Fall Fashion Trend – the Layered Look

The perfectly layered look can be effortless for all.  One this fall’s biggest trends are layered necklaces.  Choosing the right lengths of chain — puzzling?  Getting the chains to rest photo perfect around your neck all day — near impossible?  Not with a Layered Duo necklace, one piece of jewelry perfectly matched for length and style and attached so that each chain lays perfectly…all day.  Metal color options include white, yellow and rose gold and sterling silver. Starting at a collectible price of $85

A Diamond Training Day – Bringing world class knowledge to Excelsior Springs, MO.

Improving our skills.  Diamond Clarity Grading Class.  Bringing world class knowledge to Historic Downtown Excelsior Springs.

Part of the Sturm Bros.’ summer break was a class headed by the Gemological Institute of America.  Diamond grading consists of the 4 C’s – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.  On a bright, clear day in Cleveland the fellas honed their skills in clarity identification during a two hour, hands-on lab.

Diamond clarity is ranked F (flawless) to I (flaws visible by the naked eye).  The grades in between are IF, VVS, VS and SI.  Each of these grades requires magnification of 10x.  I explain these clarity grades like this : IF means internally flawless,  VVS means very, very slight inclusions, VS means very slight inclusion and SI stands for slight inclusion.

Numbers are added to each of these grades except for F and  IF, because if you’re a flawless diamond there is nothing left to say.  So, SI1 is better than SI2. I1 is better than I2 and so on.  Many grading houses have begun to add an SI3 but the GIA doesn’t accept this category of clarity.  If a diamond is SI3 then by GIA standards it is an I1.

Inclusions are birth marks for diamonds.  These birth marks are left behind from trapped air bubbles, carbon, and fissures.  Air bubbles are pretty easy to recognize because they look like the bubbles in a carbonated beverage. Carbon is blackish, coal piece left suspended in the diamond like a tiny chocolate chip in a cookie.  Fissures look like miniature canyons running through the diamond.

Yellow Diamonds…What makes these special?

Rare:                       1 in 10,000 is the rate of occurrence of a natural colored diamond.  You have a 1 in 3,000 chance of being struck by lightening in the United State and shark attack occurrence rates are 1 in 8,000,000..

Bold                       The bolder the better.  Unlike colorless diamonds, the stronger the color the more valuable the diamond. The slightest color differences can impact price.

Unique                    Flaws or loss of clarity do not typically impact the value of a colored diamond.  Collectors and designers prize these ‘imperfections’ because they add character and impact color.

Intense                           The strength of the color or saturation is defined by four grades.  Fancy light, fancy, fancy intense and fancy vivid.

Natural Yellow                   Natural yellows are the 2nd most common of the colored diamonds.  Brown being the most common.  Canary diamonds are yellow diamonds.  The term ‘canary’ is a trade name and isn’t a grading term.

Treated Yellow                Fracture filling, surface coating, high pressure & high temperature, and irradiation are all treatments used to change or enhance the color of a natural diamond.  An irradiated and temperature/pressure treated ‘nearly colorless’ diamond might emerge from the treatment yellow or green.  Treated colored diamonds are not rare and are less expensive to purchase.  However, treated diamonds are heat sensitive and the color can be altered if the treated diamond is heated during a ring sizing or repair.  Ask the jeweler or the seller, if the colored diamond you are purchasing is natural or treated. The long term beauty of your diamond depends on this knowledge.

Available                Pear Shaped – yellow – fancy and light fancy – natural colored diamonds are in stock and available for viewing, June 30th to July 7th.  Prices range from $2000 – $3000 for these rare, certified diamonds.

 

Second Fridays at Sturm Bros.’

Second Fridays bring the opportunity to enjoy the talents of artists and musicians in the beautiful downtown historic district of Excelsior Springs. Initiated by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership, local businesses have partnered together to bring an evening of fun that includes food specials, wine tastings and more.

Pictured above, Grant Decker performed live outside of the store during Second Fridays in May.