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Understanding Diamond Fluorescence and How To Take Advantage of It

Understanding Diamond Fluorescence and How To Take Advantage of It

  When subjected to ultraviolet light, about one third of diamonds will exhibit fluorescence. That is, a soft, colored glow, similar to what might happen to a white t-shirt in a nightclub with a black light, or at a glow-in-the-dark bowling alley. Most of the time the fluorescent color is blue, though yellow, orange and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Depth Look into Diamond Girdles, Finishes, and Thickness

In Depth Look into Diamond Girdles, Finishes, and Thickness

There’s a lot to consider when picking out a diamond. Most people start with the 4 C’s (cut, color, carat and clarity), but that just scratches the surface. One important– yet often overlooked– factor to consider is the diamond’s girdle. What is a Girdle? The girdle is the part of the diamond where the crown […]

Funky Questions That Get Asked Related to Diamonds and the Diamond Industry

Funky Questions That Get Asked Related to Diamonds and the Diamond Industry

There are always some questions that are fairly general that can be answered through articles and posts, but sometimes I see recurring questions that are off from left field. I am not saying they are bad questions, just not as common and I would like to address a few of them here. What amount of […]

Know the Differences Between Buying Color Diamonds from Regular Colorless Diamonds!

Know the Differences Between Buying Color Diamonds from Regular Colorless Diamonds!

Similar to most other items, there is a lot to know about purchasing a diamond. Fortunately, there are tons of different websites that have excellent education portals. This way, one can teach themselves the basic information one needs to know to ensure no one is being taken advantage of. In addition, there are actual price […]

How to Properly Decide on a Diamond Shape or Cut

How to Properly Decide on a Diamond Shape or Cut

Many diamond guides will often tell you to choose a diamond shape that reflects what you feel when you see it. Although you should take that into account as to what feels good, however remember to test your feelings out and actually place different shapes on your finger instead of just choosing it from a […]

How to Properly Understand Diamond Symmetry Grade

How to Properly Understand Diamond Symmetry Grade

When polishing a rough diamond the aim is to cut the heaviest, most valuable polished diamond possible. This often means polishing a diamond with imperfect symmetry to avoid inclusions or just to achieve a “magic weight” (like 2.00 carats). Symmetry is an important element of diamond finish. Symmetry refers to the exactness of the shape […]