The Dos And Donts Of Buying Loose Diamonds For Sale

The Dos and Donts of Buying Loose Diamonds for Sale



With the increase in usage of diamonds in the jewellery, the demand for loose diamonds for sale has increased manifolds. But then there are reasons behind it. Most importantly, loose diamonds provide you an ease to set them in the design of your choice. Many times, the shopkeepers dont have enough jewellery pieces and thus people tend to take help of the online designs which are easily available on various websites and get them copied. For that matter, loose diamonds seem to be a safe option and can be set as per the needs of the design.

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Next would be the provision of getting the right diamonds for your jewellery. The already set diamonds, if found faulty could not be changed where as if you buy the loose diamonds for sale, you can check the quality beforehand and thus in case of any kind of defaults, you can get them replaced immediately. There is also a great scope that you would be able to bargain with the price of the diamonds. So these are some of the advantages over already set diamonds. But there are some points which should be taken care of before you go for loose diamonds for sale. There are certain criteria for which you have to look for in case you are going for already cut loose diamonds. Care should be taken about the 3Cs which are very important when you are going for the loose diamonds. These 3Cs would be Clarity, Cut and Colour. They are graded according to these three criteria and it becomes important to go for the diamonds of higher grades.

More importantly, care should be taken to check that for grading, the loose diamonds for sale are having the GIA grade and proper laboratory reports should be checked regarding the actual qualities like weight, cut, clarity, etc. for each and every diamond.

Coming back to the 3 Cs, the clarity of the diamond holds importance as it would be the representing the fines of the respective piece. Then the cut of the diamond is also very important to be taken care of. It directly shows the amount of effort put by the jeweller. Colour basically comes in two shades, white and yellow. The more white the diamond is, more is it liable to be bought by the customers. Except for the canary yellow diamonds, all other diamonds should be white. Thus to buy a particular piece, you should keep while buying the loose diamonds for sale.

If you would be following the above mentioned steps, there is no way that you can go wrong. These are some simple technicalities which should be taken care while you are going to buy loose diamonds. It is always advisable to go to some trusted jeweller which would decrease the risk of getting fake diamonds.

Going for loose diamonds for sale have always been a better option rather than going for preset ones as they would save money and you can be tension free while using them for your jewellery.

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Japanese Hair Straightening What You Need To Know

By Andrea Simpsone

Over the last 4 years a new type of hair straightening has crept into the USA. Called Japanese hair straightening it also falls under other names including; Thermal Reconditioning, Magic Straight, Bio Ionic Straightening, Yuko System (named after the Japanese stylist who is meant to have popularised the treatment), Liscio, and Rebonding. The Liscio process is the original and the one you are most likely to see in salons.

As the name suggests it originated in Japan and the process will give you permanently straight hair as opposed to the temporary straight hair provided by in-home straighteners like the excellent Sedu flat iron. In reality it lasts about 6 months when your hair will need re-touching because of the hair growth.

This form of treatment is not recommended for:

more delicate African hair

hair that has been heavily treated or damaged

hair that is quickly thinning and falling out

The treatment is very expensive, $300-$800 in top salons and depending on which process you opt for can take between 4-6 hours to complete. This is a far cry from using your own hair straightener at home for a fraction of the cost and only taking a matter of minutes. Given the cost you should expect a free consultation on how well (or if) the treatment will work on your hair.

As the treatment is very expensive you should do your homework.

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Here are a few tips:

Visit the websites of salons close to you for more details about which Japanese hair straightening treatment they use.

Visit the salon and speak with their straightening specialist about the process

Make sure the specialist has sufficient experience in the process. Dont forget you are paying lots of money so you dont want to end up with damaged hair because of an inexperienced stylist.

Ask for some before and after pictures of previous customers results.

If possible ask to speak with a previous customer to get some detailed insight into how long it took and to find out if there are any things they didnt like about the process.

If you do decide to go ahead with the treatment then here is a summary of the whole process.

A protein conditioner is applied to your hair.

A cream based thio relaxor is then applied. This will soften your hair and disassociate the sulfur bonds inside the hair shaft.

After a period of time the stylist will do a test to see if the hair has broken down to the right degree.

Once the proper amount of Sulfur bonds have been disassociated the stylist will rinse your hair.

Your hair is dried into the style you normally wear it in.

The stylist will take small sections and apply some degree of tension to get your hair as straight as possible.

Once the neutralizer has been on the hair for the proper amount of time it will be rinsed from the hair.

After the hair is rinsed it will be dried again and ironed into the style you wish to wear.

The neutralizing chemical only begins to re-associate the sulfur bonds. The hair still needs to absorb more oxygen and will do so naturally through the air.

The hair designer will instruct you not to shampoo, wet or style your hair for 24-72 hours, this is to allow it to completely neutralize into the current shape.

The results from the process are amazing, considering your hair is subjected to nearly 6 hours of chemical and heat treatment. You will probably be advised to use special after care products. You should take the stylists advice but make sure and shop round for the products online, as they can be very expensive in salons.

However, all the time and effort is worth it, as your hair will not need to be treated for at least 6 months. So twice a year should be enough for curl free hair all year.

About the Author: Andrea Simpson is a self confessed hair straightener fan. She runs her own website,

, devoted to Sedu Flat Irons and other hair straightening devices and processes.


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Fashion Trends Why Do We Care About Them?

By Rene Fletcher

So many times we see celebrities wearing certain articles of clothing and accessory items that we decide we just have to have them. But the bigger question is why do we care? Is it that the celebrity in all of us just need some validation to our current wadrobe or style? Or does it make sense for us to follow new trends to keep our look fresh and updated?

Validating Our Wadrobe

As women, we are constantly being judged on our appearance, clothes, hair, and make-up. It’s been said that women can judge a person in three seconds. That’s a pretty quick assessment of someone, especially other women. When we see celebrities wearing something that is pleasing to our eyes, we want to duplicate that look because we immediately decided that we like it. If we do not like the trend, or fashion accessory, we will not duplicate the look because it is of no interest to us.

Fresh Looks

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A lot of times we look to magazines and the celebrity world to see what the latest styles and trends are going to be so that our wadrobe won’t get stale. It’s interesting to see how many times styles and trends will come from New York or California, and then sweep across the country over several months. By the time most of us catch up to the trend, a new trend has emerged and the process starts all over again. This is not necessarily bad, because it keeps all of us on our toes to keep an updated look.

Those Who Don’t Care

Some women have their own style and fashion cents who really don’t care what celebrities or anyone else is wearing. These women tend to stand out and dress differently that the majority and they are happy with their decision to dress and accessorize according to their own tastes.

The great thing about fashion trends is that we can adopt the ones we like and enjoy, while discarding the ones we don’t like and don’t choose to follow.

The fun thing about trends is that we can see something in a magazine and laugh about it, and then we can be wearing it the next week. If we keep a sense of humor about fashion and trends, we can enjoy all aspects of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

About the Author: Rene Fletcher is the President of Sales & Marketing for

. She is also the sites webmaster. For items that are the latest in fashion trends, please visit,




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