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Diamonds Shape by Shape

When buying a diamond, you know how important the 4Cs are in defining diamond quality. But well before buying comes dreaming. And when you envision the perfect diamond you’ll own one day, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is its shape. A diamond’s shape refers to the general silhouette of the stone and is not to .

GRADING THE 4Cs

  GIA has been entrusted with grading some of the world’s most famous diamonds, and brings the same unmatched expertise to grading yours. GIA screens every gemstone to identify synthetics, simulants and known treatments. Expert gemologists examine each diamond under controlled lighting and viewing conditions, in order to provide the most rigorous assessments of a diamond’s 4Cs. Grading Diamond .

SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

Given the rarity and value of diamonds, it’s not surprising that some would seek ways to replicate their beauty. In recent years, laboratory-grown or synthetic diamonds have become more common, more advanced, and harder to detect. A synthetic diamond is the result of a technological process, as opposed to the geological process that creates natural diamonds. Synthetic diamonds have .

DIAMOND TREATMENTS

Changing the Natural Essence of the Diamond While treatments can increase a stone’s Color or Clarity, the presence of such enhancements may affect the diamond’s value – particularly if the price reflects its appearance after treatment. Buyers have a right to know for certain whether a stone is natural, a diamond simulant or a diamond created in a lab, .

SELECTING AN ENGAGEMENT RING

Know what you want to spend. You will be confronted with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to engagement rings. Have a price range in mind. Going in with fairly specific parameters will help your jeweler find the right engagement ring to fit your budget. What kind of jewelry does she already wear? Is she more classic .
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