Old Mine Cut Diamonds

Perhaps the most common diamond cut from the early 18th century to the late 19th century, the old mine cut evokes the past, when diamonds were measured by eye and cut by hand. Recognized by their squarish shape, the old mine cut diamond has 58- facets like today’s modern round brilliant cut diamond, but that’s where […]

Buying Oval Cut Diamonds

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The allure of an oval cut diamond is in part attributed to its elongated round shape that evokes an understated elegance, and its 58-faceted modified brilliant style cut exudes fire that can rival that of a round brilliant diamond. In addition, their larger surface area makes oval cut diamonds look bigger compared to round diamonds […]

Describing Round Brilliant-Cut Diamonds

INTRODUCTION Most consumers in today’s marketplace choose round brilliant-cut diamonds fashioned to meet modern concepts of beauty. These sparkling gems represent the collective talents of generations of skilled cutters over six centuries. As diamond cuts evolved into today’s 57- or 58-facet round brilliants, styles progressed through many stages. By 1750, when the brilliant cut had […]

A Guide to Laboratory Grown Diamonds

Laboratory grown diamonds offer an alternative for couples getting engaged and consumers looking to purchase jewellery at more affordable price points in comparison to mined diamonds. Source: GIA Laboratory Grown vs. Mined Diamonds Grown inside a laboratory using cutting-edge technology, and not mined from the earth, laboratory grown diamonds can be physically, chemically and optically […]

Diamond Fluorescence for beginners

Diamond fluorescence is a non-issue for most people buying diamonds, but the misconception surrounding the term can cause confusion. If you’re shopping for a diamond or noticed the term ‘Fluorescence’ on a diamond grading report and you’re not sure whether it’s good or bad, this article’s for you. When it comes to diamonds, the Gemological […]

Marquise Diamonds

Pronounced “mahr-keez”, the romantic Marquise cut diamond with an aristocratic air, has origins dating back to the 17th century. The Marquise cut is also referred to as a “navette” diamond, meaning “little ship” in French. Legend has it that this diamond cut was named for the Marquise de Pompadour, a mistress of King Louis XV […]

Champagne and Cognac Diamonds

Set into jewellery by second-century Romans, brown diamonds continue to be celebrated for their warm and luxurious earthy colour. ‘Champagne diamond’ is a marketing term for brown diamonds that exude a prominent golden hue that is naturally brown in lighter shades that resemble champagne. According to the GIA…” Brown is the most common fancy diamond […]

Antique Rose Cut Diamonds

Dating back to the 1500s, rose cut diamonds are considered one of the oldest diamond shapes in the world. Made popular in the Georgian Era (circa 1700s) when diamonds were still measured and cut by hand, this antique cut has re-emerged as an ethereal alternative to the traditional brilliant cut. Rose cut diamonds have a […]

Salt & Pepper Diamonds

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Salt and Pepper diamonds are real mined diamonds. ‘Salt and Pepper’ is a marketing term used to describe included diamonds, with ‘Salt’ referring to white inclusions and ‘Pepper’ referring to black inclusions which are highly visible within the diamond. The majority of natural diamonds mined are highly included, and for years these diamonds were perceived […]