comes to those places that pay cash for gold. Karat, not to be confused with carat(which is a unit of weight for diamonds), is a unit of purity for metal.It can be a surprise to find out that the money offered for
a heavy 14 karat gold chain is only a fraction of what one thought they would get for it. The karat value
(usually 14k, 18k, 22 and 24k) is a mark given to indicate the purity of the metal. It can be measured by
dividing the karat by 24. 24 karat gold is 100% pure gold. There aren’t any other alloys (metals) mixed
in with the gold to dilute it. So, something stamped 14k would mean that it is 58% gold with 42% other
metals mixed in. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing that the gold is diluted down. Sometimes different alloys
are added to make the gold easier to work with or even to change the color of the gold.
into the world of diamond rings trying to find the perfect symbol of their love. As romantic as that
sounds the thought of endless glass cases and an overwhelming number of choices is enough to bring
the average individual to tears.
A male friend of mine asked me to address the basics he should consider when looking at a ring for
his future bride. In this blog, I will address the two very basic characteristics of a diamond ring that
someone should consider when looking into this lifelong investment.
Starting to look for an engagement ring? That's exciting! The first place I would start looking for a
diamond is http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search. Especially if you are here locally in Phoenix,
You can start getting an idea of what kind of stone you want and they are an amazing place to buy from
because you can get all of the stones GIA certified, which is something you will want to do. You would
be getting a huge markup if you buy your stone from a store or jeweler in town and can always have
the ring made with a diamond you already buy. In my opinion, a SI1 grade with a color of G will get you
the best looking stone for the best price. Anything above G(D-F) and SI1(VS2-FL) would only be visible to
someone like me who looks at them everyday under a microscope.
The next most important thing, if you're looking for a round stone especially is the girdle thickness.
This is in line with how the cut is rated. Thin to thick is ok, ideal would be medium. DON'T get a stone
with a very thin girdle-it will have issues down the road, and if you pay for a stone with a thick to very
thick girdle, it will look like a smaller stone than you are paying for because a lot of weight goes into
that thickness. Fluorescence as long as it isn't yellow isn't important. Yellow fluorescence can make the
diamond color look yellow, and if you're buying a ring set in a white metal (platinum or white gold) the
diamond wouldn't look great against the color of the metal. If the cut of the stone is very good or above,
the symmetry of the stone will be what you want. You could get a slightly smaller carat stone that would
look the same size of a slightly bigger stone (with a thick girdle and a depth percentage of more than
64%) because it has the correct proportions. Blue Nile is a great company with a good reputation. If you
look at places in town that don't have as good a deal, I wouldn't hesitate to go there and have the stone
set with a jeweler in town.