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Size matters. But why ‘weight’ for the best Gem
Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in Give me your Thoughts, The Gems of Information on February 3, 2013
There is an issue that seems to be confusing people. That is Carat.
Carat is the ‘weight’ of a Diamond. It does not refer to dimension size. One Carat or 1ct weighs 200 milligrams.
When I mention that a stone is 2.04ct or 3.15ct or 1.50ct I’m talking about weight. Not dimension size.
A 1.00ct Diamond with an ideal cut, will ‘measure’ approximately 6.40mm in diameter. That is the bit you see on top, the surface area of the stone.
Another point I must make. A 2.00ct Gem is ‘not’ twice the size of a 1.00ct Gem. It is twice the weight. Please do bear this in mind.
A 1.00ct will ‘measure’ approximately 6.40mm and a 2.00ct will ‘measure’ approximately 8.1mm. But a 2.00ct will ‘weigh’ twice as much.
Big is not better, as sacrifices are often made to accommodate and satisfy the need for dimension size.
Sapphires differ. Emeralds and all other Gems differ as they all have different specific gravity.
When I choose a Gem for you, I do so based on best cut grade, the optimum colour and clarity for the size and shape of your Gem.
For example I can put a 0.90ct Round with a 6.10mm size and ‘ideal cut’ beside a 1.00ct of 5.90mm with a lesser quality cut. The difference?
Does size matter?
‘Weight’ and see.
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The Corundum Conundrum – Part 1
Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in The Gems of Information on September 30, 2012
The title would make a marvellous Robert Ludlum book don’t you think? Yes? No, ok I’ll stick to the day job.
What is Corundum?
Corundum is a Mineral. If it’s Red, it’s a Ruby, if it happens to be a specific Pink-Orange colour it may well be Padparadscha.
For the purpose of this blog post I will be referring to all other colours of Corundum. The Greens, the Pinks, the Whites, and the Blues.
The Corundum otherwise known as, Sapphire.
Sapphires are most readily recognised as being Blue.
The blue Sapphire has been compared to Hyacinths and the Heavens.
The ancient Persians believed the Earth sat on Sapphire, and the stones colour was reflected in the skies. And who could blame them. The silky powder hue of a Cornflower Blue Sapphire is certainly evocative of hazy summer skies.
Pre eighteenth Century it was very easy to distinguish Sapphire, as blue stones were categorised as ‘hyacinth’. In fact it was a lot simpler as Stones were classified by colour alone. Anything Green was Emerald, anything Blue, Sapphire and so on.
Pliny the Roman encyclopaedist understood that properties other than colour were essential in identification of the Gem; however he was under a distinct disadvantage. He did not know where the stones originated, and had no others to compare them to.
So for all their good and grace, the stone was classified by colour. It wasn’t until the late eighteenth Century that crystallographers determined Sapphire and Ruby were the same species.
Now here’s the part when it all falls apart. Sapphires are not just blue.
Corundum is an Aluminium Oxide. There’s a science bit about all that, but essentially it’s Titanium and Iron impurities in the Aluminium Oxide that makes Corundum blue.
If a trace amount of iron is present, the Corundum will exhibit a yellow colour, or even a green colour.
If Vanadium is present it will yield a purple colour. If less than 0.01% of Titanium alone is present the mineral will remain colourless.
For Corundum to be called Ruby, it has to have 1% or greater than 1% of Chromium impurities present.
Up to that point it will vary in shades of Pink and Reddish Pink.
It will still be a Sapphire.
So now knowing what they are, let’s look at where they are.
Kashmir, sitting high in the Himalaya’s yielded the best. The Stones found here had an intense dark silky blue that exhibited the same velvet appearance of the petals of the Cornflower. Hence the desired name ‘Cornflower Blue’.
Burmese Sapphires are also much desired. A beautiful stone, and along with Ceylon Sapphires were also coveted.
Connoisseurs put quite a premium on the stunning pink-orange Padparadscha from Sri Lanka. Blues from here are usually attributed the title Ceylon Sapphire.
They are often lighter and brighter than their Burmese counterparts.
Today the major sources are Madagascar, eastern Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia.
In Part 2 I’ll introduce some phenomena that occur with these stones. Don’t worry it won’t be all technical. I’ll put in some pretty pictures too.
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Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in Give me your Thoughts, Welcome on July 31, 2012
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To Quote you Happy
Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in Give me your Thoughts on May 13, 2012
A few calls during the week got me thinking.
I am normally blessed with clients who pretty much know what they are looking for. Although from time to time I will still be asked some questions like ‘How much would a Diamond cost’, and ‘How much would it cost to get a ring made in Platinum’?
I could ask, ‘How long is a piece of String’? There is no definite answer, as all the criteria differ. Do you want a 1 carat stone, a half carat stone, and what type of Platinum ring would you like?
There are variables to be considered. The difference in all these will be the reasoning behind my final answer.
Now there is one variable that some but not all of don’t want to bring up. It is something that I discuss with everyone.
Don’t worry. It isn’t an ugly term. Don’t be afraid to mention it. To my mind a Budget is the price you are willing to pay. Don’t be worried about it. If you want to spend small, big or astronomical, you will still have a budget in mind.
Talk to me about it. Let me know what I can do for the Budget you have in mind. Do not be put off by it.
You are as important to me as my last and prospective customer. More so in fact as it is the first time I get to look after you, and hopefully build a relationship with you for many happy years to come.
One of my calls yesterday was a little disappointing as I did not quote my client happy.
Now this I like to do. I don’t like to be beaten on price. I won’t sacrifice quality but I would prefer to know that I have quoted a higher price. Why?? It’s because I want to work with you, bring my experience to the table, and bring the best of what is available to me to you.
Yes it is that simple. No matter how grand or small your piece of Jewellery, it is the satisfaction of knowing that I have found you the exact Stone or Stones that you have searched for.
Customer service to my mind is a little more than you buying from me, or me selling to you for that matter. It is more than that. It is talking with you. It’s understanding you. It’s delivering exactly what you come to expect, and then exceed that.
If you have been searching a long time for a stone/piece that is uniquely you, then I want the privilege to find that for you.
Out of all the people I speak to on a daily basis, friends, colleagues and clients, you can be assured of one thing. I am approachable. I will happily look after you, and enjoy sitting down with you to hear what you have to say. So talk to me.
I honestly hate to see anyone including myself settle for second best because a Budget brings you there.
So if you think you can find the same Certified Diamond or Coloured Stone that I have quoted you for less, I want to know.
My promise to you is that I will do my best to meet or exceed your expectations.
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