AHHHH YES....Caribbean Blue Diamonds....Jamaica is where I first say these BEAUTIFUL sparkly little gems, to my husbands dismay!
Even though I have seen some of the most gorgeous blue diamonds ever in JA, I would NEVER buy them there. This is too big of a purchase to make out of my home country.
My rule of thumb when it comes to buying luxury items is to never spend more then I am willing to lose. There have been way to many stories of people getting home with their fake "Rolex" or beautiful Sapphire that lasted a few months until it was cleaned. All of sudden they had 1/2 a blue stone and half white stone.....OOOPS.....with it being purchased from a well known reputable jewelry store on the Island.
A white zircon can pass for a diamond to the casual customer. A nice blue zircon is a dead ringer for a blue diamond. Unless you are a jeweler or are carrying a portable refactor with you it could be a costly mistake.
LOL, I am with you frodo - JA was where I first laid eyes on the blue diamonds too, and my fascination began!
For me, jewelry from JA is more about the beautiful handcrafted pieces I have bought on the beach - one of my favorite necklaces is a gorgeous hematite and tiger eye combination that people always comment on.
I understand the concerns above but, I have and have friends that have bought blue diamond in Ja, brought them back and had them apraise for much more. The real thing!
I bought a ring a few years back with a "carribean topaz" on it. I had never heard of it before and thought it was gorgeous. I spent a little more than i wanted to and luckily i didn't spend much more because i did some research when i got home and realized the topaz is that color becuase they paint a chemical on it. In time the coloring will come off :(
glad to hear that I can get Larimar.....I'm kind of partial to it. I wear it in the winter when I'm missing the carribean
got a nice ring with blue diamonds my girl picked out at iberostar resort in mobay got it for less than 60 % of inital asking price. I did walk out the door after my offer but the guy sent his brother out to get me . i held my ground and my girl got the ring .Edited: 16 March 2012, 01:24
Save your money on the "blue diamonds". They're poor quality diamonds that are treated.
Then why do they appraise so much higher here in the States?
ALL Blue Diamonds are treated. Do you know how much a NATURAL Blue Diamond would cost IF you could find one? It would be in a museum!
They are irradiated. Some of the darker ones will have inclusions just like a SI1 diamond. The lighter Caribbean Blue Diamonds start out as VSI1 or higher. They will start out with a slightly yellow tinge....if that is what you are considering a less quality?Edited: 16 March 2012, 20:51