Diamond Facts

“There’s no such thing as a used diamond.”

It is neither illegal nor unethical to sell a diamond that has been sold many times before at a retail jewelry store, or any other type of jewelry outlet. As a matter of fact many diamonds have had as many lives over as much time and in as many embodiments as Shirley MacLaine has. What is today a brilliant cut, half-carat diamond in a 14-karat yellow gold solitaire setting may have started as a two carat tiara adornment for the princess of who knows what, several centuries ago. Resold, re-cut; remounted, perhaps even redistributed as several different diamonds by now, the diamond is still the diamond. Diamonds are forever.A diamond may undergo many transitions in its “forever” existence. A simple setting change may be all that is needed to sell a quality diamond at a handsome profit. The settings your grandmother appreciated find few admirers today. A designer of custom jewelry may be searching for a particular teardrop shaped stone that is now in an older ring. After he arranges to buy it at a wholesale price, he makes it the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond necklace. He sells it to a jeweler at a good mark-up. The jeweler marks the piece up significantly and sells this “new” one of a kind custom-made item. The process is repeated in one form or another thousands of times a day, millions of times a year, year in and year out. Diamonds are forever.Purchasing a diamond at a jewelry store is buying a new diamond. Are you sure? No one can tell you how old a diamond really is, how many times it’s been sold, who had it first, what type of setting it was in last, or whether it feels lonely in a solitaire ring. Diamonds have been recycled long before newspapers, plastic and the aluminum can. Diamonds are forever.

Frequently pawnshop customers include patrons that are looking for jewelry items they can re-set, or resell. Because prices are low in pawnshops, many people actually make a living from such activities. Many pawnshop owners resist or limit such sales in order to enhance the quality of inventory available to their regular customers. More and more, people are learning that they have as good a chance as anyone to find and purchase that great diamond at that great pawnshop price. They have learned that there is no such thing as a used diamond, and that “Diamonds are forever”.

Diamond Care

Diamonds are forever if they are treated and cared for like the precious gemstones they really are. Because diamonds are known for their hardness, people are often led to believe that they are virtually indestructible. This is far from the truth. A sharp blow delivered to just the right spot could split a diamond at an inclusion or flaw.Thrown together in a bag or any storage that allows your diamond jewelry to bang against other pieces isn’t a good idea. If damage doesn’t occur to the diamond pieces themselves, certainly other softer gemstones could be damaged by persistent contact with their harder cousins. Ideally each item, such as a ring should be stored in a cushioned slot or section.Don’t wear your “good stuff” when you’re cleaning or are engaged in sporting activities. The gold or platinum mountings that show off your best diamonds are soft. A snag on a bit of material could catapult your diamond like a boulder at a medieval fortress. Try finding a two carat loose stone on a beach volleyball court. You’d probably tear up the house you just cleaned if you discover a diamond missing from your favorite ring.

Keep your jewelry clean. It doesn’t do much good to have the prettiest diamonds in the world if they are going to be denied the light they were designed to refract by soap film, lotion build-up, and assorted other gunk. You can purchase small jars of cleaner especially designed for jewelry. It often comes with a tiny brush and a little tray for draining the jewelry. You can use dishwashing liquid or ammonia as a substitute. An old toothbrush is a good idea too, to get between the prongs and into the tiny crevices. Here, you don’t need to floss. Clean diamond jewelry in a bowl or container that will capture any loose stones that fall out during cleaning. You might be surprised at how many diamonds are being held in place by gunk build-up. An ultrasonic cleaner works fine for hard stones like diamonds. Many pawnshops will gladly clean your jewelry just for the asking.

After each cleaning check for loose stones and again each time you prepare to wear your jewelry and once again before you put it away. Gently tap the diamond to see if it wobbles in it’s setting. If it does, place it in a small zipper bag and take it to a jeweler for remounting. Remembering to check your jewelry for loose stones and regular cleaning could make it true that “Diamonds are forever”.

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