Diamonds are a girl's best friend – an empty purse, however, is not. In our last post, we explored the world of synthetic diamonds and diamond simulants. We learned about three man-made stones, that, though chemically different from diamonds, deceive even the trained eye with their alluring sparkle. In this week's post, we tell you where to find the gems that are their glitter worth and how to keep'em shinin'.
As with real diamond jewellery, simulated diamond stones come in different qualities and quality settings. To avoid tackiness and disappointment, one should therefore always pay attention to the stones and metals used.
Yellow and White Gold have similar strength and durability. It is not the colour, but the carat weight (9k, 14k or 18k) together with the jewellery's design that affect the price. Fine silver is generally too soft for everyday wear. Sterling Silver, an alloy of silver and other metals, is the better choice for jewellery that is to be worn and loved often. It usually contains 925 parts of copper per thousand and 75 parts per thousand of other metals. Vermeil is a combination of Sterling Silver with a layer of gold on top. To be considered vermeil, the plating must be at least 1.5 micrometers thick and consist of at least 9k gold. Platings may wear off with time, but can be restored by a professional jeweller.
When shopping online, check reviews and pictures carefully. Also, pay attention to packaging. A higher cost, of course, may indicate better quality both of the stone and its setting, but not always. If you wish to keep your jewellery for a long time, always store it in a jewellery box when not worn, clean your jewellery regularly with a soft cloth or toothbrush and don't wear it in the shower.
As for the cut, there's nothing as timeless and elegant as the classic brilliant cut. Designed to give the (diamond) stone superior brilliance, a simple brilliant stud awards understated glamour to any look. Combine with a black sweater and skirt, and you're good for both office and cocktail party. Choose a classic four prong setting that never fails to impress, or something more elaborate to give your look a more personal note.
Enough said for the basics, now it's time to shop and swoon ;)
Most pieces shown above and below are available in both gold and silver settings.
Nothing lights up your face as much as pearls, especially combined with diamonds (or diamond simulants).
Say "yes" like you mean it, because you mean it. Engagement or not.
For good measure – because it's a night like that – choose drops, rows or clusters of diamond stimulants.
These are our favourite picks for timeless glamour. Which are yours?
If you cannot do without the real bling, stay tuned. We love real diamonds, too. ;)
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Jen is a life artist, writer and biochemistry engineer on a cabin crew adventure. She loves mixing cocktails and being an advocate for timeless, personal style, striving for a simpler, more intentional life without compromising quality and glamour.
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