Blue Diamond Rings
Forget the Hope Diamond - you don't have to be a blue blood to own your very own blue diamond.
Today, these mesmerizing sparklers are accessible to us common folk. Blue diamond rings, especially, are all the rage.
Natural blue diamonds are rare, so rare and expensive, in fact, that many jewelers have never even laid eyes on one. But that fact has also made them extremely desirable.
Blue Diamond Ring is Within Reach
Dazzle the woman of your dreams with a blue diamond ring. You can - and without spending a king's ransom. Nowadays, the process of treating natural diamonds to produce intense colors is more commonplace and better than ever. The method is expensive and does not work on every stone. But a fancy blue diamond ring is most definitely within reach - and won't she be thrilled when one is sparkling on her finger. (She will. Really. Don't skimp. Hope my wife doesn't read this.)
Blue Diamonds in History
The largest blue diamond ever found was a 410-carat stone from a mine
in India in 1698. It became the 140-carat Regent diamond and is of the
palest blue. But possibly the most famous blue diamond is the Hope
Diamond, long considered to be cursed. The gem, which also originally
hailed from India, is now safely housed in the Smithsonian Institution
in Washington, D.C. It glimmers a deep grayish blue and weighs in at
45.52 carats. This year, it was put on display temporarily as a
stand-alone gem for the first time, instead of the platinum-and-white
diamond setting it was in, dangling from a diamond encrusted chain.
Blue diamonds have captured the imagination so that one featured prominently in one of the top-grossing movies ever made, Titanic. (Don't know if my heart will go on, but that movie certainly did.) The "Heart of the Ocean" as it was called in the water-logged romance, clearly took its cue from the real-life Hope Diamond setting.
Choosing a Blue Diamond Ring
Because the process of enhancing diamonds is costly, the lucky stones selected for treatment are typically high in clarity, one of the all important 4 Cs of diamond buying - cut, clarity, color, carat. The funny thing is these clear stones are usually drab brown or yellowish, so the enhancement takes care of the one thing that would condemn them to living life set in a low-quality piece, if at all! There is, however, no guarantee what color the stone will end up being, so even with modern science, blue diamonds maintain their elusive nature.
When considering a blue diamond ring, the popular choice is a setting in platinum or white gold, with some clear stones - white diamonds, white zircon, white topaz, even - as accents. It's popular because it is arguably the ideal setting to show off and play up the ocean beauty of a blue diamond.
But if she's a yellow gold girl - and don't ever think a yellow gold girl is going to wear silver-toned jewelry happily; this I know from experience - get her a blue diamond ring in yellow gold. It will look spectacular all the same. It's the diamond that's the star of that jewelry show.
In terms of cut, you'll get maximum brilliance from a round faceted stone, aptly named brilliant cut. But an emerald cut, with its large table, highlights a stone's clarity, and peering at one is like gazing into the mysterious depths of an unspoiled sea.
And guys, you don't have to get left out - there are mens blue diamond rings out there, too.
But, ultimately, you can't go wrong with treating yourself or that special lady in your life, with a breath-taking blue diamond ring.
Hope Diamond - Naked!
Unfortunately, the video starts with a 15-second ad. But it's well worth it to see the exquisite Hope Diamond both in its well-known diamond-necklace setting as well as unset for the first time ever.