Certain things you should know
- While buying diamond jewellery the price of diamond should be based on the size of each stone, its carat and its quality and a standard price for total weight of carats cannot be charged.
- Open and close settings are used depending on the design and the usage by the client. Open setting is made with 18 carats and closed with 22 carats. It is myth that closed setting cannot be given intricate designs.
- Diamonds are a good source of investments and has had 50% appreciation in recent years
- You should buy ‘dosham’ free diamonds, free of marks or inclusions and should ask which specific quality would work best for your design- IF – VVS1 , color D-E-F. Any other quality should be ideally avoided.
- Round cut diamonds have the best lustre.
- Use of gold should be least in diamond jewellery.
RUBIES & NAVARATNAS
- Ruby can be treated by laser and other treatments are available to enhance the color of the stones. You can ask for pure natural stones without adding any artificial treatment.
- Instead, to enhance color, you can ask the artisan to add “thagudu”(24 carat gold sheets) which does not impact the stone but when kept below a stone it enhances the color.
- Only highly qualified and artisans who have learnt the craft expertise from ancient times can make “thagudu” with 24 carat gold sheets (most find it easier to treat the stones but the stones lose the natural form, color and value)
- Pure Navaratna stones can be cut and uncut stones – Stones are cut and polished but you can also ask for uncut stones “raavadam” (facets are not cut). Certain designs will be visually appealing if we use uncut rather than cut stones.
- Balance of Navaratna – Basis your Rashi and Natchatram , Graham ( stars and planetary positions) , the balance of the stones in your jewellery on the basis of the stars is ideal.
- Suryan – Ruby
- Chandran – Muthu
- Guru – Kanaga pushparagam
- Sukran – Vairam
- Sevvai – Angarahan
- Sani – Neelam
- Buthan – Emerald – Pachai
- Raahu – Gomedhakam
- Kedu – Vaiduryam