Recent Learning Center Articles

Diamond Re-cutting

Our master diamond cutter is able to enhance a diamond that you already own in miraculous ways. Some contemporary cuts can have technical problems in the way that they were cut originally; marquise, oval and pear shapes sometimes have an area in the diamond towards the center that is lacking in brilliance; creating what is known in the trade as a "bow-tie effect". This is often a result of poor or sloppy craftsmanship in the original cutting of the diamond.

Diamond Clarity

Clarity is a measure of a diamond's internal flaws. Because diamonds are formed in nature, the great majority of them contain microscopic inclusions such as bubbles, spots, lines or feathers - markings that make every diamond unique and identifiable. In fact, diamond-grading certificates include a "plot" of inclusions that can be used to identify the diamond. So long as these inclusions are small in size and do not hamper the diamond's ability to reflect light, they will not affect its beauty. In fact, most inclusions cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Diamond Color

Discussion of a white diamond's color may seem counter-intuitive at first because the most desired color in white diamonds is, in fact, no color. Color is judged by how far the diamond deviates from pure white and, generally, lower quality diamonds are those with yellowish or brownish tints. The best way to see a diamond's color is to look at it against a white surface. However, color grades are so subtle, it is often difficult to distinguish the difference with the naked eye. Gemologists grade the color of a diamond by comparing it to a master set of diamonds.