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About DIAMONDS

Rare natural diamonds are the most valuable

Diamond is a crystal made up of 99.95% pure carbon atoms and termed as the hardest and most brilliant of all precious gems present on earth. In its transparent form, it is the most cherished and among some of the most highly valued gemstones. It also occurs in colors ranging from scolorless to yellow, brown, orange, green, blue, violet and many more.

Fake Diamonds - Man Made Diamonds

Large men made synthetic diamonds of high gem quality are difficult to produce. Small bits of diamonds produced in laboratories under extremely high pressure and temperature are usually used industrially in cutting tools, optical equipment & lasers.

The price of manufactured diamonds depends on production and distribution costs.

Synthetic Diamonds are Powering Industry

The physical and chemical properties of diamond make it a suitable material for semi-conductors and bio sensors in the small electronic industry. The high conductivity allows high powered computer processors to run at lower temperatures than using silicon and prolong the processor’s life. They can handle high voltages in power grid switching. Toughness allows diamonds to withstand searing heat and sophisticated lasers. Diamonds resist corrosion from acids and organic compounds and are also good for biological sensors.

However, rare quality natural diamonds may be a better investment for you.

Analysts predict a 20% annual growth in demand for diamonds in China and India to continue leading to a huge $10bn shortfall in the supply of natural diamonds by 2015. Quality natural diamond jewellery therefore could be a very good investment indeed.

The 4 ‘C’s’ for natural diamonds can also be applied to synthetic man made diamonds. Self engineered man made diamonds are often labeled “cultured diamonds” leading customers to believe that they are buying a natural diamond. The fake diamond manufacturing industry can introduce carbon & other elements to increase mass but this lowers the quality of the diamond.

But beware of fakes. For your protection always obtain an original Gemological Certificate from a recognized Gemological Testing Laboratory for all gems sold as “natural” diamonds over 0.5 carats in weight.

Your Laxmi Diamonds master craftsman only uses rare certified natural gemstones and certified natural diamonds in the Laxmi Diamonds Collection assuring our customers of the highest quality and value for money.

How to Value Diamond Jewellery

The rarity of a single gemstone or a combination of rare precious gemstones and diamonds in a piece of jewellery, the uniqueness of the design and the relative importance attached to each criterion largely determines the value of your jewellery piece.

  • The 4’C’s criteria used in describing a diamond are
  • Carat Weight - the larger the diamond, the rarer it is.
  • Color – the better the color, the more valuable it is.
  • Clarity – the greater the purity, the more beautiful it is.
  • Cut – the more perfect the cut, the better it is.

Rarity, size, color, purity and cut are also criteria used to describe other precious gemstones when considering their value.

The term ‘carat’ is also used to describe the purity of gold; with pure gold being 24ct. 18ct gold is considered very high quality in jewellery.

To value your jewelry, you may have it valued by an expert professional valuer.

On the other hand, when comparing the price of different jewellery pieces on offer, you should familiarize yourself with the 4’C’s valuation criteria for diamonds and other precious gems.

Also consider the purity of the gold, the design and workmanship in the rings, necklaces and other unique jewellery pieces.

A comparison as near as you can of like with like in gem size, color, clarity and the cut of the gem, precious metal purity and the intricacy of the workmanship will give you a basis by which to compare the prices of different offerings.

Remember, you are paying for the rarity and the quality when you buy the finest top-of-the line awe-inspiring jewellery. Allow yourself a little luxury and buy the best. It’s because you’re worth it!

The 4 'C's

The 4 'C's - International Grading Standards for Diamonds

Carat Weight – One carat is one fifth of a gram and the carat is divided into 100 points. A one carat brilliant cut diamond measures 6.5mm. A half-carat diamond is 50 points. In olden times, the carat was the weight of the seed of the carob tree, which was standardized at 0.2 grams with the introduction of the metric system of weights and measures.

Color – is determined by international standards established for grading diamonds known as the International Scale of Colors. Diamond colors vary from exceptional white to rare white, white, tinted white and tinted color.

Clarity – Diamond is pure crystallized carbon and most diamonds contain natural inclusions formed during the crystallization process many millions of years ago. The GIA System of clarity for diamonds ranges from F1 – flawless to VS - very slightly included to I – included. Subtle variations of clarity can only be determined by an experienced professional after meticulous examination using a 10 power magnified loupe under natural light.

Cut – A perfect cut enables the diamond to make the best use of natural light and have the greatest possible brilliance. The round brilliant cut is the most popular cut and oval cut, marquise cut and pear, heart, emerald and baguette cuts are different variations