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    Do You Know The Difference Between CVD and HPHT Lab-Grown Diamonds?

    Do You Know The Difference Between CVD and HPHT Lab-Grown Diamonds?

    We are here to help you with the basics!

    As synthetic diamonds (also known as "Lab-grown diamonds") are more available in today’s jewelry marketplace, both jewelers and consumers are showing interest and want to learn more about the material’s nature and whether it can be identified by the gemological labs.

    Lab-grown diamonds have enjoyed growing sales from millennials attracted by the prospect of a cheaper alternative to natural diamonds, that are guaranteed to be conflict-free.

    As the GIA laboratory (Gemological Institute of America) indicates, synthetic diamonds should not be confused with imitations or simulants diamonds. Imitations that only looks like a diamond (like cubic zirconia or synthetic moissanite) have very different chemical and physical properties than a natural diamond. However, lab-grown diamonds are so similar to natural diamonds, which makes them harder to detect.

    The International Diamond Council defines synthetic diamonds as a "Man-made product that has the same chemical composition, crystal structure, optical and physical properties as a diamond.”

    While both natural diamonds and lab-grown are made of carbon, have the same density and hardness, the main and core difference is their origin. natural diamonds are created deep within the earth and are mostly more than one billion years old. on the other hand, synthetic diamonds are produced in a lab in a matter of days.

    There are two methods to produce lab-grown diamonds: HPHT and CVD

    HPHT stands for "High-Pressure, High Temperature".
    This technique replicates the formation conditions of the diamonds deep in the earth, by applying high pressure and high temperature to a carbon source.

    CVD stands for "Chemical Vapour Deposition".
    In this process, a diamond is produced by heating gas to a very high temperature, where the atomic compounds are then broken down and the carbon atoms are deposited onto the surface. then, a single crystal is formed layer by layer.

    The main difference between CVD and HPHT lab-grown diamonds is that CVD diamonds are usually light brown, which is less attractive than the HPHT diamonds, and so they usually go through an additional process of HPHT to remove the brown tint (this additional treatment can only be applied to diamonds with clarity of VS1 or higher). 

    There is a big price difference between natural diamonds and lab-grown diamonds. one main reason is that the production cost of a lab-grown diamond is very low and keeps going down. while in the past the production cost of a lab-grown diamond was about $3000-$4000, now the cost is about $300-$400.

    Depending on the size, color and clarity, a lab-grown diamond can be up to 30-50% less expensive than a natural diamond. 

    Getting Engaged? Congrats! Learn How To Protect Your Precious Ring

    Getting Engaged? Congrats! Learn How To Protect Your Precious Ring

    Buying an engagement ring should be made with your heart but also with your head. Many couples feel rushed and are afraid to ask the right questions before they make such an important decision.

    We encourage our clients to ask, to learn and to share their concerns with us, so they will live happily ever after not only with each other but with their jewelry choice!

    To make sure your precious ring stays this way for many years to come, follow our tips: 

     

    Choose The Right Stone
    We love unique gems stones, but most of them are very fragile, in comparison to a diamond, and so they don't make the best choice for a center stone in your engagement ring.

    For example, an emerald has a 7.5-8 hardness and a pearl is ranked only 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while a diamond has is ranked 10. This makes a diamond a better choice since it is less likely to easily get the diamond scratched or abraded. 

    Since you are probably going to wear your engagement ring most of the day, every day... keep in mind you will have to be extra cautious and make sure not to bump your ring at any hard surface.

    Regular Maintenance
    Unless you go periodically to your jeweler to clean and secure the stones on your ring, they probably got a little loose and a prong or two might be broken. make sure all stones are secured tightly onto the ring and that all the prongs are intact.

    It's a good practice to visit your local jeweler for a periodical checkup to inspect for any potential flaws or issues and avoid accidental ring damage.  

     

    Insure Your Investment 
    No one likes to even imagine that they may lose their engagement ring, but unfortunately, these events happen more often than you might think.

    Having insurance will protect your investment in case your ring got lost or stolen. you will be able to be compensated based on the assessed value of your ring. 

    Contact us for more advice regarding the average yearly cost to insure your ring, how to keep your cost low etc.

    5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Luxury Watch

    5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Luxury Watch

    One doesn't just purchase a watch to tell time or because they liked the look of it, let me tell you, there are so many facets to consider when buying a luxury timepiece.

     For the novice watch buyer, arm yourself with some useful information in order to effectively navigate the watch buying process. And, for the long-time watch collector who is considering his next purchase, review some important questions to ask yourself that may help narrow down your selection. Buying a watch is a very personal decision and one that should not typically be done on impulse. With that being said, here are just a few things to consider before you buy:

     

    1: How will you be wearing this watch? 

    Consider your lifestyle, wardrobe, the reason you’re seeking a new watch, and whether the watch captivates you. Are you looking for an everyday-wear watch? Or something to wear for formal occasions? Or maybe you need something for sport?

    For those seeking an everyday watch, you might want to go with something in the chronograph category.  For those seeking a more formal watch, something thin, simple and elegant will do the trick. For those seeking a sport watch, those are very versatile and can be worn day or night.

    2:Do you have a set budget or price range in mind? 

    Are you thinking of spending between $5,000 to $20,000, which will open up your options significantly to mid-range luxury watches? Or, are you looking to be part of the watch collector elite with a high-end purchase of $20,000 and over? Whatever your budget range is, it’s a good idea to know that ahead of time. By having a budget in mind, the salesperson you work with can offer many different watches that are feasible alternatives within the same price range, opening up your possibilities.

     

    3:Are you open to vintage or pre-loved timepieces?  Or, do you want to only look at new watches?

     Are you the type of person that won’t be satisfied with a purchase unless it is a 100% new, out-of-the-box model that no one else has ever worn before you? Or, as long as the timepiece is in “like-new” condition, has the same look since its conception, and comes from a reputable dealer, does the thought of owning the older model that is more in-line with your budget appeal more? Purchasing a pre-loved model is a great way to get the watch you want without the new price-tag. New or pre-loved, it will still be a beautiful work of art that can be appreciated by collectors and the public alike.

    Coming from an authorized retailer, The Jewels of Beverly Hills stands behind each of our pre-loved models as authentic timepieces, many of which are in “like-new” condition coming with box and papers.

     

    4:Automatic, manual wind or quartz?

    What’s your preference on type of movement? Are you excited by the traditional mechanical experience of an automatic or manual wind movement made up of only mechanical parts like gears and springs? Or do you prefer to set the watch and not have to worry about it? While quartz watches are inherently more accurate and less expensive, most collectors and connoisseurs prefer manual or automatic.

    These movements represent hundreds of years of refinement, expertise and craftsmanship. Plus, there is something romantic in having to wind your watch before wearing. This small movement allows you to disconnect slightly from such a technical world and admire the art of watch making.

     

    5: What will it cost to get serviced?

    Watches today are better than ever, and most experience a nice long life before needing to be repaired or serviced. Having said that, watches are still machines, and mechanical watches especially have very real service needs. Like all engines, watches need to be serviced, but thankfully not as often as your car. Quartz watches pretty much only need battery changes from time to time, but depending on the model there may be special service needs. Mechanical watches need a service each several years, which often just includes cleaning and oiling. Nevertheless, these visits to the watchmaker can be pricey. It is a good idea to know what a basic service for a watch might cost, and to see whether or not the retailer even knows.

    But with all that being said, when searching for authentic pre-loved and new watches, take a look at our collection today to see just how many watches we have for you to choose from. We at The Jewels of Beverly Hills can provide you with our personal shopping service to help you source your dream watch as well as our consignment and upscale collateral loan abilities. 

    Sell Your Jewelry

    Sell Your Jewelry

    Thinking about selling your jewelry? Need help with your estate sale?

    We at The Jewels of Beverly Hills have experts that are more than happy to help make your Estate Sale a great experience. 

    Sell your Estate Jewelry to the Top Buyers of Estate Jewelry in Southern California, sell to The Jewels of Beverly Hills.

    Here at TJB we buy all Estate Jewelry including Designers:Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Harry Winston. 

     The Jewels of Beverly Hills buys & sells and appraises entire Estates. Seeking Estate Sales in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area of Gold, Diamonds, Estate Jewelry, Fine Jewelry,  High-end Watches & Luxury Handbags. 

    The Jewels of Beverly Hills specializes in the following:

    Fine Jewelry

     Antique, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, VCA, Harry Winston, Georgian, Edwardian, Boucheron, Verdura, Buccellati, Bulgari, Seaman Schepps, ,Russian, Signed pieces, Period, Coco Chanel, Blackamoor Yard, Platinum, Gold, Estate, Mauboussin, Chaumet

    Gemstones

    Diamonds, Fancy, Colored Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Pearls, Opals, Alexandrite, Jade, Tsavorite, Demantoid, Burma, Ceylon, Kashmir, Colombian, Vivid

    Fine Watches & High-end Watches

    Chronographs,Pocket Watches, Vintage,Moon Phase, Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Frank Muller, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantine, IWC, Breitling, Jaeger, Corum, Choppard, Panerai, Breguet, Cartier, Hublot ,Oyster Perpetual, President 

    Luxury Handbags

    Hermes Bag, Hermes Birkin, Hermes Kelly, Chanel, Chanel Boy Bag, Chanel Classic Flip, 

    Call us today at 917-746-9888 and get a Free Appraisal with one of our experts or email us at: info@upper-luxury.com . We pay top dollar for all your items, so let us help you get the most. 

    The History or Hermes

    The History or Hermes

    This iconic fashion house started back in the 1800's of simple background. Family-owned for five generations, the French label is a symbol of class worldwide with their range of luxury handbags and other items.

    Thierry Hermes, born in 1801 to French father and German mother in the German town of Krefeld, best known as 'City of Velvet and Silk'. After having move to Pont Audemer just north of Paris and learning the trade of leather making, in 1837, Thierry opens the French house of Hermes as a harness workshop. His workshop in Paris served the noblemen of Europe creating both leather and wrought iron harnesses and bridles for carriage trade. 30 years later, Hermes wins the First Class medal for the second time at the Expositions Universelles in Paris.

    In 1880, after the death of Thierry, his son, Charles-Emile Hermes, takes over his father's workshop and move the store to the now iconic and still standing 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Charles continues with the saddles artisan and focuses on international retail catering to the elite of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Americas.

    In 1900, Charles designs the 'Haut a Courroies' bag, intended to allow raiders to carry their saddles with them. Just two years later, Charles retires leaving the business to his sons, Adolphe and Emile-Maurice, who rename the business to Hermes Brothers. In 1914, Emile- Maurice introduces zippers to leather goods and clothing, becoming the first person in France to introduce this device and have exclusive rights to use it. Because of Hermes' exclusive rights to the zipper, it becomes known throughout as the 'fermeture Hermes', or the 'Hermes fastener'.  

    In 1922, after having bought out his brother, Emile-Maurice introduces Hermes' first handbag after his wife complained that she couldn't find one to her liking. The bag is a smaller version of the 'Haut a Courroies' created 20 years earlier by his father Charles. Several years later, Hermes establishes a US presence and  introduces the first women's couture apparel collection which included bathing suits previewed for the first time in Paris. 1935, Hermes launches one of their most recognizable original goods, the 'Sac a Depeches' bag,  most commonly known as the Kelly bag as well as introducing the silk scarf which instantly becomes a huge hit with celebrities.

     1950, Hermes establishes a perfume division and just a year later, Emile-Maurice Hermes passes away leaving Robert Duman Hermes, husband of Jacqueline Hermes, to take over the company with Jean Rene Guerrand, husband of Aline Hermes, both of whom are great-granddaughters of Thierry Hermes.  Soon after, Hermes began to use a caliche logo based on a drawing by a French painter as well as using their iconic orange boxes.

    1956, a year that propelled Hermes. That was the year that famous Hollywood actress, Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, was photographed carrying a Hermes 'Sac a Depeches' to cover her pregnant belly. This photo was published on the cover of Life Magazine and suddenly women are flooding into Hermes store asking for the famous bag. Hermes renamed the 'Sac' as the 'Kelly'.

    In 1978, great-great-great-grandson of Thierry Hermes, Jean Louis Dumas took over the company. Shortly thereafter, in 1981, the iconic, holy grail bag was created, The Birkin, named after the British actress, Jane Birkin. Jean Louise Dumas retires in 2003, leaving the empire to Patrick Thomas. Partick was not at Hermes for long as in 2012, the sixth generation Hermes family member Axel Dumas is named CEO.

    There you have it, the entire history of the world famous Hermes! Today it is said that Hermes handbags hold more investment value than gold and the waiting list for a Birkin is the longest in the world, holding out at just around six years!

    But with all that being said, when searching for authentic pre-loved and new Birkins and Kellys, take a look at our collection today to see just how many handbags we have for you to choose from. We at The Jewels of Beverly Hills can provide you with our personal shopping service to help you source your dream handbag as well as our consignment and upscale collateral loan abilities.