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Diamond Cut

Cut is the only quality of a diamond that is controlled by the human hand, in this case, the gem cutter, who shapes the rough crystal into a sparkling gem. The gem cutter's precision is critical because it is the cut of a diamond that dictates its brilliance and fire and releases its beauty. A diamond's quality of reflection - or brilliance - is tied to how well light is reflected and refracted within the stone.

Diamond Carat Weight

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. The term carat comes from carob seeds which, because of their uniform weight, were used in ancient times as measuring standards. Weighing diamonds has come a long way since ancient times, but some of the traditional terms are still used by some dealers. For example, a half-carat diamond is a two-grainer; a three-quarter carat a three-grainer, a one-carat a four-grainer, etc.


Diamond and platinum solitaire ring Copyrighted Original by Thomas Michaels
When purchasing a piece from Thomas Michaels Designers we are more than happy to supply a detailed appraisal for insurance purposes reflecting all pertinent technical information and replacement costs in

Eternity Bands

Diamond eternity band with baguettes and round diamondsA wonderful way to commemorate a special occasion is with an eternity band, whether it's a wedding, anniversary, birthday, the birth of a child, or just because you want something new and pretty, people often look f


gold wedding bands set with diamonds Copyrighted Original by Thomas Michaels Throughout the ages, gold has been revered as the most precious of metals and was used as gifts of adoration. The beauty of the metal is equaled only by its malleability.