All gemstones contain some form of lore or mythology. Rubies have long been believed to bring their owners wealth (…not including the actual rubies themselves). Sapphires were used when consulting with oracles, as they aided in letting the audience better understand the enigmatic messages emanating from these garbled prognosticators. Emeralds, with their regal green color, could help bring their possessors closer to royalty. Yet no stone has as many myths surrounding it as does the diamond. Reaching far back into the annals of time, there are diamond tales galore. Here is just a smattering of the numerous and legendary diamond fables and faiths through history.
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Previously, we’ve discussed the differences between an actual diamond evaluation and an insurance appraisal, so hopefully that information has sunk in nice and deep. Unfortunately, there still persists a litany of misinformation out there regarding what goes into diamond specification determination and what constitutes a legitimate evaluation. Here we hold a microscope up to the common misconceptions associated with the valuation of jewelry.
1) Providing an evaluation of diamond jewelry is a piece of cake and/or pie.
The truth: This is mere poppycock. A certain television program that appears to let ‘antique experts’ take a perfunctory peak at a potentially valuable piece and determine it’s worth within seconds has popularized the belief that jewelry valuation is simple (let’s just say this show rhymes with “Mantiques Toadshow”). The reality is that no one is walking around with the encyclopedic knowledge in their noggin that would allow them to quantify a diamond’s price by just looking at it. Actual experts utilize many highly specialized tools, machines and standardized guides to arrive at a diamond’s specifications, and ultimately a piece of diamond jewelry’s estimate on the open market.
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You’re thinking of buying an engagement ring, but you’re a little intimidated. We get it. It’s a big purchase and there are a lot of misconceptions about buying diamond rings floating around out there. At Diamond Lighthouse, we want to make sure everyone is as educated as possible when they buy or sell a diamond. We thought we’d clear up a few of these misconceptions and maybe help relieve some the stress that comes with a purchase like this.
1. Diamond engagement rings are expensive.
Not necessarily. Sure, some diamond engagement rings are expensive, but there are plenty out there that are surprisingly affordable. You just have to decide what you can afford to spend on a ring. Go to different jewelry stores and see what they have in your price range. You might even try a secondhand store if you think your future fiancé would like a vintage engagement ring. If you shop around, you’re sure to find something she’ll love that won’t break your bank.
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