Author Archives: Christina Lee

6 Facts About Natural Blue Diamonds You Should Know

There’s no question that natural blue diamonds are exceedingly rare and encountered very infrequently in nature and on the diamond market. It’s not surprising, then, that blue diamonds command very high prices

Diamond Fluorescence Isn’t the Evil Monster You Think It Is

One of the hotly debated topics in the diamond world is the issue of fluorescence in diamonds. Consumers are more often than not made to understand, thanks to jewelry merchants, that the

Why The 4Cs Don’t Entirely Apply to Colored Diamonds

The 4Cs of diamonds have all but been drilled relentlessly into everyone’s heads by now. They of course stand for cut, carat, color and clarity, and are the basis on which the

Understanding a GIA Certificate

When you make a colored diamond jewelry purchase, chances are your precious new jewel will be accompanied by a diamond certificate, oftentimes a GIA certificate, alternately known as a ‘colored diamond report.’

What Tiffany & Co. Can Teach Us About Diamonds

Tiffany & Co. is undoubtedly the most iconic diamond jewelry store in the world. The former “stationery and fancy goods” company is nearly 200 years old, founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 2015 Edition

December has arrived, and that can mean only one thing – there are just a few short weeks left to finish (or start!) your holiday shopping. Whether you’re buying for a small

How to Use a Loupe: The Guide to Grading Diamonds Like a Pro

A diamond loupe is a gemologist’s best friend. If you’re new to the world of diamonds and diamond jewelry, the first thing you’ll want to familiarize yourself with – perhaps even before

The Great Diamond Value Hoax

If you’re one of the countless number of people who equate engagements and marriage with diamond rings, then De Beers has clearly succeeded once again. The longstanding mining empire singlehandedly controlled the

The Art of a Jewelry Appraisal

In the fine jewelry world, a jewelry appraisal is a document that indicates a jewelry item’s value as determined by an individual appraiser for a certain market at the time the appraisal

Ask the Expert: How Can I Spot a Genuine Diamond?

Dear Diamond Expert,   There seem to be quite a few alternatives to diamonds that look just like the real thing! I’m so confused by all these lookalikes on the market and