Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learn a little bit about Diamonds today with Tess Young..


                          
                                     Diamonds 101: 
                                   {Understanding the Four C’s of a Diamond Purchase}

Diamonds are often seen as a symbol of wealth. These precious stones are included in various different types of high-end jewelry When it comes to purchasing diamonds, many rookies are going to find that there are four Cs to look out for. Looking out for these four Cs is going to ensure that you get a quality diamond and are not scammed. There are plenty of diamond sales people out there who are looking to make a quick buck and will therefore produce cheap synthetic diamonds and then try to sell them as the real thing. What you need to do is educate yourself on the different types of diamond that are out there, and what qualifies as a "diamond". Knowing how to buy diamonds is going to mean educating yourself a little bit, but it will be worth it.


Clarity

The first thing you need to look out for when buying diamonds is clarity. Clarity is determined by the amount of flaws that the diamond has. These flaws are usually only visible when you look at the diamond under 10x magnification. Currently, diamonds are rated between Flawless and Imperfect. Your diamond is going to fall somewhere along this scale. "Inclusions" are somewhat like birthmarks to diamonds. The fewer inclusions that your diamond has, then the better it is going to look.

Cut

While cut may seem to refer to the actual shape of the diamond, this is not what you are going to be looking out for with your diamond. Rather, the "cut" of your diamond is going to refer to how well it has been cut and how many flaws have been avoided. The way in which a diamond is cut is going to affect the clarity of your diamond. Diamonds that are cut too "shallow" or too "deep" are going to end up affecting the way that light passes through them. This, in turn, is going to affect the diamond's beauty. A well-cut diamond that has good clarity is going to provide you with something that is truly spectacular to behold.

Color

The coloring of your diamond is going to depend on where the diamond comes from. It is interesting to note that there are different colors of diamond, but a lot of people are more interested in the "white" variety of diamond. These are often seen as the most beautiful type out there. Many people prefer diamonds that have absolutely no color whatsoever. These are seen as the most beautiful type because they allow light to pass through them completely.

Carat

Carat simply refers to the diamond's weight. The more carats that a diamond has, then the heavier that diamond is going to be. Each carat contains one hundred points. If a diamond has fifty points, then it is considered to a 0.5 carat diamond. When it comes to measuring diamonds, carats are the easiest for anyone to determine.

When you decide to go looking for diamonds, jewelers in Houston will have already used these methods to determine the value of your diamond. They will be able to provide you with all of the necessary information that you need.

Author Bio:

Tess Young is a freelance writer and blogger. She writes for a number of different companies, on various subjects. These subjects include travel, Fashion and Jewellery Shopping. Her tips on how to buy diamonds help readers in choosing a perfect diamond. She particularly likes

Friday, June 14, 2013

PoP ArT

Pop Art is visually appealing to students. However, the first question they usually ask is “How can that be art?” This question provides a wonderful way to explore the ways that people define art. It also can lead students to look at individual works of art in a more critical way. They can discuss the purpose for which the artist created the work, the audience for which the work is intended, and explore the work's subject matter. 

The Pop Art movement was cultivated in England during the 1950's and spread to America in the 1960's. Following the optimism and prosperity that defined the 1950s in America, Pop artists sought an edgier approach to the concerns and issues that were inherent in 1960s America, which was quickly becoming a landscape of social and political unrest.

Pop Art was a movement intended to both represent and appeal to the masses rather than the elite. The movement took the ordinary (like Campbell’s Soup cans and images of Marilyn Monroe) and made it extraordinary by redefining it as art. Artist 
Roy Lichtenstein appropriated scenes from comic strips and made them larger than life, while Andy Warhol refashioned photographs as huge paintings and silkscreens. 
(this info about pop art  culture courtesy of lesson planet.com they also have amazing artist lessons) 

I studied Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein, with my class, we watched some slide shows and read their biographies. We were inspired to re-create some of their most famous pieces. It was a lot of fun!