EMERALD, MAY’S BIRTHSTONE

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Colour: The most important quality factor in the May birthstone is colour. Emeralds that are bluish green to green, with strong to vivid colours are highly prized. Emeralds that are transparent are especially valuable.

Clarity: Emeralds typically contain inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, because of this, jewellers understand and accept the presence of inclusions in emeralds. Eye clean emeralds are especially valuable because they’re so rare.

Emerald inclusions are often described as looking mossy or garden like. They’re sometimes called jardin, which is French for “garden.”

In coloured stones, transparency and clarity are closely linked. This is especially true for emeralds. Jewellery professionals generally accept some eye visible inclusions in higher quality emeralds. But when the quantity or nature of the inclusions has a negative effect on transparency and clarity, they also dramatically reduce value.

Cut: Emerald crystals are difficult to cut. Almost all rough emeralds have significant fractures, (sometimes called fissures), and a gem cutter must work to minimise the effect of those fractures on the appearance of the finished stone.

These fissures make emeralds more brittle than other gems. Therefore are vulnerable to damage during cutting, polishing and setting or even from careless daily wear.
The famous rectangular “emerald cut,” with its beveled corners and step cut facets, maximises the shape and weight of the original emerald crystal. It also helps protect against damage because the vulnerable corners are faceted and provide a safe place for claws.

Carat Weight: Emeralds come in a wide range of sizes. There are emeralds in museums and private collections that weigh hundreds of carats. At the other extreme are tiny emeralds that weigh fractions of a carat.

MOLLY THE PUG

What Molly gets up to when (she thinks), nobody is looking.

As you may well know our Molly is an essential part of the Arlington & Co. team. However, we do have to keep an eye on her in the office otherwise she tends to run riot.

All that networking is tiring stuff for a little pug.

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MOLLY THE PUG

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Hi all,

I’m in the office today as SB decided I was resting too much and needed a bit of a shake-up. I really don’t know what’s got into him lately but he has been well, difficult.

I told him what’s the difference if I’m sleeping on my bed in the office or on your bed at home. He said that’s not the point, it’s a question of attitude and being available if required.

So here I am, in the office, having a post prandial snooze, as usual. If past form is anything to go by I’ll be here until 3.30 at the earliest. So he can put that in his pipe and smoke it.

Molly.

Arlington Canine in Residence.

MOLLY THE PUG

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Sorry if you missed me folks but I decided to take some time out. As you know all work and no play makes a dog’s life, well a dog’s life. However I have insisted on a full daily report on events from SB.

I don’t really know how to take his but they seemed to have managed quite well without me, but I know my customers really miss me and that’s all that matters.

I’ve done a lot of thinking whilst away from the office and fully examined my work-life balance. With summer fast approaching I want to spend a lot more time in the park with my pals. Also with the ground nice and firm the muddy paws, legs and tummy problem will be solved, at least until the autumn. So my blog from the office will be less frequent but I will make up for it by letting you in to more of my private life.

Diary entry 8th April. My early morning walk.

I met a really lovely Lurcher/Whippet cross, well that’s what his owner thought he was. He wasn’t sure as he was a ‘rescue’.

I really fancied him, but he’d had ‘the snip’ so wasn’t really interested. Anyway we had a good run about and I snaffled a couple of treats from his owner. All in all not a bad morning.

Back for breakfast and a snooze.

TTFN.

Molly.

Arlington & Co

Canine in Residence

COLOURED DIAMONDS

13029570_1098785790178314_4399058319075516100_o-1Diamonds come in all colours, however, natural Fancy Colour Diamonds are rare and can be very expensive. One out of 10,000 normal diamonds is a fancy colour diamond. The colour of a fancy coloured diamond is measured differently to a normal diamond. The grading scale is based on the intensity of the colour. The GIA fancy colour grading scale is: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep and Fancy Dark.  

The more intense the colour, the rarer and more valuable the diamond will be.

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Where clarity is concerned, due to the nature of coloured diamonds, clarity is less important than it is in a white diamond as inclusions are harder to spot and sometimes masked by the colour.pink-dia-shoulders

Coloured diamonds are generally cut into non-traditional shapes to enhance their natural colour. Due to the rarity of coloured diamonds, a specific shape in a specific colour may not be available at any given time. If you are looking for a specific stone please contact us to organise a consultation and we will do our very best to source your ideal diamond.

 

FIVE WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING.

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Your new engagement ring is beautiful and sparkly – you’ll never take it off. However it will need a little tlc but it’s nothing some fairy liquid can’t deal with!

Here are 5 tips to help you look after you ring and help it look as good as it did the first day you received it.

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Four claw diamond engagement ring with diamond set shoulders.

First things first make sure you get it insured, your ring is important to you and to have it insured properly ensures you will never be without a ring for long. Household insurance could be a good first port of call, there are also specialist companies that can insure you too. Ask in store for details.

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Keep it on your finger. Especially whilst you are out taking it off to wash your hands or to apply hand cream could be a disaster, forgetting to put it back on could mean losing it forever. You can always clean your ring when you get back home.

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Keep it clean at home yourself by placing your ring in hot water from the kettle add a little fairy liquid let the water cool and gently brush your ring with a small soft toothbrush and repeat if necessary to remove all residue. The diamond will be as good as new!

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Designate a special place at home for your ring when you do have to take it off a safe, or jewellery box is a good idea just so when you look down at your finger and your ring is not there you know the only other place it would be.

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Make friends with your Jeweller! Have your ring checked at least once a year to make sure all of the settings are secure, and the finger size is still correct. At Arlington we offer this service complementary with our rings, we professionally clean the diamonds and metal too to make look as good as new.