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The Anatomy of a GIA Diamond Grading Report

The Anatomy of a GIA Diamond Grading Report

The GIA Diamond Grading Report is a report on the authenticity and quality of a diamond that has been used and trusted by fine jewelers for more than 50 years. The diamond’s premier credential issued by the GIA includes the assessment of the 4C’s of a diamond – its cut, clarity, color, and carat weight […]

Choosing the Right Diamond Ring For Her Hand Shape

Choosing the Right Diamond Ring For Her Hand Shape

Getting engaged is a monumental step in a relationship. Planning the details of how you will propose, picking the ring, and hoping for the right answer…all parts of the engagement demand equal attention. However, while the moment of engagement is important, it is fleeting compared to the idea that the ring will last for the […]

4 C’s of Diamonds Explained! – Carat Weight, Cut, Color, and Clarity

4 C’s of Diamonds Explained! – Carat Weight, Cut, Color, and Clarity

When it comes to diamonds, many novice shoppers believe that bigger is better. In reality, the carat is only one of four very important characteristics to consider when picking out the perfect stone. Together these are called the 4 C’s: carat, cut, color and clarity. Carat Weight The carat weight refers to the total mass […]

7 Ways and Ideas You Can Set Your Diamond Budget and Stick to it

7 Ways and Ideas You Can Set Your Diamond Budget and Stick to it

When making any big purchase it’s important to set a budget, and that’s just as true when shopping for diamonds. But it can be difficult to know where to start, and how to find something beautiful within the budget you’ve chosen. Here are 7 tips on choosing a budget and sticking to it. Shop around […]

Evolution of Diamond Cutting Through Time

Evolution of Diamond Cutting Through Time

Diamond cutting has a surprisingly rich and constantly evolving history. It can be traced back to the Middle Ages, though there is still much about this period in diamonds that is unknown. It is believed that in both 6th century India and 10th century Islam diamonds were not cut to be enjoyed as jewelry, but […]

Hearts and Arrows Diamonds: Advantages and Disadvantages

Hearts and Arrows Diamonds: Advantages and Disadvantages

Hearts and arrows diamonds are extremely beautiful and exquisitely-cut stones. When observed under a special viewer, the bottom side, or “pavilion” will show eight perfectly symmetrical hearts, and the top, or “crown” will show eight symmetrical arrows. They were first discovered in Japan in the late 1980’s, when Takanori Tamura noticed the pattern, then investigated […]

Psychology of Buying a Diamond from the Men’s and Women’s Point of View

Psychology of Buying a Diamond from the Men’s and Women’s Point of View

Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend… But do we know why? What is it that women love about diamonds? And what are men thinking when they have to pick one out for their girlfriends? For a man, picking out a diamond can be a terrifying experience. He knows (or hopes) that his partner […]

How to Properly Choose a Certified Diamond Appraiser

How to Properly Choose a Certified Diamond Appraiser

  There are a few reasons why someone might choose to have their jewelry appraised. It could be simple curiosity, a desire to know the truth. For example, if a piece has been in the family for years it might be interesting to learn what it’s worth, or whether or not the stones are real. […]

How to Window Shop for a Diamond Engagement Ring

How to Window Shop for a Diamond Engagement Ring

  Buying an engagement ring can be an overwhelming experience, especially for those who don’t know a lot about diamonds. Before making a final decision, it’s important to learn about the 4 C’s of diamonds; that is, cut, color, carat and clarity. These determine the quality of the stone purchased. However, the quality of the […]

What is the Rapaport Diamond Price List, How to Read it, and Use it

What is the Rapaport Diamond Price List, How to Read it, and Use it

The Rapaport Diamond Price List is the jewelry industry standard for diamond pricing. Jewelers use it as a guideline when determining diamond prices. It is produced weekly, and is available only to subscribers (roughly $180-$250/year at the time of this article). The Rapaport Price List is produced only for round and pear-shaped stones. However, the […]