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Fred Cuellar, The Diamond Guy®, and Dr. Mark Mehaffey discuss the truth about removing wedding bands–including gold, platinum, silver, titanium, stainless steel, cobalt, and tungsten. The equipment to remove or cut tungsten and cobalt wedding rings are not as readily available as some have lead you to believe. Fred shows you how to remove these tungsten and conbalt rings.
By Fran Blandy (AFP)
KLEINZEE, South Africa — The glittering diamonds are almost gone and as the lustre fades on South Africa’s Diamond Coast, desperate ghost towns are left clinging to the last signs of life.
The heyday of diamond mining may be over, but the restoration of a once-pristine landscape along the country’s west coast should turn this wasteland of scarred earth into a tourist paradise.
Isolated under strict security for 80 years of mining, towering mine dumps reach hundreds of metres into the air along the coast, the site of one of the most ambitious mining restoration projects to date.
It’s hard to believe it by looking at the area now. The sole customer in a supermarket on a recent day in one of the mining towns, Kleinzee, said the industry has left it looking as if a “nuclear bomb was dropped on it.”
Since 2007 the world’s leading diamond company De Beers has drastically cut operations at its Namaqualand mines as the precious gem runs out, reducing staff from about 3,000 to 250.
Globally, known diamond reserves are expected to run out in 30 years.
Kleinzee, located about 600 kilometres (370 miles) north of Cape Town in the country’s biggest and most sparsely populated province of Northern Cape, is entirely owned by the diamond giant.
Schools, recreation centres and houses stand mostly empty.
Its mine has already shut down and residents wait desperately for officials to proclaim an end to its life as a privately owned mining town so individuals can buy homes themselves and try to breathe life back into business.
“All my friends lost their jobs. This is a mining town, what must they do here?” said local supermarket owner Ann Engelbrecht, whose sales have dropped 60 percent with only a trickle of tourists and locals sustaining her.
She took over the Spar in 2007 after working for De Beers since 1984, and says she has already had two heart attacks from the stress, making opening hours ever later and shutting down completely over weekends.
“It is just not worth it anymore. Business is so bad but I really believe if the town is proclaimed it will get better.”
De Beers, grappling with how to leave the town, is partnering with conservationists to reinvigorate the area through tourism, fish farming and other industries.
The project highlights increasing concerns about the environmental footprint left by mining and the responsibility of companies to mitigate it.
Gert Klopper, De Beers Namaqualand spokesman, says the company hopes the project will improve the image of the diamond industry, long blighted by conflict and violence.
“I think it’s the first time anywhere in the world that it (restoration) has taken place on such a large scale,” he tells AFP of the 463 million rand (56 million dollar, 40 million euro) project.
De Beers owns some 10 percent of South Africa’s 2,500-kilometre coastline, much of which has been extensively mined.
Conservation experts are now busy filling gaping holes and transplanting sensitive plant species to restore the vast plains to their former glory.
“The succulent Karoo is one of only two arid hotspots in the world with more than 4,500 plant species. The whole of Europe doesn’t have the same number of plant species,” says environmental officer Werner Nel.
Klopper notes that while some 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) have been mined, a total of 90,000 hectares were restricted from the public for decades, meaning “huge tracts of land have been pristinely preserved.”
Thick and varied vegetation which comes alive with wildflowers in spring stretches for miles to sandy white dunes and idyllic beaches ideal for surfing.
With the rest of South Africa’s coast overdeveloped, it is hoped a new tourist attraction will be created along with hundreds of jobs in the most isolated corner of the country.
Sea water pumps designed for mining are now helping fill the pits, which are being turned into oyster and abalone farms.
Already exposed bedrock is being eyed for nearly 100 wind turbines along the wind-blown coastline — to create much needed renewable energy in the power-strapped country.
Other plans are underway to create land art, a marina, seawater greenhouses and hiking trails, and even to turn one massive pit into a concert venue.
“It will take 10, 20, 30 years to get to the point that you can’t see mining happened here,” says Andre Meyer of the Nurture, Restore, Innovate project which is restoring the land for De Beers.
Copyright © 2009 AFP. All rights reserved.
- All Palladium VP is stamped Pal-VP
- All Palladium VP products come with a life time destruction guarantee and sizing guarantee
And finally, look at the price! Counterfeiters could take Mexican Palladium and stamp it VP but they won’t be able to sell it at white gold prices ($600-$800). If the vendor you’re thinking of buying from says they can sell you a 6mm half round heavy comfort fit Palladium VP ring for under a grand, they are probably trying to pull the wool over your eyes. As long as platinum prices are overly inflated, I think it’s only natural to look for an alternative. Palladium VP is to platinum what Ethanol is to fossil fuel gasoline. It’s just a smart way to go!
1. An observer
2. A diamond
3. A light source
- The crown (top)
- The girdle (around the middle)
- The pavilion (the bottom).
Posted: 11/4/2005 7:54 PM
(Rapaport…November 1, 2005) The diamond industry has the right to know: What has been going on inside the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) laboratory?
Is this to be done through leaks to people that have agendas? Is GIA’s board to be exempted from the new zero tolerance policy?
The briber suffers huge loss to reputation. The long-term monetary loss from such reputational damage far outweighs the short-term benefit of bribing.
- Make it a violation for any member to bribe any laboratory employee.
- Make it a violation for any member to knowingly trade in any diamond whose diamond grading report has been improperly upgraded due to bribery.
- Require a five-year suspension for any member found to have bribed any laboratory employee or knowingly dealt in any improperly upgraded diamond.
- Require all organizations to post, and/or, give notice to all members, the individual and company names of all those found to have bribed any employee of any diamond laboratory.
Posted: 10/18/2005 1:01 PM
(Diamonds.net, Rapaport News – October 18, 2005) The following press release from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) details results of its internal investigation and action, following charges filed against GIA by Max Pincione. (*Read the court case below) The GIA stresses that they have “zero tolerance” for misconduct and have made some organizational changes, one of which was to appoint gemologist Thomas Moses as the new head of the GIA Lab, with the title of senior vice president, GIA Laboratory and Research.
“The Board already has decided to implement a number of our recommendations, including the appointment of a Compliance Officer in the laboratory who will report to the general counsel and will oversee the enforcement of the Institute’s compliance policies,” added Mr. O’Neil.
- Four employees of GIA’s New York lab have been terminated;
- Thomas M. Moses, G.G., a distinguished gemologist with a stellar reputation around the world, has been named the new head of the GIA Lab, with the title of Senior Vice President, GIA Laboratory and Research; and
- Thomas C. Yonelunas, former head of the GIA Laboratory, while not implicated in any violations of GIA’s Professional Ethics and Conduct Compliance Statement, has tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2005 to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.”
Posted: 8/26/2005 3:57 PM
- The 2002 case settlement was “drawn” with the intent “to conceal their [defendants] conspiracy and their procuring false diamond grading reports from the defendant GIA.” For “bad faith” Pincione requests a declaratory judgment wherein the “release should be declared non effective and non operative as to any causes of action against the defendants arising out of their fraudulent actions.”
- The plaintiff’s reputation was ruined and the good will between Pincione and his clients was destroyed. By offering the diamonds to his clients “with falsified entries in the diamond grading reports, risked by his innocent acts, incarceration and punishment in Saudi Arabia…” and seeks $50 million in damages.
- Vivid “breached its contract” with Pincione by supplying “gems of quality certified honestly by defendant GIA.” Subsequent loss of business is set forth in damages of $50 million.
- Defendants “jointly and severally breached their fiduciary relationship with the plaintiff by misrepresenting to him the value of gems submitted…” for sale to Pincione’s clients, “thereby injuring the reputation and destroying the good will developed by the plaintiff after years of hard work.” For this, the plaintiff has been damaged in the sum of $50 million.
- The court document says that Khazaneh executed the 2002 settlement agreement and release along with “a letter of apology, said defendant has been and continues to slander the plaintiff, by stating to various friends and customers of the plaintiff, that: ‘I cannot understand why Pincione is not in jail, in that he has stolen so much’ (paraphrased).” It is stated that Khazaneh was “warned” to cease and desist “in his slanderous statements.”
The court is asked to void the settlement agreement and release between Pincione and Khazaneh due to “slanderous statements.” The plaintiff has been damaged in the sum of $50 million.
- Khazaneh has “caused the plaintiff to be threatened,” in that the plaintiff states a man “who has identified himself as defendant Khazaneh’s brother to make telephone calls to the plaintiff threatening the plaintiff with statements including but not limited to: ‘If I were you, I would sleep with an eye open,'” and “Dr. Nuchbacker a friend and spiritual advisor to (Khazaneh) has many followers and they would kill for him in a blink…” Cited as “malicious acts” in the statement, the plaintiff says it was “part of a plan of action by defendant Khazaneh to put the plaintiff in fear of his life, and were acted upon with malice,” has caused emotional distress, and in so seeks damage in the sum of $50 million.
A rectangular diamond whose table and total depth percentage does not exceed 65% of the diamonds width.
A diamond that comes with no bonding or warranties. Its sale is final, no exceptions after the buyer takes possession from the vendor.
|Back Alley||A diamond that has had at least one previous owner and is being purchased on the secondary market. Example: Joe has purchased a Back Alley diamond. Translation: Joe has bought a used diamond.|
A marquise shaped diamond whose length to width ratio exceeds 2.25 to 1. The diamond appears to have been stretched to look like a banana.
|Big Brother||Diamond Trading Company a.k.a. DeBeers.|
|Bling Bling||A sparkly valuable diamond or diamond jewelry.|
|Blue Booked||The dollar value placed on a diamond at time of purchase that the seller agrees to purchase the diamond back at some time in the future.|
|Bonded||Synonymous with warranty. All diamonds are either fully bonded, partially bonded or not bonded. A new subcategory that has been popularized of late is the fully bonded diamond with an expiration date i.e. a limited lifetime warranty. The diamond is warranted not for the life of the diamond or person but for the life of the warranty itself. Most of these bogus warranty packages (breakage guarantee, buyback, exchange) run 90 days. A true fully bonded diamond has no expiration date or restocking fee.|
|Canaries||A canary diamond is yellow in color due to the fact it is saturated with nitrogen. The four main categories of canaries are light fancy, fancy, intense fancy and vivid.|
|Chubbies||Diamonds that are poorly proportioned. Typically, diamonds that have over-sized girdles or deep pavilions that cause the diamonds to appear smaller than they should when viewed from the top for any given weight.|
|Cognac||A brown diamond dramatized as attractive and valuable with an appealing title.|
|How the facets are arranged on a diamond.|
|Doublet||A diamond or gemstone that is made of two pieces. Example: The crown is diamond but it is epoxied to a pavilion made out of cubic zirconia.|
|Duping||The con of selling a diamond with a Lab Grading Report or GIA appraisal that does not match the diamond being sold but rather matches a diamond that was shown loose to make the initial sale and later switched for the understudy.|
|Estate||A diamond or piece of jewelry that has been previously owned and is up for sale.|
|Fancies||Has two meanings. 1.) Any shape other than a round diamond or 2.) Any diamond of any particular color of the rainbow but white. These would include: blues, pinks, violets, and yellows to name a few. The most famous fancy in the world is “The Hope Diamond,” which is steel blue.|
|Fisheye||The circular centrally dark light pattern that appears in the table of a round diamond when it is cut shallow. It derives its nickname due to the fact that the light leakage through the pavilion creates the look from the crown of that of a fish’s eye.|
|Footballs||The opposite of a banana shape marquise which is too long. Rather a football is a marquise that closely resembles the shape of a football. A marquise could be described as a football if its length to width ratio is less than 1.75 to 1.|
|Fully Warranted||Can be synonymous with fully bonded. A diamond that has a breakage, buyback, exchange and market crash guarantee. When it comes with no expiration dates, it is considered fully bonded, otherwise it is a limited lifetime warranty|
|Glow Worms||A diamond that exhibits fluorescence in the presence of ultra violet light. Fluorescent diamonds are 20% less valuable than non-fluorescent diamonds.|
|Grade Bumping||A diamond whose clarity or color grade has been raised by one or more grades by a lab, appraiser or salesman to enhance the value of the diamond.|
|Grainers||In the orient, diamonds were weighed using grains of rice. (4 grains = 1/5 of a gram which = a 1ct diamond on a counter balance) Example: a 6 grainer = 1 1/2ct diamond|
|Grandfather||An old diamond (Old Miners, Old European) or a diamond whose paperwork is outdated. A Lab Grading Report is considered a grandfather when it is over six months old and an appraisal is considered a grandfather at two years old.|
|Hot Rocks||Diamonds whose country of origin (South Africa, Sierra Leon, etc.) is linked to fueling wars and oppression with the funds acquired from the sale or barter of diamonds.|
|Illusion Setting||The placement of a diamond into a mirrored high polished plate of metal to give the illusion that the diamond is larger than it appears from a distance.|
|Laser Drilled||A diamond whose carbon has been drilled out with a laser.|
|Melee||Small diamonds, usually used to describe diamonds under 1/4ct in size.|
|Off-makes||Generally speaking, a poorly proportioned diamond that is either cut too shallow, too deep or warped. All Class 3 and Class 4 cut diamonds are considered off-makes.|
|Old European||A round diamond popularly cut in the early 1900’s for the public from European cutting houses. These diamonds had the same characteristics as an Old Miners (small table, high crown, open culet) with the exception that they were not squarish round but round in diameter.|
A squarish round diamond typically 75 years or older whose facet arrangement is highlighted by a small table, high crown and open culet. Old Miners are also referred to as heavy makes.
|Orphan||A diamond that is being sold at an auction and has no current owner that is wearing it. Orphan can also be used to describe a diamond that does have an owner but the owner no longer wears it. Example: Mary owns a beautiful 2ct orphaned diamond. She should rescue it from her safety deposit box.|
|Padded||See spreads and chubbies. The cutter kept extra weight on the stone that does not optimize the optics of the diamond. Only goal is to increase revenue.|
|P.B.’s||Not peanut butter, but “Partially Bonded.” A diamond with some warranties.|
|Pegasus, Monarch or Bellataire||Brand names for annealed (heated, baked) diamonds introduced into the market by General Electric and Lazare Kaplan in 1998.|
|Pick Pocketing||A salesman has been said to be “pick pocketing” a customer when he uses the two month salary guideline in order to get as much money from a client in order to make a larger sale.|
|Plot||The mapping of inclusions and blemishes on a paper diagram of the facet arrangement of any given diamond for identification purposes. Similar to a fingerprint.|
|River Rock||A diamond that is so heavily included (I2 and I3’s) that they deserve to be thrown in the river. River rock is synonymous with a bad diamond of little or no value.|
|Rovals||A poorly proportioned oval diamond that has a length to width ratio under 1.2 to 1 causing the diamond to look not quite round and not quite oval. Hence “Roval.”|
|Sandbagger||An appraiser who misgrades an appraisal to sabotage a sale in order to recommend that the client purchase somewhere else.|
|Single Cuts||Round diamonds that have less than 16 facets.|
|Spreads||A diamond that is purposely cut wide to give the impression that the diamond is larger than its corresponding weight when viewed from the top. All spreads are also shallow with less than 38% light return.|
|Warped||A diamond whose crown height percentage + maximum girdle thickness percentage + pavilion depth percentage doesn’t equal the total depth percentage within .5%.|
Assertion: Mr. Bryant Linares, (President of Apollo Diamond, the company that has invented the technology) stated in his interview that Apollo has patented a process to grow diamonds. The tag line for this new product is the C.V.D. diamond. C.V.D. stands for Chemical Vapor Deposition. The idea, according to Mr. Linares, is “you must first determine the exact combination of temperature, gas composition, and pressure—a ‘sweet spot’—that results in the formation of a single crystal.” Apollo states that they have discovered that “sweet spot.” The Wired magazine article goes on to paint a picture of $5.00 per carat, non-detectable, synthetic diamonds soon to be on the market. The article continues, this could potentially break the iron grip that DeBeers has had on the diamond industry for over a century and awake us from our slumber to affordable diamonds for everyone! Happy ending? End of story? Not quite.
Reality: Not mentioned in the article by Joshua Davis from Wired magazine is that the product they are producing is averaging only 2 millimeters thick! That’s the exact thickness of a nickel—a far cry from the typical size diamond preferred by the diamond-buying public. Unless you’ve got a craving for a 1/20th of a carat engagement ring, there is no Utopia here or expected any time in the near future. Another thing not widely reported is that when they are able to get slightly larger crystals, they tend to be brown. The American buying public is primarily a buyer of whites. Apollo’s solution to the brown color is to anneal (bake) the diamonds after step one and bake the nitrogen and boron right out like a ring around the collar. Apollo also likes taking credit for discovering the “sweet spot,” when in reality chemical vapor deposition of carbon atoms from hydrogen-rich, carbon-containing gas was invented in the 1980’s. The process has been used to deposit thin polycrystalline diamond films on cutting tools. One of the last claims to fame for Apollo’s C.V.D. rocks is the potential that they will be undetectable from the naturals. Not hardly. Natural diamonds occur in nature, forming paired nitrogen atoms. Synthetics have only single nitrogen atoms. Also, all the samples examined so far fluoresce a very weak yellow-orange under long-wave UV (ultra-violet) light; moderate yellow-orange in short wave UV and strong red fluorescence under high energy UV light. It’s true that man (just like in the 50’s) has the capability to grow diamonds, but they are nowhere near the time when they will be able to mount said white diamond into a Tiffany setting and sell it to the public on a widespread commercial level.
If that day ever comes, you’ll be the first to know.
I’ve always been fascinated with the unknown; with new ideas, new inventions, new discoveries. Every day I marvel at mankind’s ingenuity. For example, who would have thought 30 years ago we’d actually be holding a cordless hand-held device that allows us not only to speak but see each other from great distances? Not me! Maybe Gene Roddenberry the creator of Star Trek had some idea. How else would he show Captain Kirk conversing with Scotty or Mr. Spock back on the Enterprise from a planet he was just beamed down to. (P.S. To all you inventors I’m still waiting for the transporter).
In 1954 General Electric produced the first synthetic diamonds. A synthetic diamond is a rock that has all the properties (durability, hardness, refractive index, etc) of a natural diamond but was made by man. Not to be confused with simulants (those that look similar to a diamond but don’t have the same properties) like glass, cubic zirconia, moissanite. Think about it, man was able to create in a laboratory what it took Mother Nature 100 million years (minimum time required for a natural diamond to incubate) to do. WOW! But as much as that blows your mind I’ll tell you something more incredible! What didn’t happen in 1955? Can you guess? That’s right, no synthetic diamonds in the market place! Not in 56, 57, 58, or in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or early 90’s! Man figures out how to make diamonds then man doesn’t do anything with the discovery? Why? Let’s look at the facts. Right after General Electric learns how to synthesize a diamond (which by the way wins a Nobel Prize for P.W. Bridgeman of their company) G.E is interviewed about the details and they say “We’ve only learned how to grow industrial quality (not sufficient quality to be cut into a gem for a piece of jewelry but rather to be used for drill bits, semi-conductors, and such).” It would be 16 long pain staking years before man would not only walk on the moon but create a gem quality diamond the likes of Mother Nature. G.E is interviewed again and I quote “We’ve conquered the next hurdle; we can now produce transparent gem quality diamonds in an attractive size. There’s only one problem. They cost more to grow than to find, cut and polish.” End of story? Not hardly! Another quarter century would go by when a little company called Gemesis Corporation would raise their hand and say “I think I can do it. I think I can figure out how to grow a diamond cheaper than it costs to find one.” The problem was very few people were listening and those that did just scoffed. “If General Electric in partnership with DeBeers can’t figure out the secret to growing diamonds at a profit there’s no way some little start up company is going to figure it out!” Know what?! THEY WERE WRONG! Flash forward to present day. Not only has Gemesis figured out how to grow white diamonds but they’ve figured out how to grow the tremendously expensive fancy colors–the blues, canary yellows, and oranges and even the million dollar per carat reds! I know what you’re probably saying, “Fred, if this is true why isn’t it in all the newspapers, on TV and radio?” Well, the reason is only now have companies like Gemesis grown enough raw diamonds to be able to meet the inevitable demand onslaught! It makes no sense to go public when you don’t have enough supply to meet the demand.
Two weeks ago I had the honor and privilege to talk to Carlos Valeiras (the President and CEO of Gemesis). Here is a portion of my interview.
Question: Mr. Valeiras how exciting it must be to be at the forefront of technology. How did you get involved?
Answer: “First and foremost I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to let me share with the world what our little company has been up to for the last few years. The initial ground work for synthetic diamonds began for us with trials that had been done in Russia and the University of Florida in 1996. It was a short time after that I was approached with the opportunity to be an investor. It was only recently that I was offered the position of CEO.
Question: Mr. Valeiras I know you’ve unlocked the secrets to growing diamonds that encompass all the colors of the rainbow, so what will you serve up as a first course to the diamond buying public?
Answer: While certainly there is a strong demand for the whites, the canary diamonds (yellow) are easier to grow and will offer the best price point to the public. Using your words, that will be our first course along with the oranges.
Question: What kind of price breaks will you be able to offer from the naturals?
Answer: The canaries and oranges will be offered at about 1/3 the going price of the naturals.
Question: You said that you can grow the whites. What’s keeping you from offering the whites right now?
Answer: We can currently produce about 600cts of rough a month and we’re moving every piece! Since the canaries are more profitable for us and offer the best savings to the end consumer we’re not going to add the whites till we can fulfill the demand for the yellows.
Question: When do you see that happening?
Answer: We had originally projected this summer but we’re only scratching the surface on the yellow and orange demand. I don’t think we will be able to turn our attention to the whites till next summer (2004). But we’re also looking at the blues. There is a strong demand for them which must be filled before we go white on a commercial scale. We know the success of our company depends on being able to offer anything the public wants.
Question: How big is the finished product you’re ending up with?
Answer: We can currently offer anywhere from _ct. to 1 3/4ct. In the future we’ll be adding larger core areas (device needed to grow the crystals) so we could theoretically grow any size.
Question: Final question, how would anybody know they are looking at a synthetic versus a natural?
Answer: All of our synthetics will most likely be laser inscribed identifying them as lab created. The diamonds will be marketed under the brand name Gemesis Cultured™ Diamond.
The Synthetics Arrive
After my interview with Carlos Valeiras he promptly sent over a parcel of yellows and oranges for me to view (see photographs below). When I opened the packages all I can tell you is I was overwhelmed! These synthetics are beautiful! I looked at them in different lighting conditions and ran the usual tests*. When I was done I set up an unscientific study where I asked people around my office what they thought. Their responses ranged from “oh my, how gorgeous” to “wow what are those?” Everyone I talked to had their breath taken away!
In closing, I want to congratulate the folks at Gemesis for their wonderful work and for taking us to a place no man has gone before!
*For all you scientists out there who want all the technical studies I suggest reviewing the article “Gemesis Laboratory-created Diamonds” by Gems and Gemology winter 2002.
Last Christmas the top brass at Bodyjewels.com asked me to evaluate a few of their products: some of their hand-cut CZ’s; a celebrity diamond imitation (Elizabeth Taylor’s Krupp Diamond) and a non-Bodyjewels-created product that they inventory from another vendor (Signity Star). On my own, I evaluated how the product was shipped, packaged and my first impressions.
Out of The Box
After I took all the little goodies out of their shipping box, I was impressed that everything was very nicely packaged (especially the celebrity imitation—see photos 3 and 4). However, as I opened each ring box, in most cases the interior plastic stone holders had popped open in transit (see photo 5) and stones were strewn everywhere. This is a major concern. Allowed to free-float inside their box, the probability that the stones would scratch and chip each other skyrockets. (I’ve been assured since my evaluation that the problem has been eliminated with custom stone holders to assure no movement of the stone.)
The first item that I inspected closely was the Liz Taylor imitation. As you see in the photos, it came in a very nice purple leather box. It was held very securely during shipment and displayed magnificently when opened. (See photos below for close-ups.)
The ring makes a powerful first impression! While the original Krupp Diamond weighed in at 33.19 cts., and this one weighs in at 8 cts., you’d need two hands to lift it if it had been any bigger! For $500.00 you get much more than you bargained for. My only criticism, and it’s very small, is that there was some small porosity on the undercarriage of the setting and the metal isn’t as heavy as I would expect with a real diamond. That said, I agree with the slightly lighter setting to keep an affordable price point. Bodyjewels says they are moving to a heavier shank with no change in price.
The in-house Bodyjewels products (emerald cut and radiant) were good performers. In some areas I found rolled facets, but for the most part the polish and sharpness of the faceting was excellent. For the money, I rate Bodyjewels a “best buy” in the competitive world of simulants.
The last five stones I evaluated were from the Signity Star collection (not Bodyjewels products). The samples that I received had such an array of problems that it’s impossible to list them all. The major flaws include heavy scratches, abraided facet junctions and culets; and a clear disregard for proportioning. The Signity Star collection should only be purchased for fun or a gag gift. If you’re looking for a true imposter, pass on these machine-cut stones.
In closing, I was impressed with most of what I saw and would recommend any of the Bodyjewels manufactured pieces as long as they uphold the standards of the samples I examined.
by Fred Cuellar, author of the best-selling book “How to Buy a Diamond.” More questions? Ask the Diamond Guy®