approximate carat weight. This isn’t a true account of what the actual weight of the diamond is. The two terms can confuse a consumer, and make them think they are buying something they really aren’t.

Always insist on knowing what a diamonds total carat weight is. This number is the actual carat weight of the diamond, and not an approximation designed to mislead you as to what the carat weight actually is.

Retail Prices Slashed!

Ever wonder how a jewellery store can afford to sell their diamonds and diamond jewellery for so much below the actual retail price? Well, the reason they can do this is because they can put whatever retail price they want on it.

For instance, they can take a loose diamond that is worth $475.00 dollars, and say that the original retail price of it is $1200.00 dollars. Then they sticker shock you with an ad that claims the diamond is on sale for a remarkable $450.00 dollars which is a huge savings off of that original retail price.

Problem is, that’s not the actual original retail price so you’re only saving $25.00 dollars instead of $750.00.

diamond-ringsThe best way to prevent yourself from getting caught up in this marketing scam is to shop around and compare prices of similar diamonds. You’ll have a better chance of finding out what the actual original retail price of the diamond was. Then, you can compare it to what it’s being sold for, and come to your own conclusion of whether it’s a great deal or not.

Remember, diamonds are beautiful, stunning gems that sparkle and catch the eye whereas some jewellers are sneaky, and crafty business owners that try to use sparkly slogans to catch your eye, as they try to convince you you’re getting a deal you’re not really getting.

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