Diamonds

You've heard of the 4 C's, you probably already know a lot about them, but here's a quick summary just in case.

 photo courtesy of  www.gia.edu

photo courtesy of www.gia.edu

The combination of each diamond's individual characteristics is what is used to determine the value of it. Our two CGA's (Certified Gemologist Appraiser) can help guide you to the perfect diamond for you. 

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CUT

Refers to the way the light is reflected out of the diamond and to the shape.

CARAT

The weight of the gem, 1 carat = .02 grams or 1 ounce = 142 carats. 

BUT IF YOU WANT TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE DETAILS OF HOW THEY'RE GRADED AND PRICED, CLICK HERE FOR THE GIA DETAILED TUTORIAL.


 photo courtesy of GIA

photo courtesy of GIA

"Sapphire is one of the Big 3 of jewelry colored gemstones—the other two are ruby and emerald. A durable stone that’s designated as a birthstone for September, it captures jewelry buyers with its practicality and aura of romance," says to GIA's online sapphire buying guide.  We love sapphires and rubies for engagement rings because they are the next hardest gemstones next to diamonds and they offer an incredible array of beautiful colors.

Just like diamonds, the color, clarity, carat and cut are all factored together to determine the value of sapphires and rubies.  Sapphires and rubies are actually made of the same material (corundum) only red corundum are called rubies and all other colors are called sapphires. If you'd like to know more about sapphires and rubies, follow these links to the GIA website. Sapphire information. Ruby information.