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How do you tell the difference between diamonds, cubic zirconia, etc.?

How can I lean to tell the difference between cubic zirconia, diamond, and other stones? According to my internet research, cubic zirconia has more "dispersiveness" and "fire" than diamond, but diamonds have more "brilliance" than cubic zirconia. Can I train my eye to tell the stones apart with those properties? What does the "brilliance" look like, and how does that differ from "dispersiveness" and "fire"? Any other tips for differentiating stones used in jewelry would also be welcome. For example, if you have tips related to rubies, emeralds, or pearls, please share!
posted by mortaddams on Jan 15, 2017 - 6 answers

Find that song: Hearts, Stars and Diamonds

Years ago (possibly before YouTube?) a friend sent me a link to a video of a girl singing a wonderfully horrible, super-catchy song with a title/chorus that was something like “hearts, stars and diamonds”; if not that exactly, then something close. Does this song still exist somewhere online? [more inside]
posted by Asterism on Feb 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Best diamond ring consignment in Toronto?

Anybody had a good experience selling a diamond engagement ring on consignment in Toronto? Or if you've got quite a lot of knowledge on the subject, is there a better way to maximize the price of one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Engagement ring bought online-- need local jeweler for maintenance

My engagement ring is from Blue Nile (online Canadian retailer). My partner saved a lot of money and I absolutely love it. Apparently, I'm supposed to get it "serviced" every 6 months; however, I do not want to send it back to Blue Nile for this. Who do I go to locally to get this done-- cleaning + checking that nothing is loose/has been damaged? Do local jewelers provide this service for rings that haven't been purchased from them? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

This diamond ring doesn't shine for me anymore.

How to re-assure a relative that a reputable jeweler will not steal her diamonds while resizing her rings? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Aug 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Getting a deal on an engagement ring

I'm looking to buy an engagement ring. Where can I get a solid deal on one these days? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jul 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Is this one of those times when I should stop critiquing?

The ring is holding me back from getting engaged. Please help me find a way to be creative within the bounds of social expectation, or else help me get over my hangups. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 82 answers

Buying an engagement ring in Bangkok

Buying an engagement ring in Bangkok: Advisable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How much to insure diamond rings for?

How much should I insure a diamond engagement ring and a wedding band for? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but how old are they?

I have this bracelet with diamonds that was inherited to me. Can you tell me circa when was it made? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

High quality synthetic diamonds?

Jewelry filter: my wife wants some diamond stud earrings for Christmas, but we're both pretty disgusted by the traditional diamond trade. What's a good source of high quality man-made (synthetic) diamond jewelry?
posted by wmeredith on Nov 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Where are my cheap diamonds?

Every few years I read a story about someone who can make artificial diamonds absurdly cheaply. Then I don't hear anything more, and I eventually notice that diamonds are not in fact absurdly cheap. What's going on? Are these stories just hype, or do the manufacturers just reach an eventual accommodation with De Beers?
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 27, 2010 - 30 answers

What styles of engagement ring would match with this unusual bezel set diamond wedding band?

What styles of engagement ring would match with this unusual bezel set diamond wedding band? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Aug 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Is Better Better Than Bigger?

I want to buy my wife diamond earrings. You are not my wife, of course, but assuming you were, would you value the size or the quality of the diamonds more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 - 53 answers

Diamonds are forever, right? Really?

A diamond can't be scratched. But can a diamond be crushed? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Could you tell me about how much these diamond earrings are worth? More inside...

Could you tell me about how much these diamond earrings are worth? More inside... [more inside]
posted by picapica on Nov 9, 2009 - 13 answers

Canadian diamond wedding band in NYC/NJ?

Know of any jewelers that carry Canadian diamond wedding bands in North Jersey or Manhattan? I need a wedding band (getting married in 2 weeks!), and my fiancé doesn't want an African diamond after watching Blood Diamond. I'd like someone I can deal with in person rather than a website. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Sep 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Diamond Heist Help Needed!

Diamond Heist Filter: I'm writing a crime story and I could use some technical info so things sound realistic -- do you know gems or security systems or African languages? [more inside]
posted by xz on May 6, 2009 - 18 answers

What's the best ring setting for a miner's cut diamond?

I recently inherited a large diamond in a "miner's cut," which is somewhat square and has an old-fashioned look to it. I want to get it set into a ring, but am not sure what kind of setting would be best for this cut of diamond. Can anyone help?
posted by plinsky on Mar 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Will acetone nail polish remover damage gold?

Removing nail polish from a diamond & white gold engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Dec 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Diamonds: What cut is more desirable?

Which do you prefer, round or princess cut diamonds? Why? What are the pros/cons to each? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Sep 29, 2008 - 30 answers

Engagement Ethics Optimization: Estate Jewelry / MYOR

Buying an engagement ring. Advice wanted on a) Estate Jewelry: recommendations on how to buy & not get ripped off. b) Make-your-own-ring workshops: how to get a good used diamond. c) recommendations for both of the above in the LA / SoCal area. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Mar 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Romantic symbolism: conflict-free and on the cheap

Help me find a quality, non-diamond engagement ring that wont plunge me deeper into debt. [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Jan 5, 2008 - 30 answers

Jewelers and their ubiquitous calculator... why?

Why do jewelers always insist of giving prices read from a calculator screen and not from the price tag of the piece I'm looking at? Do they give different people different prices? Or is it a way of accounting for fluctuating prices of gold or gems from week to week?
posted by ab5000 on Nov 19, 2007 - 16 answers

Books on the 19th century South African diamond industry

What are the best books about the South African diamond industry during the mid-to-late 19th century? [more inside]
posted by stammer on Jun 27, 2007 - 4 answers

How do blood diamonds and artificial diamonds not cancel eachother out?

How do blood diamonds and artificial diamonds not cancel eachother out? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Mar 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Selling our grandmother's jewelry

Please help my sister and me liberate ourselves (in a wise way) from a bitter, albeit shiny, inheritance [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme on Aug 16, 2006 - 8 answers

diamonds are forever..

Are there any other companies that have fooled as many people as De Beers? [more inside]
posted by petsounds on Mar 27, 2006 - 59 answers

I have some nice waterfront property to sell you for cheap.

I was wondering if anybody has any knowledge of Canadian Diamond Traders Inc. [more inside]
posted by ashbury on Mar 7, 2006 - 4 answers

why diamonds are bad

I need a bunch of evidence/information to educate a friend about the diamond industry; why it is a monopoly, how it has fueled civil wars in African nations, the current state of diamond mining, etc. I thought there was also a famous photojournalist (Salgado?) who took photos of a diamond mine in Africa as well. Can anyone help me gather information on why diamonds should not be purchased? Thank you in advance.
posted by gen on Feb 20, 2006 - 15 answers

What makes certain jewelry good?

Jewelry design? Suppose, for the sake of conversation, I'd like to know about key designers and what makes for "good" jewelry. [more inside]
posted by mikeh on Dec 2, 2005 - 5 answers

Diamond hardness

If diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, how can you cut them? [more inside]
posted by askmatrix on Jul 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Selling diamonds

I have a diamond appraised at around $200 from a jeweler - and of course a pawn shop doesn't give a fair deal. How/where do you sell a diamond? I'm in Chicago if that helps.
posted by agregoli on Jul 11, 2005 - 4 answers

Capital jewelry

I'm looking for recommendations for a reputable jeweler in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Mar 8, 2005 - 7 answers

Non-Diamond Engagement Ring

I am fairly well resolved to do what must be done to turn my girlfriend into my fiance. One thing is delaying this: I'd like to get an engagement ring without enriching the diamond monopoly (she and I are both on the same page about this). What's to know about substitute/faux/synthetic gemstones? Are they worth it? What would make a good ring given this unorthodox constraint? Any and all suggestions much appreciated!
posted by cleetus on Jul 14, 2004 - 32 answers

What could my friend do to avoid being bullied by his fiancee's family?

There's already been a question on AskMe about engagement ring advice, but I'm looking for something a little different. My buddy just spent $10,000 on an engagement ring because his fiance is feeling the pressure of being a brand new attorney in NYC and wanting to look the part. He didn't want to, but he did it anyway, cause her family was giving her the "If he loves you, he'd spend the money" spiel and it was really getting to her.

What could he have done at that point? She's a great girl, just a little prone to doing what her family wants her to do, so "RUN" isn't an appropriate response. Also, what is an appropriate price? $10,000 is about two months salary, but it seems extreme.

Google's not really any help....strangers who I've interacted with (ala MeFites) are significantly better than strangers I have not (ala some random webpage).
posted by taumeson on May 24, 2004 - 84 answers

Need engagement ring advice for best quality / value combination.

Need engagement ring advice. [more inside]
posted by PrinceValium on Dec 26, 2003 - 27 answers

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