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Diamond Education

Become an expert on the diamond grading process. Diamond education explains the 4 C's; the main components to pricing a diamond. So when you pick your diamonds of choice, you have the tools to make the best decision possible. 

CUT

The Cut represents the angles, proportion, brilliance, fire and symmetry of a diamond.

Facet positioning and proportions determine the beauty of the diamonds, making the Cut, the most important feature in a diamond’s appearance.


Cut Grades:

IDEAL Diamond is extremely bright and attractive, it was cut to achieve its maximum brilliance, fire and scintilation.

EXCELLENT Diamond is very bright, lively and extremely attractive. The diamond was cut just outside ideal proportions.

VERY GOOD Diamond is very bright, lively and extremely attractive. The diamond was cut just outside ideal proportions and excellent.

GOOD Diamond was cut with a slight reduction is brilliance, but can still appear bright.

MEDIUM/FAIR Diamond will lack brilliance and appear dull. The diamond was cut with an obvious sign of light leakage.

POOR Diamond will appear very dull and lifeless. The diamond was cut with severe lack of brilliance, fire and scintilation.

 

Color

The Color grade of a diamond is determined by the absence of a color, which allows way for the fire of the diamond to shine through.

The diamond Color grade range is from D-Z, representing a spectrum from colorless diamonds to ones with tints of yellow, grey or brown.

Fancy Colored Diamonds in blue, green, yellow, pink and red are extremely rare and valuable and do not follow the normal color/pricing grades. Majority of jewelry uses colorless or near colorless diamonds.

When looking at a diamond, the human eye notices the diamond’s cut first and its color second.

Clarity

Clarity of a diamond describes the purity of the stone, indicating how “clean” the diamond is, or how many characteristics it has.

The clarity rating is determined by the number, size, nature, and location of the characteristics. Most diamonds have clarity characteristics. The rarity of flawless diamonds is reflected in the price.

 

Carat

A Carat expresses the weight of the diamond, and is often confused with size.

Carat Weight does not determine diamond value alone.

Two diamonds of equal weight can vary in price if a there is a difference in quality of; cut, color, and clarity.

 1.00ct is equal to 0.200 grams.

Which shape is best for you?

Round

Considered optimum to achieve fire and show off brilliance, making the round the most popular choice. A round diamond will give you most versatility for balancing cut, color, and clarity grades. Three out of four rings sold today showcase this stone that will dazzle on her finger.

 

Princess

A square cut classic and contemporary design utilizes additional facets to enhance the fire and scintillation of the diamond. Beautiful brilliance and unique cut makes it a favorite for engagement rings. Flatters a hand with long fingers.

 

Cushion

Antique style meets contemporary feel. Available in shapes ranging from square to rectangular, cushions have rounded corners and larger facets to increase brilliance. Rising in extreme popularity to satisfy modern fashion with a classic feel.

 

Emerald

An art deco design preferred for its luster. A rectangular shape with cut corners. The broad flat facets that resemble stair steps make this diamond traditionally known as the step cut. This unique optical appearance will highlight the color and clarity of the diamond. Elegant for a woman with longer fingers.

 

Pear

A classic staple also called a teardrop for its single point and rounded end combining the best of the oval and marquise cuts. Widely used in pendants and earrings. The design of this diamond complements a hand with small or average length fingers. 

 

Oval

A traditionally popular classic elongated look of the round diamond with similar faceting. The elongated shape gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand perfect for elongating smaller fingers and accentuating long, slender fingers.

 

Radiant

A contemporary mixed cut offers fire and brilliance of the modern round cut with the elegant lines of the emerald. Radiant-cut diamonds can vary in their degree of rectangularity giving you the option of a more square or rectangular stone. Trimmed corners make this cut a popular and versatile choice for fine jewelry. Commonly set with a baguette or round diamonds.

 

Asscher

Combination of elegant and eclectic appeal mark this square counterpart of the emerald cut. Bearing cut corners and a stepped cut. Currently a very popular romantic diamond that is suited to shimmer and shine in candlelight.

 

Marquise

A distinct statement of an elongated shape with pointed ends. Stunning on its own or featured with smaller diamonds. The shape of the marquise can give you a much larger looking diamond while making fingers appear long and slender.

 

Heart

Antique style meets contemporary feel. Available in shapes ranging from square to rectangular, cushions have rounded corners and larger facets to increase brilliance. Rising in extreme popularity to satisfy modern fashion with a classic feel.