coutrWhen you are the owner of a diamond or precious gem you must take special care in order to protect your investment. The majority of jewelers are honest and legitimate business people. However, it takes only one dishonest person to switch your stone with a fake one. It is of the utmost importance for you to have the knowledge of the uniqueness of your stone, so that independently from any jewelers, you are able to identify your own diamond.
If you are the proud owner of a diamond and would like to learn how to identify your stone we will teach you over the phone how to do so. Even if you have not purchased from Blaze Diamond we want you to be protected. Other than a laser engraved serial number, identifying an inclusion is the best security as it will never change or go away. If you do not own a jewelers loupe, we are willing to send you one for free, if you pick up the shipping costs.

Checklist that every diamond buyer should know:

When purchasing any kind of goods or services, it is best to get the whole purchase agreement in writing.


When purchasing a diamond, buy only stones that are independently certified as from G.I.A.,sss A.G.S, H.R.D, etc. This will help to prevent dishonest jewelers from selling you a diamond that has either: No “legitimate” certification, no certification or “hidden” inclusions under prongs. Also, when your diamond is handed to you, make sure that what you get is actually what you have bought. Does the certificate match the actual diamond’s finger print?

 

Whenever your diamond is taken out of your sight, make sure to inspect the unique inclusions or serial number of your diamond before it leaves your possession. Immediately re-inspect the diamond the moment it is returned to you. Your precious diamond can be easily switched with a Cubic Zirconia, a less valuable diamond or a Moissanite.

Diamond testers can be used as a tool to trick people. It is important to know your own diamond and not havsssse to rely on others. Wen your diamond is being tested, make sure that a Moissanite tester is being used along with a diamond tester. Understanding the difference between Moissanite and a diamond is very important. A Moissanite is made from compressed carbide and was originally found in the crater of a meteorite impact. The most dangerous aspect of Moissanite is that it 'passes' standard Diamond Tester tests, which check for Thermal Conductivity. The way a Diamond Tester works is to heat up a small probe and touch it to the stone. Diamond absorbs heat at a very specific rate, while a C.Z. reflects heat. The Diamond Tester measures the time it takes to cool this probe from one temperature to another, in a very specific period of time. Diamonds have a 'rate' of cooling that is different than a C.Z. However, Moissanite has this exact same rate of cooling, so a standard Diamond Tester is fooled into producing a false reading of "Diamond." An actual Moissanite Tester checks both properties.  A tester should have an indicator for both Diamond and Moisannite, if both testers are in one machine.

 

Always make sure that the probe from the tester only touches the center of the stone and not the metal prongs of the ring. If the tester touches one of the prongs and Cubic Zirconia at the same time, the tester can be tricked and give out a false reading of ‘diamond.’

When comparing prices from different jewelers, you must check that they have the same Certification and "Standards of Grading." This will ensure the accurate comparison of products as VS1 does not always equal VS1 depending on the certification. The same grading standard are used by high-end labs such as G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America) , H.R.D. (Diamond High Council) or A.G.S. (American Gemological Society). Many other Certification Institutes are a "for" profit lab and their aim and marketing is distinctly different- which means that they give diamonds better ratings than what they are worth.

 

Please feel free to call us any time. We are glad to help in any way to educate people and help to protect them from fraud. Knowledge is Power and Safety.

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Gems are among the most durable of nature’s creations. With a little care, they will be as beautiful for generations to come as they are today. Keep in mind these gem care tips.

  • The best way to clean your gemstone jewelry is in a
    bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. Using an old toothbrush or other soft brush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Then just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • A home ultrasonic cleaner should be used with extreme caution. It can be used to clean Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Amethyst, Citrine, Garnets, Chrysoberyl, and unadorned gold jewelry but it may damage gems like Emerald, Tourmaline, Peridot, Pearls, Coral, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, and any gem that has many inclusions. When in doubt, don’t use it.
  • Remove your jewelry before vigorous activities.
  • Every day household items can ruin your gemstone jewelry. Make sure you don’t expose your gems to the chemicals in cleaning products, hair care products, fragrances and cosmetics.
  • When getting dressed, put your jewelry on last. At the end of the day, take your jewelry off first. Store your jewelry in a cloth-lined box or pouch and keep them away from other jewelry, which might scratch them.

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The best and less costly way to keep a diamond ring looking new is to simply take a 35mm Film Canister; fill it with Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol- found at any drug store for $1) and place the ring in it. 
Every night, put the diamond ring into the plastic film canister and let it soak over night.  In the morning, assuming there is only one piece of jewelry in the plastic container, give it a few shakes and pull out the ring with a tweezers. 
Never shake two pieces of jewelry together in a canister, as they will damage each other.  If a more thorough cleaning is necessary, dedicate an old toothbrush to the scrubbing of the diamond so you can get behind the prongs to dislodge any debris, dirt and oils.  The alcohol does not affect Diamonds, Gold or Platinum, so you are always safe to use this method.  Alcohol also kills any bacteria on the ring, reducing allergies and “ring rash.”

 

Alexandrite 2


Alexandrite is rated “excellent” for everyday wear. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Amethyst 3


Amethyst is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Ametrine 4


Ametrine is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

 

Aquamarine 5


Aquamarine is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Bloodstone 6


Bloodstone is rated “fair” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Cameo  7


Cameos are quite fragile and are not for everyday wear and special care should be taken wearing. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.

 

Carnelian 8


Carnelian is rated “fair” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Chalcedony - Blue 9   and Lavender 0


Chalcedony is rated “fair” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Chrysoprase -


Chrysoprase is rated “fair” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Citrine213


Citrine is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Coral3123


Coral is not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.

 

Emerald fdf3


Emerald is rated “fair to good” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Garnet 434


Garnet is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Iolite f45


Iolite is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Jade - Nephrite t4


Jade is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Lapis 5675


Lapis is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Marcasite 678m


Marcasite is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. Typically, the surface will oxidize over time. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Moonstone 678


Moonstone is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Onyx 567n4


Onyx is rated “fair” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Opal 65j


Take care when wearing Opal. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Opal, Mexican Fire in56


Take care when wearing Fire Opal. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Pearl 7un647


Pearls are not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing. Avoid exposure to heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. Avoid contact with chemicals, especially perfumes, perspiration and hair sprays. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.

Peridot 567nu


Peridot is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Quartz, Smoky 567im


Smoky Quartz is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Ruby 67im65


Rubies are rated “excellent” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Sapphire im567


Sapphires are rated “excellent” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Tanzanite 7856m


Tanzanite is not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Tiger's Eye 8m567


Tiger’s Eye is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Topaz, Precious 867


Precious Topaz is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Topaz, Blue 8m56m  and White 567


Blue and White Topaz is rated “fair to good” for everyday wear with care. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Topaz, Diffused m8


Diffused Topaz is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid contact with chemicals. Re-cutting is not
recommended. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Tourmaline 567m


Tourmaline is rated “fair to good” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

 

Turquoise 56m


Turquoise is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Zircon, Blue 56m765m b56v56


Blue Zircon is rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.