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27 Reasons to Insists on a Diamond Grading Report

27 Reasons to Insists on a Diamond Grading Report

There are more ways to misrepresent a diamond’s quality then there are letters in the alphabet. If you hate your money, be a hero and buy a diamond without an Independent Diamond Grading Report. Listed are a small offering of Diamond Industry Scams: Misrepresenting Synthetic as Natural – Fraud Heating and Radiation Treatments – Man […]

Understanding Diamond Polish Grade

Understanding Diamond Polish Grade

In the GIA Diamond Grading System, “Polish” refers to the quality of a diamond’s surface condition as a result of the polishing process or the blemishes created after the cutting process, often referred to as “wear and tear” during the cutting process. Polish features are located on the surface and do not visibly penetrate into […]

How To Avoid Undesirable Culets

How To Avoid Undesirable Culets

What is a Culet? Culet (pronounced kew-let) – The cutlet is the pointed vertex at the bottom of the diamond. During the manufacturing process, the culet is often polished as a flat facet so it does not get chipped while other facets are polished. Typically this extra facet is “closed” into a point. Pre Modern […]

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 […]

6 Common Myths about Diamond Grading Reports

6 Common Myths about Diamond Grading Reports

#1 Misuse of the Term “Certificate” The purpose here is to understand exactly what a Diamond Grading Report accomplishes. Nowhere does GIA use the word “Certificate” because of the legal implications. In fact if you read the Important Limitations Statement on the back of every GIA Diamond Grading Report the first sentence reads: “This Report […]

Understanding Diamond Carat Weight: Background, Units of Measurement, and Pricing

Understanding Diamond Carat Weight: Background, Units of Measurement, and Pricing

Where did the term “Carat Weight” come from? Before the days of standardized weights, merchants had to rely on natural objects that were fairly common. Dried seeds were most favored for small weights, especially if they did not fluctuate much in weight from seed to seed. The dry grain of wheat, simply known as the […]

How to Achieve Optimum Table Percentage % in Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

How to Achieve Optimum Table Percentage % in Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

What is Table Percentage? Table Percentage % – Average table size relative to the average diameter, reported to the nearest whole percentage point (1%). Table size is measured from bezel to bezel point; the average of four measurements is used. The Table is either too large or too small The size of the table is […]

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 […]

Avoid High Prices and Inferior Diamond Quality with these 6 Diamond Budgets

Avoid High Prices and Inferior Diamond Quality with these 6 Diamond Budgets

Why a Budget? Shopping for a diamond engagement ring without a budget is like going into a jungle without a map or personal protection. You are exposed to hundreds of choices: Diamond:quality, shape, size Ring: white gold, yellow gold, platinum Brick and mortar:retail, wholesale Financing choices:cash, credit Having a budget assures you have done your […]