Thursday, November 13, 2008

The biggest jewelry purchase of your life

Will probably be your engagement and diamond wedding rings so make sure you know you're getting what you've paid for. Diamonds are valued on the four C's: carat, color, clarity, and cut.

Carat refers to the weight of the diamond not how big it looks. Differently shaped diamonds can look larger or smaller than other diamonds of the same weight. Carat weights should be exact. A diamond that weights .999 carats will have a proportionally lesser value than a diamond that is 1.111 carats because diamonds over 1 carat are valued at a higher value per carat then diamonds under 1 carat. For example: A 3 carat diamond may valued at 6 times the value of a one carat diamond other things equal.

Color in diamonds means the closer to pure blue white the more expensive the diamond. As the diamond proceeds to a more yellowish cast the less valuable it is. The perceived color can be influenced by the light it's viewed under and the background, as well as the color of its setting.

Clarity refers to the inclusion of any flaws that can be seen under a 10X magnification, what type of flaw and where it's located.

Cut means how the diamond is faceted not the shape the diamond takes.

Know the 4 C's of value diamond valuation and you'll receive full value for your engagement and diamond wedding rings.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Spa Experience at Home

You can create a lovely spa experience in your very own home. Spa treatments are great for your ego, your body, and your frame of mind but a little pricey for your purse. One of the easiest ways to reproduce that spa feeling is through lighting and scents. Most spas have subdued lighting in the relaxation and bathing areas. And a brighter light for the technician in the treatment areas. Cleanliness of the facility is crucial but that shouldn't be a problem in your own home.

Put together a collection of candles in colors that compliment your bathroom's d├ęcor. Fill the tub with warm water and sprinkle in a few drops of essential oil. Essential oils can be found in health food stores, on the Internet, and in some drug stores.

If you want to relax and de-stress use lavender oil. Basil relieves stress and helps lift depression. If a boost in energy is the result you'd like, try mint, rosemary or sage. Feel free to mix oils just keep them in the same family. Add a few springs of the herb itself if you happen to have some handy. Don't use dried herbs without some sort of wrapping or container, they make a bit of a mess in the bathtub.

Light the candles and step into your scented tub. After a 15 minute soak, pat yourself dry and you’re ready for the evening.