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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Diamond Accent Jewelry
Diamond accent jewelry has been popular with us
ladies since our grandmother's time. That means it is also a popular genre with
both custom designers and mass merchandisers.
Diamond accent jewelry is elegant, classic, and luxurious.
The Hope Diamond pictured above is perhaps the best known
example in the USA. The crown jewels of England, Iran, and other countries
contain many stunning examples.
Diamond accent jewelry usually consists of one or
more larger colored gems or diamonds mounted in a jewelry piece with smaller
diamonds along side, or surrounding the primary
Diamond accent stones are most often 1 mm to 4 mm in size.
It takes a large piece (like the Hope) to look right with larger accent stones.
These small diamonds are known in the jewelry and gem
trades as melee. This word has French origins, and seems to mean
"confusion" or "jumble." A parcel of mixed size small
diamonds fits that description well.
Diamond accent stones are often round in shape, but some
designers successfully utilize square, oval, pear, and marquise shaped accents
to enhance their designs.
Several of the large mounting manufacturers offer an array
of gold and platinum mountings that call for accents. These
manufacturers specialize in providing both modern and classic
designed jewelry components to the trade.
Gem dealers or jewelers then add their own loose stones to
complete the jewelry piece.
Many styles are available in several stone sizes. For
||6 x 4 mm center stone with six 1.3 mm accents
||7 x 5 mm center stone with six 1.5 mm accents
||8 x 6 mm center stone with six 1.8 mm accents
||9 x 7 mm center stone with six 2 mm accents
Variations on some styles may be available to accommodate
different shapes of center stones, such as oval, emerald, or
Now consider the array of gems (aquamarine, emerald,
amethyst, diamond) and colors (blue, pink, yellow, green,
orange, and more) just in sapphire!
The combinations are almost limitless. This is how we, and
our dealers produce professional semi-custom jewelry.
Diamond accent jewelry... yes, that's what I was
talking about before I went off on that mountings tangent.
Some people want accents other than diamonds. Colored gems
in melee sizes are often used. A recently produced ladies ring
with a 6 mm round white zircon and marquise iolite accents
comes to mind.
We also carry alternative (less expensive) accent gems,
including white (colorless) sapphire, zircon, and topaz.
Cubic Zirconia Accent
We even offer white cubic zirconia accent stones for the
convenience of our customers. We have them in several sizes and
shapes. They look beautiful in jewelry, and they're dirt cheap.
These are man-made stones. They are the only
artificial stones that we sell!
To inquire about loose colored gems, finished jewelry, or
loose accent stones just send
me an email
to tell me what you want.
||Click on the box...
and have Google start putting money in your bank account!
diamond accent jewelry is a keyword phrase that returns a number of
internet listings and ads with additional information and photos.
Gem Industry News...
World's oldest diamonds found in Australia
This news article doesn't relate to
gem grade diamonds, but I think it's interesting.
Scientists have discovered what they
believe are the world's oldest diamonds beneath the Australian
Outback in a surprise find that could force a rethink about how
the Earth formed.
The diamonds are believed to date back more than four
billion years, making them almost as old as the 4.5 billion
year old planet, according a report from Australian and German
researchers in the scientific journal Nature.
"We're still stunned, it was the last thing we expected
to find," geologist Alexander Nemchin from Western
Australia's Curtin University of Technology told AFP.
The diamonds were found trapped inside zircon crystals from
the Jack Hills region in the remote north of Western Australia
The 50 gems are tiny, with the largest measuring only 70
microns, or about the width of a human hair and most invisible
to the naked eye.
Nemchin said they could have major implications for
scientists trying to understand the Earth's early geology
because they are believed to have formed up to a billion years
earlier than the oldest previously discovered diamonds.
He said diamonds need immense pressure from the planet's
tectonic plates to form, and scientists had believed the plates
were too thin so early in Earth's history because at the time
it was little more than a molten ball.
"It means it's possible that the Earth looked similar
to the modern Earth much earlier than we thought," he
"It's a very controversial area though and not everyone
will agree with that conclusion."
Now is a good time to review your inventory of jewelry
Do you have enough ring boxes with interior colors to show
off the jewelry piece it will hold?
How about earring boxes... and pendant boxes?
The presentation box helps make that very important first
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