Nothing Cuts Like Diamond

Nothing Cuts Like Diamond.

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The 4 C’s Part III: COLOR

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Well Diamonds,… Spring has arrived and so has lots of COLOR!!! Just as beautiful flowers are blooming in our yards, the wardrobe and makeup of women has done the same. Much like the spice that color brings to diamonds, color wakes us up inside and out. That being said, I can’t help but to hold the same reservations about color on women as I do about color on diamonds. This hesitation, this concern has been on my heart for some time. (However for fear of  being labeled a “hater” or “lame” , I kept my opinion to myself.  But NO MORE! Thank you WordPress.com!)  So here is my question for the ladies:

WHY DO YOU HIDE BEHIND SO MUCH COLOR?

DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR OWN?

In the diamond world, color is the third of the popular “4 C’s of diamond grading. This “color” is not related to a specific hue of the rainbow but rather how “colorless” a diamond is. How ironic that in a world full of add-ons from make-up to body parts that diamonds are the MOST valuable when they are without color?

Recently, my FB page has been riddled with posts with titles such as “Make-up Sorcery” and “Unbelievable Before & After Photos”. These posts include galleries of how make-up has been used to “transform” the appearance of several women. I often joke to myself about the reactions I imagine men have when they see them “Au naturale”. With every photo I wonder what do they see that needs to be covered, hidden from the public? This is not an attack on all makeup.  I’m not referring to a nice red lip or a rosy cheek but a full… facial… ALTERATION! Some of the photos looked like two different people.

Personally,  I do wear some form of  makeup daily. However, its wear is minimal at best.  So much so that a friend of mine commented that she can hardly notice the difference. Surprisingly, I took that as a compliment! Make-up was designed to accentuate the wonderful uniqueness that you already possess. Unfortunately, today it’s being used to draw on unrealistic, non-human eyebrows because apparently the ones you were born with are inferior somehow. Diamonds, we must do better. Think of your face as a beautiful drawing or painting. IF IT ALREADY LOOKS GREAT, do you continue to color over your work? Or do you stand back in awe and say “That belongs to me!”

I AM BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Now, that beauty varies from person to person and may be highlighted by your  own personal beauty mark or dimple, but that is OK. In order for us to be valued as the precious and RARE beauties that we are, we must celebrate what makes us ONE OF A KIND and focus less on how we wear the same trends as EVERYBODY ELSE.

                                                                        

The 4 C’s: What Every Woman Should Know About Diamonds

If there’s one thing I know about diamonds, it is that they ARE NOT created equal. All one has to do is look at the vast assortment of diamond jewelry and their variance in price. (Hint. Hint.) In the same manner, women come in a myriad of forms, shapes and sizes . A true lady, would NEVER invest in a diamond that was not properly vetted, so if we are going to embark on a journey of comparing ourselves to diamonds, it seems only logical that we also evaluate our own VALUE in life. Now when I say “value” I am in no way reducing women to objects worthy of a price tag.  However, I AM saying that each of us needs to know exactly what those things are that make us a “diamond” worth coveting, worth possession and worth adulation. As usual, thinking on this subject dredged up memories of my jewelry selling days. Whenever I presented a piece of diamond jewelry to a customer, I always began by highlighting the stones’ attributes using something called “THE 4 C’S “.  The 4 C’s are the basic criteria used by all jewelers to determine the overall value of a stone.

CUT

“When it comes to grading diamond’s, the “Cut” is a grade of the diamond’s reflective qualities — not the diamond’s shape.” http://www.adiamondbuyingguide.com/diamondcut.html

The cut of a diamond determines the amount of light that will reflect from it for the world to see. These cuts fall into one of four categories. Stones are either “ideal”, “fine”, “deep” or “shallow”. I realize the last one sounds harsh, but we ALL know a “shallow” diamond.

“Ideal Diamonds”  These are my well-rounded ladies. The ones who seem to seamlessly maneuver between circles, all whilst maintaining the same level of brightness and beauty. This woman exudes her inner beauty in a t-shirt and jeans at the park, at her 9-5 or even in a ball gown.

Fine Diamonds” These are self-assured ladies. Women who very much know who they are, what they want and where they are going in life. They are open to new experiences, but carry their own unique air everywhere they go.

Deep Diamonds” Women who have rich life experience and wisdom that glimmers through their every word and action. Her value is evident but not flashing to be accepted by the masses. She’s crossed THAT bridge and no one or nothing will steal her light.

Shallow Diamonds” Women who spend so much time pretending to be one of the stones above that  people often question the authenticity of the “real thing” when they encounter it.

To Be Continued…….

 

Which kind of diamond best describes you?