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Diamonds are an (April birthday) girl’s best friend

If your birthday’s in April, you’ve hit the birthstone jackpot—the diamond. Love for this sparkly gemstone isn’t new; in first century Rome, Pliny wrote, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” If you’ve ever bought a diamond, I’m sure you’ve heard about the 4Cs: clarity, […]

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Big trends in engagement rings: Color, shape, and more

Engagement rings bring to mind a sparkling diamond. But millennial brides want something more individual—a ring that speaks to their own interests and lifestyle. Here are some current trends in engagement rings, as noted by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA): Geometric shapes: Move over, circles and ovals, and make way for rectangles, triangles, and […]

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What’s your diamond’s clarity—the second of the 4Cs

Diamonds are under a lot of pressure. Literally. Because they grow deep in the earth, and experience massive heat and pressure, they naturally have certain amount of what the GIA calls “birthmarks”: internal, which are called inclusions, and external, referred to as blemishes. The GIA Clarity Scale The fewer the inclusions and blemishes, the higher […]

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April’s birthstone: Sparkly, elegant diamonds

April birthday girls (and boys)…you hit the birthstone jackpot with your birthstone, the diamond. You undoubtedly know that diamonds are the symbol of eternal love, but there’s so much more to them. They’re the hardest natural substance on earth. A diamond is more than 50 times harder than its closest gem relatives, the ruby and […]

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It’s Diamond 4C Month: Examining Diamond Color

If you’re an April baby, celebrating your 60th wedding anniversary, engaged, or you just love sparkly things, a diamond may be in your future. More than any other gem, buying a diamond is anxiety-provoking. It’s expensive. No two are  the same. And how do you know if you’re getting what you’re paying for? That’s where […]

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Everything About Diamond Color

Does it surprise you to learn that diamonds come in every color of the rainbow, red, yellow, green, and blue? In fact the famous Hope diamond is a dark blue. Most diamonds, though, range from colorless to light yellow to brown, all of which fall in the normal spectrum. A chemically pure and structurally perfect […]

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What Is Diamond Carat Weight?

The weight of your diamond, like its color, cut, and clarity, doesn’t change, and so, like these, it’s a good identifying characteristic. It’s important to remember that a diamond’s value is determined using all 4 C’s of diamonds, not just carat weight. The GIA system for weighing diamonds is based on the carat unit of […]

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What Is Diamond Cut?

What a diamond does, better than any other substance, is to flash light back to your eye. When a diamond is cut well, the result is the brightness and flashes and sparkling that make us love diamonds. The key to all this light dancing in and around your diamond is the cut and arrangement of […]

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What Is Diamond Clarity?

Diamond clarity is part of what makes your diamond unique and special. Like a snowflake, your diamond’s clarity reflects the way it was formed in nature, and in nature’s own way. Every diamond will have some inclusions, or markings, that help identify your very own stones. There are different names for these inclusions, like feathers, […]

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