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It takes nature hundreds of millions of years to make a diamond. Over millennia, heat and pressure deep within the earth turn carbon, one of the basic elements of life, into a beautiful diamond. In time, the diamond crystals are driven closer to the earth's surface by plate tectonics and volcanic activity, and after being harvested, can be found in places like the jewelry of VistaBella.
Humankind first found and exploited the properties of diamonds around 800 BCE. These diamonds were found in the riverbeds of India, and were thought to bring the possessor kismet, or good fortune. Today, diamonds are mined in Brazil and South Africa, as well as Canada, Russia and Australia.
Before the diamond was used for jewelry, the stone was used for drill bits and engraving tools. The Greeks named this hard, seemingly indestructible stone adamas, which means "invincible." Knives could not cut it and other stones could not scratch it. The diamond maintains its sheen and shimmer for a lifetime.
Diamonds became symbols of strength, courage and invincibility in the Middle Ages. Its current status as the ultimate gift of love came by way of the Grecian myth about Cupid. In order for the arrows of Cupid to pierce the heart of any mortal, they had to be tipped with diamonds. Today, the diamond is the gem of choice to reflect love. Just as a diamond turns pure white light into the fire of the rainbow, so the gift of a diamond transforms the purity of your love into fire.
Various characteristics of diamonds are graded and categorized by the diamond industry. Learning about diamonds is first learning about the "four Cs" of diamonds which are considered the most important grades and categories:
* Carat weight
These are the criteria jewelers use when grading diamonds, and they're the ones you'll need to understand to buy the right diamond for you.
And then there's the "Fifth C":
Cut is probably the most important, and most challenging, of the four Cs to understand. The brilliance of a diamond depends heavily on its cut.
Most diamonds contain some inner flaws, or inclusions, that occur during the formation process. The visibility, number and size of these inclusions determine what is called the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance, and thus are more highly prized, and priced.
Colorless diamonds are the most desirable since they allow the most refraction of light (sparkle). Off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting brilliance.
A carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. Because large diamonds are found less commonly than small diamonds, the price of a diamond rises exponentionaly to its size. Read this guide to get a better understanding of what a carat is and how it affects the appearance of a diamond.
The Fifth C: Certificates
The diamond certificate, which is sometimes called a grading report, is a complete evaluation of your diamond that has been performed by a qualified professional with the help of special gemological instruments. Each stone bears its own recognizable, individual characteristics, which is listed on the certificate.
"Men grow cold and women grow old. In the end, we may all lose our charms but square-cut or pear shaped; these rocks will never ever lose their shape. That's why diamonds are a woman's best friend."
Different shapes of diamonds vary according to your taste. Each of it emanates splendor qualities and uniqueness that suits your taste perfectly fine.
Here in VistaBella we make sure to provide our customers only the best of the best shaped diamonds, which are: Round, Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Oval, Marquise, Pear, Radiant, Cushion and Heart.
Round Brilliant is the most admired diamond shape. With 58 facets playing perfectly with light, giving a lavishing effect to this contour and making fire and brilliance sparkle at its best.
This shape is preferable for women with small hands.
Pamper your loved one with this diamond made for a princess. This shape is the next most admired shape from the Round brilliant.
From the name itself, its four equal sides and four edges offers a lustrous fire that makes its wearer shine from the rest just like a real princess.
No wonder it's becoming popular for solitaire engagement rings.
Looking for a shape like that of a princess cut but has longer length at the sides? You can't go wrong with this Emerald shaped diamond. It is rectangular with each of the four corners having its own corner facets.
This shape bears a resemblance to that of a stair step that is why it is known to be a step cut.
Emerald shape has its mirror-like reflection emanating its clarity and brilliance.
Inspired by the table cuts of the Renaissance period, this shape is identical to Emerald only that it is square.
Like Emerald shaped diamond, Asscher also exude a mirror-like reflection, but you can distinguish an Asscher from an Emerald cut by comparing its attributes. Asscher showcase a smaller table and broader step facet than Emerald. It has a high crown, deep and full pavilion, and wide cut corners, having more light and fire than emerald.
This diamond shape is not that common to any diamond stores. But with VistaBella, we offer anything your heart desires.
An egg shaped diamond that is also known as "oval modified brilliant" due to having the same shape like that of the round brilliant only that it is longer.
Lavish and classic, the oval shaped diamond looks like an ellipse when viewed from the top. This elongated round diamond is very popular for engagement rings as well as anniversary gifts.
It is designed perfectly to give an enticing effect to women with small fingers as it creates an illusion of length to the hand.
"Boat shaped," "Mouth shaped," "Football-like," many things are said to be alike with a Marquise diamond but who cares? It's a diamond, so what could be better than that?
This shape creates an illusion of giving you a bigger diamond than its carat weight. Same as a Round brilliant with 58 facets and an Oval, it's just that it's slimmer and the edges are sharpened.
This cut glows with a perfect blend of brilliance and color. And is best for flattering long fingers when used in either a solitaire style or paired with smaller gems.
Can't decide whether you want to buy an oval or a marquise? Well, stop it before you had a headache, for here is one diamond that appears in two shapes, an oval and a marquise.
A Pear shaped diamond has one edge that is rounded and another that is pointed, a perfect combination of an oval and a marquise, having an excellent proportion to refract light well.
Appearing like a tear drop or a rain drop, a pear shaped is mostly used for pendants of necklaces, dangles in earrings and for other designs.
Combining the classical emerald and round brilliant diamond shape, comes the radiant cut that is rectangular in shape with curtailed corners. It has 70 facets polished to both its crown and pavilion that intensifies light reflection towards the diamond, making it more dazzling and radiant to the eyes.
This cut is bet set as center stone for three stone rings. It goes perfectly with a side stones having shapes of a baguette, a round, a trillion, a trapezoid, a half-moons and a radiant diamond.
From the name itself, a cushion is a pillow shaped diamond that has been in this planet for more than a century.
A square to rectangular in shape with round edges and large facets highlighting the diamond's clarity and that making it more visible to the eye as it increase its brilliance.
If you are looking for an antique setting, you're guaranteed to have it best with this kind of shape only from VistaBella.
"Hear your heart out as it screams for this one of a kind diamond shape."
Having 59 facets, with a nearly round shape and has a lavishing brilliance, this pear-shaped with cleft at the top are mostly bought as stand alone diamonds, solitaire necklaces and solitaire rings as well as stud earrings.
Show your loved one how much you love them with this heart shaped diamond that is the best gift to manifest your ultimate love. And only VistaBella can give you the best Heart shaped diamond for your loved one.
"Diamonds are indeed the hardest mineral, but with its great value you can consider it as that which the most fragile."
When you are shopping for diamonds, most shoppers will pay attention to the Four C's of diamond purchasing. But after you have selected the perfect diamond gift for a loved one or for yourself, you need to pay attention to the fifth "C" of diamonds which is care. VistaBella recommends a regular professional cleaning to keep your diamond jewelry looking magnificent. A professional cleaning clears off any build-up on the gem and gives the setting a high, just like new shine. You should also have the setting checked once a year by a professional jeweler. In between regular professional cleanings, you can take care of your diamond jewelry to keep it looking its best.
- Soak and wash your diamond jewelry. Use warm water with a mild detergent to clean off day-to-day dust. Use a very soft brush to remove more stubborn dirt, but be careful not to scratch the setting.
- Rinse with warm water. Rinse off the detergent residue and any lingering particles of dirt.
- Dry with a lint-free towel. After washing, use a lint-free cloth to pat the jewelry dry.
You can also try a solution of 1 part ammonia to 6 parts water for cleaning. Ethyl alcohol may be used as well. For hard-to-reach places, try a toothpick or unwaxed dental floss to remove tarnishing debris.
Ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended for diamonds with inclusions. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond, so keep your diamond jewelry in individual jewelry boxes so that your precious stones and settings will not get scratched. Diamond jewelry should be stored in soft pouches or fabric-lined jewelry cases to protect the stones and settings from accidental damage. You can also wrap diamond jewelry in tissue paper and store in small cardboard boxes. When traveling, don't put your jewelry in your luggage. Take your jewelry in your carry-on bag so that you can have it with you at all times. Insure valuable pieces of jewelry against theft or loss.
Avoid touching the surface of the gem. Your fingers will leave traces of oil that dull the diamond's brilliance. Do not expose the diamond to household chemicals such as chlorine bleach or hairspray. The chemicals can dull the finish of a diamond. Avoid wearing your diamond jewelry where it could be splattered with grease, lotions, oils or powders. Remove your diamond jewelry if you are doing rough or heavy work.