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It’s important that you get a few things prepared before the meeting so you feel as prepared as possible:
WHAT TO BRING TO THE MEETING?
- If you have any example pieces, sketches or jewelry you’d like to match with, please have those ready to show as well. We love it when you’re able to show us what you want! Pineterest boards definitely count.
- We recommend having a notepad or any device to write down your questions ahead of time.
WHAT WILL THE MEETING BE LIKE?
- Makiko and/or someone on our team will set aside a time for you.
- For in-person appointment, our designated reserved meeting location (location and address is emailed to you at confirmation). Please meet us at the reception at your confirmed meeting time.
- For virtual appointment, please simply click on the link provided via email confirmation at the time you specified.
- From there, we will work through your requests and try and find the best possible solution for your desires. By the end of the first meeting we’ll have mapped out the action plan to get you exactly what you’re looking for by the time you want it.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
- After looking over your initial form, we will begin to find pieces and draw sketches to get a rough idea of what exactly you want. Depending on what information you gave us, we may have a selection of stones and pieces that match your description already!
- If you have any example pieces or jewelry you’d like to match with, please have those ready to show – and you can always refer to our showcase pages for ideas.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
- For starters, try and familiarize yourself with the information below. No need to become an expert (that’s our job), but certainly get a rough idea of the vocabulary.
- Get ready to put your imaginations on paper.
Diamond Anatomy & Cut Quality
When you’re shopping for a diamond, its brightness and sparkle will draw you to the jewelry counter, and keep you captivated long after you’ve made your diamond purchase. Achieving maximum brightness and sparkle requires excellent cutting technique, which is reflected in the diamond’s cut grade. Of the 4Cs, no other ‘C’ has more impact on a diamond’s appearance.
When people think of “cut,” they often think of the shape of a diamond rather than its cut quality. Cut is all about a diamond’s fire, sparkle, and brightness, and as a value factor, it refers to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish; those factors that determine the cut quality or the fourth ‘C.’
Understanding the 4 C’s of Diamond
(+ Fifth C)
The 4Cs are diamond cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
A Diamond’s Cut Unleashes Its Light
Diamonds are renowned for their ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely. We often think of a diamond’s cut as shape (round, heart, oval, marquise, pear), but a diamond’s cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light.
Precise artistry and workmanship are required to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond.
(image from GIA)
Diamond Cut Descriptions
- Brightness: Internal and external white light reflected from a diamond
- Fire: The scattering of white light into all the colors of the rainbow
- Scintillation: The amount of sparkle a diamond produces, and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the diamond
For more deep dive, check out: Diamond Anatomy & Cut Quality
Diamond Color Actually Means Lack of Color
Understanding what diamond color means helps in choosing the right diamond. Interestingly, the diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. GIA’s D-to-Z diamond color-grading system measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value.
Diamond Clarity Refers to the Absence of Inclusions and Blemishes
GIA Diamond Clarity Descriptions
- Flawless (FL) No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
- Internally Flawless (IF) No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
- Included (I1, I2, and I3) Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance
Diamond Carat Weight Measures a Diamond’s Apparent Size
Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams.
Each carat can be subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A jeweler may describe the weight of a diamond below one carat by its ‘points’ alone. For instance, the jeweler may refer to a diamond that weighs 0.25 carats as a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ Diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. A 1.08 carat stone would be described as ‘one point oh eight carats.’
The Fifth C: Certification
Certification is super important, so much so that it's often thought of as the 5th C.
There are several diamond grading labs around the world: GIA, AGS, EGL, and IGI to name a few. These labs all have their own grading criteria and standards.
We recommend that you buy diamonds certified by GIA or AGS. These two labs are the most respected worldwide and have the highest, most consistent grading standards.