With custom jewelry, the possibilities are endless. Choose the right gem from our vast selection of certified diamonds.
Evaluating a Diamond
When you are looking for a diamond, there are four factors to consider: cut, color, clarity and carat. These different elements determine the brilliance and the value of your diamond.
The round brilliant cut diamond containing 58-facets is the most popular, with other cuts usually following in demand. There are eight other cuts: princess, cushion, marquise, emerald, radiant, pear, oval and asscher. Whatever cut you choose when selecting a diamond, make sure that the stone is properly cut. Out-of-round and poorly cut diamonds that are too shallow or deep have much less value.
Diamonds come in many different colors. The more colorless the stone, the higher the value. We measure color with a color from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). Colorless stones usually shine the brightest against white gold, silver or platinum settings. Lower color grade diamonds look best in a warmer setting like gold or rose gold.
Though the flawless diamond does exist, it is safe to say that almost all diamonds contain some clarity flaw. Clarity flaws can range from large carbon spots that are visible to the naked eye to microscopic wisps hidden in some corner. We use a 10-power magnifier to assess the clarity of a diamond.
Diamonds are weighed in carats and increments of a carat which are called points. One hundred points are equivalent to one carat; 50 points to one-half carat. The higher the number of carats, the larger the diamond. Carat is usually considered to be the main factor for determining a diamond's value but it is actually just one part of the process.
Additional Diamond Services
- Insurance replacements
- Expert repair work on premises
- Specializing in remounts and custom work
- Buy and sell of estate loose diamonds and colored stones
- Appraisals by G.I.A. graduate gemologist