The romance of a natural diamond cannot be matched: formed within volcanic tubes over billions of years of heat and pressure, diamonds are a gorgeous rarity that signify true love and affection. Diamonds are the only gems composed of a single element, carbon. Yet despite their homogenous chemical makeup, each diamond is as unique as a snowflake.
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Diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, making them the hardest substance discovered. For rings and bracelets, diamonds are indispensable. They are much more resistant to scuffs and chips than other gemstones, which is one of the reasons they are a classic in engagement rings.
Natural diamonds are graded according to the 4 C’s — color, clarity, cut, and carat. They range from nearly clear to a subtle yellow color. Clarity refers to the amount of inclusions. Cut refers to the diamond’s overall face-up appearance to predict the intensity levels of brightness, fire, and scintillation. Carat refers to the size (weight) of the diamond – 100 points is one carat. Altogether, the 4 C’s may give a guide to determine the monetary value of your diamond, the true worth is the sentimental and emotional value of a diamond.
Grading Diamond Cut
GIA provides a diamond cut quality grade for standard round brilliant diamonds that fall into the D-to-Z color range. To develop their Cut Grading System, GIA performed extensive computer modeling of round brilliant diamonds over a 15-year period and conducted more than 70,000 observations on actual stones to validate the research. This system can now predict the cut grade for more than 38.5 million proportion sets.
GIA’s Excellent to Poor Cut
Diamond Grading System assesses the diamond’s overall face-up appearance to predict the intensity levels of brightness, fire, and scintillation (the diamond’s sparkle and interplay with light). GIA also screens every diamond submitted to determine if it is laboratory-grown.
At Mitchell's Jewelry, we take finding the perfect diamond very seriously. Shop our collection in-store or online to find the diamonds you’ll wear forever.
When looking for a diamond, you can consider several factors. Start with the 4 C’s and figure out what’s most important to you. Do you want a really big diamond (carat) no matter what? Or are you willing to compromise on size to get a gem that is colorless (color) and has few inclusions (clarity)? There is no right or wrong answer. Consider scheduling an appointment to talk about the diamond-buying process and get our expert advice on choosing your perfect diamond.
Conflict-free diamonds are diamonds that comply with the Kimberley Process Certification System (KPCS). This process was co-founded by De Beers and international governments in 2003 to ensure that “rough” diamonds (also known as “conflict” diamonds) are not imported or exported to prevent de-stabilizing legitimate government entities.
Diamonds are a limited resource. It takes millions of years for diamonds to form and be pushed to the Earth’s crust. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide, but we think that the rarity and durability of a diamond makes them worth every penny! Diamonds can also be passed down as heirlooms for generations upon generations and re-set to create modern jewelry for everyone.
Absolutely not. Though diamond engagement rings tend to be made for women, there’s nothing that prevents men from wearing diamonds, too. Try cufflinks or bracelets with diamonds for some sophisticated ways to incorporate jewelry into your outfits. Colored diamonds, including chocolate diamonds or blue diamonds, are also trendy and less flashy than colorless diamonds for a subtle touch.
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Mitchell's Jewelry is dedicated to providing you with the most amazing diamonds available. Visit our showroom for in-person service with our knowledgeable staff, or browse our entire collection online.