Some Clarity on Diamond Clarity

Nature's birthmarks? Or unsightly specks? What do you think? There are many different philosophies regarding natural diamond and gemstone clarity. What do you think? Should a diamond be allowed to have few blemishes, or should it be as clean as the pure driven snow?

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Read more about the article See the Asteroid worth more than our global economy
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See the Asteroid worth more than our global economy

The valuable asteroid composed entirely of iron and nickel drew to within 1.6 astronomical units (AU) of Earth over the weekend. If you're in the USA grab your telescope, escape light-pollution, find an elevated position and look to the north. 16 Psyche will be in the constellation of Taurus tonight.

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Read more about the article Diamonds Created without Heat – a Scientific First
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Diamonds Created without Heat – a Scientific First

Our planet's supply of diamonds were produced by four different processes. One took over a million years to achieve results. The next have been working in laboratories and factories, with increasing success, since the 1950s. But until this month man had never replicated that final process.

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Americans are buying diamonds instead of vacations

USA jewelry sales are climbing. Signet Jewelers, the parent of Kay and Jared, saw sales rise at the end of the last quarter and continue to climb in August. Tiffany & company reported the same trend. And diamond jewelry was one of the top product categories at both Macy's and Bloomingdale's during the quarter ending August 1.

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See this 10-carat LGD’s color transformed from yellow to pink!

This 10+ carat HPHT produced lab-grown diamond was initially graded Fancy Intense Yellow by IGI. When it returned to the lab its color had been changed to Fancy Vivid Pink. IGI confirmed that the color had been shifted from yellow to pink through irradiation using a 5MeV Electron Beam Transfer system.

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Chicken cleaning and heat treatment. What?

Treatments have been used to enhance the appearance of gemstones since ancient times.  The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used dyes, coatings, oils and other methods to improve the color, durability and luster of their gemstones and pearls. But the most fascinating and fanciful tool used for enhancements may very well be the humble chicken.

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Hue, Tint, Saturation
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How the gemstone Color Universe works

Gemstones and fancy-colored-diamonds appear in all the colors of the rainbow, at different shades, with different intensities. Since the human eye can distinguish around 13 million shades and nuances of color, gemologists have developed a consistent method of mapping a gemstone's proper position in the broad 'Color Universe.'

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