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Diamond Jewelry Trends IncA recent trend has sprung from the catchy slogan “Your left hand lives for love. Your right hand lives for the moment.” Jewelry has become more popular among women who are happy being carefree, single and independent. So there’s your fashion tip of the day single ladies, if you’re single and proud there’s no better way to show it off than by buying yourself a diamond ring and wearing it on your right hand.

For those not interested in expressing their individuality with right hand rings, another trend has been the resurgence of four leaf clover themed jewelry. As the centuries old Irish symbol of luck, faith, hope, and love, this symbol is now getting a new beginning in the world of Diamond jewelry from such superstars as Heidi Klum and Carl Blackburn.

According to Carl Blackburn, the go-to guy for diamond jewelry in Beverly Hills, there are two big trends within the wedding ring circles. The first is a growing popularity in antique cut diamonds and second, that bigger is better with wedding rings. With more and more celebrities buying the biggest diamonds around, more ladies are looking for bigger as well.

What to Look For With Diamonds
When grading diamonds, there are several different things you need to look at. Each area is important in deciding the quality of the diamond. Remember, a diamond is an investment, but there are certain areas that will make your diamond a good investment. If you follow the right guidelines, you’ll find your jewelry to be one of the best purchases you’ll have and something that will only go up in value.

The 5Cs of Diamonds

The 5Cs of diamonds are based on the size of the diamond (how many carats), the color of the diamond, the clarity, cut and the cost of the diamond. When choosing a diamond, you want to look at each of these different areas as each contributes to the value of the diamond, and how much you pay.

Another important aspect is the shape of the diamond. However, the only true way to inspect a diamond is upside down. If it is already set in gold, there is no easy way to tell. The various shapes of the diamond are round, emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear and princess cuts. Each shape will give the diamond more or less of a prism effect which allows you to see the color. Keep in mind as well, that there are ‘classic’ cuts, and ‘vogue’ cuts, which basically means cuts that are currently in fashion. Classic cuts are timeless, and don’t go out of date. Vogue cuts do.

Effective diamond grading helps you to buy a diamond, sell a diamond and will accurately show and describe to you the differences between diamonds. Make sure when you are purchasing your diamond that you shop around. Different places will offer different prices, but most diamonds are marked up 100%. If you don’t know how to tell the difference between the various types and styles of diamonds, it would be a good idea to contract a professional to do the services for you.

How to Care for Your Diamond
Caring for a diamond takes more than occasional cleanings. Diamonds can be damaged if you are not careful.

First, you should take your diamond jewelry to a jeweler once a year. Have him check the mountings and prongs that hold your diamond in place. Have him make any needed repairs. This will prevent your diamond from falling out of its setting and becoming lost.

Each jewelry repairman-designer at Burnell's Creative Gold has between 24 and 30 years of experience on the jewelry bench. Besides being repairman they are also jewelry designers so they know how it needs to be made. Each has a background in jewelry history and has experience in repairing every kind of jewelry as well as being able to take a jewelry design from start to finish.

Diamond jewelry that is not being worn, or diamonds that are loose should be stored in a fabric lined jewel case, or in a jewelry box where it can be kept separate from other jewelry. Each piece should have its own compartment. This will keep diamonds from becoming scratched, and it will also keep your diamond from scratching other jewelry as well.

Remove your diamond jewelry when doing physical work. Diamonds can be chipped and scratched easily. Also avoid allowing your diamond to come into contact with bleach or other household cleansers – this can damage or change the color of the settings and mountings, and it may even irreversibly change the color of the diamond!

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