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10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Diamonds


If you’re interested in diamonds, you probably know that these incredible stones are made up of compressed carbon, and you probably know that they’re April’s birthstone. You might also know that diamonds are the hardest of all substances, and that only a diamond is hard enough to cut or scratch another diamond. You might also […]

How to Clean Antique Jewelry


Cleaning antique jewelry comes with a few challenges. For example, you might not want to ruin the slightly aged patina that gives some of those pieces their special charm, and some pieces may be quite worn, meaning that you don’t want to cause damage by over-polishing. Use these tips for cleaning antique jewelry next time […]

What is a GIA Diamond Grading Report?

Diamond GIA Report

So you’ve decided to sell a diamond. You may know how much you bought it for, and be aware that, much like a car, the resale value isn’t going to be as close to the amount you paid for it as you’d like it to be. You might even have a report from you jeweler […]

Diamond Clarity: Can It Be Identified with the Naked Eye

Diamond Clarity

GIA laboratory issues diamond grading reports for loose, natural diamonds in the D-to-Z color range that weight 0.15 carats or more. GIA Diamond Grading Reports are not issued for diamond synthetics, diamond simulants, mounted diamonds or those that have undergone unstable treatments, such as fracture filling or coating. And while reports may be issued for […]

Does Size Matter? Center Stone vs. Total Carat Weight

Diamond Carat Weight

There are many factors that go into the appraisal of a diamond ring, and with the countless designs that pervade the market, it becomes necessary to appraise each ring individually. Some have intricate filigree or an antique setting that can make grading a complicated process. Others are encrusted in diamonds that are each fractions of […]