Archive for September, 2011
The elegance of diamonds cannot be challenged in today’s world of sparkling jewelry. Nothing says “look at me” like a finely set diamond. If one looks around, diamonds appear almost everywhere and in many different settings. Taking that one step further, you may take the same diamond and place it in two different settings and realize two different effects on the visual presentation. The diamond, without a doubt is the most flexible of the fine stones.
The precious metal that you select as the setting is almost as important at the diamond itself. There are many fine choices that will set the diamond off in fine style. The neat thing about setting a diamond is that a diamond will look good in every setting providing that the workmanship is good and clean. Sterling silver is often the choice of more budget constrained purchasers. Sterling is the cheapest way to go when mounting a diamond and it is more than successful in displaying the stone. Also to be considered is the fact that Sterling wears much better than the other settings.
Gold settings generally give your diamond a more traditional setting. The presentation of a diamond set in Gold is an excellent presentation in varied lighting arrangements. The one real problem with gold is the fact that it is a soft metal and being soft, it attracts dents and scratches more easily. Being very careful with the gold set diamond is necessary, but it wears regardless of how careful one is with the setting. White gold also needs to be considered when selecting a setting. It is cheaper than platinum and the setting will compliment any diamond you might purchase. One thing that must be watched with white gold is the compounding agent in the metal. If there are traces of nickel in the agent, allergic reactions could be realized.
Platinum is the choice of well-heeled individuals who really want to show off the beautiful stone. Without a doubt, platinum is a super excellent setting for any diamond. It is even said that platinum will work wonders on a little cheaper stone with its presentation being almost doubled by the addition of platinum. Be very careful shopping for platinum and always do business with a jeweler who has a good reputation.
t is human to always be looking for something that will make money for a person, a good investment. The term “investment” needs to be defined and defended in order to really answer the question of what is a good investment and what is not a good investment. The amount of money a person has to invest must also be considered before any choice can be made. The more liquid cash one has to set aside and not use for a time will determine how much of a plunge an investor can take. As an investment, a diamond can be a safe and wise investment or it can just tie your money up. If part of the investment is having something you can look at and hold is important that will impact your decision as well.
Many people like to invest in something that will pay monthly and if that is your idea of an investment, a diamond is not necessarily a good thing to have. The longer that you can hold a precious stone, the more it will pay when you are ready to divest yourself of your holdings, but that is the only time you will receive money for what you are holding. If you enlist in an investment group that has the intention of purchasing gem stones and turning them over monthly, then you might be able to make a little each month. This investment group will be a very private gathering and might be hard to negotiate if making money, monthly, is your only goal.
There is an emotional side to investing in precious stones that must be considered. A Certified Diamond can make money when sold, but when you sell it, you might feel as though you are losing a part of your family. If the diamond is wearable and it is worn on a regular basis, you might experience an attachment that will not allow you to sell. This happens more frequently than many people would like to admit. When it does, one then becomes the owner of an expensive diamond that provides a certain feeling to the owner and not an investor bent upon realizing a profit from the diamond.
In closing, a holding of diamonds can be a good investment or a bad investment depending upon the mindset of the investor. To include other gem stones with the diamonds one might hold is not a bad idea. In buying enough gem stones one could actually work his way into becoming at the least a small wholesaler and by building a good reputation, could realize a monthly income from the stones you are holding and turning over on a regular basis. If you have the needed money, jump in. The water is fine!
When looking for a good value, many people have a favorite jewelry store with which they prefer to do business. It is really a matter of one’s taste or faith when selecting a particular jewelry store and in many cases; the good stores are always about the same in quality and value. A good jewelry store will want to make sure that a good selection of diamonds are available which will run between the very expensive to the least expensive that they can afford to carry. What has given rise to the jewelry stores is the fact that more and more often people like to wear expensive looking jewelry because they feel that it makes them look good.
Some jewelry stores obtain a special relationship with the well-heeled individuals of our society. Those who have money often like to stick with one store as a means of possibly beneficial for the association at some time in the future. More than one actor, bank president, etc. have made commercials for top named stores such as Kay’s, Zale’s, or Helzberg. What needs to be said also is that there are private manufactures of diamond jewelry that also draw the attention of the elite crowd. Generally these special jewelers advertise in many different ways and count on “the word of mouth” as one of their best modes of operation. When dealing with these special jewelers one will not have to worry too much about purchasing authentic diamonds.
Having a good name in the business is the one thing that must remain constant in doing business. Coming to mind quickly is the Helzberg stores and private Helzberg jewelers. These diamonds have held a great reputation for many years and insist on quality in their offerings. Tradition is important to jewelers of this ilk. If you mention Helzberg people know that you are talking about quality. These diamonds are worn by the housewives with a large variety of celebrities thrown in for good measure.