Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Oval Brilliant Diamond, certified by GIA/IGI

IGI Certified Oval Shape Lab-Grown Diamond:

1.03 carat
G VVS2
EX EX EX
Price: $4,274

GIA Certified Oval Shape Earth-Grown Diamond:
1 carat
G VVS2
EX EX
Price: $8,560

WhatsApp 65-92337218 to place order, or to request for latest diamond list. Visit https://ba.sg/diamonds for more.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

"Find out the difference between simulated, synthetic and natural diamonds"

Article by Lifestyle Asia:
“Find out the difference between simulated, synthetic and natural diamonds.”

https://www.lifestyleasia.com/fr/style/jewellery/difference-between-simulant-synthetic-and-natural-diamonds/


Find out the difference between simulated, synthetic and natural diamonds

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – yet not many are able to tell the difference between white, sparkly gemstones from the real deal these days.

For ages, the jewellery industry has been skewed to that of mass-produced costume creations studded with cubic zirconia to high-end collections boasting clusters of diamonds. In more recent times, as a middle-range option offering good quality jewels at less pocket-burning prices has been growing immensely.

And there comes the rise of diamonds in all manners and forms. Natural diamonds are getting smaller and affordable, perfect for paving jewellery. At the same time, lab-created diamonds and simulants are offered as more affordable gemstones.

In the past few years, consumers have been exposed to brands like Orro, The Better Diamond and Gordon Max offering either culture diamonds and diamond alternatives. Other brands, such as the locally-grown SK Jewellery and Love&Co., has also jumped on the bandwagon for lab diamonds.

But what are the difference between all these stones? Here’s a quick low-down on what simulant and lab-created diamonds are.

What are natural diamonds?

Simply put, diamonds are naturally occurring crystal structures formed from carbon after a millennium of intense pressure and heat. Diamonds are typically created near the Earth’s mantle but ‘rose’ to the surface due to volcanic eruptions. These precious gemstones are the hardest on Earth, making it very suitable for everyday jewellery. Most diamonds are white, though they can come in various colours such as blue, yellow or pink due to exposure to other elements and gases.

Simulants aren’t diamonds

These are gemstones meant to resemble certain qualities of a diamond, such as its dispersion or hardiness. These stones are sometimes called ‘imitation diamonds’ and can be either natural or artificial gems. Of these, the cubic zirconia is the most commonly used as it is more affordable and shares a significant resemblance to diamonds. Other stones like moissanite (or synthetic silicon carbide, colourless spinels and white topaz have become increasingly popular alternatives to diamonds in recent years. While not as brilliant or clear as diamonds, these gemstones rely on polishing and cut to make them stand out. Even then, these gemstones don’t come dirt cheap either. One-carat moissanite stones are sold upwards of RM3,000.

Laboratory-created diamonds are technically diamonds

Lab-created diamonds, or lab-grown or synthetic diamonds, are basically gemstones created through man-made processes. Unlike simulants, these man-made diamonds share the same chemical make-up as natural diamonds. Synthetic diamonds are produced through several ways such as the High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT) method in which diamond ‘seeds’ are put through conditions mimicking the creation of natural diamonds. Such diamonds have been around since 1986, but improvements in technology have made growing quality gemstones much faster. Harbouring the same chemical, physical and optical properties, lab-created stones are hardly distinguishable from natural ones under the naked eye.

Natural and lab-created diamonds are both graded by Gemological Institute of America…

But it is more of a precaution than acceptance. GIA diamond certifications are considered to be one of the most reputable and reliable in the world. As such, GIA tends to be more wary of laboratory-grown stones. For lab-created diamonds, GIA issues a different certification called the Laboratory-Grown Diamond Grading Report. While the report includes the colour, clarity and cut of the stone, it looks vastly different from the usual reports for natural diamonds to further distinguish them. GIA also declares the stone as lab-grown with a microscopic laser inscription of the diamond’s girdle.

Verdict: So which is better?

As consumers grow more wary about ethics, sustainability and price, simulated and lab-created diamonds have been on the up. More jewellery brands, such as Atelier Swarovski and De Beers’ sister brand, Lightbox, are highlighting lab-created diamonds through exquisite pieces too. There’s certainly no wrong in picking out natural diamonds as well if one still appreciates the romanticism behind it. One thing’s for sure: there are now more options than ever for engagement rings and high jewellery. Only time will tell if it all works out to be a sparkling revolution for the jewellery industry.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Cushion Brilliant Diamond, certified by GIA/IGI

IGI Certified Cushion Cut Lab-Grown Diamond:
0.72 carat
G VS1
EX EX
Price: $1,810


GIA Certified Cushion Cut Earth-Grown Diamond:
0.71 carat
G VS2
EX EX
Price: $2,364


WhatsApp 65-92337218 to place order, or to request for latest diamond list. Visit https://ba.sg/diamonds for more.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Certified 1 Carat Earth-Grown and Lab-Created Diamond



IGI Certified Round Brilliant Lab-Created Diamond:
1.03 carat
J VS2
EX EX EX
Price: $2,297

GIA Certified Round Brilliant Earth-Grown Diamond:
1.03 carat
J VS2
EX EX EX
Price: $6,625

WhatsApp 65-92337218 to place order, or to request for latest diamond list. Visit https://ba.sg/diamonds for more.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

“These lab-grown diamonds are identical to natural ones”


Business Insider: “These lab-grown diamonds are identical to natural ones”https://youtu.be/5MpJ2m3xfp0 

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Certified 1 Carat Pink Diamond


Certified 1 Carat Pink Diamond 

IGI Certified Lab Made Diamond:
1.10 carat 
Fancy Intense Pink VVS2
EX EX VG
Price: $14,345

GIA Certified Earth-Grown Diamond:
1.02 carat
Faint Pink SI2
EX EX
Price: $14,406

WhatsApp 65-92337218 to place order, or to request for latest diamond list. Visit https://ba.sg/diamonds for more.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Teardrop Diamond, Pear Brilliant Cut



Teardrop Diamond, Pear Brilliant Cut

IGI Certified Lab-Created Diamond:
0.90 carat
F VS2
EX EX
Price: $3,170

GIA Certified Earth-Grown Diamond:
0.90 carat
F VS2
EX VG
Price: $5,937

WhatsApp 65-92337218 for quotations and order, visit https://ba.sg/diamonds for the full list of earth-grown and lab-created diamonds.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

How GIA Grades Diamonds

Article from GIA: https://www.gia.edu/gem-lab-how-gia-grades-diamond


How GIA Grades Diamonds

People from all over the world send their diamonds to the GIA laboratory for grading and analysis. Our clients put their business in our hands and their trust in our expertise – and we are extremely careful with both.

ANONYMITY

Objectivity and independence are the hallmarks of all GIA reports and services, and GIA has elaborate processes in place to ensure a diamond’s anonymity through the grading process. Upon arrival to the laboratory, every diamond is placed in a custom designed, transparent storage case, and all references to its owner are removed or concealed. It is assigned a bar-coded label with a unique internal identification number that is used to track it throughout the process. Furthermore, client information is masked within the software diamond graders use to enter their assessments. We ask that our clients assist us in this process by submitting items in parcel papers free of information that identifies them as the client or refers to grading information.

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Diamonds are weighed with an electronic micro-balance that captures their weight to the fifth decimal place. An optical measuring device determines their proportions, measurements, and facet angles.

INITIAL TESTING WITH GIA Diamond Check™

All items submitted to GIA for diamond grading services are examined using the GIA DiamondCheck™ instrument to determine if the material is a natural diamond; a diamond that may require further testing for treatments or may be laboratory-grown; or non-diamond material.

GRADING COLOR

Since light source and background can have a significant impact on the appearance of color, the diamond's color is graded in a standardized viewing environment. Color graders submit their independent opinions into the system. During this phase, graders are not privy to color opinions entered previously. The color grade is determined when there are sufficient agreeing opinions.

GRADING CLARITY AND FINISH

Clarity is graded with 10x magnification under standard viewing conditions. The preliminary grader carefully examines the diamond to locate clarity/finish characteristics and evidence of any diamond treatments, such as fracture filling or laser drilling.

Initially, a grader assigns an opinion of the diamond’s clarity, polish and symmetry, then plots the clarity characteristics on a diagram most representative of the diamond’s shape and faceting style, which is selected from a database of hundreds of digitally stored diagrams. During this step, the grader verifies all previously captured weight and measurement data and assigns written descriptions of the diamond’s culet and girdle thickness. For a round brilliant cut diamond, this measurement data, along with polish and symmetry assessments, is used to determine its GIA Cut Grade. Additional steps, including examinations by additional graders, are also taken during this grading process, and all others, to locate and identify clarity/finish characteristics and to check and double check for indicators of known diamond treatments and laboratory-grown diamonds.

Depending on the diamond’s weight, quality, and the agreement of grading opinions, additional quality assurance process steps are also performed. More experienced staff gemologists may review all of the previous grading information and render independent clarity/polish/symmetry opinions. Grading results are finalized once there are sufficient agreeing opinions.

GRADING CUT

GIA provides a cut quality grade only for standard round brilliant diamonds that fall in the GIA D-to-Z color range.

After the color and clarity grading process, the diamond’s proportions (measurements and facet angles), along with polish and symmetry descriptions, are used to determine its GIA Cut Grade. A diamond’s brightness, fire, scintillation (sparkle and pattern), weight ratio, and durability, as well as polish and symmetry, are all considered within this final assessment of cut quality.

INSPECTION, CARE AND HANDLING PROCEDURES

At every step of the grading process, special inspection, care, and handling procedures are in place to protect a diamond’s identity and ensure the diamond is managed with the utmost care.

INVENTORY CONTROL AND ROUTING

GIA’s Inventory Control Department serves as the hub for laboratory operations. Between grading process steps, a diamond is distributed from and returned to this department, ensuring that the distribution of diamonds to graders is completely random. This is just one of several critical measures in an independent and impartial grading process.

Every diamond is tracked electronically so that the laboratory can pinpoint its exact location at any time, and review each step during the grading process. With thousands of diamonds, and hundreds of diamond graders, the routing and tracking of the GIA laboratory’s inventory requires a highly trained and alert staff, combined with the best support technology can offer.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Earth-Grown and Lab-Created Diamonds with GIA and IGI Certificate


Take a closer look at the earth-grown and lab-created diamonds certified by GIA and IGI.

IGI Certified Lab-Created Diamond:
1 carat
G VS2
EX EX EX
Price: $3,195

GIA Certified Earth-Grown Diamond:
GIA
1 carat
G VS2
EX EX EX
Price: $9,028

WhatsApp 65-92337218 for quotations and order, visit https://ba.sg/diamonds
for the full list of earth-grown and lab-created diamonds.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond, Authentic Lab-Grown with Certificate

Propose with a fancy vivid lab-grown authentic pink diamond certified by IGI. 

0.65 Carat 
Fancy Vivid Pink 
VS1
IDEAL EX EX
Price: $4,520

Certificate: https://tinyurl.com/t8womml

WhatsApp 65-92337218 for quotations and order, visit ba.sg/diamonds for the full list of lab-created diamonds.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Laboratory Grown Diamond Report

Article from IGI:
Laboratory Grown Diamond Report 
https://www.igi.org/reports/laboratory-grown

To buy Earth-Grown diamond: https://ba.sg/diamonds

To buy Lab-Grown diamond:
https://ba.sg/diamonds-lab

B&A is accepting Best Price Challenge: If you receive a quotation lower than our listed price, send us the details, we are confident to challenge the price. 

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Meghan Markle Wears Lab-Grown Diamond Earrings


Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex attended an event in London in January 2019 with a pair of lab-grown diamond earrings.

B&A has one of the largest database of lab-grown diamonds in the region. WhatsApp 65-92337218 for quotations and order, visit BA.SG/diamonds-lab for the full list of lab-created diamonds.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Lab-Created Diamond with Certificate, Hardness 10 - Fancy Vivid Yellow


Take a closer look at the fancy vivid yellow emerald cut diamond certified by IGI.
1.67ct, Fancy Vivid Yellow, VVS2,
VG VG
Price: $7,888


WhatsApp 65-92337218 for quotations and order, visit BA.SG/diamonds-lab for the full list of lab-created diamonds.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020


Article from GIA:
Source: https://tinyurl.com/tpk24kq

Is There a Difference Between Natural and Laboratory-Grown Diamonds?

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Two specimens of faceted crystalized carbon - both are crystal clear and give off a kaleidoscope of spectral colors in direct light. They appear to be identical. One, however, is a billion or more years old and the other was recently grown in a laboratory.
Both are diamonds, of course. The first is a natural diamond created by forces deep within the young Earth. The second is from a laboratory and possesses essentially the same chemical, physical and optical properties as its natural counterpart.
Diamond – the material, not the gem – is a mineral consisting of “essentially pure carbon crystalized in the isometric cubic system,” according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which develops trading guides for the gem and jewelry industry.
Although the FTC says diamonds are essentially pure carbon, the vast majority of natural diamonds contain trace amounts of other substances, particularly nitrogen, which gives them a yellow color or (rarely) boron, which imparts a blue color. In addition, they usually contain inclusions, tiny bits of foreign material that were trapped in the still-forming diamond millions of years ago.
Laboratory-grown diamonds (also sometimes referred to as man-made or synthetic diamonds) entered the gem and jewelry market in commercial quantities about five years ago. Although identical in appearance to natural diamonds, they have very subtle differences that can only be detected by trained gemologists and sophisticated equipment designed for that purpose.
WHERE DO DIAMONDS COME FROM?
Natural Diamonds
Natural diamonds formed deep in the earth under extreme pressure and high temperature as long as three billion years ago. Volcanic activity brought them to the surface where they lay in a type of volcanic rock formation known as kimberlite pipes, waiting to be mined. Only about five percent of kimberlite pipes contain enough diamond to make them economically feasible to mine.
Laboratory-Grown Diamonds
Man-made diamonds suitable for industrial use were first produced in a laboratory in the 1950s. While gem-quality diamonds were produced in a laboratory for the first time in 1971, it was not until the mid-2010s that colorless laboratory-grown diamonds entered the gem and jewelry market in commercial quantities.
Today, laboratory-grown diamonds are created by two methods, according to Dr. James Shigley, GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, who has been researching laboratory-grown diamonds at GIA for more than 30 years.
High pressure, high temperature (HPHT) diamonds are produced in a laboratory by mimicking the high pressure, high temperature conditions that form natural diamonds in the Earth. This process produces a distinctively shaped laboratory-grown diamond crystal.
The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method involves breaking down the molecules of a carbon-rich gas, such as methane, into carbon and hydrogen atoms, which then are deposited on diamond seeds to produce a square-shaped, tabular diamond crystal.
Growing diamonds by either method typically requires less than a month for most sizes. Most CVD-grown diamonds require additional treatments like heat or irradiation to enhance or change their colors after the growth process.
Typically, laboratory-grown diamonds have weighed a carat or less, but as technology and techniques improve, larger stones have appeared in the market.
HOW CAN NATURAL AND LABORATORY-GROWN DIAMONDS BE DISTINGUISHED FROM ONE ANOTHER?
It is essential that laboratory-grown diamonds can be identified because consumers need to know what they are buying, and because there are often significant price differences between them and natural gemstones.
As part of its mission to protect and inform the gem-buying public, GIA offers diploma programs, including the GIA Graduate Gemologist credential, and seminars that teach diamond grading techniques and the latest methods used to distinguish natural from laboratory-grown diamonds and diamond simulants.
Because laboratory-grown diamonds are essentially chemically and optically the same as their natural counterparts, traditional gemological observations and old-style “diamond detectors” are not able to tell them apart. Identification at a professional gemological laboratory or using sophisticated devices developed by GIA and other organizations are the only reliable methods to separate them from natural diamonds.
Diamond Morphology – the Telltale Factor
“Natural diamonds that formed in the Earth over millions of years grow differently from diamonds created in a laboratory in a few weeks. In addition, HPHT- and CVD-created diamonds have different growth morphology, or how growth conditions influenced the shape of the diamond crystal,” said Dr. Shigley.
GIA Senior Research Scientist Dr. Sally Eaton-Magaña further explained, “The identification criteria for HPHT and CVD diamonds are quite distinct from each other,” adding that laboratory-grown diamonds have become much more varied over the last 10 to 15 years, requiring GIA researchers to keep pace with new developments.
“We also regularly conduct research on emerging products and GIA has a program to grow diamonds in the laboratory to stay ahead of any new trends,” Dr. Eaton-Magaña said.
DOES GIA OFFER GRADING FOR LABORATORY-GROWN DIAMONDS?
GIA tests every diamond submitted to its gemstone grading and identification laboratory locations around the world to determine whether they are natural or laboratory-grown.
GIA has issued reports for laboratory-grown diamonds for more than 10 years. In March 2019, following the guidelines from the FTC, the Institute announced it will change the name of the reports to GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Reports starting in July 2019. To reduce the potential for confusion, GIA grading reports for laboratory-grown diamonds look significantly different from those for natural diamonds. In addition, the terms used to report color and clarity grades for laboratory-grown diamonds are different from those used for natural diamonds. Instead of D-to-Z color grades, broader category terms (Colorless, Near-Colorless, Faint, Very Light and Light) are used. Clarity grades, which are abbreviated on natural diamond reports (VVS1, SI2, etc.), use broader descriptive category terms (i.e., Very Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included) on the reports for laboratory-grown diamonds.

WHAT ABOUT DIAMONDS THAT ARE NOT SUBMITTED TO GEM LABS FOR GRADING?

To identify laboratory-grown diamonds, GIA developed the GIA iD100® screening device. This desktop-sized instrument combines advanced spectroscopic technology with GIA’s 60 years of diamond and gemstone identification research to distinguish natural diamonds from laboratory-grown (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants.
GIA also offers the GIA Melee Analysis Service, which quickly and accurately screens parcels of very small diamonds – the most prevalent in the market.

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