Your Questions About Diamonds

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Robert asks…

What is a good size carat for an engagement ring?

I don’t want something huge, and I don’t want somethin TINY. What is a good size carat for the diamond and gold?

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Anywhere from a half carat to one and a half carats for the stone. The smaller the carats in the gold, the more base metal. But gold is soft, so if it were 10 or 14 carat gold, it would scratch less.

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Helen asks…

How often do you/ should you get your rings cleaned?

How often do you or should you get your rings cleaned and what kind of ring (stone/metal) is it?

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If you only wear metal rings and wear them regularly, you don’t need to clean them at all. You might want to get the scratches polished out at some stage.
With stones, it depends on the setting (dirt gets easily trapped), how often you wear them and what you do while wearing them. If you use a lot of hand cream and don’t take your rings off, you need to get them cleaned much more often for example. Also, if you have a cabochon cut stone (smooth on top) you don’t need that much cleaning compared to a diamond. All clear faceted stones need the most cleaning because they loose their sparkle when dirty. If you wear a diamond ring every day and never take it off, you have to clean it at least every months, better every week. You can clean them yourself. Just use luke warm water with dish washing liquid (and maybe a dash ammonia) and a soft/old toothbrush and gently brush the stone, especially from the back.
Cheers

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Carol asks…

What’s the difference between tungsten and tungsten carbide?

I want to buy my boyfriend a ring, and I am willing to spend up to $200 on it. He wants tungsten, but says to avoid tungsten carbide because it’s “fake”… Is this true? Also, (optional) where is a reliable place to order such a ring?

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What’s the difference between Tungsten Rings and Tungsten Carbide Rings?

Some of our competitors sell Tungsten rings that do not include Carbide. (Some of the retailers still call them Tungsten Carbide however, so be careful.) A Tungsten only ring is basically a steel ring. It is very hard, but NOT scratch proof.
A Tungsten Carbide ring can only be scratched by a diamond or a product containing the mineral corundum.
Http://www.titanium-jewelry.com/about-tungsten.html

There have been many talks about the difference between a tungsten ring from a tungsten carbide ring. Ever since the release of these rings into the market, particularly as materials for making wedding rings, jewelers have been asked for the differences, both the good and the bad, between these rings. One apparent difference is that tungsten carbide has already been mixed with carbon. Aside from tungsten carbide containing carbon, what are the differences between a tungsten ring and a tungsten carbide ring?
Though tungsten carbide is clearly the winner when it comes to durability and strength, tungsten carbide, however, was found to cause skin irritation. This is because of the cobalt binders often used in tungsten carbide rings. Skin oils are said to cause the cobalt to leach from the material. This is said to cause possible irritation of the skin and permanent staining of the jewelry itself, whereas tungsten ring is known to be hypoallergenic which makes it the perfect ring for people with sensitive skin.
Http://goarticles.com/article/Difference-Between-Tungsten-And-Tungsten-Carbide-When-It-Comes-To-Wedding-Rings/1784079/

I hope I’ve helped you,
Angela!!!

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Sandy asks…

How do you go about getting a cubic zirconia put into your engagement ring?

My engagement ring got stolen so now we’re back to looking for a new one. My fiance had spent quite a bit on the diamond so I convinced him to let me put a cubic zirconia in this new one for the first year and replace it for our first anniversary. I’m not entirely sure where to go to have one put into the band I’m having designed though. I probably sound pretty stupid but can anyone tell me how this works?

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You don’t sound stupid at all! Sorry about your ring 🙁

You could go to a jeweller and see if they have any CZ in stock they could fit into your setting.

Or

Order a CZ online and go to a local jeweller to set it.

Or

Send your ring to a company that sells CZ and have them set one and return it to you.

I don’t know what kind of CZ you’re looking at, but note it is graded from A-AAAAA. A-AA is very inexpensive (under $10) but will scratch over and dull pretty quickly and is not passable as a diamond, but maybe a good option if you don;t want to waste money on a temporary stone, leave the funds for the main investment. Anything over AAA is high quality and will look like a diamond to most, with a price scale from $10 up to hundreds of dollars for the top of the line like the asha (ashadiamonds.com) which is a CZ with diamond top coat designed to imitate an ideal cut H&A diamond and does so beautifully.

You will want to search for ‘loose cubic zirconia’, here’s some shops to get you started:
http://www.winkcz.com/
http://www.czjewels.com/SearchResults.cfm?catID=22&CFID=90322978&CFTOKEN=32092731
http://www.ashadiamonds.com/index.php?main_page=asha_inventory
http://www.e14k.com/loose_cz_cubic_zirconia.htm
http://www.russianbrilliants.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=loose
http://www.pehnec.com/cz_white_AAAAA.htm
http://shop.ebay.ca/?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=loose+cz&_sacat=See-All-Categories

I’m familiar with winkcz and ashadiamonds and would recommend either. The others appear reputable, but I’m not familiar with them, so proceed with caution before placing an order. And, of course, Ebay protects your purchases.

(If you have a jeweller work with CZ make sure they know that because CZ can’t handle heat like a diamond can.)

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Betty asks…

What would be the wholesale value of 2 diamond rings appraised at $11,500 and $6000?

My mom is splitting from my dad and needs to sell her rings to pay first and last on a new house to rent. These rings were appraised 22 years ago. One which is just one (big) diamond on a gold band and was appraised for $11,500. The other is a gold band inlayed with about 40 little diamonds in 3 rows and was appraised for $6000. If she was to sell them, what could we get?

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The first step is to have them appraised again. Their value could have gone up–22 years is a long time–or down (if they acquired scratches, etc. Over time). When you schedule the appraisal, make certain the gemologist can also give you the diamonds’ Rapaport value. If possible, pick an appraiser who isn’t interested in buying your jewelry–you are more confident it’s a true, fair appraisal.

When you attempt to sell a diamond in good condition, a diamond dealer is likely to make an initial offer of 60% of the diamond’s “Rap value,” according to the Rapaport Diamond Report. The report is updated each week and covers diamonds of varying color, shapes, grades, and sizes up to six carats. Most people selling their jewelry don’t know their diamonds’ Rap value, but if you got it during the appraisal, you have better negotiating power.

Often the dealer’s offer is far less than the diamond’s appraised value. This is because the appraiser is aiming to give you the diamond’s retail value. If one of your diamonds’ retail values is $10,000, the appraiser is likely to appraise it at $10,000. The Rapaport value of the ring may be $4,000. It may be $5,000. You simply won’t know unless you see a relatively current Rapaport sheet listing the qualities of your particular diamonds.

Hypothetically, let’s say one diamond that was appraised at $10,000 has a Rapaport value of $5,000. That means the wholesale price of the diamond would be $5,000. The average dealer would offer you 60% of the $5,000, so you should expect the dealer’s initial offer to be $3,000. As you can see, it simply doesn’t matter to the dealer that your ring has been appraised at $10,000. To the dealer, there is no reason to expect the diamond to sell for more than the Rapaport value.

However, there are plenty of reasons a diamond could sell for less than the Rapaport price. A diamond could be chipped, have scratches, or otherwise show damage. These things happen. And dealers know it. So, if a dealer offers much less than 60% of the Rapaport value on a ring you thought was in good condition, ask why and listen with a skeptic’s ears.

If you aren’t getting the kinds of offers you epect from jewelers, go online. People resell jewelry on Craig’s List, eBay, just about everywhere. Make sure to include a very nice photo of each ring and a nice, clear photo of the appraisal.

I hope this helps.

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