Marriage means a lifetime of glorious change, and if you’re thinking about asking your significant other to tie the knot, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. It can be incredibly tough not only to save up the money for that perfect engagement ring, but to actually find the time to head out [...]
Posted on January 31, 2013 by coalition
Posted on January 22, 2013 by coalition
Pick the perfect ring with the diamond dimensions calculator. This handy chart will help you determine the best diamond ring for your sweetheart – and your budget. Also known as a diamond size chart, a diamond dimensions calculator lists the width of a stone in millimeters (mm)and the carat weight for each diamond shape, or cut. [...]
Posted on January 15, 2013 by coalition
Buying a diamond can be a difficult and sometimes mysterious process, but it doesn’t have to be burdensome if you understand just five things you need to know about diamond grading charts. The GIA, or Gemological Institute of America, grades diamonds on a scale according to four components, known as the “4 Cs”: cut, clarity [...]
Posted on January 9, 2013 by coalition
Many years ago, when the diamond trade had just begun to develop, The London Diamond Syndicate was in the business of sorting rough diamonds that it intended to sell to the public. Because there was no industry-wide standard at the time, different diamond grades were assigned by various organizations. Random scales were created that included [...]
Posted on January 3, 2013 by coalition
When talking about diamonds, most people like to discuss carat size, but do you know what carat size actually entails? Many people assume that it conforms to the size of the diamond; the bigger the diamond, the greater the carat, with a spectacular diamond comprising a full carat.
Factors to Consider
Actually, carat refers to the weight [...]
Posted on December 21, 2012 by coalition
Before purchasing a big-ticket item, many consumers will spend hours researching their options and reading reviews and ratings to determine the best balance of cost and quality. When it comes to buying a diamond, however, you may not be familiar with how the stones are evaluated. What is the truth about diamond ratings?
Diamond Ratings Are [...]
Posted on December 17, 2012 by coalition
If you plan on buying a diamond any time soon, then you will want to learn how a diamond carat is measured. The carat is a numerical value assigned to the physical weight of the diamond. One of the most common misconceptions about carats is that they signify the diameter of the diamond. When a [...]
Posted on December 13, 2012 by coalition
Getting Clear on Diamond Clarity: Inclusions vs. Blemishes
Whether you’re shopping for an engagement diamond, anniversary ring, or Valentine’s Day jewelry, knowing the basics of diamond clarity inclusions vs. blemishes will help you make a better buying decision. So what are inclusions and blemishes, what’s the difference, and why do they matter?
Inclusions and blemishes affect a stone’s [...]
Posted on December 4, 2012 by coalition
You’re one of a kind, highly creative, and you enjoy the unique. So you want nothing to do with cookie cutter jewelry. Building your own engagement ring, therefore, is the perfect way to show off your creativity and flair as you enter into one of the most important moments of your life. And it’s easy [...]