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Tips on Buying a Necklace or Pendant

Posted on August 23rd, 2010

Necklace length chart for Necklace Buying Tips | Mark BroumandPendants and necklaces make ideal gifts for nearly every occasion and are a popular choice for graduations, birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. Not to be overlooked is the opportunity the gift of a necklace creates to perform the ever romantic moment of draping it around her neck for the first time.  A pendant or necklace is also a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift idea.

Today, necklaces and pendants are available in thousands of styles, this article will help guide you choose the ideal neckpiece for the occasion by considering two key factors: design and size.

Design:
As necklaces are worn to accent an outfit or a set of jewelry look to match the metal colors or gemstones of any jewelry she already wears. The safest bet when it comes to a necklace gift is a diamond solitaire as it compliments nearly every outfit and taste in style.

Length:
Necklaces and gold chains for pendants come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12” to 36” and beyond. The most standard sizes are 16-18” as the chain will hang down below the collar bone and above the chest line.

At Mark Broumand we carry a wide variety of necklaces and pendants to suit nearly every occasion and budget.

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Diamond Profile: Emerald Cut Diamonds

Posted on August 4th, 2010

Sleek and Sexy. Elegant and sophisticated. These are words commonly used to describe the sublime beauty of an emerald cut diamond. Even though the cut has existed for over a century and enjoyed a boom in popularity during the Art Deco Era, it exudes a perpetually modern appeal.

The cut itself is relatively simple when compared to other fancier diamond cuts. The cut is usually a rectangle, the ratio of which can vary from stone to stone, and features a step cut faceting on the underside with angled corners. The result is a large open table (top area of diamond) the serves as a clear window straight to the bottom of the stone. If you’re searching for a classically shaped emerald cut diamond, look for a length to width ratio between 1.30 to 1.40.

Diamond Profile: Emerald Cut Diamonds | Mark Broumand Diamond Profile: Emerald Cut Diamonds Diagram | Mark Broumand

Tips on buying emerald cut diamonds

When shopping for an emerald cut diamond, it’s highly recommended that you select a clean stone, free of large imperfections. For diamonds SI clarity or lower, check to see where the imperfections on the diamond are located, ideally they will be towards the edges or corners of the stone where they can be hidden by the facets.

Some of our favorite emerald cut diamond rings

8.34ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand

This incredible 7.53ct Emerald Cut Diamond is one of those extremely rare diamonds you won’t see anywhere else in the world!

It is extra white in color and pretty much FLAWLESS. It is certified by GIA at H-VVS1! It is accented perfectly by two large tapered baguette diamonds totaling 0.81ct bringing the total carat weight to 8.34ct!!

5.25ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand

This exceptional Emerald Cut Diamond will captivate you in every way possible. It is a very rare Emerald Cut Diamond that weighs 5.25ct.

It is certified by GIA (one of the leaders in diamond grading) at G-VS2 – Perfectly white and very clear!

3.27ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand

This is a very special diamond. It is certified by GIA (one of the leaders in diamond grading) at G-SI1 – White and clear.

The reason why this diamond is so special is because the reason GIA graded it at an SI1 is due to a small white feather that is on the bottom of one of the corners of the diamond.It is impossible to see, even under 10X magnification! Other than that the diamond is like a VS1!

Natural Fancy Yellow Diamonds

Posted on August 1st, 2010

Natural Fancy Yellow Diamond | Mark BroumandWhen most people are asked what makes a diamond rare and valuable, the common answer is how large, clean and colorless the diamond is; however this is only partially true. In nature,  diamonds are found in nearly every color and some colored stones are far rarer and sought after than stones that are colorless.

The most common fancy color diamonds are found in are earth tones, browns and warm yellows. However under some very rare conditions, over tens of thousands of years, diamonds can be created that sparkle in intense yellow or feature a deep pink hue. The rare colors are caused by combinations of various elements, heat or radiation.

Intense yellow diamonds: For a diamond to be formed with an intense yellow color, the gem must contain trace amounts of nitrogen. It’s important not to mistake the dull yellow of a common brownish stone with the intense yellow of what is commonly referred to as a canary diamond.

In the jewelry industry this yellow color is graded on a 9 point scale

  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Dark
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Deep
  • Fancy Vivid

Fancy yellow diamonds, rare as they are, have been gaining popularity and are gradually becoming more and more available in the jewelry trade.

At Mark Broumand, we’re glad to carry a fine collection of beautiful and rare fancy yellow diamond engagement rings and jewelry. Below are a few of our favorites in our collection.

Some favorites from our fancy yellow diamond engagement rings collection

Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 1.87ct Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring  The gorgeous 1.02ct Cushion Cut Diamond set in the center is certified at Fancy Yellow – VS2 – It has a very vibrant yellow color and it is very clear!
Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 2.58ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring The center features a 1.53ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond. It is certified at VS1 in clarity. It is very clear, the cut is exceptional and the color is so rich and beautiful!
Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 3.03ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring The gorgeous 2.08ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond set in the center of this ring is VS1 in clarity (extremely clear) and has a tremendously beautiful cut that gives off unbelievable brilliance.
Fancy Vivid Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 2.27ct Fancy Vivid Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring This 2.27ct Round Diamond is certified through GIA (one of the leaders in diamond grading) at Fancy Vivid Yellow, Even – VVS2 – An extremely deep and vibrant canary yellow color and practically flawless!

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