Diamonds and Jewelry

Man Made Diamonds and Jewelry Designs

Jewelry designs created from manmade diamonds, has enabled the ordinary person in the street to enjoy wearing a piece of this type of quality fashion jewelry.

There are many occasions, such as when on a special holiday or for a particular event in their lives, that a person will treat themselves to a piece of fashion jewelry created with these diamonds, when they would not normally be able to afford diamonds, per say.

Due to the research of Apollo Diamond in Massachusetts, it is now possible to find a man made diamond, not only in a single crystal, but also in a variety of shades of colors, from blues to black.

By nature, crystals are not completely pure. However, impurities are purposefully added to the composition so that the properties of the diamond can be controlled, thus determining the size of the carat. Apollo expanded the growth of their carats sizes over the last few years and due to the sales of manmade diamonds at a substantially lower price than mined diamonds, this has had a major effect on the jewelry trade.

Because of the affordability, toughness, and close visual likeness to the mined diamond, man made diamonds have become the most geologically and economically important diamond composite.

These diamonds have their place in jewelry design when, for instance, celebrities, who have, or want, to appear at many gala and Oscar performances, want to wear diamonds but, generally cannot afford the real thing. Another time when these cheaper diamonds may be required, is when a copy of an original mined diamond is needed to be duplicated.

Fashion jewelry is normally designed using less valuable materials. These include glass, plastics and base metals as well as synthetic stones, instead of the more valuable materials such as gems and precious metals.

It has recently become fashionable for people, to wear a lot of cheap gold and diamond pieces of jewelry. A new word had been introduced into the English dictionary to cover this and that word is “bling”. Not a very complimentary description but definitely, understood by those who don’t want to follow this trend! One or two pieces probably would not be so noticeable but more than that and it can look very cheap.

Diamonds and Jewelry – A Background

While many diamonds are sold loose, as a precious commodity on diamond exchanges, nothing may equal them when set in jewelry. No engagement ring would be worth the name, unless containing a diamond, which, appropriately enough was considered in a successful advertising company the gem that lasts ‘forever’. And no cubic zirconium or whatever other stones resembling a diamond could ever replace it.

So what is so unique about this gemstone? While it is both incredibly old and hard, what makes it unique is its luster, namely its quality of dispersing the white light into all the colors of the spectrum. No other precious stone could do this, and the diamond can because of its unequaled purity. While it is true that there are many diamonds that are not a hundred percent pure or transparent, a thing reflected in their color – blue, yellow, green, red, brown, pink, purple, orange or even black, it’s as true that people consider the genuine stones to be colorless, or rather of all colors at the same time, thanks to their miraculous quality of dispersing the light. After all, color, carat and clarity are, besides the cut, the properties that distinguish them from one another. And you’ll never see any royal jewelry without white diamonds.

But given the pace at which diamonds are being extracted nowadays, almost half coming from central and southern Africa (26,000 kg a year), of course, everyone can afford to have at least one piece of jewelry with diamonds set in, besides the traditional engagement ring for women.

The way in which they disperse the light makes they look much bigger than they actually are; therefore, some small studs or cuff links could draw the attention of a whole room, especially if strongly artificially lit. This makes diamond jewelry priceless for being worn on formal occasions, such as at formal dinners, at the opera or theater, at balls or any other formal gatherings. On the other hand, less conspicuous diamonds, such as the black ones would make elegant and classy jewelry for business suits, especially if set in platinum or white gold. Without the dazzling reflection of light, they may also afford to be bigger. As fit for corporate clothing could be brown diamonds, which would look besides as beautiful, if set in yellow gold.

Expected Trends in Diamonds and Jewelry

While fashion changes quite frequently, it was not until recent years that jewelry began to undergo enormous changes in what was considered fashionable. Until recently, jewelry was simply stated, overly adorned, or antique, and few pieces outside of this were considered to be highly fashionable. In recent times, however, the rule of only a few pieces of small jewelry has been tossed to the wayside, as chunky rings and jewels and even floral designs have become the must have jewelry statement for everyone from celebrities to local trendsetters.

While the origin of the trend is uncertain, it is at least partially rooted in the “bling” culture made famous by hip hop artists and fans. The trend originated as wearing the most diamonds one could possibly fit on to a piece of jewelry or on to any item that would hold them, but has slowly morphed into a trend of wearing larger jewels that has moved well beyond only encompassing the hip hop culture.

This year is expected to continue the trend, with many top celebrities refusing to be seen without their chunky cocktail rings. Among such celebrities are Pink, Beyonce, and Cheryl Cole. Pop songstress Rihanna has recently been spotted wearing quite a chunky ring on her engagement finger, leading to rumors of a New Year’s Eve proposal from long-time “close friend” Chris Brown.

Another jewelry design expected to experience resurgence in popularity this year is the floral design. Elaborate floral inspired rings adorned with diamonds and made of precious metals are expected to be among the biggest trends in bridal wear this year, as floral designs have been growing increasingly popular among brides for some time now. The rings are exquisite and highly feminine, perhaps contributing to their return time after time to the forefront of jewelry chic.

Jewelry colors are also part of the trend, and this year seems to be shaping up to be the year for green and brown. In addition to classics like turquoise, emeralds are set for a rising surge in popularity, making their way from “tea party” culture back to the contemporary and urban market. When it comes to brown, everything from beads to quartz is expected to gain in popularity. Perhaps most of all, however, champagne and cognac diamonds are expected to be among the year’s trendiest and biggest selling jewels. A chocolate colored pearl has even been released, signifying that even the pearl industry is on top of the trend.