By Maggie Roschyk
Skilled seed bead artist and Bead&Button contributing editor Maggie Roschyk supplies pleasant recommendation on themes like making a choice on bead shades and finishes, tips on how to “audition” beads, and determining which sew to take advantage of to accomplish a wanted impression as they bring about necklaces, jewelry and bracelets. utilizing wealthy cultural imagery from all over the world as a instructing software, Maggie Roschyk examines how judgements approximately bead colour mixtures, texture, and end have an effect on the completed paintings as she is helping readers imagine like designers.
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5 or below 40 degrees. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 10:41 AM Page 38 How to Buy a Diamond of sparkle. 75 degrees. Each extreme will also cause a 10 percent loss of sparkle. As I mentioned, 88 percent of fancy shapes are poorly cut. A great many people in the diamond industry believe that if that many are cut wrong, it must make it right. It doesn’t! Some even argue that the angle can’t be accurately measured on a fancy shape. Wrong! You simply measure the pavilion angle at the diamond’s widest point. GIA has relaxed its guidelines for fancy shapes, but you and I have not!
D is the whitest and most valuable, X is a dingy yellow and least expensive. Z grade and beyond—colored diamonds—are the rarest and most expensive. Color Typing Let’s start this piece by asking what might, on the surface, seem like a very simple question: shouldn’t two diamonds of the exact same weight, same clarity, same color, exact same proportions, non-fluorescent, same purchase date, same lab grading report date, both bonded with the exact same markup, cost the same? qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 10:41 AM Page 23 1 Chapter The 4 Cs with any of the major price guides like Rapaport, the answer would be a resounding yes.
The best way to judge the color of a diamond is to compare it to a master set or a colorimeter. ) A master set of diamonds has been graded in a laboratory. A colorimeter is a device that grades the diamond automatically without the need of human eye participation. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 10:41 AM Page 22 How to Buy a Diamond Either ask the jeweler for a set and compare the diamonds you’re thinking of buying with the diamonds in the master set, or have the jeweler place the diamond in the colorimeter to get an accurate grade.