The "diamond wizard" Maarten de Witte from Hearts on Fire flew in for a visit. His fascinating stories and inside knowledge on diamonds wowed us with passion! Here is his latest blog: "Lets be perfectly clear....." by Maarten de Witte What's this picture look like to you? Does it look like a dolphin, swordfish, or maybe even a sailfish to you? Well, it's not. The image you see is what is known in the diamond trade as an inclusion. That's a pretty word for what scientists call an imperfection. Diamond cutters just say gletz. None of these sound very nice. And, that's too bad. Because, if you ask me...I'd say that's a beautiful picture. Which Leads me to the subject of diamond clarity grading. It is really science, or is it more accurately just a matter of opinion? As with diamond color grading, we assume that any particular diamond has a specific grade that accurately reflects its value. As with color grading, diamond clarity grades are established in a laboratory, after examining the diamond in a controlled viewing environment. The diamond is placed under a binocular microscope, viewed under 60+ power magnification, and lit from behind using dark-field illumination. In the best labs the diamond is dabbed with liquid as it is being viewed to float dust and other surface particles that may be confused with characteristics within the diamond. As with color grading, all these diamond clarity grading techniques are used to minimize the effect of precision cutting on the face-up appearance of the diamond in normal everyday circumstances. Why? Because, it's understood by all grading labs that perfectly diamonds look clearer than improperly cut diamonds with the same clarity grade. Yet, we continue to attach significant meaning and value to these grades. Why? Of course, when a diamond is flawless, that's an extreme rarity in nature. It should come as no surprise that these diamonds often command a value of over 50% more than a similar diamond with the slightest of impurities. But, why does it matter if there is a natural identification characteristic within our diamond that is imperceptible to the naked eye? In fact, if it is unique to our diamond couldn't it be as valuable as a laser inscription? What if the inclusion is actually desirable, because of it's meaning to us? Like the fish above. Or perhaps a little ballerina, or cloverleaf or whate3ver. Do you thin that should have value? What if the inclusion is extremely rare? I have yet to see a system that places a value on that.
"Vardy's Original Designs" captured on breathtaking photo!
Nov 1, 2013 5:03pm
Stephaine and Saul shared their gorgeous wedding photos with us. Here is our favorite! We love the originaility of mixing two passions in one photo.
Most brilliant Hearts on Fire engagement ring and couple!
Oct 18, 2013 6:55pm
We have known Scott for years. He is one of those "rare rough diamond" kind of guy. He has been telling us that he will get his engagement ring from Vardy's when he has found the love of his life. Well, he has kept his promise and got the most brilliant Hearts on Fire Transcend DREAM diamond ring for his "Meant To Be" Laurel (who we adore and approve greatly)! Scott, you deserve the best and you got the best! Happy for you and Laurel!!
Oct 8, 2013 5:12pm
We love hearing about sweet memories of the jewelery we create. Our customers wanted a simple, semi precious engagement ring. Her Father-In-Law wanted only the best for his eldest son and bride to be so he came to Vardy's to create a one of a kind ring. He also generously gave them his late wife's wedding stones to be incorporated into the band.
Our customer shared with us:"Though she's no longer with us, I feel a part of her loving spirit is always present in our marriage. My husband and I have been married 3 years now and couldn't be happier!"
We love what we do everyday!
New Trend from Jewelry Week
Sep 25, 2013 6:23pm
Here are some new bridal jewelry trends from 2013 Jewelry Week. Pink, black (!!) gold and black center diamond seem to be gaining presence in the traditional white gold and white diamond world.
Vardy's Jewelers creates distinctive jewelry with timeless style. Old world European craftsmanship meets contemporary technology to present an extraordinary offering of custom and artistic designs of heirloom quality, designed and created on the premises.
"Vardy took the diamonds and gold from my old engagement ring, added just a few colored gemstones and made me a gorgeous new anniversary ring."