Diamond Education

We love diamonds! And we love sharing what we know - but our favorite resources are the pages at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA.)  We've always found that having an independent source (in addition to our information below) can provide a richer set of information. But like anything else, if you have other questions please don't hesitate to reach out!


Shape and Cut Style: The diamonds actual shape and style of cut. More intricate styles requiring more labor to shape are often priced higher, but which shape is ‘best’ is personal preference.

Measurement: The diamond's physical dimensions in millimeters.

Carat Weight: A unit of measurement reflecting the weight of diamond listed to the nearest hundredth of a carat. For smaller diamonds the carat weight might be combined and reflected as Total Carat Weight (TCW.)

Color Grade: The grading which assesses the color - or absence of color in a diamond. The various grading agency (GIA, IGI, AGS) all have their own set of standards to determine the color grade, and this grade has inherent subjectivity because it is done by a human.

Clarity Grade: The Clarity refers to the amount, size, and placement of internal or external blemishes on the diamond. 

Cut/Symmetry: This grade measures the shape, alignment and placement of the diamond's facets which can determine the amount of fire or sparkle a diamond has.

Fluorescence: Color, and strength of color when diamond is viewed under UV light.