Welcome to Monique's Fine Jewelry New Website.
We are so excited in bringing you some of the finest jewelry on the market and all at wholesale prices. We are a full service business where we fix and repair as well as sell all types of designer jewelry. We have been around for over 30 years and as styles change we can match your demand. Please give us a call and you won't be sorry. Remember you get what you pay for especially in this business.
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Monique's New Blog
As a business owner in the largest Jewelry retail building in Chicago I want to start a blog in helping buyers understand products and Jewelers.
I started selling Jewelry over 30 years ago when I recognized people would shop directly with me and drive to the store to buy fine jewelry. Boy has that changed !
The younger generation is enthralled with online purchasing and has taken jewelry purchasing to another level. They would rather buy something on Ebay that may turn their fingers colors or break in a couple of days then pay for good jewelry. So how does someone who loves beautiful fine jewelry really stay in business?
I had a customer come in last week and said he wanted to spend $10,000 for a diamond for his wife. What I normally ask is what kind of shape, clarity and size would you like. His reply was he didn’t really care about the clarity and the color but he wanted a specific size. Lesson number 1- As a wholesaler I always sell down to my customers which means I will examine the situation and then make sure the customer doesn’t pay more than the dollar he gave me unless he wanted to add things to his request. In this case he was astonished at what I was able to provide by the quality of the diamond and it was $2,000 cheaper than what he had planned to spend. What this does is bring me more appreciative customers and many more referrals. The industry is very difficult but your customer needs which includes budgets and product are what drives my business.
Purchasing a Diamond ? Consider this
If you are planning on purchasing a diamond, it is important that you know as much as possible about how diamonds are classified as the cost of a diamond is determined by the 4 C’s which are the top most criteria one needs to become familiar with - Cut, Color, Clarityand Carat Weight. Please refer to the following:
The cut of a diamond allows it to make the best use of light. When a diamond is cut correctly, light is reflected from one facet to another, then dispersed through the top of the stone. If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion. If the cut is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected.
Please do not confuse the cut of a diamond with its shape. Diamonds can be cut into a number of shapes, depending on the qualities of the rough stone before it is cut.
|Diamonds range in color from faint yellow or brown to very rare pinks, blues, greens, and other colors known as "fancies."|
The best color for a diamond is no color at all. A totally colorless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow.
Colors are graded from totally colorless to light yellow. The diferences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it takes a trained eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.
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The fewer the inclusion, the more beautiful the diamond will be.
Diamonds have the capability of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. A diamond that is free of inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare and therefore very valuable.
One carat is divided into 100 "points," so that a diamond of 75 points weights .75 ct.
The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to determine.
Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, color, and clarity.
Don't rush into your diamond purchase. Take your time and evaluate your choice carefully. It took thousands of years for nature to form your diamond and the skill of a master diamond cutter to bring your diamond to you. The time you spend now can bring you a lifetime of pleasure.