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Understanding Diamond Clarity [Comprehensive Guide]

Understanding clarity is an essential part of the process for anyone looking to purchase a diamond. Clarity can confuse those unfamiliar with diamonds, but it’s critical when considering price and quality. Knowing what factors determine a diamond’s clarity gives purchasers the confidence they need to make an informed decision. This comprehensive guide on diamond clarity … Read more

The 4 Cs of Diamonds: A Guide to Understanding Diamond Quality

When it comes to diamonds, there are a lot of terminologies that many don’t understand—especially when selecting a diamond for the first time. The four Cs (short for color, cut, clarity, and carat weight) are key components you must consider before purchasing your diamond to fully understand its quality. Knowing what each of these categories … Read more

Warning! Scam on Fake Lab Certificates!

Hello everyone! This will be a long post since I’ll be sharing with you a modus that I recently discovered whilst helping a client. I will deliberately not include names to protect the identity of the people involved; I will be using monickers instead. Also, I have referred the matter to NAJA and GIA International. … Read more

Yes, I Got Covid

Hey everyone! Yes, as the title states, I just had my bout with Covid hence the long absence. I won’t bore you with the complete details of my sickness but suffice to say, my symptoms were bad enough to warrant a hospital stint of more than a week. I’m fully vaccinated so I shudder at … Read more

Various Types of Ruby Treatments and Enhancements

Whether you are an experienced jewelry enthusiast or simply looking to add a bit of sparkle to your wardrobe, ruby treatments, and enhancements are key components in fine jewelry. Rubies provide durability and timeless elegance, making them one of the most desired gemstones for luxurious pieces. There are various ways where rubies can be treated … Read more

Let’s Get to Know Rubies, The King of Precious Stones

Let’s explore rubies, one of my favorite gemstones. Ruby is part of the corundum family, a rock-forming mineral. Corundums are naturally transparent in their purest form but can also have colors with certain chemicals. Chromium will make it reddish, creating a vibrant ruby. Not all red-hued ones, however, fall under rubies. In gemology, the color … Read more

What You Need to Know About Synthetic Stones

Did you know that some stones now used in jewelry aren’t created by nature but instead made synthetically? Synthetic stones look just like naturally mined ones and can offer a more affordable alternative compared to their genuine counterparts. In this blog post, we’ll explore what synthetic stones are and address frequently asked questions regarding the … Read more

How I Got Into Appraisals

I still vividly recall, when I was just four years old, I’d sit beside my mom, and witness her meticulous work on jewelry inventory. She would weigh each item carefully, place price tags, draw and describe them in her inventory notebook, and bag the precious accessories in zip lock bags. It was the early 80’s, … Read more

On the Road to Being a Licensed Appraiser!

Hello everyone! If you’ve been following my social media pages, I’m sure you’ve seen me post about becoming a NAJA member, that’s the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. I would like to share with you why I decided to join this organization and the impact it will have on my chosen career to be a … Read more