The Rise of the Pink Diamond in Fashion Jewellery

The Rise of the Pink Diamond in Fashion Jewellery

The Rise of the Pink Diamond in Fashion Jewellery

Pink gemstones, and the pink diamond in particular, are everywhere on the high street this year and there is no question the pink diamond is the height of fashion. We trace the rise in popularity of these rare stones and discover the making of a perfect fashion trend.

It’s often very difficult to truly understand the source of fashion trends. Who can really say why certain colours come into fashion in a particular season or why maxi dresses are now more fashionable than the mini dress?

The rise of the pink diamond as a must have fashion item has a clearer journey than most trends. So why have the pink stones ‘made it’?

Variety and Versatility

Pink diamonds are rarer and more sought after than the classic clear diamond. There are very few deposits of pink diamonds in the world and the mined diamonds are often small in size, so large pink diamonds are very, very rare.

However, they are very versatile and are popular in both fashion jewellery and ‘occasion’ jewellery such as engagement rings. A coloured diamond retains the ‘special’ quality of the traditional diamond but, because of its rarity, it is seen as more exclusive.

Pink gemstones are available in a range of colours and this variety makes them more versatile and attractive to a broader market. They are available in the highly fashionable pale pink to a brighter purple pink.

Celebrity endorsements

J-Lo’s 6 carat pink diamond engagement ring, given to her by Ben Affleck in 2002, was the very beginning of a celebrity trend to buy pink diamonds. Other celebrities developed a taste for the attractive gemstone, including Victoria Beckham whose husband bought her a pink diamond ring and Brittany Spears who included pink diamonds in her stunning costumes for her Las Vegas residency.

The pink gems have moved onto the red carpet and the catwalk, and into the glossy pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair. It was only a matter of time before the trend trickled down from high end fashion to the high street.

Coveted by the Uber Wealthy

Rare pink diamonds have been making news for several years as auction houses have sold the largest stones ever found to the global uber wealthy. In 2015 a 16 carat pink diamond sold for $28.5m and in 2016 a 15 carat pink diamond ring went for $31.6m. The most expensive pink diamond was a 24 carat stone which sold for $46.2m in 2010.

Coloured gemstones overall have become more and more sought after by the very rich. It is a well-worn path from the purchases of the rich and famous to the high street. Various consumer goods such as Crystal Champagne or Kelly Hoppen inspired interiors have shaped our buying behaviour.

2016’s must have Fashion Item

2016 is the year pink gemstones have been pushed from high end fashion onto the high street.

Whilst the beginnings of the trend can be traced back to 2002 and J-Lo’s engagement ring, its popularity has proliferated amongst the world’s richest and most famous global elite to filter down through to high end fashion.

Whilst pink diamonds remain the headline act, pink sapphires, rose quartz and pink garnets deliver the most exclusive of fashion trends to us all.

By Sharon Coleman

Sharon Coleman is a freelance writer and loves to write about consumer products. You can find more of her articles at www.thewordworld.com 

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The Art of the Sparkle

The Art of the Sparkle

What would a gemstone be without its distinctive sparkle? There are many qualities that create a beautiful precious stone but the one thing which is man-made is the sparkle.
Lapidary, the art of cutting gemstones, is an ancient art which has transformed lumps of rock into coveted gems for centuries. We take the sparkle for granted, but the shape of the cuts have been perfected throughout history to create a shape that reflects light in the most attractive way possible.
We look at some of the most popular and timeless cuts available.

The Technical Bit

If we’re going to get a little bit technical here (and we are) there are a few basic things we need to know about the parts of a cut diamond. The flat polished top of the stone, the one you usually see at the centre of your stone, is called the table. This table is surrounded by a variety of angled surfaces called facets. How light reflects off these surfaces gives the stone its distinctive sparkle. The section of the stone you can see when you look at your jewellery is called the crown, and the bit you can’t see (usually because it is set in a metal surround) is called the pavilion.

The Brilliant Cut

This is the diamond’s ‘perfect’ cut to maximise the brilliance of the sparkle in the gemstone. It is used for different gems, but is traditionally associated with the diamond. When you look at the stone itself it is cone shaped. It has a round crown with an octagonal table and is surrounded by a range of faceted surfaces which maximises the sparkle.
Although it’s not the simplest of cuts it is a classic style that remains the height of fashion. The brilliant cut also lends itself to different shaped stones where the flat table is a different shape to reflect the shape of the stone:

  • Marquis cut

A long, almost oval shaped stone with pointed ends. The marquis cut balances length and width of the stone to give each one a distinctive appearance.

  • Pear cut

A pear or teardrop shaped stone. The appearance of the stone is dependent on its length and width – it can be elongated for a different look.

  • Heart cut

Another brilliant cut stone, with a distinctive shape. This time the heart cut has, you’ve guessed it, a heart shaped table.

Emerald Cut

This is a very different style of cut to the brilliant cut and is a flat style used on square shaped stones. The pavilion (the underside of the stone usually set in gold or silver and hidden from view) is square cut in a series of gradients which alters how light reflects from the stone. This creates a very different type of sparkle to the brilliant cuts. It has a large table which is rectangular and its corners are softened with a faceted surface. The table is surrounded by a series of stepped surfaces.

Princess Cut

Traditionally a square or rectangular shaped stone, this cut can be any length or width and so can look remarkably different depending on the size and shape of the stone. The princess cut has a very geometrical shape with a large square or rectangular table reflecting light from the top of the stone. It is surrounded by an attractive geometric shape of reflective facets. These facets run the length of the base of the square crown, with triangular surfaces softening the shape of the four edges of the stone.

An Art and a Science

How a gemstone is cut and polished gives it a distinct appearance and sparkle. A skilled gem cutter can use classic designs to help unlock the lustre and beauty of your stone. No gem is complete without its distinctive sparkle and there a variety of classic cuts to help achieve it.

By Sharon Coleman

Sharon Coleman is a freelance writer and loves to write about consumer products. You can find more of her articles at www.thewordworld.com 

Why does Silver cause Fingers to go Green

Busting the Myth: Why does Silver cause Fingers to go Green?

Being green fingered is a desirable quality if you’re a keen gardener, but if you’re wearing jewellery? Not so much. The green staining from jewellery has often been associated with cheap or poor quality metals, but that isn’t the case.
We’re myth busting this one today so you can dig out the jewellery you discarded because it made your skin green and enjoy them again.

It’s not because of Cheap Metals

It’s a common myth your skin turns green because you’ve bought a ring that isn’t made from real silver. It’s actually possible to get green staining from high quality silver and you can get the same reaction from copper. Many people will wear a tight copper bracelet because of their supposed health benefits and these too will often turn skin green.
The effects are not seen in gold or platinum. Why? It’s because of how moisture on your skin reacts to the alloy in some metals. The reason you rarely see a similar reaction in silver necklaces is because these are free moving and rarely sit tightly on the skin.

A Chemical Reaction

The alloys in silver and copper react to the acids in moisture, which causes the metal to tarnish and your skin to turn green. Moisture such as sweat, water, or even humidity in the environment can cause this reaction, called oxidisation, to occur.
The metal has to be genuine silver or copper for this reaction to happen, cheaper alloys won’t have the same effect. Contrary to popular myth – if your skin turns green your jewellery has to be real silver.

Avoiding Green Fingers

You could avoid silver and copper altogether, but that would limit your jewellery collection. Many contemporary designs are made from silver, why would you avoid the perfect ring just because it may cause your fingers to go green?
You could also try to stop sweating, or avoid water and humidity, but that’s not practical!
The trick is to take proper care of your jewellery. If you are investing in a ring, taking care of it will keep it looking good and put an end to the oxidisation.

1. Clean your jewellery regularly, if your silver jewellery tarnishes you can remove this by soaking it in hot water with a salt and baking soda solution. You can also get it professionally cleaned.
2. Take steps to prevent your jewellery coming into contact with water. Take off your rings when you wash your hands or when you do any household chores that include water.
3. You could use clear nail polish to coat the inside surface of your ring. This prevents sweat coming into contact with the metal to stop oxidisation happening.

No More Green Fingers

Green fingers aren’t caused by cheap metals, they are caused by the chemical reaction between moisture and the alloys in silver and copper. Preventing green fingers is easy: clean your jewellery regularly and, when wearing them, take steps to prevent the metals coming into contact with water.
Silver is a popular choice for modern jewellery designs and forgoing it because it may cause your skin to go green would severely limit your jewellery collection. By understanding what causes the problem, and preventing and removing the tarnish, your silver jewellery will continue to look great for many years.

By Sharon Coleman

Sharon Coleman is a freelance writer and loves to write about consumer products. You can find more of her articles at www.thewordworld.com 

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Laboratory Grown Precious Stones

The Beauty of Laboratory Grown Precious Stones

The natural gemstone industry is fraught with environmental, social and ethical problems. Mining of gemstones is a dirty business which can be dangerous for miners, not to mention some of the world’s largest deposits of gemstones are in conflict areas.

Precious stones are also in scarce supply, which makes them expensive.

Imagine being able to replicate these gemstone so they retained their natural beauty, but dispensed with the problems of the natural gemstone industry. Well now there is no need to imagine, technology has made it possible to manufacture gemstones.

Why are gemstones so desirable?

Precious and semi-precious stones have been coveted by humans for centuries and used by royalty and religion as a sign of commitment, godliness and wealth.

It all seems a little ancient and quaint, and far removed from our reality, but we still refer to precious and semi-precious stones because this is how our ancestors referred to them. Precious stones continue to be coveted but we are now in thrall of their appearance, rather than because they are a symbol of godliness.

Types of gemstones

Precious stones are emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. They are labelled as ‘precious’ stones because they were historically the gemstones that were most difficult to get hold of.

Semi-precious stones are a long list of gemstones such as: garnet, opal, onyx, amethyst, amber, pearl and a whole host of others. They are semi-precious because they were historically more commonly found.

The same rules of supply do not hold true in today however. Some semi-precious stones are now more difficult to find than precious stones.

Man-made gemstones

It can be hard to tell the difference between laboratory grown stones and naturally occurring gems. Some manufacturing processes replicate the look, strength and chemical make-up of the natural stones so well only the trained eye could identify one from the other.

There are 2 types of manufactured stones, these are laboratory grown and simulated gems.

  1. Simulated stones are created with glass or plastic and are manufactured to look like traditional gemstones. Some of these you may have in your jewellery collection and love already, like Swarovski crystals or cubic zirconia.
  1. Laboratory grown gemstones are a newer type of stone that speeds up the natural process of creating gems in the laboratory. These stones have the same chemical makeup and look exactly like the mined stones. Laboratory grown gems are as strong, as clear, and reflect light in the same way as naturally occurring gemstones.

As the supply of naturally occurring gemstones is increasingly becoming mined out, the availability of man-made gems is a great alternative for those of us who love the appearance of precious stones.

An Affordable Choice

For once in a lifetime events, such as an engagement, a naturally occurring diamond or sapphire will still remain highly desirable. But beautiful stones don’t need to be beyond our jewellery collection for evening or everyday wear.

Laboratory grown stones retain all the beauty and strength of their naturally occurring counterparts, without the price tag or the environmental and ethical concerns.

They are the natural choice for a quality stone at an affordable price.

By Sharon Coleman

Sharon Coleman is a freelance writer and loves to write about consumer products. You can find more of her articles at www.thewordworld.com