Archive for June 23rd, 2010

Diamonds: A History

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The word diamond comes from a Greek word that means unbreakable.  A diamond, which can only be cut with another diamond, is the hardest substance on the Earth.  Because of its natural and physical characteristics it has been one of the most sought after gemstones of all time.  In today’s day a diamond is a commodity that can be traded and is graded based on its carat weight, color, clarity, and cut.  Most diamonds can be found in rings, specifically diamond engagement rings.

History points to the first references towards a diamond in India in the 4th century BC.  Until the late 1700’s and early 1800’s India remained the premier place for diamond exploration.  After diamonds became more popular the search for new diamond reserves was on.  Soon after, South Africa became the worlds number one diamond excavation center of the world.

Even though most diamonds come from South Africa these days, the majority of them are still cut and shaped in India.  It is approximated that this number is as high as 90% of all diamonds go through India.  They are traded, however, in Antwerp, Belgium, which is known as the diamond capital of the world.

As the demand for better looking diamonds became more prevalent in the recent century, scientists have invented the technology to synthetically create flawless diamonds.  They have the same visual characteristics as diamonds that come from the ground.  Still, diamonds that are of equal quality naturally are worth more than synthetic ones.

There are four main characteristics that go into grading a diamonds.  The carat weight, color, clarity, and cut.  Carat weight is how much the diamond weighs in carats (a unit of measure).  The color is based on a scale from D-Z with D being the closest to colorless.  D, E, and F are said to be colorless while G, H, and I are said to be near colorless.  Clarity is based on a scale that is a little more confusing.  The best clarity grade a diamond can get is Flawless, although this is very rare.  Next is internally flawless (IF), followed by VVS1 and VVS2, then VS1 and VS2, SI1 and SI2 and I1, I2, and I3 round out the bottom.  VVS stands for very very slightly imperfect, VS stands for very slightly imperfect, SI stands for slightly imperfect and I stands for imperfect.  The final grade is the cut, or the shape.  Round diamonds are the most popular and the most expensive compared to a diamond with the same weight, color and clarity with a different cut.  Other cuts include princess, rectangle, pear, and trillion.

Through the test of time it seems the diamond will remain atop all gemstones in terms of desirability.  As long as diamonds are a girls best friend jewelry stores like Raymond Lee Jewelers will continue to stock them.

by, Seth Raymond Lee Jewelers, check out our Florida Diamond database.

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Omega Speedmaster: A History

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The Omega Speedmaster can trace its origins back to 1848 where Louis Brandt began to created a small work-shop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The first wristwatches were produced in 1899, while the Omega Watch Co. was founded in 1903. The name “Omega” comes from the last letter of the Greek alphabet, therefore representing “the ultimate.”

The Omega Speedmaster is so highly regarded that it  was the first and only watch to be worn on the moon. The  US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) searched for a timepiece that could stand up to its strict standards. Its quality is of such caliber that NASA has declared this timepiece to be its official chronograph. It is also slandered equipment for the Russian space agency NPO Energija.

Raymond Lee Jewelers, one of South Florida’s largest watch sellers.

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Extra-Slim: A History

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The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is a unique watch for its name. The word “patrimony” implies a succession of generations of a model that was intended to enjoy continuing success after its creation.

Founded  in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin commands the widest respect in the field of retailing and watchmaking. Why? Because this brand is the oldest continuous manufacturer of watches in the world.

In 1972 Vacheron Constantin launched the Overseas Chronograph range. This particular model had screw-in winding crowns and push-pieces. Shortly after, followed the expensive Kalla jewelry watches. Introduced in 1955, the Patrimony Extra-Slim is  a widely recognized timepiece for the 20th century. The height of the movement is measured at precisely 1.64 mm (1/16 in) and it is therefore thought to be the slimmest mechanical movement in the world. Its 20.8 mm (1 3/16 in) diameter case houses a five-part bridge with over 60 components to it. The watch also features a manual winding movement.

The latest model to join this range is the Patrimony Contemporaine. The watch has a 40 mm diameter and elongated baton numerals on its frosted platinum dial.

Raymond Lee Jewelers, one of South Florida’s largest watch sellers.

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RLJ in Hong Kong Day 4!

As I sit here typing this I am fighting with every aching fiber of my being to stay awake.  Alas jet lag has set so today will be just a quick recap.  Today was the set up day for the show.  When we walked into the room the entire convention hall looked like a disasterous construction zone.  We did get a chance to see some of our regulars and are glad to see they are back for yet another great season.  Tomorrow is the big opening day.  Both excited and at the same time exhausted.  Until tomorrow. Have a good day

Richard

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