Tag: Diamonds

Jewelry Trends From the Oscars!

oscars-2016

The 2016 Oscars was held on February 28th and it was a really fun year for #oscarsjewelry trends! In case you missed it, check out Indesign.Jewelry’s post on this year’s trends. We were especially excited about Trend #1! 😉

Here are some of our favorite pieces from this years ceremony!

 

 

Brie Larson looking drop-dead gorgeous! Check out that absolutely stunning pearl studded belt!
Brie Larson looking drop-dead gorgeous! Check out that absolutely stunning pearl studded belt!

 

Left: The lovely Whoopi Goldberg wearing an amazing statement bracelet! The octopus bracelet she is wearing and the bracelet pictured on the right were designed by Sevan Bicakci.
Left: The lovely Whoopi Goldberg wearing an amazing statement bracelet! The octopus bracelet she is wearing and the bracelet pictured on the right were designed by Sevan Bicakci.

 

Tina Fey wearing a stunning Bulgari sapphire necklace. She seemed to be one of the few ladies sporting colored gemstones instead of white gold and diamonds, and we're definitely into it!
Tina Fey wearing a stunning Bulgari sapphire necklace. She seemed to be one of the few ladies sporting colored gemstones instead of white gold and diamonds, and we’re definitely into it!

 


 

What were some of your favorite looks? Tell us in the comments!

A Gem From an Unlikely Source

Peanut Butter Diamonds
Photo from Steve Jurvetson and Certified Su Via Flickr

We’ve all heard of chocolate diamonds, but what about peanut butter diamonds?! Unlike chocolate diamonds, which are named for their color, peanut butter diamonds are actually created from sticky, delicious peanut butter.

Scientist Dan Frost of the University of Bayreuth, Germany, was conducting some experiments to try and learn more about the inner workings of our Earth’s mantle, which happens to be where diamonds are formed. In doing this, he recreated the high temperature and pressure seen well over 800 miles below Earth’s surface. Previous research exists supporting that many carbon-containing materials (which gives us a very broad spectrum of possibilities) can be used to synthetically create diamonds.

In Frost’s experiment, he placed a small amount of peanut butter in between two diamonds within a chamber, then used heat and pressure conditions similar to those found within the earth’s mantle. These conditions began to arrange the carbon atoms in the peanut butter into a more dense configuration. The scientist then bombarded his experiment with sound waves to imitate seismic waves. The whole process took a considerable amount of time and only yielded a stone smaller than .25 carats, but provided a lot of great scientific knowledge.

Rather than using this method to create jewelry quality diamonds, Frost plans to use this knowledge to learn more about the conditions under which the Earth was formed. Using similar methods, specialized diamonds can also be formed for use in lasers and other precision instruments. Adding different elements to the carbon source used to create synthetic diamonds could create stones that are even more suitable for use in industrial applications such as semiconductors. Cool!

sources:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/60004/scientist-turns-peanut-butter-diamonds

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/scientist-creates-diamonds-peanut-butter

Gemstone Spotlight: Diamonds, April’s Eternal Love

“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.”

– Gregorian Birthstone Poem

April girls may consider themselves lucky to be born with such a prestigious gemstone. If you have been following our blog for the last three months, you have probably learned a lot about the history of gemstones. Knowledge on diamonds is a little more widespread than some of the other stones, as it is a popular stone in many pieces of jewelry. Many people know that diamonds are a symbol of eternal love, and are frequently used in engagement rings and wedding and anniversary bands. Many people also know that diamonds are one of the hardest substances known to man. Lesser known facts about the diamond include its history, the circumstances around its formation, and some of the mythology around the stone.

Colored Diamonds
Diamonds are available in many colors.

The greek word “adamas,” which the word “diamond” is derivative of, means “invincible.” In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra,” meaning “lightning.” Ancient legends of diamonds tell that they were created by lighting, or that they are the tears of Gods. Diamonds are actually chemically identical to carbon, and the stones themselves are created from carbon under extreme pressure and at very high temperatures for anywhere from 1-3 billion years. Diamonds can also form at impact sites where asteroids strike the Earth. The heat and pressure from this event can cause diamonds to form if the asteroid hits carbon-containing stones in the earth. Once the gems are gathered, they are polished and cut. Each diamond has at least 58 facets, which helps catch and refract light. This gives diamonds their signature “sparkle.”

Here are some great diamond gift ideas for your April girl. Diamonds are also a traditional 60th wedding anniversary gift. And pearls are always appropriate!

Pearl necklace with gold and diamond clasp.
Classic strand of large pearls with a 14k gold and diamond clasp.

Are diamonds a little out of your price range, or are you thinking of trying something a little less traditional? Try a bloodstone for your aries girl or a sapphire if her birthday falls under the taurus sign. We also offer a selection of synthetics (cubic zirconia and swarovski crystals) that shine just like a diamond!

sources:
http://geology.com/articles/diamonds-from-coal/, www.gemselect.com, www.americangemsociety.org, www.almanac.com