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Get in Shape! The History of Diamond Shapes

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By now you’ve learned the very distinct distinction between diamond ‘cuts’ and diamond ‘shapes’ (you’ve been religiously reading this blog, right?).  So now we are ready to dig a little deeper into the different diamond shape varieties and their diverse and dynamic origins.  There are 10 major shape classifications, each one shapelier than the next.

Round here.  

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Let’s start with the obvious: the good ole, reliable Round.  The Round is, and has been for quite some time, the most widely sought after diamond shape.  It’s #1 use is in engagement rings, as a solitaire stone (meaning, “one”), giving a sparkling manifestation to the phrase “it’s lonely at the top.”  Rounds of all sizes are often featured in earrings, pendants, brooches and wedding rings as well.  In fact, the GIA reports that 75% of all diamonds sold on the open market are round.  Sometime in the 18th century, enterprising diamontaires developed the cut “round brilliant,” which showcases the rounds’ resplendency to the highest degree.  Somewhere down the road, roughly in the middle of the 19th century, diamond cutting maverick Henry Morse (no, he didn’t invent the “Morse Code” – that’s Samuel Morse…) perfected the round brilliant cut, and it has remained essentially the same since then.  A cocky cutter named Marcel Tolkowsky made some minor tweaks to the round brilliant cut in 1919, in a vain attempt to get his name in the diamond history books (*the fact that he was arrogant may or may not be true/may have just been made up for the sake of this article.)  All in all, the ubiquitous rounds have made an indelible mark in the diamond world, and no one knows how long they will reign supreme in all their circular glory.
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Anniversary Gemstone Gift List: Years 15 – 65

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Whew!  So you’ve successfully survived the first 10 years together.  Bravo.  Now it’s time for the big ones: anniversaries 15 through 65.  Here is an exhaustive list of the gems and precious materials ascribed to each year.
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Alternative Stones

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When it comes to engagement and wedding rings, diamonds have reigned as the stone of choice for quite some time.  After faltering in desirability during the Great Depression, the ultimate monopoly over the diamond industry, De Beers, made it their mission to make diamonds universally synonymous with marriage.  A vastly successful ad campaign and a few generations later, diamonds have still been going strong.  Yet, as times and attitudes change, new styles and trends are inevitable.  Not every single woman needs a diamond engagement ring anymore, or wants to hold on to old diamond jewelry.  If you are considering breaking away from the norm, here are some lovely, eye-catching stone options as compiled by Diamond Lighthouse.  Precious or semi-precious, each stone holds its own intrinsic significance.  They also are drastically different in terms of value and gradation (as opposed to the standard “4C’s” used to determine a diamond’s worth – learn more here).  Listed here by birthstone, there definitely is a tailor made gem out there for everyone.

Garnet (Capricorn/January) – while garnet actually comes in a wide variety of colors, it is most often associated with a deep red or maroon hue.  Its name in Latin is “granate,” which means “seed,” as it was thought to resemble the seed of the pomegranate fruit.  Garnet is identified with vitality, regeneration, and the ability to ward off evil.

Garnet is on the inexpensive side; one carat typically costs around $20 to $100, depending on condition.

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150 carat Diamond Ring

 

We think it’s safe to say that women love diamonds.  The way they sparkle, their captivating nature, the enchanting beauty.  For the past few decades, diamond rings have had various forms & styles, but for the most part they all had one thing in common. A metal band, and a center diamond stone.  While one small center diamond is great and everything, who would object to more diamonds. Bigger diamonds.

This ring is the first ring made entirely of… DIAMOND. A single diamond.  150 carats of a pure diamond, cut & finished.  It costs approximately $68 million and gives a new meaning to the term ‘diamond ring’.
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