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Sue Davidson, G.G.

Recent Posts by Sue Davidson, G.G.

Diamond Certification Dossier or Report - Is There Actually A Difference?

 Looking to buy a diamond? Purchasing a certified diamond will help you ensure that your diamond is fairly priced and is a good quality stone. When diamonds are sent into independent grading labs, like the Gemological Institute of America (i.e., GIA), they come back with a certification after being graded compared to other similar stones. 

There are a couple types of diamond grading documentations you can receive when buying a diamond graded by GIA. Let's explore two of them so that you can really understand what you are buying:

Taking A Closer Look At Diamond Polish & Symmetry

 Most loose diamonds from reputable sellers will come with a certification from grading labs such as GIA or AGS. These certificates help to grade diamonds so they can easily be compared against one another and so that you can find out everything there is to know about a certain diamond. 

Within this certificate, there is a wealth of information, and it can seem overwhelming at first glance. You can start by understanding the basic four Cs of the diamond, such as its color or clarity. Then, you'll want to move on to the more advanced details. 

Polish and symmetry grade are two parts of a certificate that you can look at to further evaluate the worth of a diamond beyond the basics. The evaluation of polish and symmetry are important in determining the overall cut grade of a diamond. For a diamond to qualify for an excellent cut grade, both the polish and symmetry must be very good or excellent.

What You Should Know About A Diamond's Cut and Angles

 Think you already know everything about diamonds? While most people are aware of the extreme hardness and rarity of diamonds, what is less known are the extreme design challenges that face the diamond cutter. It takes the skill and expertise of a master diamond cutter along with the precision offered by technology to unlock the natural beauty of a diamond to its fullest potential.  The cut of the diamond is considered by experts to be the most important of the four Cs.

Over the years, we often meet people who really want to know more about the cut of a diamond, its exact measurements, and how this really affects the overall beauty of the stone. There's never such thing as knowing too much when it's time to finally buy a diamond. 

Let's dissect a diamond and look at each of its parts so that you have a better understanding of what you are buying:

What Is A Conflict Or Blood Diamond?

We often get asked about "conflict" or "blood diamonds," a term which was made popular by the 2006 movie Blood Diamond. In case you haven't seen the movie, it's set against the backdrop of the Sierra Leone Civil War from 1996–2001. The film follows the story of Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy, a Mende fisherman, as they fight over the possession of a priceless diamond. 

Blood Diamond put the term on the map and has since made people curious about these types of diamonds. We always tell people that blood or conflict diamonds describe diamonds mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army's war efforts or a warlord's activity.

Conflict or blood diamonds have been a hot topic for many years now because consumers want to know where their diamonds are coming from and choose not to support any diamonds that fuel conflict. At Long's, we make every effort to support regulations that prohibit blood or conflict diamonds. But, how can we be so sure?

Let's take a look at the history behind these diamonds and how we can assure our customers that our diamonds are, in fact, conflict-free:

Why You Should Care About A Diamond's Fluorescence

Buying a diamond isn't an easy task. Diamonds are mined from the ground and each one is completely different and has its own unique characteristics. Because of this, it's important to know some of the technical differences between diamonds so that you can easily differentiate them from one another.

The best way to ensure that you get an amazing diamond is to read up and get educated as much as possible before stepping foot into a store. We always recommend starting with the Four Cs of diamonds, but there are other smaller factors to consider when purchasing diamonds. 

A diamond's fluorescence, for instance, is often a detail that is overlooked. Fluorescence can make no difference or can have a big impact on the appearance of a diamond. 

Let's take a look at a diamond's fluorescence so that you can see how it will affect the price and look of any diamond you might want to purchase: 

Are All Yellow Diamonds Equally Beautiful and Valuable?

There's a lot of buzz lately around the color of diamonds and ones that are now called "fancy" colored. But what is the difference between a yellow diamond that is is rare and highly sought after vs one that is an undesirable shade of yellow?

A diamond's color is important to understand, especially as you learn and analyze the Four Cs of diamonds. Diamond color plays an important role in the overall value of the diamond and will help determine how much you end up paying for it. 

We'll breakdown the different factors that give a diamond its unique color and show you desirable vs undesirable colors in diamonds. Here is everything you will need to know about a diamond's color: