Welcome to Spotswood Jewelers
Welcome to Jewelers Spotswood, NJ, your neighborhood family jeweler, a jewelry store conveniently located at Spotswood, NJ 08884. We are a family owned business originally started in 1977 in wholesale diamonds, now have expanded into a retail store to bring our expertise to help others get the most value and knowledge in one of the bigger investments of their life. We use the word investment because a diamond and jewelry is an investment and handed down through generations. Diamond is one of the more expensive investments you will make and we feel it is necessary to help you make this wonderful event of your life very smooth and enjoyable. Jewelers Spotswood, NJ has and will continue to work effectively to provide conflict free diamonds.
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Generally used for insurance purposes, diamond appraisals are incredibly useful in estimating the value of a particular stone, whether loose, mounted or used in jewelry. While the value of a diamond can change considerably over time, the estimate is used as a general guideline to determine the replacement value if it were to be stolen.
When purchasing a diamond appraisal, it’s important to avoid in-house appraisals because the value is often overestimated, making the estimate essentially worthless in determining the replacement value of your stone. When choosing a diamond appraiser it’s important that the company be legitimate, unbiased and independent from any jewelry store or wholesaler. For potential diamond buyers who would like to insure the diamond, a diamond appraisal certificate is absolutely essential.
Potential diamond buyers should always check to ensure they will receive a diamond grading certificate with their diamond purchase. The importance of this certificate is to give buyers a detailed gemological analysis of the gemstone, compiled by a team of certified gemologists in a laboratory.
The information you’ll find in your diamond grading certificate will be the 4 C’s; color, clarity, carat and cut. The dimensions and shape of the diamond will be presented in detail within the report, as well as the measurements, table and depth percentages and the polish and symmetry inherent within the stone. Your report should also contain a comprehensive section on any imperfections, fluorescence and graining within the stone and come complete with a detailed sketch of your diamond.
A certificate is an essential part of any diamond purchase and will ensure the buyer of both the quality and authenticity of the gemstone. Additionally, if you ever decide to resell your stone the certificate will allow you to receive a fair price. If you plan on insuring your diamond, a grading report is often a prerequisite. Most labs charge a relatively modest fee to undertake the certification process, and the price is based on carat weight.
While a certificate doesn’t necessarily enhance the value of your diamond, it’s an important essential when purchasing a diamond to procure a grading report. With a certificate, your diamond can never be undervalued or suspected of being inauthentic. If you’re interested in purchasing a diamond, make sure you receive a diamond grading report from one of the leading independent gemological labs to ensure your gem’s authenticity and protect your investment.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) was actually the first group to develop an internationally accepted grading system. Even prior to the EGL, GIA was the first to introduce a diamond grading report and set the standards for diamond grading worldwide. The company compiles reports on diamonds over 1 carat in size. What’s more, they are the group responsible for examining some of the world’s most famous gems. Each diamond screened with GIA comes with a complete report detailing the weight, cut, proportions, color grade and clarity.
The European Gemological Society (EGL) has really been the defining group in setting the standards and criteria for diamond grading. Their Diamond Certificate and Diamond Consultation offers diamond buyers a detailed report on the various aspects of the grading process. Their certificates are recognized worldwide and their client base includes craftsmen, wholesalers, dealers and manufacturers. However, the EGL does not sell diamonds and works independently from any diamond sales groups.
The American Gemological Society (AGS) serves a wide variety of clients including jewelry wholesalers, diamond cutters, jewelers, and various manufacturers. Their grading report, referred to as the AGS Diamond Quality Document (DQD) offers a comprehensive report on the cut grade of round, brilliant cut diamonds. In addition their report covers all four aspects of the grading process including cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Their ratings are given on a scale from 1 to 10.
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) issues over 400,000 grading reports each year and their reports encompass three distinct areas including the Diamond Report, Identification Report, and the Information Appraisal Report. The diamond report helps ensure the diamond’s authenticity by providing information about weight, measurements, shape and cut, clarity, color and several other aspects of the gemstone. The identification report provides an enlarged photograph of the diamond to substantiate the information about proportions, measurements and the 4 C’s. Finally, the Appraisal report gives an estimate about the diamond’s replacement value expressly for insurance purposes
History of Colored Diamonds
While diamonds without color command much higher prices than colored diamonds, it’s extremely rare to find such a structurally perfect diamond. Colored diamonds have come into a market all their own in recent years, and different colors can either increase or decrease a diamond’s value. Intense colors such as pink or blue can be considerably more valuable than a white diamond with traces of yellow coloring.
Colored diamonds appear when there are chemical impurities within the diamond or structural defects can be found. Nitrogen, one of the most common impurities, causes diamonds to take on a brown or yellowish hue. Most white diamonds have been affected by nitrogen; in rare cases, the effect isn’t noticeable, thereby increasing the value of the stone dramatically.
Colored diamonds other than brown and yellow typically command much higher prices and are significantly rarer than their common counterparts. Pale pinks or blues are valued, but intense colors are usually regarded as more desirable and thus more expensive. There are many impurities that can cause diamonds to turn different colors, including pink, blue, yellow, red, green, brown, etc. Intensely colored diamonds are usually referred to as “fancies” throughout the diamond industry, and a rating system has been put in place to distinguish varying fancy colors from one another. However, because of the relative rarity of these colored diamonds the system is not often used.
Jewelers Spotswood, NJ goal is to help you learn about the extensive history behind the diamond and how it came to be revered among jewelry connoisseurs everywhere. Jewelers Spotswood, NJ will help you get informed about the diamond grading process which includes cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Jewelers Spotswood, NJ will help you differentiate between various diamond shapes and cuts.
Diamond grading certificates are also essential when purchasing loose diamonds and Jewelers Spotswood, NJ enables potential buyers to learn to distinguish between some of the different types of certificates and why you should purchase a certified diamond.
Jewelers Spotswood, NJ will also educate you on the basics of diamond appraisal and when it might be a good idea as a customer to purchase one. Diamond care is covered extensively throughout our site so you’ll be aware of the proper way to care for your priced purchase, your exquisite jewelry which is also one of you major investment. Jewelers Spotswood, NJ will also present to you some knowledge about fancy colored loose diamonds and the history behind them in our website in an easy to understand articles for your knowledge and reading pleasure. Jewelers Spotswood, NJ will do its best to present to you information about the process of diamond cutting, as well as what happens to your diamond from the time it’s obtained from the mine to the final product.
We educate our customers not only about the four C’s but also carry it beyond that. We start with the Conflict Free Diamonds, the different Diamond Shapes, the Diamond Certification and then the four C’s- Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat.
Conflict Free Diamonds
All our diamonds are conflict free. They originate from socially and environmentally responsible sources with the utmost and the highest ethical standards in the diamond and jewelry industry.
To learn more about the conflict free diamonds
Different Diamond Shapes
Many options are available in different diamond shapes. The first and the most traditional cut is the Round Brilliant Cut, more commonly known as Rounds. The other popular shapes are Princess Cut, Pear Shape, Oval Shape, Heart Shape, Radiant Cut, Emerald Cut, Asscher Cut, Cushion Cut, Trillion Cut, Marquise Cut, and Straight and Tapper Baguettes
To learn more about the diamond shapes
Diamonds are certified independently by all unbiased Gem Labs.
How well the diamond is cut determines how well it reflects and refracts light, basically a well cut diamond has more brilliance compared to a diamond not cut as well. In simplest terms a better or a well cut diamond adds more sparkle to its beauty.
The color of a diamond refers to the lack of color or the natural color visible within a diamond. The amount of color plays a major role in the beauty and the value of the diamond. In simplest terms, colorless diamonds receive a higher quality grade, face up better and are more valuable compared to the ones with visible color.
Clarity of a diamond is based on its imperfections. Blemishes and natural inclusions impact the value and the appearance of the diamond. Diamonds with less imperfections receive a higher clarity grade and are of a higher value. Almost every diamond has some imperfections, very few are flawless.
People are most familiar with the size of a diamond, and that falls in the category of the Carat size. Carat is more specifically the weight of the diamond. Weight of a diamond has a direct effect on the value and the appearance of the diamond.
In diamond the carbon atoms are covalent bonded to one another producing a three dimensional network solid. Each carbon atom is bonded to four other atoms throughout the crystal lattice.
Diamond has no free electrons because they are all involved in bonding and is therefore a poor conductor of electricity.
Diamond is the hardest substance known and is used to cut glass and in industrial drill bits. Diamond is widely sought after because of its rarity and unique crystalline structure and is used in jewelry.
Before a diamond can be deemed suitable for purchasing, the diamonds are put through extensive tests to determine that its authentic prior to receiving a grading certificate.
here are several things a diamond will be graded on, including cut, clarity, color and carat weight. The following guide aims to explain what each of these mean as well as the importance behind diamond grading.
A well cut diamond determines how the naked eye views the brilliance of the stone and enables the diamond to reflect light much better than a poorly cut diamond could. It’s important when choosing a diamond that you never underestimate the importance of the cut. A skilled diamond cutter can create a work of art with each stone, and regardless of the shape of the diamond a poorly cut stone will leave the diamond dull and lifeless. With diamond grading, each stone gets a cut rating ranging from excellent to poor. The heights versus depth ratio (referred to as depth percentage) as well as the top of the stone versus the width (the table percentage) are all proportioned by the cut of the diamond. Essentially, the cut is what makes the stone. Proportion, angle and reflection are all important aspects when considering the cut of a diamond. While each facet of the cut are far above what we can see with our naked eyes, a well-cut stone reflects the utmost in quality and value for the buyer.
To find a diamond without any flaws heightens the value of the stone. To determine the clarity of a stone, skilled diamond graders view the diamond under 10-power magnification to view the gem up close and personal and make note of any surface flaws they find. The goal when purchasing a diamond is to look for the highest clarity possible, because the fewer blemishes there are the more brilliant the diamond will be. A lot of inclusions will interfere with light passing through the diamond, thereby dulling its brilliance. When grading for clarity, diamonds are rated from “completely flawless” to “noticeably imperfect.” A diamond that’s completely flawless is a rarity and significantly increases the value of the gem. When looking for a diamond to purchase, keep in mind that the clarity will affect the radiance and sparkle of the stone. Lower clarities means a duller stone, while a higher clarity means the stone reflects light very well, thus enhancing the overall sparkle and brilliance of the diamond.
Diamonds range in color from yellow to brown, and rarer colors such as pink, green, blue and other colors referred to as “fancies.” Ultimately however, the best color for a diamond is actually no color at all. The reason behind this is that a colorless diamond will enable light to pass through effortlessly and sparkle with radiant rainbows of color. The light will radiate from the center of the diamond outward, giving it sparkle unparallel to that of other colors. When diamond graders rate the color of diamonds, they do it based on a scale ranging from D (which means colorless) to Z (which refers to a strong yellow color.) The scale follows a pattern from most valuable (obviously a colorless diamond) to diamonds of lesser quality. A diamond with color doesn’t necessarily mean its valueless, but the clearer a diamond the more valuable it can be. The color of an individual stone will help influence the price range for the diamond, as well as the cut and shape of the stone. The color of the gem is important when searching for a diamond that will radiate light and sparkle brilliantly which is why many people prefer a colorless diamond.
The weight of the diamond is measured in carats, and one carat is divided into 100 points. Furthermore, one carat is also equal to 1/5 of a gram. For example, a diamond with 75 points would weigh .75 carats. For diamond graders, determining carat weight is the easiest of the 4 C’s to figure out; however, if two diamonds had equal carat weight, that doesn’t mean their values are the same. Carat weight may be important to those who appreciate a larger diamond, but as far as the quality of the gemstone, carat weight doesn’t have anything to do with that. As a matter of fact, quality diamonds can be found in all shapes and sizes regardless of the assigned carat weight. Skilled diamond graders usually assign diamonds carat weights ranging from .3 carats all the way up to 10 carats and possibly beyond. When choosing a diamond, it’s important to note how the entire gemstone looks as far as color, clarity and cut and finally carat weight.
Revered as the ultimate symbol of love and wealth, diamonds have had an incredibly unique history from the first discovery until today. While nobody truly knows who the first were to discover diamonds, they were said to first appear about 3,000 years ago in India where diamonds were first mined. Several Sanskrit texts have validated this theory, where the diamond was referred to as “vajra” or thunderbolt. The name makes sense, because not only were diamonds used for decorative purposes but also as a protective talisman to ward off evil. These descriptions of the precious gem appear to date back to about the 4th century BCE.
Interestingly enough, the word diamond was closely linked to the term “adamas” throughout the Mediterranean; however, it’s difficult to establish the time period this name association took place. Consequently, during the 13th century the diamond began to take on regal tones, appearing in jewelry and decorative items throughout Europe. Around this time, Louis IX of France (1214-1270) decreed that diamonds were reserved only for the king, which described their rarity and wealth status then. Eventually, the diamond appeared in royalty for both men and women and by the 17th century, wealthy merchant classmen were appearing with diamonds here and there.
Throughout the 18th century, diamonds were appearing more frequently on jewelry primarily worn by women. Because such large quantities of the jewel were arriving from South America regularly, society could afford to prominently display diamonds, but during the evening only since it was considered rude to display this type of jewelry during daylight hours. Once reserved strictly for royalty and the wealthy upper class, diamonds were now starting to become more affordable to the common person during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The end of the 19th century brought about significant changes towards the role of the diamond. The discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa during the 1870’s now made diamonds much more common and easier to produce on a mass scale. Subsequently, the selling of the French crown jewels in 1887 caught the interest of wealthy capitalists in the United States, where a taste for affluence and wealth was on the rise.
It should be noted that the tradition of diamond wedding rings are first described by the Roman poet Plautus during the 2nd century BCE. Wedding rings were identified as such because of tiny descriptions on the interior of the band detailing a then-common form of a marriage contract. The custom still continues to this day.
A diamond is a precious investment that needs to be properly cared for in order to allow light to shine through, creating brilliance and sparkle. Regular, everyday activities such as washing your hands, cooking dinner and natural skin oils all combine to create a dirty, filmy diamond that lacks radiance and sparkle. Products such as powders, makeup, lotions, and soap can all contribute to a soiled diamond, and chemicals in the air can actually discolor the jewelry’s mounting.
One way of caring for your diamonds is to give them a detergent bath. A small bowl of warm water and a bit of mild detergent will clean your diamond well. Scrub with an eyebrow brush, then transfer your diamond to a strainer and rinse well with warm water. Afterwards, you’ll want to pat the jewelry dry with a lint-free cloth. Soaking your diamond in a half and half mixture of ammonia and water works well, and takes about 30 minutes for a thorough cleaning. Once clean, drain the stone on a piece of tissue paper. Alternatively, you can buy one of those high-quality liquid cleaners specifically formulated for diamond care.
Provided you follow directions exactly for all methods of diamond cleaning, your beautiful stone will retain its fire and brilliance for many years to come.
We provide following services:
Replace Watch Batteries
Link removal for watches
Watch Bands/Straps-Metal and Leather
Originally started as a wholesale diamond merchant, founder had a vision to provide best quality of diamonds, at most reasonable prices to the jewelry trade. Opening offices in India in 1977 and expanding overseas to New York and Belgium in the early eighties, he converted his dream of catering diamonds internationally into a reality. With his mastery in examining the diamond rough and diamond polishing under his personal guidance, he became a very successful wholesale and trustworthy diamond supplier. With his honesty, integrity and personal relationships with customers he soon became a lead supplier of diamonds in the United States. He has been the President of Indian Diamond and Color stone Association (IDCA). He was selected to this respectable post unanimously for two terms.
While growing into wholesale diamond business as a successful entrepreneur, he also wanted his son to carry his legacy to the next generation and to the next level. After graduating from Seton Hall University, joined the group, trained under his father and colleagues in various office locations and took hands on training in Diamonds and focused mainly in Certified Diamonds.
His life companion, joined the family business after marriage. handed over the reins of this successful business to the couple at the turn of the century and started to concentrate on charitable and humanitarian work under a foundation he formed, Foundation.
an electrical engineer from Manhattan College, always had the love and passion for designing jewelry. Her keen eye for Quality control she developed helped her design jewelry meticulously and flawlessly. After residing in Monroe township for a decade, and her finally decided to open a retail store and Jewelers Spotswood, NJ Jewelers was opened. Rest is history.
We are committed to our local community. Our customers don’t only look for a great service but also expect exceptional service from us. Visit us and experience the difference.
Spotswood, NJ 08884