Lovelady Diamond


Jewelry and Gold Buyers
~ Since 1980 ~
Phone: (800) 854-0014
Fax: (408) 358-5339
Email: Info@gemgate.com
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Sell your diamonds, jewelry, gold, coins, sterling and platinum safely and competitively.
Lovelady Diamond

JEWELRY & GOLD BUYERS

Established and Original Owner Since 1980

Serving San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Los Gatos areas as well as the USA via our free shipping kits from our Los Gatos office.

Feather


Image of a cleavage feather

A cleavage feather which is flatter and smoother in appearance.

Image of a fracture feather

A fracture feather which is more uneven in appearance.

Image of a transparent cleavage

A transparent cleavage feather that appears to break the surface.

Feathers are a very common type of inclusion in a diamond and are easy to spot. Sometimes they are transparent but usually they are milky white or light brown to grayish in color. A feather is a natural internal fracture or cleavage, depending on which plane it follows in the crystal. It is usually associated with inherent stress in the diamond. Cleavage feathers will parallel one of the eight possible octahedral faces and if breaking the surface, they will be flat and sometimes facet-like in appearance. Fracture feathers run parallel to a single grain, which divides the octahedral faces. When these open up to the surface, they are step-like and rough or jagged in appearance.

Feathers are especially hazardous when close to the girdle surface and/or brownish in color. When asking your setter to hide one of these feathers under a prong, ask him to proceed with great caution. Sometimes with a sharp blow, pressure from a cutter's wheel or a stone setter's push, feathers can travel making them larger in appearance.

Named after the appearance of a bird's feathers, they can be so tiny that they will often look like scratches on the surface (sometimes referred to as hairline feathers). The larger the feather, the more likely it will affect the durability of the diamond. In selling highly imperfect stones, a dealer runs the risk of unhappy returning customers with feathers that have fallen out or opened up to the surface in their diamond. Of course when dealing with the trade, the buyer must be aware of such potential hazards or eventually he'll run into problems.

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   Selling diamond jewelry to us has always been a safe and seamless process as we have been up to date on market conditions for over 34 years (since 1980). The owner is an author of a self-instructional course and has written many published trade magazine articles in the years past.


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Certification | Diamond Specs | Contact Information

   The owner, Glenn Lovelady, is a diamond cutter and knows diamonds from the rough to the polished. The information on this website alone would qualify as a diamond encyclopedia so be aware that we know this product like very few people do. Be confident that you are dealing with professionals that have many decades of experience.


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   Even though the prices have been very volatile in the metals markets we stay up to date on trends and promise to pay you an extremely competitive price.


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   Timepieces can be a trendy market but we have the knowledge and experience to bid quotes that satisfy our sellers and leave a small profit to run our business. We are not watch snobs so we have expanded broadly outside of the typical "we only buy Patek, Rolex and Cartier" mentality.


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   We are consistently expanding our knowledge and buying power into areas that have been both interesting and very marketable. A few years ago we would have never guessed we would be buying high-end clutch bags and figurines. Feel free to contact us with as much information as possible regarding your valuable small collectible.


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