Tuesday, September 10, 2013

9/10/13 - We Have Two Hurricanes Now & Baguette Diamond Rings

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Not too long ago I talked about how this hurricane season was predicted to be a busy one.  It has not been busy so far this year.  Quite the contrary.  It has been unusually quiet.

I also talked about my best detecting months on the Treasure Coast,   They do not correspond.  Hurricanes and tropical storms, while sometimes very productive, are not required for old things to show up on the beaches.  In fact, all you need is a northeaster that sits off the coast and sends in waves for a period of time.  That can be just as productive as a hurricane.

You can see from the above chart that the peak number of hurricanes and tropical storms in the past has been right around September 10, then it declines.

The distribution is skewed to the right.  In other words there seems to be more storms after the peak than before it.

One thing you can see from this is that there is still a lot of hurricane season left.  Both September and October have produced a good number of hurricanes.

A series of storms might be more productive than a single storm or hurricane, especially if they continue to move sand in a similar direction.

The hurricane season has suddenly changed though.  Gabrielle has reformed and became a hurricane.

Humberto is the new hurricane that just came off of Africa.  Both are probably headed north or into the Atlantic.  And we still have that one area down in the Yucatan that could possibly form.

Yesterday I mentioned the four factors that affect the value of a diamond; cut, clarity, color and carat weight.

I've heard a lot of advertisements on TV for "brown" diamonds recently.  That doesn't sound particularly good to me, but it seems that brown diamonds are fairly popular now.

As I was saying yesterday, diamonds are cut in different shapes.  Today I'll talk about baguette diamonds.  Baguettes are basically long somewhat rectangular cut diamonds.

Baguette diamonds became popular in the 1920s and 1930s.  Of course not all baguettes are that old.  Some are brand new.

I used to call those such as the one I'm going to show below a piano diamond, but I do not think it really is.  Piano diamonds that I've seen recently look like they have the black keys too.  They really look like pianos.

Several things affect how good the cut of a baguette diamond is.  Those factors affect how brilliant the diamond is.  They include the width and depth of the stone, the symmetry, and the alignment of the diamond's facets and the polish.

Clarity refers to the diamonds blemishes and inclusions.  Inclusions, I mentioned yesterday.  They look like little black spots in the diamond itself.  Blemishes can be irregularities on the surface, both natural and made during cutting.  Blemishes and inclusions can affect the brilliance of a diamond and how much it sparkles by interfering with the transmission of light through the stone.

A skilled stone cutter will cut the Baguette to give the most beautiful lustre, transparency, refraction and dispersion of light.  All of that can be difficult to evaluate unless you are experienced. 

I suspect that a lot of people don't get what they should from the diamonds they sell.

Baguette Diamond Ring Found With Metal Detector.
This ring, like yesterday's, this ring was found in a dip in shallow water.  I think I've shown this particular ring before.

There are a couple of diamonds missing from this ring.  They could be replaced to restore the ring.

On the Treasure Coast the surf is 2 - 3 feet.  There is a lot of sand to move.   I didn't see any cuts on the beach this morning.

I'll have some photos of that later.

Happy hunting,