Diamond Education

A lifetime pursuit, a good place to start is GIA


Carat Weight

Weight is weight, NOT size, and diamonds are sold by weight. Like people, diamonds that weigh the same can be wider across or taller.


Diamonds can range from D (the best and most colorless) to Z (very yellow or ugly brownish and fancy colors beyond.
Tip-top clarity costs a lot and low clarity can be peppery, ugly or make the diamond dull.

Sparkle. Brightness. Fire. Snap. Life… All of these depend on cut quality. You don’t need to be OCD about cut quality but you might be surprised to see how much difference it makes.

Diamonds are typically sold with a Grading Report stating their weight, color, clarity and cut quality. But different grading labs don’t enforce the same standards. It’s extremely important to know which Grading Reports you can trust, and which to avoid!

Country of origin
Every diamond came from somewhere, but until relatively recently, few people cared exactly where. That changed with the concept of conflict diamonds in the late 1990s, or diamonds that are financially involved in funding war. Some countries, especially Canada, Botswana, Australia and Russia are marketing stones with documents to show the provenance and reduce customers worries.

Isn’t it always about the money? People want to know if they are paying an appropriate price for what they’re getting. Sure, the dealer said it was a bargain, and they even gave an ‘appraisal’ that said it’s worth twice what it cost. Sure.

Call our appraiser today at (303)223-4944 for an appointment or inquire right now by email.