March 2013 – Diamond Wholesale Price List Available!

March 2013 – Diamond Wholesale Price List Available!

March 2013 Price List is Live and Ready! We noticed that the trend for diamond prices have slightly declined over the last month and we expect a slight but not any drastic movement in prices to the downside. We have now moved out of the engagement season which happens from Thanksgiving to Valentines day and therefore […]

How to Properly Price a Rough Diamond

How to Properly Price a Rough Diamond

According to the World Diamond Council, there are two main uses for diamonds: jewelry and in industry. Only about 30% of rough diamonds go to expert cutters for jewelry manufacture while 70% are sold for industrial applications. Rare and beautiful gem quality diamonds have always been used throughout human history to express love and commitment, […]

Diamond Depth Percentages In Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Diamond Depth Percentages In Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

One of the most important things to consider when looking for the best diamonds to buy is the diamond depth percentages. The diamond’s depth percentage is the ratio of the diamond’s diameter compared to the diamond’s total depth (measurement of table to culet).  When diamonds are shallow, they have low depth percentages but when diamonds […]

Assessing the summetry of a mounted stone

Assessing the summetry of a mounted stone

I purchased a set of stud diamond earrings (0.5 carat total weight, martini setting) online and ordered an IGI certificate. The online store represented that polish and symmetry would both be “excellent/very good.” The IGI certificate listed both of these as “good.” The store is now telling me that because the stones were mounted, IGI […]

Understanding Diamond Light: Scintillation, Dispersion, Brilliance, and Fire

Understanding Diamond Light: Scintillation, Dispersion, Brilliance, and Fire

The proportions of a diamond cut, the polish, and the symmetry of the stone are the three main factors that give a diamond its optimal light reflection.  The high quality of the diamond cut will produce a diamond with fire, scintillation, and a dazzling brilliance due to a high light return. When the cut is […]

Question about antique / vintage earrings

Question about antique / vintage earrings

Hello, I recently found a pair of very old earrings in my grandmother’s cedar chest .. they appear to be diamonds. However, I am very puzzled as to why they continue to be seen in total darkness. That is, whenever I cup them inside my hands and sit in a darkened room I am still […]

4 Tips to Avoid Diamonds with Poor Symmetry Grades

4 Tips to Avoid Diamonds with Poor Symmetry Grades

If you’re looking for the perfect diamond, you’ve probably already learned about the 4 C’s: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Here, we’re going to look a little bit closer at one of these C’s: a diamond’s cut. More specifically, we’ll look at the part a diamond’s symmetry plays when picking out the perfect stone, and how to […]

February 2013 – Diamond Wholesale Price List Released!

February 2013 – Diamond Wholesale Price List Released!

February 2013 Price List is Available! Diamond prices have been fairly stable the last month with no dramatic shifts in prices on the retail side. Consumers are still leery to purchase goods and are still watching their spending habits due to the economic conditions. We expect diamond prices to be similar to January without any sudden disruptions in […]

Do table guidelines apply to everything? (Including earrings)

Do table guidelines apply to everything? (Including earrings)

I read your section regarding table size in relation to crown. My question is should the same principals be applied when buying studs? I am buying loose stones to match up as a pair. The two stones I am to look at are GIAxxx; however, I am concerned about the table size of one. Stones […]

Laser drilled diamond

Laser drilled diamond

My husband and I bought a diamond ring with a 4.01 cushion cut laser drilled diamond in the center of H color and SI3 clarity that has a medium fluorescence and a good cut. The 2 trilliant diamonds on the sides are 1.09 in total carat weight and I-J in color and SI3 in clarity. […]