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Center Stone Pricing

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 24, '18

Chain Length Chart

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Sizing Your Ring

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Salt + Pepper Diamonds

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 05, '18
What is a Salt + Pepper Diamond?
Most diamonds have flaws known as inclusions. There can be different kinds of inclusions, they can be black, white or different shapes, sizes, and even colors. "Salt and Pepper" is an informal term that refers to white and black inclusions, which gives them a grey/blue tone. Salt + Pepper diamonds are known for their earthiness, depth of color and shimmering ice grey aesthetic.

Pricing
Because these diamonds are less rare than more traditional diamonds, their price points can also be more affordable and great way to find a fun ring with the durability of diamond at a great price.

Grading System
Standard diamonds are graded on their 4 C’s – Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight. However, Salt and Pepper Diamonds are not graded.

Size + Shape Availability
Salt + Pepper diamonds come in about any shape and size, which leaves a lot of flexibility with the design process! Every one of our engagement rings can be made with the salt + pepper diamond of your choice.

Eco Friendly
A salt and pepper diamond is far less taxing on the environment than regular diamonds are. Because salt and pepper diamonds come rough-hewn and raw, they save much more time and resources than mining traditional diamonds. During the mining process, large amounts of rock and soil are extracted from the ground to find small diamond deposits. Then, they are sent to separate facilities off-site where ore is processed and the rough diamonds are pulled out.  Depending on how rich the ore is, a few hundred tons might be extracted just to produce one carat of gem-quality rough diamonds.


Moissanite

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 05, '18

At Apres Jewelry we source all of our Moissanite from Charles & Colvard: a company that has mastered the art of re-creating moissanite in a lab, delivering artfully crafted and socially responsible gemstones. We only offer Forever One Moissanite stones from Charles and Colvard which is the highest quality possible for this stone.

What is Moissanite? 

Moissanite is one of the rarest minerals found in nature. The gem was originally discovered in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth in 1893. The crystals of the Moissanite were composed of silicon carbide. Since finding natural Moissanite is very rare, it’s primarily created in labs today. Moissanite is has scintillation (sparkle) similar to diamonds, but they are ultimately different stones.

Pricing

Overall, Moissanite is a fraction of the cost of a diamond. While a diamond’s price varies based on cut, clarity, and other individual characteristics, Moissanite stones are usually the same price and vary only with size and color grade, which only has two options: DEF, and GHI.

Below is a table comparing pricing for a GIA-certified round diamond (with I-color and VS2 clarity), a classic moissanite stone (not colorless), a Forever Brilliant moissanite stone (near-colorless), and Forever One moissanite stone (colorless).

Hardness

The harder a material, the more difficult it is to scratch. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, moissanite is rated as a 9.25, which is a great score that is higher than any gemstone used in jewelry besides diamonds. Diamonds, which are the hardest known mineral, score a 10.

Size + Shape Availability 

While moissanite comes in about any shape and size, they are about 15-18% lighter than diamond!

Color

While certified diamonds are graded on color and can be compared with one another, moissanite stones are not graded on color. At Apres Jewelry, we only source Forever One moissanite stone (colorless). Forever One moissanite is completely colorless and is similar to a GIA-certified E-color diamond. They truly are colorless and perfect if you want an ice-white stone! 

Sparkle + Shine

Brilliance, which refers to the ability to reflect white light, is a good way to measure how much a diamond will "sparkle." Moissanite disperses light extremely well and is actually has more brilliance than a diamond! Additionally, moissanite is less likely to attract finger prints or dirt than a diamond and should keep the ‘sparkle’ longer in between cleanings.

PROS

Moissanite is eco-friendly; they are lab created with minimal environmental impact. In terms of pricing, these are less expensive per carat than many other gemstones. Lastly, these stones are super durable. Moissanite is a 9.25 on the Moh’s scale, so it is suitable for everyday wear.
Eco friendly

 

Lab Created White Diamonds

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 04, '18
All of our lab-created white diamonds come from the Diamond Foundry. Located in San Francisco, this lab re-creates the way the Earth produces diamonds and produces 100% real white diamonds. Instead of extracting diamonds from countries like Africa or Russia, the Diamond Foundry creates their stones above ground in America, leaving  zero carbon footprints, and ensuring an ethical and environmentally friendly diamond. Each diamond grows in its own way, with one-of-a-kind inclusions and unique growth patterns. No two man-made diamonds are alike. Each is completely unique and natural.

Lab-created white diamonds are guaranteed, graded and are not pre-owned. All diamonds sourced from the Diamond Foundry are graded at the highest industry standards by highly trained GIA gemologists and are given a GCAL certificate to ensure the grading of the stone (*not a GIA certificate).

PROS

Purchasing a lab created diamond is an amazing option when trying to maximize your budget, as these stones can be up to 10-15% less expensive than natural diamonds.

CONS

Some people are traditional and prefer a natural diamond that was created in the Earth. That is the only drawback here. Otherwise, these lab-created diamonds are 100% the same composition as natural diamonds, just produced in a different environment.


White Sapphires

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 04, '18

PRICING

One of the biggest appeals of getting a white sapphire center stone would be the fact that they are far more affordable than a diamond. Diamonds can start at $6000 for a 1 carat stone, whereas a Sapphire can start at $600 for a 1 carat stone.

HARDNESS

Sapphires are a hard and scratch resistant mineral, so white sapphire engagement rings are very durable. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, a sapphire is rated as a 9. This makes it the second hardest natural stone used in jewelry. A diamond, which is the hardest, scores a 10.

SIZE + SHAPE AVAILABILITY

Both white diamonds and white sapphires come in about any shape and size, which leaves a lot of flexibility with the design process. Every one of our engagement rings can be made with the white sapphire of your choice.

SPARKLE + SHINE

A white diamond will sparkle more than than a white sapphire. Diamonds have more scintillation, which refers to the rainbow colors that you can typically see a diamond giving off in the sunlight. A white sapphire does not display any scintillation. However, white sapphires still sparkle in their own right. They tend to look more see-through than diamonds. See the image below to reference the two side by side: the Oval-cut White Diamond is on the LEFT and the Round-cut White Sapphire is on the RIGHT.

GRADING SYSTEM

Unfortunately, a cut grading system for sapphires does not exist. All White Sapphire stones are non-certified.




Rose Cut Diamonds

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 04, '18

One of the most striking characteristics of a Rose Cut Diamond is it’s flat base. These stones lack a pavilion, which is the pointy base that you typically see on modern round brilliant diamonds. 

With anywhere from 3 to 24 facets, a rose cut diamond resembles the shape of a rose bud. In general, they are flat at the bottom and creating a larger surface area for the stone’s brilliance. 

Another bonus of buying a rose cut is since it is flat on the bottom, the stone’s size appears much larger than its actual carat weight. For example, a 6mm round diamond would be around 0.9 carat in a modern round brilliant cut (a traditional diamond) and around 0.42 carat in a rose cut. They look the same from the top view since they are the same width, but the lack of the base of the rose cut makes it lighter so you end up paying less since it’s a lower carat weight.

Morganite

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 04, '18

Morganite is a clear pink ‘species’ of the gemstone Beryl.  It is named after the collector (and US banker) JP Morgan and can be found in a range of places including Brazil and Madagascar.  Morganite’s subtle color is caused by traces of manganese.

We love this stone because it has a strong orange color component, creating a salmon or Rosé color. And also, who doesn’t love a pink stone!

On the Moh’s Hardness Scale, it scores an 8 which makes it a great choice for a center stone. Additionally, faceted morganite, in light and stronger colors, usually has no eye-visible inclusions.

Morganite stones are non-certified.

Diamond Slices

by AMANDA THOMAS Posted on April 04, '18

Diamond slices are thinly sliced sections of large rough diamonds characterized by their abundance of inclusions. Inclusions are small “imperfections” inside the diamond, and they are caused by extreme heat and pressure while they are formed deep within the earth.  With diamonds slices in particular, we love them because of their beautiful inclusions and the interesting pattern it creates within the stone.

COLOR
We offer a wide range of diamond slice colors- ranging from clear, to light grey (salt + pepper), to yellow, to light pink/orange as you can see below.

SHAPE
They also come in a variety of shapes. Row 1 (to the left) are all Shield Cut. Row 2 are all Hexagons. Row 3 shows the more Elongated Geometric cuts, as well as a Diamond-shaped slice on the very bottom. Row 4 shows the more traditional shapes- such as Round, Emerald cut, and Oval cut.

 

 

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