Guide to Diamond & Gem Shapes

Guide to Diamond & Gem Shapes

Diamonds and gemstones are cut into many different shapes, each with their own aesthetic and cutting requirements. While diamond and gem shapes are sometimes referred to as the cut (for example an emerald-cut diamond), the cut refers to how a jeweler cuts the gemstone...
Guide to Diamond & Gem Shapes

Guide to Diamond Cut

To many, cut is considered the most important of aspect of a gemstone’s quality and value. Diamond cut affects some of its optical and physical properties including how it reflects light and “sparkles.” The Diamond Cut Process Diamond cut refers to how the jeweler...
Guide to Diamond & Gem Shapes

Guide to Diamond Color

Diamonds come in every color of the spectrum, but the most popular are colorless. Truly colorless, pure white diamonds are extremely rare and, therefore, the most costly. Laboratories, like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), grade stones according to how far...
Guide to Diamond & Gem Shapes

Guide to Diamond Clarity

A diamond’s clarity, one of diamonds 4Cs, is affected by any external and internal characteristics created by nature when the diamond was formed or as a result of the cutting process. Characteristics such as internal spots or lines are called inclusions. Although...
Guide to Diamond & Gem Shapes

Guide to Diamond Carats

Carat weight is one of the 4Cs of diamonds that measures measures a diamond’s weight and size. The term “carat” is derived from the carob seeds that were used to balance scales in ancient times. Today’s metric carat is equal to 200 milligrams, or one-fifth...