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Did You Know Diamonds Occur Naturally in Different Colors?

When most people think about diamonds, it’s the clear, bright, colorless variety that comes to mind. Many are unaware that nature produces an array of colored diamonds that offer a chance for wearers to try something different and to express the more unique aspects of their personality and style. Colored diamonds are becoming a hot trend, and their rarity makes them a solid investment option. How are Colored Diamonds Created? All diamonds are formed through geological processes that take millions of years. The convergence of enormous pressure and unbelievably high levels of heat compress carbon elements together, forming rough diamond rocks. When elements other than carbon are present in particulate volumes, colored diamonds result. Different colors are produced by the introduction of various elements. For example, when Boron bonds with carbon, the result is a shade of blue. When diamonds are exposed to naturally occurring radiation in the Earth’s crust, a green tint is added to a colorless diamond. Certain types of heat and pressure can cause the crystals within a diamond to distort, leading to a pink or red shade. Are They Valuable? Diamonds themselves are rare, which is part of what makes them so valuable to humans across the globe. Colorless diamonds are the most common type of diamonds. When a diamond takes on a red, pink, blue, green, yellow, gray or violet tone, it becomes even rarer and therefore valuable. The scarcity of these stones makes them highly sought after and increases their value. Colored diamonds are graded according to the standards of the Gemological Association of America. Depending on how vivid the hue, colored diamonds are assigned a grade that ranges...

Remounting an Engagement Ring for an Important Anniversary

When an important anniversary is on the horizon, many people want to make the day is special as possible. At Snow’s Jewelry we take pride in helping our customers find just the right piece to celebrate their anniversary. For many, the best approach is taking their existing engagement ring and remounting it to create an entirely new piece. Doing so both preserves the love and sentiment embodied in the original ring, while creating a stunning new piece of jewelry to represent all that the future might hold. Creating a New Design Remounting a wedding ring is an opportunity to create a new piece of jewelry, while preserving those aspects of the ring that have been treasured for many years. This is the chance to embrace an entirely new style, upgrade with the addition of new stones, and improve the overall strength of the peace by taking advantage of modern setting techniques and design. Some spouses choose to work with our team to remount the ring on their own to surprise their bride. Other couples go through the process together, which helps ensure that she is completely happy with the resulting piece. Strengthening and Maintaining the Existing Piece Remounting is also something of a maintenance task. Over time a ring’s setting can become compromised due to normal wear and tear. That leaves the stone or stones at the center of the design vulnerable to loss if one or more of the prongs or other setting elements fails. Having the ring remounted essentially turns the clock back to day one. The end result is essentially an entirely new piece of jewelry created to the highest standards, but featuring the stones and precious...

Natural Diamonds vs. Man-Made: What’s the Real Difference?

When you purchase a diamond ring, necklace or earrings, it’s important to know you’re getting authentic gemstones that are of the highest quality. Given the abundance of lab produced diamonds currently on the market, many shoppers are asking whether the quality is the same as natural gemstones. The real difference, however, is only in the source, size and price of the diamonds. Advantages of Man-Made Diamonds Man-made diamonds are sourced from labs, which eliminates concerns associated with conflict diamonds. Conflict diamonds are so termed, because they are mined in conflict zones and used to finance warfare, which is detrimental on a number of moral and ethical levels. Also, man-made diamonds tend to be less expensive to source compared to natural gems. These are just a few of the advantages, and the diamonds are just as authentic as natural stones. The Case for Natural Diamonds Natural diamonds range in size, color and complexity, giving you more options in terms of the size of the diamonds you can buy and their eye-appeal. Man-made diamonds are limited in size based on a number of factors during the manufacturing process. So, if you’re looking to buy a massive engagement ring, or to surprise your significant other with jewelry that’ll turn heads, you’re better off going with a natural diamond. Making a Selection At this point, selecting between man-made and natural diamonds comes down to price point and personal preference. If a smaller stone will do, then man-made is the more economical choice. However, many diamond miners that source their stones ethically would probably disagree with that assessment. In the future, however, lab grown...