Every diamond is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation. Having reliable information from a trusted, custom jeweler regarding the creator, carat weight, cut, treatment, clarity, graining, and fluorescence will ensure that you find the perfect diamond that you will treasure forever. And a diamond that will hold or increase in value should your life circumstances change.
Beyond The 4C’s: New Standards For a New Age
If you were to visit a jewelry store in the 1950s and ask about the quality of a diamond relative to its price, you would have been given the 4C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight). As you might have guessed though, times have changed, and the 4C’s explanation is no longer sufficient. Today, you need to know a particular diamond’s history to know exactly what you are getting.
Today, there are more things factoring into the quality of a diamond that are reflected in the price. The GIA, Gemological Institute of America, is the largest and most respected non-profit source for diamond standards and ratings. This organization is a major player in assessing the quality of stones. Here is a summary of their most important standards so you can shop with confidence.
Who is the original creator of the stone?
New technology now allows for factories to create synthetic or lab-grown stones in days, compared to the millions of years it takes to create rare, naturally mined diamonds.
A diamond from House of Diamonds is always a hand-selected, naturally mined diamond, never a factory-made stone. Our customers can be assured their investment will always maintain and grow in value, unlike synthetic stones
Carat weight is strictly in reference to weight (size) which equates to overall value and price of the stone.
When choosing your stone, you want the proportions to be a specific amount for optimal value. For example, if the stone dimension is too deep, the stone will not only appear smaller, but it will be detrimental for beauty because it would not be cut correctly for the right brilliance. Just as well, if the stone is too shallow it will look bigger but will become foggy quite easily.
Cut is the most important aspect of buying a stone.
People tend to confuse cut with shape, which is whether the stone is princess, round, etc. Cut is the one stone aspect man controls through manipulating the positioning of the facets and the geometry of the stone for optimal beauty.
Cut is what gives a stone it’s fire and brilliance. A stone is considered “dirty” 95% of the time when worn, and a well-cut stone will push light back through the dirt. A poorly cut stone will not.
Cut and brilliance grade is something only a trained professional or the right technology will be able to see.
It is becoming more common for diamonds to be treated or “touched-up” to improve clarity, color, transparency, and the overall appeal to customers. Among these diamond treatments are fracture filling, laser drilling, heating, pressure treatments, and more. We do not sell treated or touched-up diamonds at House of Diamonds.
A diamond is marked as “processed” or “enhanced,” when it has been altered or treated in some way. When you see this at other stores, it’s important that you request more information about the process the stone endured. Diamonds that undergo treatments are more likely to pose problems and are valued and priced differently than non-treated, natural diamonds.
Transparency focuses in on the inclusions (internal features) or blemishes (external marks) that all stones carry. The blemishes and inclusions can sometimes be seen by the naked eye, but other times they are very small and must be seen under a microscope. The quality, with these two factors in mind, is measured by the GIA grading.
These factors are what make each diamond one-of-a-kind. It’s important to House of Diamonds that customers are able to view their stones personally and be as knowledgeable as possible before they purchase. We cover these three aspects in an overview with customers: the types of inclusions, location of inclusions, and intensity of inclusions.
Graining is a natural feature that the diamond produces as it is being formed because of the unique pressure and the unique internal characteristics of the stone. There are two types of graining: internal and surface level. Both of these result from irregularities in the crystal structure. Graining impacts the value of the stone because of its impact on strength and transparency.
Fluorescence is when a diamond gives off visible light, either when exposed to UV rays from the sun or from special lamps. The GIA uses fluorescence as an identifying characteristic, and it is measured by its strength and color of the light given off by the stone. The intensity ratings are none, faint, medium, strong, and very strong. Most jewelry stores will tell you that Fluorescence is neither good nor bad. We respectfully disagree. Many of the 95% of diamonds we reject that subsequently end up in other jewelry stores, are rejected due to fluorescence. A fluorescent diamond can give off a hazy, waxy, or milky glow. Why settle for that if you don’t have to?
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