Stars and Diamonds Sparkle at the 2016 Emmy® Awards

Every awards show brings out the most glamorous people, wearing the most incredible fashions, adorned in the most sparkling jewels. This year’s 68th Emmy Awards was dripping with diamonds, which goes to show that diamonds continue to be the trend on the red carpet.

Scroll down to see Hollywood’s hottest wearing designs from a few American Gem Society (AGS) members!

Forevermark
Actresses Sophia Turner, Claire Danes, and Tatiana Maslany
wore timeless designs featuring Forevermark diamonds.

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Hearts On Fire
Niecy Nash is on fire wearing several Hearts On Fire bracelets.

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Harry Kotlar
Ariel Winter wore a magnificent Harry Kotlar diamond ring.

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Underwood’s Fine Jewelers
Natalie Morales is wearing their natural, multi-colored diamond bracelet.

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You certainly don’t have to appear on the small—or big screen—in order to wear diamonds! Visit an AGS jeweler near you and they will help you find that perfect diamond. Be sure to ask your jeweler for an AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report. Accept no substitutes—buy your diamond with confidence!

 

Tips from Jewelers Mutual: How to Take the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

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You’ve just gotten engaged. What are you going to do next? The excited bride-to-be used to jump on the phone and call everyone she knows. These days, she jumps on her phone and posts the news on social media. But if you’re going to take a photo of that perfect diamond, make sure you catch it in the best light.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has three tips on how to get the best selfie of that sparkler. Learn more by reading their blog, 3 Tips for the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie.

Out of the Vault: More Clarity Rarities

The gemologists at AGS Laboratories often come across diamonds that display some very unusual clarity characteristics. These rarities confirm Mother Nature’s ability to be both humorous and creative, as seen in our first “Out of the Vault: Clarity Rarities” blog.

The next set of these clarity curiosities displays colorful crystal inclusions, which are internal characteristics of a diamond. These inclusions usually form in a diamond as a result of the tremendous heat and pressure deep within the earth where they form. Inclusions can also be created by a diamond’s violent journey to the earth’s surface caused by volcanic eruptions.

Since many inclusions and blemishes are very small, and can be difficult to see with the naked eye, they are graded at 10x magnification. Grading at 10x is an industry standard to determine the final clarity grade of the diamond.

This photo was taken at 40x magnification of a green crystal inclusion within the diamond.

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Next is a purple crystal inclusion, taken at 20x magnification.

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Diamond graders plot the inclusions they see in the diamond on a diagram which is included on AGS diamond grading reports. See how AGS Laboratories’ diamond graders plot diamonds.

To learn more about diamond grading, clarity, and AGS Laboratories, click here. To find a jeweler who carries AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Reports, click here. AGS Laboratories is the only nonprofit diamond grading lab created with a mission of consumer protection.

Ask your jeweler for an AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report. Accept no substitutes, and buy your diamond with confidence!

September is for Sapphires

sapphiremulti003As we turn our calendars to September, we start thinking of things like heading back to school, indulging in a pumpkin spice latte, and planning our fall fashions. For those celebrating a birthday in September, they’re thinking of their birthstone: the sapphire!

Although sapphire typically refers to the rich blue gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, this royal gem actually occurs in a rainbow of hues. Sapphires come in every color except red, which would then be classified as ruby.

Trace elements like iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium give naturally colorless corundum a tint of blue, yellow, purple, orange or green, respectively. Sapphires in any color but blue are called “fancies.”

Pink sapphires, in particular, tow a fine line between ruby and sapphire. In the U.S., these gems must meet a minimum color saturation to be considered rubies. Pinkish orange sapphires called padparadscha (from the Sri Lankan word for “lotus flower”) can actually draw higher prices than some blue sapphires.

Due to the remarkable hardness of sapphires—which measure 9 on the Mohs scale, second only to diamond—they aren’t just valuable in jewelry, but also in industrial applications including scientific instruments, high-durability windows, watches, and electronics.

Sapphires make stunning gifts for anyone born in September or celebrating a 5th or 45th wedding anniversary, so be sure to visit an AGS jeweler. They will help you find that perfect gift, whether you’re seeking the classic blue or another shade from the sapphire rainbow.

Need some inspiration? View this collection of designs featuring the sapphire!

Carelle

Carelle

The Whirl Sapphire Bangle by Carelle is 18k yellow gold with 1.06ct sapphire.

 

 

Michael Schofield & Co.

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Yellow sapphire and diamond earrings by Michael Schofield & Co.

 

 

Setaré

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Sri Lankan sapphire earrings mounted in platinum and framed by diamonds, by Setaré.

 

 

Yael Designs

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Yael Designs’ two-tone 18k gold pendant featuring a 1.59 carat pink sapphire, framed by pink sapphires and ideal cut diamonds.

 

Gumuchian

Gumuchian

Gumuchian’s Cloud 9 earrings are 18kt white gold set with blue sapphires and diamonds.

 

 

Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry

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Lilac sapphire ring designed by Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry. It’s surrounded by two diamonds and set in platinum.

 

 

Suna Bros.

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Star sapphire surrounded by diamonds, designed by Suna Bros.

 

California Wildfires and Louisiana Floods: What can you do to Help?

Unit and concord in multiethnic team, all hands togetherThe Blue Cut wildfires in Southern California and the recent flooding in Louisiana have raised concerns among our American Gem Society (AGS) members, industry peers, family, and friends.

This outflow of concern prompted us to compile a list of organizations that are requesting goods or monetary donations for the affected areas, and we’d like to share this list with you. If you’d like to help, please visit the following websites and feel free to pass this information on to others.

CALIFORNIA

American Red Cross – Desert to the Sea Region: This helpful website answers questions about how you can best help victims of the Blue Cut fire, http://www.redcross.org/local/california/desert-to-the-sea/wildfire-response.

Animal Shelters: The Apple Valley Animal Shelter, Devore Animal Shelter or the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville are in need of donations. Please contact them directly to find out what they need the most.

LOUISIANA

American Red Cross: Accepting donations via telephone. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.

United Way: There are three branches that are accepting donations in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is doing great work for those affected by the floods in Louisiana. The Foundation has dispatched staff members across the Baton Rouge region to determine where needs are the greatest. If you would like to donate to the fund, please visit their website at www.braf.org.

Companion Animal Alliance: Baton Rouge’s city animal shelter. They need foster homes to house pets temporarily, large bath towels, paper towels, water and food for volunteers and staff. Donations can be made online to assist with these needs by going to the organization’s website, www.CAABR.org.

Denham Springs Animal Shelter: This shelter was devastated by the floods. They are accepting donations via a GoFundMe account, which PetCo is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

232-HELP: Accepting donations to help purchase emergency medications, medical equipment, appliances and transportation for flood victims in 10 parishes across Acadiana. Donations can be made online.

NOLA Pay it Forward: The Greater New Orleans Foundation is collecting donations to aid neighboring parishes in early relief and rebuilding efforts. Learn more here, https://www.gnof.org/nolapayitforward/.

Visit Nola.com to see more organizations that are accepting donations.

 

Tips from Jewelers Mutual: How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring?

couple-admiring-ring-1100 (1)To resize or not to resize, that is the question. If you do decide to resize, how much should it cost? It all depends on the process; the metals needed, the thickness of the band, and whether or not stones will be added.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company defines the factors to consider when planning to take your ring size up or down a notch. Learn more by reading their blog, How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring?

The Six Steps Towards a Secure AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report

Platinum2016SAMPLEBeing a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the mission of consumer protection, AGS Laboratories takes the security of their diamond grading reports very seriously.

If you have an AGS Laboratories diamond grading report, take a close look at it. Have you ever noticed any of the security features? Some are apparent and some are hidden. We feel you should know about the six security steps AGS Laboratories has taken to ensure the authenticity and security of your diamond grading report.

#1 – Paper

Just like U.S. currency, the paper used to create your diamond grading report is tracked and signed in and out. When documents need to be printed, the paper is taken from its secure location, counted, and then signed out. Once printed, it’s counted again. The amount of paper that was originally signed out must match the amount that was printed.

If a document is misprinted, it will be securely discarded. This action must be added to the report, that way the destroyed document isn’t recorded as missing.

#2 – Hologram

hologramEach document contains a special hologram unique to AGS Laboratories. Like the paper, these holograms are counted, signed in and signed out. It also contains its own security feature: if you try to peel it off, it becomes illegible and cannot be reapplied.

 

#3 – Barcode

Each document has its own unique barcode, which is just one more way the security of your document is reinforced.

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#4 – QR Code

QR-codeAt the top of each document appears a Quick Response (QR) code, which can be scanned with any QR app found on a smartphone or tablet. The QR code ties in with the AGS number and barcode found on each document. If the algorithm within the QR code verifies that both numbers match in our database, it will connect to the report verification page on the AGS.org and agslab.com websites.

AGS Laboratories is the first to have both a barcode and a QR code on laboratory documents.

#5 – Unifraction Embossing

unifractionOn the reverse side of the document, you will see something that looks like a hologram but is, in fact, a proprietary security mark woven into the paper. Examples of unifraction embossing can be found on some foreign currency.

#6 – Lamination

The lamination on your document keeps it looking like new. It protects against damage from liquids, the transfer of oils from our skin, paper-loving vermin, and the general wear and tear of time. It’s also bonded to the document; if one attempts to peel it off, it will destroy the document, removing ink in the process.

Ensuring Your Protection

So, there you have it: the six security features on your AGS Laboratories diamond grading report. These six features can only be found on full and half page documents. Go ahead and count them. Scan the QR code. Be confident you have an authentic and secure document in your hands.

We know shopping for a diamond or diamond jewelry is a big investment, and at times can be intimidating. Always ask for an AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report to help you make an informed purchase. And, be sure to shop with an American Gem Society credentialed jeweler. They will explain your desired diamond’s AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report, as well as tell you about the qualities and characteristics that make your diamond unique.

To begin your search for an AGS credentialed jeweler, visit Find a Jeweler. Get social with AGS Laboratories on Facebook (www.facebook.com/agslabs) and Twitter (@AGSLabs).