Diamond Buying Tips

Diamond Weight & Size

Some people want to buy the biggest diamond possible. Is this always the right choice? We feel that it's always a matter of preference, but here's something to think about:

The larger the diamond, chances are the more characeristics it likely has, and because it's larger, these characeristics are typically even more visible than on a smaller diamond. But most importantly, if the diamond cut isn't proportioned correctly, it won't return the maximum amount of light through the top of the diamond.

This illustrates that no matter how large the diamond, its cut and proportions determine how brilliant the diamond really is.

Diamond Color

Since diamond colors range from colorless to yellowish-brown, sometimes these colors can add warmth or depth to your diamond. Also, by mounting a non-colorless diamond in yellow gold can make the diamond appear colorless in some cases.

We are always happy to share our expertise about diamonds. Please let us know how we can help you make a confident decision in your diamond purchase.

4 C's of Diamonds

  • CLARITYClarity grades assess the number, size, relief, and position of inclusions and blemishes.
  • COLORThe less color, the higher the grade. Even the slightest hint can make a dramatic difference in value.
  • CUTCut (proportions, symmetry, and polish) is a measure of how a diamond’s facets interact with light.
  • CARAT WEIGHTRarity means larger diamonds of the same quality are worth more per carat.

Diamonds & Diamond Simulants

Genuine Diamond

Diamond forms under high temperature and pressure conditions that exist only about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface. Diamond’s carbon atoms are bonded in essentially the same way in all directions. Another mineral, graphite, also contains only carbon, but its formation process and crystal structure are very different. Graphite is so soft that you can write with it, while diamond is so hard that you can only scratch it with another diamond.

Lab Grown

Pure Grown Diamonds are Physically, Chemically, and Optically identical to their mined counterparts. The only difference is origin. Gem-quality synthetic diamonds are more available in today’s jewelry marketplace than ever before, our lab grown diamonds are certified & laser inscribed by leading independent gemological labs just as mined diamonds are certified!

Moissanite

More brilliant than a diamond at a fraction of the cost, the moissanite created by Charles & Colvard has a beauty and brilliance that lasts “Forever.” They are proud to introduce Forever One™, the newest, purest moissanite with colorless brilliance. It joins the other members of the Charles & Colvard Forever family offering you three moissanite grades to meet all your needs.

Gemstone Buying Tips

Choose Wisely

Buying a gemstone is often a very different experience than buying a diamond. Gemstones are selected based on favorite colors, wardrobe matches, personality, and fashion trends. While gemstones are judged using the 4Cs, just as diamonds do, each is judged separately. For example, a sapphire is compared to another sapphire, but wouldn't be compared to an emerald or aquamarine. Choose your gemstone jewelry based on your personal preferences.

Whats your Color

Having trouble picking the right color? There are so many ways to find out what color she or he likes. Wether its a birthstone or a color that she or he wears the most. Have confidence knowing that we are here to help find that perfect stone at the perfect size at the perfect price!

Gemstone Mythology

Gemstones are so fascinating! Their color, properties, myths, and legends are diverse and fascinating. Folklore about stones has been revered and honored for centuries in all cultures.
Because so many people are interested in folklore, myth, legend and healing properties of gems, some of those legends and myths can mean so much to so many poeple SJ Custom Jewelers strives to learn and teach our clients!