Glossary of Diamond Terms:

Dispersion – the rainbow flashes of color that a well cut diamond displays when it refracts light: also known as fire.

Scintillation – the glitter of light seen in the diamond’s crown as either the stone, the light source, or the observer moves: also called sparkle

Brilliance – -the brightness or intensity of light reflected to the eye in the “face-up” position. You should see alternating areas of light and dark that give the stone a bright, lively high contrast appearance.

Symmetry – -the exactness of the shape and the placement of facets. A full cut diamond or brilliant cut typically has 58 facets.

Finish – the quality of the polish (final smoothing of each facet), the condition of the girdle, and the overall precision of workmanship; sometimes referred to as the “make” of the diamond.

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The Appeal of Diamonds

So what is it about diamonds that is so universally appealing? The Greeks thought that they were the tears of the gods, the Indians believed that were lucky charms warding off illness and the forces of evil and the Romans were convinced that they were fragments from fallen stars.

Whatever your beliefs, the main attraction is probably what the experts call the “fire”, those flashes of rainbow colors and the “brilliancy”,  sparkle which capture the light like no other matter on earth.

Diamonds are the birthstone for those born in April and the chosen anniversary gift for the tenth anniversary. That being said – everyone, no matter the birth month, enjoys diamond jewelry and any wedding anniversary is perfect for diamonds!!! If you agree, “like” this article!

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The Wittelsbach Diamond

What recession? The Wittlesbach Diamond, an historical 17th century cushion cut deep grayish blue, VS-2 diamond of 35.56 carats sold for $24,311,190.00at Christie’s in London on December 10, 2011, setting a new world record for a diamond as well as ANY piece of jewelry sold at auction!! It blew past the previous record of $16.5 million for an one hundred carat diamond sold in 1993 in Geneva. The buyer was Graff Diamonds.

Granted, the Wittelsbach isn’t just any diamond. It has it all – provenance, beauty and rarity. Deep colors are rare. Blues are rarer still. Its color is reminiscent of the world’s most famous gem, the Hope Diamond.

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Aquamarine is the blue to greenish blue to bluish green variety of the beryl family of gemstones. The beryl family includes emerald (the green variety), morganite (the pink variety), and Golden beryl (the yellow variety).

The ideal color of aquamarine is pictured – it is a refreshing sea blue that is not too pale and not too green. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Aquamarine : March Birthstone

No prizes for guessing how aquamarine got its name. This beautiful, light blue stone evokes calm, clear water gently lapping against Mediterranean shores. Also, no surprise then that it was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples making it an excellent anniversary gift. Legend has it that aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids with the power to keep sailors safe at sea.

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The Story of Valentine’s Day

This story has a tragic “Romeo and Juliet” feel to it and stems back to the third century. According to legend, Valentine was a priest who deified the orders of the Roman emperor Claudius. When Claudius realized no young men wanted to join his army because they didn’t want to leave their wives and sweethearts behind, he decreed that marriages cease.

Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius sentenced Valentine to death.

While in prison Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and on the night before his execution, he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine.” The next day, February 14th 269AD Valentine was executed.

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Amethyst is quite literally the crown jewels of the quartz family ( have you ever seen that big purple stone in Queen Elizabeth’s scepter?).

Amethyst has been collected since ancient times and owes its modern name to the Greek belief that it prevented hangovers (a = “not”, and “methustos” = to intoxicate”).

Traditionally it was included among the most valuable gemstones, but in modern times has slipped in value, being the star member of one of the biggest group of stone families around – quartz! – and as new sources were discovered.

Besides being the birthstone for those born in February, Amethyst is given on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

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