How do I know that the diamond you are giving me is the same one I left with you?
We get asked this question all the time. And the answer is simple – we show you your diamond through a microscope and plot the birthmarks (inclusions) in your diamond. Only the highest clarity diamonds – VVS2 and higher are difficult to plot because the birthmarks are so small. The vast majority of diamonds have birthmarks that are easy to see through a microscope. The photo above shows a plot. Once you have seen your diamond through a microscope and shown the birthmarks in your diamond it is easy to identify your diamond.
It is becoming more common for diamonds to have a serial number engraved on the girdle (edge). This microscopic number makes identifying your diamond a cinch.
The 4C’s of a Diamond
Almost everyone has heard about the 4C’s of a diamond – Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut. But, which of these C’s is the most important and why? What we like most about diamonds is their sparkle. And, the C that is responsible for sparkle is Cut. So, the better the cutting the more sparkly the diamond. (more…)
White Gold Vs. Platinum
When it comes to what we call “white” metals you have three precious metal choices – Silver, White Gold, and Platinum. Let’s focus on White Gold and Platinum today. (more…)
What Does Karat Mean?
You have heard the term karat a million times. But, what does it mean? Karat is simply the purity of gold. If 24 karat (24k) is 100% gold then 10 karat is 41.6% gold, 14 karat is 58.5 % gold, 18 karat is 75% gold and so on – you get the idea. While it is common to buy jewelry in these gold purities it isn’t necessary. We could make you a 16 karat ring very easily. (more…)
Worn Out Prongs
I wish I could tell you that, like your diamonds, the metal that holds your diamonds is forever. The prongs on your ring should hold a stone for years. However, after a period of years the prongs (more…)