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The Four C’s of Diamonds: Clarity

Because diamonds formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure, they often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). Diamond clarity refers to the absence of these inclusions and blemishes. Diamonds without these birthmarks are rare, and rarity affects a diamond’s value. Using the GIA International Diamond...

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The Four C’s: Carat Weight

Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats: one carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip. (Don’t confuse carat with karat, as in “18K gold,” which refers to gold purity.) Just as a dollar is divided into 100 pennies, a carat is divided into...

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Jewelry with Industrial Metals

Used in manufacturing for many decades, the industrial metals are recent additions to the jewelry market. The popularity of stainless steel, titanium and tungsten carbide continues to grow as jewelers and consumers come to appreciate the strength, permanence and modern look of these metals. The jewelry industry labels these materials...

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Platinum

Another white metal, platinum, has a short history in jewelry. Brought to Europe by the Spanish Conquistadors, its chemical properties made it difficult to work until the 19th Century, when it began to be used in jewelry. Platinum only gained recognition as a monetary metal in the 1980s, but has...

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