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The History of Diamond Cuts
The cutting of diamonds is an art and science that has evolved over centuries of innovation and human ingenuity. See the history of diamond shapes and diamond cutting as we trace them all the way from the ancient Roman point cut to the modern round brilliant. You can see real photos of actual examples of most of the diamond cuts and 3D CAD renders of the oldest and most obscure diamonds that we weren't able to find a great example of (please email us if you have good photos or examples of any of these diamonds)... read more »
How to Tell If a Diamond Is Natural or Lab Grown
How can I know if my diamond is real? This is a question we get all the time, and it’s not as simple as you might think. First, you have to decide what “real” means. If you are not familiar with lab grown diamonds, you might want to check out our introduction to lab grown and synthetic diamonds before continuing with this article. So, now you know that lab grown diamonds are just as real as natural diamonds, but we still want to be able to tell them apart. When... read more »
Frequently Asked Question about Jewelry
Here we answer some of your questions about jewelry in general. If you have a question you’d like answered, please contact us and we would be happy to help. What is a Gemologist? A gemologist is one who studies gems and jewelry scientifically, who knows and identifies them, can judge the elements and their beauty and value, and can apply this knowledge. This training and experience combine to make a gemologist. A gemologist like other professionals must keep up with current advancements in the field. The pace of change in... read more »
Fake Diamonds: The Great Diamond Attack
A popular game show would have three people all say that they were someone and the contestant would try to find out who was the real person. Technology has created many new diamonds and diamond lookalikes. “What is a real diamond?” is a difficult question these days. And the problem of separating a fully natural diamond from all the modern possibilities is quite demanding. So what is a real diamond? Let’s start with the older diamond look a likes, (CZ, GGG, YAG, Synthetic corundum and spinal, Glass) or simulants are... read more »
What are “Blood Diamonds”?
Conflict diamonds are diamonds illegally traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas, particularly in central and western Africa. The United Nations (UN) defines conflict diamonds as “…diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.” These diamonds are sometimes referred to as “blood diamonds.” In July 2000, the global diamond industry made clear to the international community its zero tolerance... read more »
Understanding the Diamond Buying Game
How would you feel if your favorite soft drink tasted different in every can you drank? You expect a coke to taste like coke everywhere. In business, this is called a commodity. The soda is the same and you can shop based on price or convenience; the product is the same. People like shopping this way. I like it this way. Diamonds are not this way. The four C’s of diamonds are not that old, less than 100 years. Before that system every business and diamond seller had their own system... read more »
Diamond Buying Guide: The 4 C’s
Learning the 4 C's of diamonds is the first step in making a good buying decision for your diamond. This basic introduction to diamonds explains Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat Weight with graphics and visual aides to help you understand each concept. If you know how diamonds are graded, you're well on your way to finding the perfect diamond for you... read more »