DIAMOND SHAPES 101

If your Pinterest is flooded with images of engagement rings of all shapes and sizes, you need to read this. Sometimes you just like everything you see and it’s difficult to pin down one diamond shape or ring style. Right now, we’re just going to talk about picking your diamond shape. Choosing the shape of […]

CLARITY: WHILE LIES BENEATH

Clarity is the grading scale that gives your diamond its value and distinguishes one diamond from the other. It’s a key component in the diamond’s “fingerprint.”  Clarity affects a diamond’s brilliance. An inclusion or blemish can hinder light from entering a diamond and thus have an adverse effect on a diamond’s sparkle. A strategic cut […]

UNDERSTANDING A DIAMOND’S NATURAL COLOR

The best way to see a diamond’s color grade is by comparing with another diamond of lesser or higher color grade. You’ll notice the tints of yellow or light brown better when a diamond is juxtaposed with a flawless diamond.  It’s important to note that a yellow or grown hue of a white diamond is […]

WHAT IS A DIAMOND CARAT?

Carat weight is the physical weight of a diamond measured in ‘metric carats.’ Unlike color, cut and clarity, carat weight is straightforward. What does that mean? Quite simply, 20 jewelers can look at the same inclusion or color flaw and have different opinions about it. If a diamond is between a grade, it really depends […]

IN THE CUT: THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF A WELL-CUT DIAMOND

Of all the 4Cs, the cut of a diamond is wholly dependent on your jeweler’s craftsmanship and not the natural characteristics of a diamond.   What are the components of a superior cut diamond?  PRECISION  Precision of cut is creating facets in a rough diamond. The deliberate placement of each facet maximizes the available light to […]

THE RCJ GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE 4C’S OF DIAMONDS

Picking the everlasting symbol of your love can seem like an overwhelming task. Color, cut, clarity, carat, facets, pave band, plain band, halo, bezel set, prongs, etc. You may have heard these phrases, but what do they mean? The key to picking the ring that fits your taste and budget is educating yourself. You’re not […]