The six C's
Quality above all
Just as we value top quality in our production, we do not settle for less than the best diamonds. All of our diamonds are carefully chosen by our senior gemologist and all stones of 0.5 carats and above come with a diamond certificate from the IGI (International Gem Institute).
Very little is as important to the brilliance of a diamond than its cut quality. Cut quality is all about light return. The better the cut, the more light that passes through a gemstone will be returned out the top or through its crown. During the cutting process, a rough stone is faceted and polished into a brilliant diamond. Highly skilled gemstone cutters facet diamond to ideal cut standards and proportions to maximize the gemstone's brilliance. A diamond´s cut quality is typically rated as 'poor','fair','good','very good', 'excellent', and sometimes 'ideal'.
Color actually refers to a diamond´s lack of color. The less color, the higher the grade.
Diamonds are rated on a scale from D to Z (basically colorless to yellow-brown.) Grading now starts at 'D' instead of 'A' to avoid confusion with the older antiquated color grading system. D-E-F is considered colorless, G-H-I-J is considered "near-colorless", K-L-M is "faint color" (yellowish) and so on to very yellow. A good thing to know is that the tone of a ring’s setting can affect the appearance of diamond color.
Diamond clarity is the assessment of small imperfections on the surface and within the stone. Surface flaws are called blemishes, while internal defects are known as inclusions. It is often considered as the least important of the C´s, because the tiny imperfections are often microscopic. The term “eye clean” means that the diamond’s inclusions are too small to see without magnification.
A good place to start your search and maximize your budget is with Slightly Included (SI) and Very Slightly Included (VS) grades because inclusions will not be readily noticeable without magnification.
If you are going for a diamond over one carat or a fancy shape, you may want to spend more for a higher clarity grade since more inclusions will be visible for the naked eye.
Carat is the most known C, but often misunderstood. The term carat refers to a diamond's weight, not its size as many people believe. One diamond carat is equal to 200 mg, or 0.2 grams, of a diamond. Carats can also be measured in points; 100 points equals a full carat.
Many people dream about that big rock engagement ring and goes for ”the bigger the better”. But a good thing to have in mind is that carat weight is not related to sparkle. Beautiful sparkle is the result of a well-crafted cut. In fact, a high carat weight diamond with a poor cut may look smaller than a diamond with a smaller carat weight and a very good cut.
A good tip to save money is to select a carat weight slightly below the whole and half-carat marks. For example, instead of a 1.0 carat diamond, consider buying a 0.90 carat weight. This will save a considerable amount of money, and the slight difference will never be noticed.
Lab-grown diamonds are more affordable than earth-grown diamonds which gives you the opportunity to go for a diamond that is both larger and of much better quality. For us, this is a no brainer. Why chose poor quality to a higher price over excellent quality to a lower cost?
Lab-grown diamonds are a great choice for the modern and conscious consumer. You get the sparkle of a diamond, but not the environmental and human cost of mining. A symbol of love should be free from environmental devastation and human suffering.