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3 Carat Diamond Ring Found in Arkansas

When you’re searching for a 3 carat diamond ring, the last place you’d check is a state park. Yet that’s precisely what 14-year-old Tana Clymer did—and she succeeded!

On October 19, the Oklahoma teen’s family was on a visit to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park, when Tana decided to try her luck in the search field. After two hours, she saw something glinting in the ground.

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God’s Jewel

“I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper,” Tana said. “Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble. I think God pointed me to it. I was about to sprint to join my family, and God told me to slow down and look. Then, I found the diamond!”

Tana’s extraordinary find was shaped like a tear drop and small enough to fit a 3 carat diamond ring, and it is known as a “canary gem” for its yellowish hue. The teen called it “God’s Jewel”.

The park’s assistant superintendent Bill Henderson said, “(Tana’s diamond) is very similar to the gem-quality, 4.21-carat canary diamond found at the Crater of Diamonds by Oklahoma State Trooper Marvin Culver of Nowata, Oklahoma, on March 12, 2006, a gem he named the Okie Dokie Diamond.”

“Tana told me that she was so excited, she couldn’t sleep last night. She’s either going to keep the diamond for a ring, or, if it’s worth a lot, she’ll want that for college,” Henderson added.

Tana wasn’t the only youngster to make a significant find in the park this year. Last July, a 12-year-old boy from North Carolina found a 5.16 carat diamond, which he named “God’s Glory Diamond”.

About Crater of Diamonds State Park

In an interview with National Geographic, park interpreter Waymon Cox said that visitors get to keep their finds, as long as they pay the entry fee of $7 for adults and $4 for kids aged 6-12. Equipment rentals come with additional charges.

Cox also explained the possible reason behind the abundance of gems worthy of a high-quality 3 carat diamond ring in the park: “There was a volcanic eruption about 100 million years ago that created an 83-acre crater here. That eruption brought rocks and minerals from the Earth’s mantle to the surface, and over time erosion has removed a lot of the lighter soil and left behind the heavier stuff, including diamonds and other gemstones.”

“Geologists had suspected there might be diamonds because the soil looked greenish, which meant it was a kind of volcanic soil called lamporite tuff, similar to the soil of diamond fields in South Africa.”

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is currently the world’s only diamond-producing site accessible to the public. Since 1906, park visitors have found gems like agate, amethyst, barite, calcite, garnet, jasper, peridot, quartz, and the Strawn-Wagner Diamond, which is famous for being the world’s only perfect diamond ever discovered.

“God’s jewel” is the 396th diamond found in the park in 2013.

Buy a 3 Carat Diamond Ring from Dara’s Diamonds Today

Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Arkansas to find an item of value. Even if you do live in Arkansas, you can still log on to Dara’s Diamonds website and buy a ready-to-wear 3 carat diamond ring from the comfort of your home. To get more information on our products, you can call (888) 764-DARA (3272) or e-mail customerservice@darasdiamonds.com.

Stud Earrings and a New ‘Do | Jennifer Aniston’s New Look

It seems that Jennifer Aniston is on a roll in the style department lately, for better or worse.

First, the former “Friends” star sheared off her iconic locks in favor of an A-line bob cut, which she debuted last Nov. 4 with the help of longtime friend and hairstylist Chris McMillan. A day after, colorist Michael Canale put the finishing touches.

Finally, Aniston topped off her brighter and edgier look with new stud earrings, which she bought along with girlfriend and New York make-up artist Gucci Westman.

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An Impulse Cut

Aniston told Vogue that her new hairstyle was a “spur-of-the-moment” decision. “I was flipping through the television channel and I paused it to take a picture and I sent it to Chris, and he said, ‘That’s Lawren Howell from Vogue!’ And then he said, ‘I just cut that!’ So that’s it. He went way shorter than hers, but she was the inspiration.”

When asked how she felt about the new cut, Aniston replied: “I feel great. I feel lighter. It’s simple, it’s really simple, that’s for sure. But I’m always one of those girls who does a big old chop just to get it really healthy, to repair all the [damage from] hair coloring and stuff like that. I just got bored, honestly. It’s fun to change it up once in a while.”

Indeed, McMillan posted an Instagram snapshot of himself and Aniston’s bob cut on Nov. 9, with the latter high-fiving the camera. The hairstylist captioned the picture: “LOVE!! #JenniferAniston #bobhaircut #LivingProofInc #Flex #PerfectHairDay.”

As for Aniston’s stud earrings, pics were posted in Westman’s Instagram account, along with the words: “Me and #jenniferaniston got our ears pierced today! #memories @mrchrismcmillan #loveyou.”

Moving On from The Rachel

Aniston has been so identified with her “Friends” character Rachel Green, that her trademark long, honey-colored hair is actually dubbed “The Rachel”. However, she confessed to Allure that it was “the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen”, even though it was copied by young women everywhere and was McMillan’s brainchild.

She even joked in a radio interview with “The Kyle and Jackie O Show” that she’d rather shave her head than have “The Rachel” again for the rest of her life.

Meanwhile, Mirror Online commented that Aniston’s stud earrings were “the well-edgy cartilage type you got when you were about 15, had in for a month, and then realized you couldn’t even do a simple thing like put your hair behind your ear without wincing in pain.”

Shop Dara’s Diamonds

Whether you love or hate Jennifer Aniston’s new look, there’s no denying that the woman is a style icon. If you dig her stud earrings, you can purchase them online at Dara’s Diamonds. Our earrings, which are made from all-natural diamonds, come in a variety of styles and can be customized to fit your preferences. Best of all, they come in elegant jewelry boxes to cap off their show-stopping quality.

For stud earrings and other jewelry that will stand the test of time, call Dara’s Diamonds today at (888) 764-DARA (3272) or e-mail customerservice@darasdiamonds.com.

1 Carat Diamond vs. 1 Gold Karat vs. 1 Troy Ounce

Every time you buy jewelry, you’ll come across terms like “1 carat diamond”, “1 gold karat” and “1 troy ounce”. Jewelers prominently display these labels on their products, because they’re among the many determinants of a piece of jewelry’s value.

That begs the question: What’s the difference between “carat”, “karat”, and “troy ounce”? Here’s a quick guide to help new jewelry buyers.

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Carat

Carat measures a diamond’s weight. For example, a 1 carat diamond is roughly 200 mg or 0.007055 oz. Since heavier diamonds are harder to find in nature, they’re also more valuable. If a diamond is at least 100 carats and has a flawless quality, it is known as a paragon.

Take note, however, that two diamonds of the same weight may not necessarily be of the same size. This variation is due to different densities; that is, some diamonds concentrate more weight into a smaller space than others. Also, carat is only one of the four Cs of diamond grading (the other three being clarity, color and cut), so it’s possible for two 1 carat diamonds to be priced differently.

For smaller diamonds, jewelers use points to measure weight instead of carats. One carat is equivalent to 100 points, so a 0.25 carat diamond has 25 points, a 0.05 carat diamond has 5 points, and so on.

Carat is also used to measure the value of pearls, as well as gemstones other than diamonds.

Karat

It’s easy to think that 1 karat gold is equivalent to 1 carat diamond. In fact, the words “carat” and “karat” are used interchangeably in some countries. However, here in the U.S., these are two completely different concepts.

While carat measures weight, karat measures purity—specifically, gold purity. If a bracelet is made of 24-karat gold, for instance, it means that the bracelet is made of pure gold or is at least 99% percent gold. Because pure gold is extremely soft, you won’t see too many jewelers selling 24-karat gold items.

Instead, you’re more likely to see pieces made of 18-karat gold (75% gold), 14-karat gold (58.5% gold), and so on. That means these pieces are part-gold, and part-other metals like copper, nickel, palladium, platinum and silver. In the U.S., the minimum karat value for gold jewelry is 10K.

Troy Ounce

Today, troy ounce is most commonly used to measure the weight of precious metals. It is a unit of imperial measure, which means it was first defined in the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824. One troy ounce is equal to 1.09714 avoirdupois ounces. (“Avoirdupois” is simply a fancy term for “conventional weight system”.) Take care not to confuse the two when purchasing gold and silver pieces!

For a first class 1 carat diamond piece, or high-quality jewelry in general, visit Dara’s Diamonds. Every piece from our online store meets only the highest standards of excellence, whether it’s a diamond engagement ring, diamond stud earring, or diamond pendant. We are more than happy to help you find the perfect piece, so call us at 888-764-3272 or e-mail customerservice@darasdiamonds.com today!

HOW TO VALUE A CARAT

how to value a caratA carat is the unit of measurement used to specifically describe the weight of diamonds. A carat diamond is a diamond whose weight is approximately 200 milligrams. The carat weight is divided into points, so one carat is 100 points (or 1.00). Just because a diamond is larger does not mean that it has a higher carat weight. Some diamonds are cut in a way that may hide the true weight of the diamond.

The carat is one of the 4 Cs, a global diamond language created by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), used for grading diamonds. The other Cs are cut, clarity and color. The value of a diamond is determined by the combination of these four characteristics, not solely on the carat weight alone. It is difficult to assign a value to a single carat based on weight, as the estimation could be significantly higher or lower than the actual value once all four elements are explored, but according to the GIA, larger diamonds of the same quality are worth more per carat.

Cut refers to the polish, proportions and symmetry of a diamond. Popular cuts include Round Brilliant, Oval, Marquise, Princess, Emerald, Pear Shaped, Heart Shaped, Trilliant, Radiant and Cushion. Based on cut alone, Round Brilliant cut diamonds are generally more expensive than other cuts.

Color refers to the tint that may be present in a diamond. While most diamonds have some coloring, less visible color generally means that the diamond is more valuable. Upon inspection, experts can assign a color grade to the diamond as follows: Colorless diamonds are assigned a D, E or F grade. Near colorless diamonds receive a grade of G, H, I or J. Faint yellow diamonds are assigned K, L or M.  Grading of N-Z  are very light yellow. Yellow diamonds are graded as Fancy. For diamond engagement rings, the less color the better, but in other cases, colored diamonds are quite valuable. Rarer colors are worth more, with red being the rarest and most valuable.

Clarity refers to the presence or visibility of inclusions, or flaws, in a diamond. Generally speaking, less inclusions in a diamond translates into a more valuable diamond. However, most diamonds have natural internal inclusions. Flawless diamonds are considered rare, and so their value is significantly higher. The grading for clarity is as follows: Flawless/IF, Very, Very Slightly Included (VVSI1 and VVSI2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2), Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2), and Included (I1, I2 and I3). Diamonds with an SI, VSI and VVSI grading may contain internal flaws, but they are not visible to the naked eye. Diamonds with an I grading may have visible inclusions.

At Dara’s Diamonds we offer a huge selection of diamond rings with high quality natural diamonds that are inspected thoroughly by experts. We guarantee that you’ll love our diamonds! Log on today to view our fantastic selection of gorgeous, elegant diamond rings and find the perfect fit for the one you adore.

JEWELRY ISN’T JUST FOR WOMEN: MEN’S DIAMOND EARRINGS AND MORE

mens diamond earIs looking great exclusively a woman’s prerogative? In today’s fast-changing modern culture, the answer, happily, is no. Today, modern men are discovering the incredible masculine appeal of staying fit, dressing well and wearing well-chosen, beautifully designed jewelry, specifically men’s diamond earrings–and more!

Why should women have all the fun? Today, it’s an open secret that men enjoy spiffing themselves up and looking good just as much as women do. If looking great involves adding a little extra sparkle with the addition of some fashionable jewelry, like men’s diamond earrings, for example, so much the better! Let’s take a look at some of the earring styles available today that work especially well for men.

Earrings for Men, Pierced and All

Years ago, only the most exotic and unusual men indulged in ear piercing. Today, this once far-out style has been welcomed in society as a way for men to assert their individuality and to accommodate a range of jewelry styles—including earrings.

Today, men’s diamond earrings are seen as an understated way to add a touch of elegance and some definite dazzle to a formal suit or casual ensemble. The look of a gold stud diamond earring on a man is definitely dazzling, while also slightly exotic. It’s a can’t-miss detail that adds extra interest to his overall look and gives him a real dose of sartorial flair.

Let’s take a look at some of the styles in earrings he may want to choose to heighten the look of a new suit or sweater ensemble.

The Masculine Appeal of Gold Stud Diamond Earrings

There are many ways for men to wear jewelry, from gold rings to chains to pendants, but earrings create an especially eye-catching and intriguing look for a man.

The gold diamond stud earring is a truly classic accessory that offers a sense of understated elegance; it offers a touch of dazzle without being over the top in any way.

Diamond stud earrings come in various cuts and styles, ranging from princess cut diamond earrings in a square setting to earrings with round cut diamonds. Both of these styles offer plenty of dazzle and lots of interest, and can be worn in your choice of yellow gold, white gold or platinum settings. The shimmer of these gems will give him a definite sparkle at any social occasion, whether it’s an upscale cocktail party, wedding, or an intimate dinner at a favorite restaurant.

Mixing and Matching

Once a man has taken the leap and decided on the right choice of diamond earrings, he may want to play on this added bit of sparkle by wearing diamond cuff links, in a similar style, as well as a ring. He may also want to stay consistent with the choice of metals in all his jewelry, say in all yellow or white gold, to give his look real impact. Ultimately, it’s all about choosing jewelry that highlights his masculinity and embraces his inner sense of style with an extra bit of dazzle.

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HOW TO SPOT A FAKE 2 CT DIAMOND RING

fake2ctdiamondIn the world of budget engagement ring shopping, you have to be vigilant. It’s completely possible to score a stunning ring at an affordable price, but you may have wade through a few fakes and phonies to get there. Consequently, the most important part of budget diamond ring shopping is educating yourself about diamonds before you start. If you do your homework, you’ll be able tell the difference between a real diamond and an imposter like cubic zirconia. Here are some tips for spotting a fake 2 ct diamond ring:

Do the Breath Test

If you suspect a 2 ct. diamond ring of being a fake, the breath test is one of the easiest ways to start figuring out the truth. To do the breath test, breathe hot air all over the 2 ct diamond until it becomes completely foggy. If the fog clears up right away, it’s a true diamond. A fake will stay cloudy for about 10 seconds.

Check for Transparency

Hold the diamond against a newspaper so that the flat side is facing. If you can read the print through the diamond, it’s a fake. A real diamond refracts light, which would obscure the text. This test is easier to do if your 2 ct diamond isn’t in a ring setting yet.

Carefully Look Inside the Stone

Looking deep into a 2 ct. diamond is a good way to gather some information that will help you determine if it is real or fake. The first thing you should look for is whether the diamond seems perfectly formed. No natural diamond is completely free of flaws, so if your 2 ct diamond ring seems totally perfect, the diamond was probably grown in a lab. Other things to look for inside the stone are the powerful interior “fire” of refracted light and grey colors in the refracted light when you hold it up to a light source. These are both signs of a genuine diamond.

Do the Scratch Test

If you’ve been to elementary school, you probably know that diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth. This means that it can scratch anything. If your 2 ct diamond ring can’t scratch glass, that’s a good sign that it’s a fake.

The most accurate way to have a diamond’s authenticity proven is to have it appraised. You can also avoid problems by dealing only with highly trusted diamond retailers. At Dara’s Diamonds, every diamond comes with an appraisal from a third party jeweler and a generous return policy to give you peace of mind about your diamond purchase. We also work to make sure that our diamond sources follow United Nations regulations and are conflict-free.

Dara’s Diamonds eliminates the middleman to bring you the best possible prices on diamond jewelry. If you can find a better price, we will match it. Shop Dara’s Diamonds for affordable diamonds that don’t compromise quality.

HOW TO CLEAN DIAMOND EARRINGS?

scrubbing-the-jewelry_1281.fb897Diamond earrings add sparkle on a special night out or even a little luster to a mundane day at work. However, the more you wear them, the more they pick up oil from skin and hair, causing the metal to wear down and the stone to lose its luster. While many people appreciate the look and feel of a freshly cleaned diamond, few truly know how to clean diamond earrings properly.
While one can always take her diamond earrings in to a professional for cleaning, those who know how to clean diamond earrings themselves can save money by completing the task using common household items. If earrings are only plagued by a little oil or grime, a small amount of dish soap and warm water is all that is necessary. Diamond earrings should be soaked in the solution for up to 30 minutes. If any grim or oil remains, a toothbrush, soft cloth or cotton swab can be dipped into the soapy water, then used to gently scrub the stone and metal backing. Earrings should then be rinsed under warm water and dried with a lint free cloth.

Those wondering how to clean diamond earrings with a silver or gold backing can try baking soda, an excellent agent for cleaning built-up tarnish on precious metals. A quarter cup of baking soda combined with 2 tablespoons of water will create a potent but not overly harsh cleaning agent. For silver backing, dipping a damp sponge into the mixture, then carefully rubbing the baking soda mixture on the backing of each earring will effectively remove build up without damaging the silver. For earrings with gold backings, a light coating of baking soda is all that is necessary. A small amount of vinegar can then be poured over the backing, before your rinse, dry and polish the earrings with a  lint free cloth.

While simple baking soda and soap can be very effective in cleaning diamond earrings, some people are not content with clean diamonds, but instead insist on knowing how to clean diamond earrings until they sparkle like new! To restore the full shine to diamond earrings, an ammonia solution can do the trick. Start by combining one part ammonia with three parts warm water in a small bowl. Remember, ammonia is a strong chemical, so be sure to open a window and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Place the earrings in the ammonia solution while wearing the gloves and swirl them around the solution for no longer than 10 minutes. Remove the earrings and if necessary, gently scrub dirt off the backing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Diamond jewelry is often cherished by its owner and in many cases passed down to future generations, and knowing how to clean diamond earrings properly can be a very valuable skill. Remember, diamonds are strong gemstones, but they can still chip if not cared for, and earring backings are not always as strong, so exercise caution. Scrub gently and do not soak earrings longer than the recommended timeframe. By providing proper care for your diamonds, you can ensure they remain valuable and eye-catching for years to come!

DIAMOND RING FRISKED AWAY FROM TRAVELER

airport-metro-stationEver wonder about the safety of your jewelry when passing through an airport security checkpoint? Thinking about proposing to your fiancée in another country?  Be careful, as there have been reports of jewelry being stolen from unsuspecting travelers, and if you’re not alert, it may happen to you.

On September 5, 2012, it was reported that a diamond ring had been frisked away from a traveler at Dubai airport. First Policeman Abdulwahid Jabbar stated in testimony that a passenger had just gone through security when he noticed his diamond ring had disappeared.

After arriving at the scene, police inspected the area and retrieved the closed-circuit television footage.  On the video, an airport employee was seen taking the diamond ring from a traveler’s belongings.  When confronted, the employee admitted to the crime and led authorities to the location of the ring.

Despite the fact that this particular incident was resolved without issue, it doesn’t make it any easier on the next unsuspecting traveler who may have valuable possessions turn up missing while at the airport, only to never see them again.

Recently, the Transportation Security Administration posted an article stating that from May 2003 to September 2012, only 381 TSA employees—or about .04%—had been terminated for theft.  The statement continues,  “This extremely small percentage does not reflect the dedication and professionalism of our workforce as a whole.”  This was in response to an ABC report on iPads being stolen via airport security.

However, as is a common response to any statistics on crime, this “extremely small percentage” only accounts for those TSA employees who have been caught.  Plus, it does not include the theft of jewelry in airports in foreign territories.

So what are some ways you can protect your jewelry from being stolen by airport employees?  For starters, don’t put anything of high monetary or sentimental value in your checked luggage.  Even if you put a TSA-approved lock on your bag, certain airport personnel have the authority to open the lock and check the contents of your luggage.

Furthermore, aside from the potential for your diamond ring or pearl necklace being swiped straight out of your suitcase, airlines are known to lose luggage from time to time.  And even if they are able to locate it, you don’t want to deal with the anxiety of hoping your jewelry will be returned, as well.

Overall, the best way to protect yourself from theft by airport security is to not travel with your valuable possessions.  When a diamond ring has a special sentiment attached, you don’t want to deal with the heartbreak of having it frisked away by an authoritative stranger.  And unless the crime is clearly captured by a near-by security camera, that beautiful engagement ring may find its way to the finger of a lucky girl whom you’ve never met.

Even if you’ve registered your jewelry prior to traveling, proving a theft took place can be a difficult and drawn-out process—full of monotonous paperwork, appeals, and ultimately disappointment.  Put simply: unless you absolutely cannot live without it, just leave it at home.

If you’re looking for superior diamond jewelry, including engagement rings and studded earrings, shop our wide selection at Dara’s Diamonds. We have thousands of offerings that are guaranteed to please. Shop today!

PICK THE PERFECT RING WITH THE DIAMOND DIMENSIONS CALCULATOR

Buying-Diamonds-Online1-290x300Pick 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.   A gemstone appraiser can assist you in using one of these calculators accurately, although there are many online sources available to help you estimate diamond dimensions on your own. Having an appraiser or a salesman at your jewelry dealer help you ensures  you a correct assessment, as many factors need to be considered to pick the perfect ring with the diamond dimensions calculator.

Check for the clarity of the diamond. Clarity rankings denote how clear the diamond looks- whether it has a pure transparent visual or one with cracks and other imperfections. Diamonds are scored on a clarity scale of from FL-IF for flawless to I1-I2-I3 , which indicates that cracks and imperfections are visible to the naked eye or under minimal magnification.

Gemologists grade diamonds according to their color. Graders evaluate a diamond to stones from a master set, comparing it to the pure color of the master set. A flawless diamond is colorless, but some colors increase a diamond’s value. Structural and chemical inconsistencies cause diamonds to turn yellow, pink, purple or blue. Black and red diamonds are the rarest finds, with red diamonds the most coveted. A 2.26-carat purplish-red diamond was auctioned in 2007 in Switzerland for 2.6 million dollars.

Colorless diamonds receive a grade of “D” (highest) to “F” , with near colorless, faint yellow and light yellow diamonds graded from G (nearly colorless)  to Z ( very light yellow).

A diamond’s weight is measured in carats. Each carat equals 200 milligrams. Larger diamonds are rare in nature and are worth much more than smaller stones. Light refracts more brilliantly; on a heavier diamond, thus increasing the beauty and the value of large diamonds.  Gemologists assign 100 points per diamond carat, so a 2-carat diamond  has a 200 point grade.

The cut of the stone is a combination of shape, proportion and symmetry. A poorly cut diamond appears too shallow or too deep, while a properly cut gem has perfect proportions that allow light to sparkle and reflect throughout the stone.  An unbalanced cut results in less light on the bottom or sides of the stone.  Round diamonds, the most popular shape, allows maximum brightness. Other cuts include oval, pear-shaped, the football-shaped marquise cut, the cushion (square cut with rounded corners) and the emerald cut.

After you’ve examined all the components of high-quality diamonds, pick the perfect ring with the diamond dimensions calculatorAnd once you find your perfect arrangement, be sure to shop at Dara’s Diamonds to get the best deals on the most gorgeous diamond engagement rings and fine jewelry.

DIAMOND GRADING

diamondsBuying 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, color, and carat. Here are five things you need to know in order to truly understand the science behind diamond grading charts.

1)  Carat: The first of the five things you need to know about diamond grading charts is one that most of us are familiar with: carat. For those of you who aren’t overly familiar with the diamond grading chart, here’s how carat works: The bigger the carat weight, the larger the diamond. Of course, different quality diamonds of the same carat weight can vastly differ in price, and interestingly enough, the bigger the diamond, the more you’ll pay per carat for weight. So if you’re buying a one carat diamond, you’ll pay less for that one carat than you do per carat in, let’s say, a three carat diamond, simply because it’s difficult to find stones that large. You’re paying for the rarity of the stone, as well as the carat weight and quality.

2)  Cut: Now that you’re well versed on carat, it’s important to remember that the old adage about bigger being better doesn’t always apply. The cut of the diamond can severely influence how much or how little it sparkles. You could be buying a big diamond, but if the cut is low quality, it won’t refract light properly, meaning it won’t sparkle.

3)  Clarity: The third thing you need to know about diamond grading charts has to do with clarity, and this is crucial because clarity can be costly. Have you ever looked at a big diamond closely and noticed that it looks cloudy, rather than gorgeously clear? That’s because the clarity of the diamond is low, and it has flaws that interfere with the brilliance of the diamond. A flawless diamond, or one with flaws that aren’t visible to the naked eye, is expensive but worth paying for.

4)  Color: Yellow diamonds are “in”, but unless you’re aiming for a yellow diamond, it’s not a good thing when your white diamond doesn’t look white. The diamond grading chart has a scale for diamonds; the more colorless, the better. Most of the variations between grades in this category are difficult to see with the naked eye, but you also don’t want your gorgeous, expensive diamond to have a yellow tinge.

5)  Shape and Setting: The last thing you need to know about diamond grading charts is the shape and setting of a diamond. There are countless shape and setting combinations to choose from. Shape can often come down to personal preference; when choosing a setting, consider one that will flatter the shape of the diamond you prefer.

Find your perfect diamond today at Dara’s Diamonds, and enjoy the unparalleled benefit of buying gorgeous diamonds at affordable prices.