Diamond Bezel Necklace

Diamonds are without a doubt the most popular crystal in the world. They are always in fashion and are the very symbol of luxury. Diamonds are a transparent crystal whose unique inner structure provides an amazing light reflection. They are the birthstone for people born in the month of April and the traditional gift for the 75th anniversary.

The word “diamond” is originated in the Ancient Greek word “adamas”. This word has different meanings including; prosper, untamed, and unalterable. The crystal was first mined in India about 6,000 years ago. It has also been found in archaeological digs where it was used as a tool for engraving by ancient civilizations.

Diamonds are mined in many places around the world including; Australia, Canada, India, Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Russia, and the United States. Mining practices have come under public scrutiny in the past ten years, especially those in Africa. Due to concerns about civil rights violations, many reputable retailers will not purchase diamonds from certain districts. Zimbabwe’s Marange is one of these. The United Nations first became involved in the mining issues in 1998. The concerns included not only the conditions and treatment of the miners, but also that the revenues were funding wars in Africa.

In April of 2003, President Bush and the United States Congress passed adopted the Kimberley Process into American law. The Kimberley Process is tracking and certification of all diamonds. Diamond certification is a report created by a team of diamond specialist, gemologists. It is a detailed and written analysis of the stones clarity, color, dimension, polish, symmetry, and other aspects. It is also called a grading report or a diamond quality document.

The United States now requires that all diamond retailers purchase from manufacturers that provide documentation proving that their diamonds have been mined through legitimate means. This is also a requirement that is enforced at all American ports.

A bezel setting is one in which the diamond sits low and is encircled by metal. The diamond may sit below the rim or also slightly above depending on preference. A low setting offers more protection to the stone but may decrease the visibility. Bezel settings may also be partial and the diamond can be rotated as well to create a totally different shape. A great compliment to the bezel setting is surrounding it smaller diamonds. Pave set diamonds are a popular choice for next to a bezel setting, adding the smaller diamonds creates a flower effect.

Bezel settings for diamonds have become increasingly popular over the past few years. The setting offers protection for the diamond, especially the edges. A bezel setting can also hide small chips. The settings that have a low profile are a great choice for those that lead an active lifestyle.

When purchasing your diamond, keep in mind the four C’s. These are clarity, cut, carat, and color. Clarity is the measurement and size of any imperfections in the stone. Many of these imperfections are microscopic and are not visible to the unaided eye. This is one of the aspects of a diamond where buyers on a budget can cut costs. Diamonds that are considered “eye clean” meaning that it contains no inclusions that are visible to the naked eye are less expensive than flawless stones. The small blemishes do not affect the overall appearance of the stone. These flawed stones are perfect for jewelry settings.

When choosing your diamond, the cut is the single most important factor. It has the largest effect of how the stone appears. The cut changes how the light reflects in the stone, and its sparkle. This should be the area where a buyer spends the most money and research time. There are many ways to cut a diamond. The three most popular cuts are; round, princess, and emerald. Other cuts include; cushion, pear, radiant, oval marquise, heart, asscher, and oval.

Carat weight is the most common way to determine the value of a diamond. Many people consider this to be the most important factor when purchasing a stone. When considering the size of a diamond, the carat weight may be misleading. The accurate way to measure a diamond’s size is by measuring the distance across the top of the stone. Diamond size is always evaluated from the top. This is the way the stone will be viewed once placed in its setting. A one carat diamond has 100 points, the amount of points that a diamond has is directly related to its carat size. For example, a diamond with 50 points would be a ½ carat weight stone.

Diamonds are naturally a pale yellow color. The grade of color is the degree of whiteness. The grades are alphabetical and range from the lowest which is “Z” and the highest being “D.” The less color detectable in the stone, the higher grade it receives for color. The color of your diamond bezel necklace is important, but the cut can also make a huge difference in its brilliancy.

The diamond represents the crown chakra and is thought to be an energy amplifier. It has been called “the stone of innocence” and is also considered a symbol of purity and commitment. This makes it a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings. It is believed to clear sight and purify the system.

The diamond is one of the hardest materials on earth. On the Mohs scale it scores a perfect ten. Therefore it should be kept separate from other gems since it may scratch them. To clean your diamond bezel necklace, you can use warm water and a mild soap.

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