Recent Learning Center Articles

Diamond Care

Diamonds may top the Mohs scale of relative mineral hardness but they still need basic care and maintenance to continue looking their best. Diamond jewelry that is worn every day, such as an engagement ring or a tennis bracelet, can become smudged or dirty from soap, hand creams and natural skin oils, all of which will dim its brilliance and fire. Even special-occasion pieces like chandelier earrings or riviéra necklaces can become dulled after time if they are not cleaned and cared for.

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.