All that glit­ters…

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

DI­A­MOND, am­ber, aqua­ma­rine, cit­rine and emer­ald rings, neck­laces and bracelets are among the sec­ond­hand items to be un­cov­ered in Week­end Shop­per.

The Jew­ellery sec­tion also ad­ver­tises brooches, watches, baby ban­gles and jew­ellery dis­play busts. Jew­ellery for sale comes in a host of shapes and sizes and in­cor­po­rates a wide va­ri­ety of both pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones.

Lance Jelley from Cit­igold Jewellers rec­om­mended that peo­ple con­sid­er­ing buy­ing sec­ond­hand jew­ellery should make sure it was in good con­di­tion be­fore buy­ing it.

“En­sure it’s in good con­di­tion, you don’t want dam­aged or worn goods,” Mr Jelley said.

He said that de­ter­min­ing whether a stone was real or not could be quite a dif­fi­cult process for an in­ex­pe­ri­enced buyer.

“With the num­ber of dif­fer­ent coloured stones in the mar­ket to­day it’s hard to tell what some of them are,” he said. “We send all our sec­ond­hand jew­ellery off to be re­fur­bished af­ter we buy it and have an in­de­pen­dent jew­eller look at it and tell us what it is if we are un­cer­tain.”

Shop­pers pur­chas­ing di­a­monds can be guided by cer­tain letters and num­bers used to iden­tify and grade the clar­ity and colour of the di­a­mond.

For ex­am­ple, a di­a­mond ring listed in last Satur­day’s Shop­per was iden­ti­fied as an 18-carat soli­taire ring. Di­a­mond: 0.3 Carat, Bril­liant Cut, colour I-J, clar­ity SI2.

Mr Jelley said the I-J rat­ing iden­ti­fies the colour of the di­a­mond. The grad­ing starts at D (the best) and goes to Z+.

He said the SI2 rat­ing meant that the di­a­mond had a “small in­clu­sion or a mark in the stone”.

“In this par­tic­u­lar case, it tells us that the mark is found at the bot­tom of the di­a­mond. These marks are nat­u­ral mark­ings. There are dif­fer­ent grades that are used to de­scribe flaws, or marks, in di­a­monds,” he said.

“FL for ex­am­ple means the di­a­mond is com­pletely flaw­less, while a VVS1 – VVS2 tells us that the di­a­mond has very, very slight in­clu­sions that typ­i­cally can only be seen with a mi­cro­scope. ”

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