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What is my diamond ring worth?

posted by Editor on November 17th, 2012

The truth is your diamond ring is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.  But of course you want to make sure you get the maximum value for your diamond ring but the real question is, what is the true value of your ring?  You will need to get a diamond ring valuation where the ring is broken down into value based on the value of the diamond itself, the gold, silver or platinum of the ring plus the design: how much work went into crafting the ring and was there a special artist behind the design?  All of these things combined will determine what you can get in the open market for your diamond ring.

However getting a diamond ring valuation is critical but equally critical is finding a place where you can both get a decent valuation done as well as a place that is willing to pay as close to the market value as possible. Usually it is in one of these two situations is where people lose money and they don’t get the maximum value for selling their diamond ring.

What options do you have for selling your diamond ring and getting a good valuation?

Option 1: The traditional method, go to a diamond store, get your diamond and ring valuated on the spot. They tell you what it is worth and if you want to sell it to them, they will pay slightly less. Sound a little too familiar? Well they need to make a profit as well so you can’t always expect the best value.

Option 2: Try a site like and send in your diamond in the mail. Get your assessment and get a check sent to you by UPS within 24 hours.  Sounds too good to be true?  You can check their reputation online and do searches on the company and you will find no complaints and if anything happy customers and even shocked ones that were not expecting much but were overly satisfied by the value they got in return compared to what their local diamond and jewelery stores were prepared to offer them.

Were not saying to just trust any old diamond store but regardless of the store whether online or land based, you’ll want to do your research to make sure you are dealing with someone that has some reputation and has some history of being in business.  If anyone has had a problem with them, usually you will find a review of them online.  If you see no complaints at all then it is probably one of the better signs as happy customers don’t always take the time to complain but unsatisfied customers always go out of their way.

Orlando Real Estate Options

posted by Editor on July 21st, 2012

Orlando is a dynamic city in Florida. The residents of Orlando love the city because it is truly dynamic as it has sports, entertainment, always an event in town yet it is still can be a relatively quiet city especially away from the downtown area you get really nice homes and it is a great place to retire or raise a family.

Orlando saw a lot of growth in the 1990s and has cooled off a little approaching 2008 but as the US experiences a real estate crisis, Orlando is a place where prices remain stable and property values are remaining in tact which definitely cannot be said for other major American cities.

Aside from the weather Florida is a great hub for almost any demographic. Couples looking to raise a family will like the safety that some of the neighborhoods offer and schooling. The colleges and universities offer students a great reason to stay in Florida and it is an attractive destination for others wanting to come to the state. Of course Florida is well known as a great place to retire and that’s because many of the cities in Florida including Orlando have access to everything that is important: shopping, great food, a great location with almost perfect weather year round, excellent facilities and some of the best health care in America.

Anyone interested in Orlando real estate should contact an agent to rely their needs so you can find the right location and get the best value for yourself. The Orlando real estate market is healthy for both buyers and sellers. This is a truly dynamic city in Florida that offers great value for buying homes and condos.


The 4C’s of evaluating and valuing Diamonds

When you intend to purchase a diamond it is vital to ensure that it is genuine. The best way to determine the quality of a diamond is by using the “4C’s” (cut, clarity, color and carat) evaluation. These are the main factors used to find out the beauty and value of a diamond.


Diamonds come in different colors from clear to all colors of the rainbow. Colorless diamonds cost more than the colored ones and the size of the stone also determines its carat and hence price. By placing the diamond on a table and having very specific conditions of background, distance and lighting, you can be able to observe the color scale thus tell the quality.


Carat refers to the weight of the diamond and it is directly related to its size. However, it is not always true that the size of the diamond is directly proportional to its weight. You may be deceived by the relationship between how big a diamond appears and its actual weight. A diamond with a shallow cut will look larger than a well-cut one of a similar weight since its diameter will be larger.


The measure of the surface and internal characteristics of a polished diamond is the way that is used to determine the clarity. This means observing the blemishes on the surface and the kind of inclusions (internal characteristics) a diamond has. A diamond with no visible blemishes or inclusions is rare and hence more valuable.


There are two elements one should consider as pertains to the cut of a diamond. They are namely proportion and finish. The finish is further sub-divided into polish and symmetry. The precision, artistry and care used in cutting a diamond bring out its full potential.

So when it comes to buying or selling diamonds, you should really know your 4cs of evaluating diamonds. For those looking to sell your diamonds online you can sell your diamonds here.

Why is Spain having such a bad crisis compared to the rest of Europe?  The answers lie in the details. That is details that don’t exactly show up in news reports and you have to either be in Spain or to know people there to ask for their opinion and get a better idea of what is happening.

First problem is the housing markets. Spain was going through a boom where a lot of investment money went into housing developments all over Spain. Right now 100 out of 5000 towns are on the verge of being completely deserted that is how bad the problem is right now. Around Spain you’ll find plenty of buildings that have just stopped construction completely and are just left as shells doing nothing.

Spain has a strange 25% unemployment rate which is the worst in europe, why is that? It has to do with the rights of the worker and unions that protect the worker at the expense of companies. Even car manufacturers don’t want to be located in Spain. Taxes are high enough and it is difficult to fire workers if they are not performing and if they have been with the company for a long time say 20 or 30 years, getting rid of a worker is nearly impossible and costs the company. Some small businesses are just crippled by this.  There are some workers that don’t care if they get fired now because if they get let go they know they can rely on ‘paro’ to get paid while working. While getting this money they can even leave the country and spend it somewhere else.  With a setup like this in Spain, it causes more jobs to be done under the table creating a black economy meaning more tax money is not going to the government. Corporations have many options on where to base headquarters and develop their teams and Spain is usually the last choice amongst this group.

Spanish banks on the verge of collapse. Too many Spanish banks are just not stable enough and it seems like Spain might need a bailout to get out of this mess.

Add this all up and you have a recipe for disaster.  The people don’t want their worker benefits taken away while companies can’t afford to stay in business and more companies disappear leading to even more lost jobs and higher unemployment.  With the Rajoy government in place promising tough measures to cut back everything from arts, sports, education and health, the people will go to the streets to protest the government that the people voted in.

Quick Math Quiz 40 + 40 x 0 + 1 = ?

posted by Editor on November 12th, 2011

Now this is a quick math quiz for all you geniuses out there. You would be surprised at how many people will get the basic question wrong and I won’t provide any tips or hints on what you can do and what not to do to solve the problem.

40 + 40 x 0 + 1 = ?

Comments I believed are closed but just post this in facebook or twitter or any forum and watch all sorts of different answers with everyone arguing that they are right. You’ll find out which friends and family are totally stupid. If you want casino bonuses click here.

Respect amongst women

posted by Editor on June 06th, 2011

Women don’t always get along as we live in a competitive world. Women can be best friends with other women but some have no problem becoming an enemy of one of their best friends over a small misunderstanding. These misunderstandings usually happen when men are involved. This is probably just a build in self defence mechanism that has been developed thousands of years ago when humans lived in small groups or tribes. The women would always be competing for the best men or simply the best man so they need to make sure that another woman isn’t going to take her place.

This might also explain why mothers and daughters don’t always see eye to eye as they can easily develope a love and hate type of relationship.

The following video doesn’t prove much of a point other than it can be very entertaining to watch two women slap each other.