Diamond jewelry has been valued and worn throughout most of recorded history, although the art and science of cutting loose diamonds is relatively new – and diamond jewelry has only been available to the general public for the last 150 years or so. The diamond brilliance and liveliness is as important as its color. After all, that’s what sets the gem apart from glass and cheap imitations. A well cut diamond has more sparkle; more brilliance and “fire,” than any other gem. But the key to the sparkle is in its being well cut. We have seen diamonds that were so badly cut that they had no life at all. In fact, one might just as well be looking at a piece of glass. These diamonds have their place in jewelry design when, for instance, celebrities, who have, or want, to appear at many gala and Oscar performances, want to wear diamonds but, generally cannot afford the real thing. Another time when these cheaper diamonds may be required, is when a copy of an original mined diamond is needed to be duplicated.
In ancient times, India was the only place where diamond ores were found. Centuries of mining and exploitation which dated back to 19th century BC, exhausted these mines quiet early as 18th century AD. As of today most of the diamond supply comes from the countries of Russia, Australia, South Africa, and Botswana. Diamonds are today used to adorn a variety of accessories ranging from handbags to wrist watches. Nevertheless diamonds are primarily and ultimately used to make jewelry. In addition to natural color diamonds, “fancies” that have obtained their color artificially, through exposure to certain types of radiation and heating techniques, are readily available. The bill of sale (and any accompanying certification appraisal, etc.) should specify whether the color is natural or induced. If induced, the price should be much less, although the gem will often be just as beautiful as one with a natural color.
I will simplify the story a bit in order to give some backdrop to what led up to this sad period of the human race. Sierra Leone was a British colony that gained independence in the early 60’s. Sierra Leone started off on its independence pretty well, because it had a relatively good infrastructure and it had already been mining diamonds since the 1930’s. In the late 60’s, a prime minister by the name of Siaka Stevens came into office. He proceeded to run the country into the ground until he and his successor were finally out of office by 1992. It was in the late 80’s and early 90’s that the anti-government group, the ruf, was formed. For the next 4 years, there was an ineffectual string of corrupt military people running the country. It was during this period that the ruf moved into the diamond producing area of eastern Sierra Leone.
We are a family owned business with connections. With our extensive international network of suppliers, our customers receive the best quality diamonds, pearls, and other cut our own diamonds and have enormous purchasing power, so we can buy in bulk and offer you the lowest price. We can offer the best price: guaranteed. The most desirable diamonds are the colorless ones as they allow sparkling or refraction of light. Brilliance is inhibited by off white diamonds as they absorb light. Observe her diamond jewelry tastes for a while. Does she like contemporary ring styles or more traditional rings? Engagement rings have taken on many designs in recent years, but some women prefer the traditional solitaire diamond engagement ring that has never gone out of style. The cut of the diamond engagement ring is also important. There are princess cuts and round cuts.
Good Old Gold is a family owned and operated business conveniently located on the south shore of Long Island in Massapequa Park, New York. Established in 1980 and online since 1998, we have been serving clients locally and online with a large selection of antique and estate jewelry, handpicked diamonds, bridal and fashion jewelry including Tacori, Michael M, Gabriel & Co, D Vatche, Beverley K, Officina Bernardi and more. We also have an in house jeweler and diamond setter for all of your jewelry repair needs, from the simplest of repairs to a complete redesign of your existing pieces. We buy diamonds, gold, platinum, silver and watches which can be used toward your purchase.