• The 4Cs: Cut

    The 4Cs: Cut

    Cut, not to be confused with shape, is what gives a stone its sparkle. Cut refers to the side-profile of a stone (not the top-view). When a stone is properly cut, or ideal (figure 01 above), it will reflect the maximum amount of light, making the stone look brilliant all around. If its cut is fair or good, it could be either a shallow(02)...
  • The 4Cs: Carat

    The 4Cs: Carat

    When it comes to the 4Cs of diamond quality, carat is often the most thought and talked about. Carat is the overall weight of a diamond, used to calculate its volume, and so it is the characteristic that most often defines the stone. But carat is only one of the factors. The clarity, the cut, and the color all determine how much the stone...
  • The 4Cs: Clarity

    The 4Cs: Clarity

    Early on in their lives, every gemstone was once a loose packing of sediment. In the case of diamonds, that's pure carbon. As the carbon is packed under heat and pressure the black carbon crystalizes and clarifies. The longer, hotter, and harder the carbon condenses, the more clear it becomes. For this reason, diamonds range in color and clarity. When there are bits of...
  • The 4Cs: Color

    The 4Cs: Color

    Traditionally and most commonly, diamonds are thought of as clear. In reality, diamonds range in colors from clear to smokey, yellow, red, orange, green, purple, blue, pink, brown, or black. When talking about diamond color in terms of cost, they are referring to the clear-to-yellow scale that is used by gemologist to grade diamonds. D-E-F  colorless G-H-I-J  near colorless K-L-M faint yellow N-O-P-Q-R very light...
  • Stone Shapes

    Stone Shapes

      Not to be confused with CUT, a stone’s shape is the overall top-view profile it displays, ie. heart, marquis, pear, or princess/square. Stone shape is also a lesser discussed factor for a stone’s overall cost. Take round diamonds for example: round diamonds are consistently the most expensive shape for an engagement ring because of the amount of stone that must be shaved off...
  • Diamonds vs Moissanite

    Diamonds vs Moissanite

    Another term that you may encounter more and more is Moissanite, or what we like to refer to as the gemstone from space. Named for its founder, Dr. Henri Moissan, moissanite was first discovered in the remnants of a meteor crater. It’s sparkle and strength were so similar to a diamond that Dr. Moissan, a well practiced gemologist, didn’t realize he had discovered a new...
  • Natural vs Lab-grown Diamonds

    Natural vs Lab-grown Diamonds

    Chances are, if you've spent much time looking at diamond jewelry, you've come across the term "Lab-Grown Diamonds" and may have wondered how they differ from naturally mined. Lab-grown diamonds, sometimes called engineered, cultured, or man-mad diamonds, are in every way a diamond. Both are almost entirely carbon atoms arranged in the same characteristic way that gives diamonds their sparkle and strength. The difference?...
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