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Diamond Education

4C's of Diamond

Diamond Color

A diamond's color has a significant impact on its appearance. With its many prismatic facets, a colorless diamond reflects light into a spectrum of hues, a characteristic often referred to as "fire". The presence of noticeable color in a diamond may reduce its ability to reflect light. Consequently, diamonds with lower color grades will not show the same luminosity and fire as those with higher grades. The most valuable diamonds have little to no detectable color.

Diamond Color Chart

The diamond color chart or scale begins at D (colorless) and ends at Z (light yellow). Diamond color is often difficult to discern when a diamond is viewed face up. Therefore, gemologists typically evaluate diamonds facedown against a pure white surface, illuminated by carefully controlled lighting.

Diamond Carat

The carat is the standard unit of measurement used to indicate the weight of diamonds and precious gemstones. Since 1913, carat weight has been gauged against the metric system, with one carat equaling 0.2 grams or 0.007 ounces. Carat weight is measured to three decimal points and rounded to the nearest hundredth.

Diamond Size Chart

The carat is the standard unit of measurement used to indicate the weight of a diamond. Carat weight is gauged against the metric system, with one carat equaling 0.2 grams.

Diamond Clarity

Inclusions found on a diamond can be considered nature's birthmarks, the distinguishing characteristics that make the stone unique. When grading a diamond, the amount of inclusions and blemishes has a direct impact on its clarity and value. Flawless diamonds containing no inclusions are extremely rare and very expensive. A majority of the commercially sold diamonds contains inclusions that are undetectable to the unaided eye.

Diamond Clarity Chart

A diamond's clarity rating is based on the size, number, and location of internal and external characteristics. As most inclusions can't be seen by the naked eye, gemologists use a ten-power (10x) microscope to rate a diamond's clarity.

Diamond Certification

A diamond certificate, also known as a diamond grading report, is an easily understood document prepared by an expert gemologist that describes the key characteristics of a diamond. A certificate from a gemological laboratory verifies the quality of a loose diamond and allows non-experts to make educated diamond buying decisions.

Gold Education

Purity of a 14Kt Gold

Recycled Precious Metals & Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gold and platinum mining can be very harmful to the environment and depletes earth's natural resources, with almost 20 tons of ore required to produce a single engagement ring. In addition, many mines emit destructive substances such as cyanide and mercury, polluting nearby rivers and streams. Mining of precious metals has also been associated with inhumane labor practices and severe disregard for the indigenous communities in the areas surrounding the mines.
As part of our commitment to maintain the highest standards of environmental responsibility, all of our engagement rings and fine jewelry are comprised of 100% recycled precious metals.
By using recycled gold, platinum, and silver, we are decreasing the global demand for newly mined precious metals, thereby exhibiting our staunch support for ethical standards in jewelry production. Our recycled metals are gathered from post-consumer sources and refined back to their original, pure elements so that there is no degradation in quality.

Earring Education

Types of earrings

Earrings Guide
From delicate diamond studs to large, dramatic hoops, earrings add symmetry and grace to any wearer, enhancing any ensemble from casual chic to black-tie formal. We offer a wide selection of diamond earrings in many different styles. Each style offers a variety of shapes, metals and mountings; so, to help guide you in your shopping experience, we gathered some information on the most popular styles.
Diamond Stud Earrings
Beautifully cut diamonds add a sparkle to the earlobe when placed in a stud setting. Simple prongs secure the diamond in place, allowing everyone in the room to appreciate the fire and beauty of the stone without incorporating additional gemstones or metal to detract from the delicate beauty of the diamond. The versatile nature of the stud earring makes these diamonds easy to wear with everything from jeans to a wedding dress.
This backing style has a grooved end on the earring's post--the part that passes through the ear--that screws into a secure back to hold the jewelry in place. Screw backings are more commonly seen in premium gold and platinum earrings, to ensure valuable jewelry doesn’t slip from the ear.
Push backs are the most common earring backing. Comprised of a straight post that is inserted into a small metal piece behind the ear, these backs not only hold the earring in place, but many are interchangeable. This makes them very easy to replace in case you lose one. Push backs are sometimes called "butterflies" due to the distinctive shape of the metal backing piece.
Metal Studs or Knots
Metal studs are more casual than diamond or gem studs but are easier to maintain and relatively inexpensive. Available in a variety of metals, the simple metal studs consist of a metal ball attached to a post, while the traditional knot features a flat or daintily braided piece of metal carefully crafted into a square knot.

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