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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. […]

The Difference Between Diamond Hardness vs Toughness

The Difference Between Diamond Hardness vs Toughness

Defining gemstones as durable include two distinct traits, hardness and toughness. These terms are not the same and people are often confused between these two. Mohs’ Hardness Scale The Mohs’ Hardness Scale was developed in 1822 by Frederich Mohs. This Mohs’ Hardness Scale 1 – 10 charts the relative hardness of the various minerals: Talc-1-softest […]

Buying Tip on Diamond Flaws: All Diamond Are Flawed When You Look Closely!

Buying Tip on Diamond Flaws: All Diamond Are Flawed When You Look Closely!

Diamond Clarity System The GIA diamond clarity grading system came in to play to avoid any confusion used in the past by jewelers. Throughout history jewelers were using terms such as “loupe clean” or other terms that really didn’t mean much. When the clarity grading scale was developed, it simplified misunderstanding in clarity talk, but […]