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Beyond just the four C’s, browse our comprehensive diamond research and educational articles. Our diamond experts have collectively spent decades in the diamond industry to provide you with free and unbiased advice.

Each of the 4 Cs play a role in a diamond’s beauty, though it is difficult to decipher one component by itself.

Read our complete guide to 4Cs of diamonds

  • The Four C'sThe Complete Diamond Color GuideYour intention with diamond color should be to find a diamond that appears colorless. To do this, you don’t need to go to the top of the diamond color scale. Very high grades offer little visible difference, but come withNov 05, 2019
  • The Four C'sD Color Grade DiamondsThinking of buying a D color diamond? I think it would cross anybody's mind. After all, looking at a diamond like this one from Blue Nile that is incredibly clear is enticing. While D color diamonds look absolutely stunning inNov 08, 2019
  • The Four C'sE Color Grade DiamondsAre you thinking of buying an E color diamond for your fiancé-to-be’s engagement ring or other diamond jewelry? Does seem like an absolute perfect choice for you? Can you tell the difference between that one and ? What Are E ColorNov 01, 2019
  • The Four C'sThe F Color Diamond Buying GuideIf you’re looking to buy an engagement ring, you’re probably aware of the importance of color and how it can affect a diamond’s appearance.  Here’s what we’ll cover in this article: What are F color diamonds?Comparison of F color andNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sThe G Color Diamond GuideIf you’re thinking of buying a diamond, choosing the right color is one of several decisions you’ll need to make.  Diamonds come in a range of colors, from D (colorless) to Z (visibly yellow). As the highest color grade inNov 08, 2019
  • The Four C'sA Guide to H Color DiamondsIf you are considering an H color diamond, you are right in the wheelhouse of our favorite color to recommend. After all, who wouldn't want a stunning diamond like this one from Blue Nile?  Can you really tell the differenceNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sI Color Grade DiamondsThinking of buying an I color diamond? An I color diamond can look absolutely gorgeous, all while offering better value for money than a more expensive diamond with a higher GIA color grade. Just today I recommended this stunner ofNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sA Complete Guide to J Color DiamondsConsidering a J color diamond? J color diamonds can be a great choice in certain situations For example a diamond like this one from James Allen is stunning and will look perfect in certain engagement rings. Many people may gravitateNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sK Color Grade Diamond GuideA K color diamond is not always a bad choice. It can make a beautiful choice with the right shape, cut quality and setting style. For example, would look stunning in a yellow gold or rose gold setting like thisNov 11, 2020
  • The Four C'sThe 4 C's of Diamonds: Evaluating Diamond QualityEach of the 4 C’s of diamonds (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat) play a role in a diamond’s beauty. The grades a diamond carries in these four areas give a clear idea of the diamond’s quality, and by extension theJun 15, 2017
  • The Four C'sDiamond Clarity GuideWhat is Diamond Clarity? Diamond clarity is a qualitative metric that grades the visual appearance of each diamond. The fewer inclusions and blemishes a diamond has, the better its clarity grade will be. The clarity of a diamond can haveNov 14, 2016
  • The Four C'sEye-Clean Diamonds: Everything You Need to KnowWhen it comes to diamond clarity, the main goal is to find an eye-clean diamond. This means that no blemishes or inclusions are visible when you look at the diamond yourself. With eye-clean diamonds, it doesn't matter what imperfections youOct 30, 2019
  • The Four C'sIF and FL Diamond Clarity GradesFlawless and internally flawless diamonds represent less than half a percent of all diamonds in the world. Without any visible inclusions even under 10x magnification, these diamonds are pristine, incredibly rare—and incredibly expensive. Take a look at The flawless diamondOct 03, 2019
  • The Four C'sComplete VVS Diamond Clarity Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation An eye-clean diamond (of any grade) will look identical to VVS Diamonds assuming all else is equal (yet will cost far far less). Because inclusions and blemishes in both VVS and VS Diamonds are only visible atApr 18, 2017
  • The Four C'sComplete VVS1 Diamond Clarity Buying Guide1.02ct G VVS1 Princess Cut Diamond VVS1 diamonds are absolutely stunning from a clarity perspective, but does that make them the right choice for you? Take a look at and compare it to Can you tell the difference between theMar 18, 2020
  • The Four C'sVS Diamonds: Buyer's GuideBottom Line Recommendation: We think VS clarity diamonds are a great choice. Buying an eye-clean VS1 or VS2 diamond will give you a diamond that looks identical to a flawless (FL) clarity diamond to the naked eye, all at aMay 26, 2020
  • The Four C'sA Complete Guide to VS1 Clarity DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: Generally, we recommend seeking a diamond with a Clarity grade of VS1 to SI2. With a pretty VS1 or VS2 diamond, your stone will look identical to a Flawless Clarity diamond (assuming all else is equal), yetMar 20, 2018
  • The Four C'sA Complete Guide to VS2 Diamond ClarityBottom Line Recommendation: We recommend looking for a diamond with a VS1 to SI2 Clarity grade. A beautiful VS2 or VS1 diamond will look identical to a Flawless graded diamond, assuming all other grades and features are equal (yet will costMar 20, 2018
  • The Four C'sA Complete Guide to Si1 Clarity DiamondsHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What are SI clarity diamonds?What is the difference between SI and VS diamonds?What is an SI1 clarity diamond?What tips should I follow to get a beautiful SI1 clarity diamond?Where is the best placeSep 30, 2019
  • The Four C'sUnderstanding the SI2 Clarity GradeHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is the difference between SI1 and SI2 diamonds?Should I focus on SI2 clarity when buying a diamond?What tips should I follow to get a beautiful SI2 clarity diamond?Where is the best placeOct 01, 2019
  • The Four C'sA Guide to SI3 Clarity Grade DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: We strongly encourage all readers to steer clear of diamonds with a Clarity grade of SI3. The SI3 grade is used by lab entities that are not reliable—and you'll likely get a diamond with less beauty andMar 20, 2018
  • The Four C'sAn Expert Guide to I1 Clarity DiamondsI1 diamonds fall on the low end of the Clarity scale. Clarity refers to the blemishes and inclusions present in the stone. Third-party labs, like the GIA, give out clarity grades when they issue a report for a diamond. ForOct 11, 2019
  • The Four C'sI2 Clarity DiamondsDue to the intense heat and pressure that diamonds face during their formation, they all have imperfections. Some imperfections are visible, while others are not. With I2 diamonds, inclusions and blemishes are easily visible under magnification and by the nakedOct 11, 2019
  • The Four C'sCloudy Diamonds Buyers GuideAs you may have read elsewhere on our website, its best to find an "eye-clean" diamond of lower clarity grade (like we discuss in our SI2 article). There is one "hidden" flaw that is disastrous. Not only will it sapOct 30, 2019
  • The Four C'sDiamond Feather Inclusions: What to Watch ForDiamonds have all sorts of inclusions. A feather inclusion is one type of internal inclusion. It's a crack within the diamond that has a feathery look when viewed from a right angle. Depending on the color, size and location ofOct 30, 2019
  • The Four C'sVVS2 Diamond: The Complete GuideVVS2 diamonds are exceptionally high-quality when it comes to Diamond Clarity. However, to the naked eye, a VVS2 clarity diamond may not look any different from one several grades lower, yet will come at a higher price. What is aFeb 07, 2022
  • The Four C'sA Complete Guide to Diamond Cut QualityCut is possibly the most important of the 4Cs. If you ignore it, you can make an enormous mistake. For example, this diamond from James Allen seems like a great find, as it is 6% cheaper than this diamond fromJun 22, 2009
  • The Four C'sHearts & Arrows Diamonds - Are they worth it?Hearts & Arrows diamonds are precision-cut diamonds that generally come with a premium price tag. These super-ideal cut diamonds can really stand out, but in some cases may not be worth the extra money. Knowing what to look for andDec 15, 2016
  • The Four C'sUnderstanding Diamond Depth and TableHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: Are Depth and Table important in a diamond?What is a diamond's table?What is the ideal table size for a diamond?What is diamond's depth?What is a good depth for a diamond? Bottom Line Recommendation:TheFeb 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sDiamond Culet: Everything You Need to KnowBottom Line Recommendation: For most diamonds, you should limit your search only to diamonds with no culet (this is also referred to as a pointed culet). A diamond with a large culet grade won’t have the same brilliance, and theAug 16, 2019
  • The Four C'sDiamond SymmetryWhat is Diamond Symmetry? Diamond Symmetry refers to how well aligned the facets of a diamond are.  i.e., do the edges of the facets on the top and bottom of the diamond line up along the girdle?  Are the facetsJun 21, 2009
  • The Four C'sUnderstanding Diamond FluorescenceSo you're looking to buy a diamond and you start hearing the word fluorescence thrown around. What does it mean? Some jewelers tell you its a good thing, some tell you its terrible. Who is telling the truth? Who isJun 22, 2009
  • The Four C'sDiamond Polish: Grades & Impact on PriceWhat is Diamond Polish? Diamond polish is the quality and condition of the facet surfaces. If the facets—which act like tiny mirrors—are clear and smooth, they reflect light well. If a diamond's facets aren't smooth, they can inhibit or alterJun 22, 2009
  • The Four C'sTriple Excellent (GIA XXX) Diamonds: What You Need to KnowBottom Line Recommendation: Triple Excellent GIA Certified diamonds are the Cadillacs (or Mercedes, depending on your tastes) of diamonds. A GIA triple excellent diamond will have superb fire and brilliance. Take a look at and compare it to The differenceOct 08, 2020
  • The Four C'sWhat are Spready (Spread) Diamonds?Many people envision a big diamond for their engagement ring. Whether it's a 1 Carat or 3 Carat diamond, they have their eyes set on a large stone. But a diamond's size isn't the only thing that matters. In fact,Aug 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sA Guide to Diamond ProportionsA diamond's proportions are incredibly important. While it may seem like a hodgepodge of digits and percentages, if you ignore it, you may end up with a diamond that has no sparkle whatsoever. The color and clarity grades are simpleDec 16, 2019
  • The Four C'sHow to Buy Old European Cut DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: An old European cut diamond can look fantastic in any engagement ring, especially a vintage setting. As the predecessor to the modern round brilliant cut, the old European cut is quite brilliant for a vintage diamond cut,Apr 08, 2020
  • The Four C'sOld Mine Cut DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: Old mine cut diamonds have a beautiful appearance that dates back to an era when diamonds were cut and polished by hand.  Like other antique diamonds, old mine cut diamonds have a softer look than modern diamonds,Apr 08, 2020
  • The Four C'sRose Cut Diamonds: Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation: Rose cut diamonds offer a warm, unique appearance that’s completely unlike any of the modern diamond cuts. As such, the right rose cut diamond can make for a truly special engagement ring if you’re looking for somethingApr 13, 2020
  • The Four C'sUnderstanding Diamond Carat WeightHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: Diamond Size Chart: MM to Carat WeightWhat is a Diamond Carat?Why Does Diamond Carat Weight Matter?What is the Weight of Half Carat Diamond?How Large is a Half Carat Diamond? Bottom Line Recommendation: ChooseJun 22, 2009

From round to cushion cut, the shape of diamond that you choose will have a huge impact on the look of your fiancé-to-be’s ring. It could also have a surprisingly large impact on the engagement ring’s price.

Read our guide on Diamond shapes

  • Diamond ShapesA Guide to Diamond ShapesDiamonds come in a variety of shapes. You may decide to go with the timeless round cut which is an excellent choice. After all, who can say no to a stunning diamond like this one from Blue Nile. Other popularNov 05, 2019
  • Diamond ShapesRound Cut Diamond Buying GuideThe round cut diamond is as exquisite as it is timeless. Consistently the most popular cut (by a large margin) of every decade for as long as diamond rings have been a thing, the round diamond is the most brilliantMay 15, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesPrincess Cut Diamond Buying GuidePrincess cuts have shown remarkable consistency when it comes to popularity. While nowhere near as popular as round cuts, they have always been a solid second. Princess cut diamonds are a bit cheaper than round cuts. For example, you canAug 17, 2009
  • Diamond ShapesCushion Cut Diamond Buying GuideA cushion cut diamond is a fantastic choice that has gained in popularity the last decade. They are especially popular for halo settings, like this stunner from Blue Nile or this one from James Allen. Here’s what we’ll cover in thisMay 15, 2011
  • Diamond ShapesThe Oval Cut Diamond GuideHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is an Oval cut diamond?Which cut grade should I focus on?What is the bowtie effect?What color should I choose for an Oval cut diamond?What setting style should I choose for an OvalMar 21, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesPear Shaped Diamond GuideHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is a Pear shaped diamond?What should I focus on when buying a Pear shaped diamond?What length to width ratio is the best for a Pear shaped diamond?What setting style should I chooseNov 03, 2011
  • Diamond ShapesAsscher Cut Diamond GuideHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is an Asscher cut diamond?Why should I choose an Asscher cut diamond? What is the difference between an Asscher cut diamond and a Princess cut diamond?What is the difference between an AsscherSep 07, 2009
  • Diamond ShapesThe Emerald Cut Diamond GuideHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is an Emerald cut diamond?Which cut grade should I focus on?What length to width ratio is the best for an Emerald cut diamond?What clarity should I choose for an Emerald cut diamond?AreMar 21, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesMarquise Diamond Buying GuideHere is what we'll cover in this article: What is a Marquise cut diamond?How to choose the best cut for a Marquise cut diamond? What clarity should I choose for a Marquise cut diamond?What is the bowtie effect?Should I buyApr 15, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesHeart Shaped Diamond GuideHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is a Heart shaped diamond?How to choose the best cut for a Heart shaped diamond?What length to width ratio is the best for a Heart shaped diamond?How much does a Heart shapedAug 22, 2019
  • Diamond ShapesRadiant Cut Diamond Buying GuideHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is a Radiant cut diamond?What are the pros and cons of Radiant cut diamonds?What should I focus on when buying a Radiant cut diamond? Should I buy a certified Radiant cut diamond?DoApr 18, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesRadiant Cut vs. Princess Cut Diamonds: Which Are Best?Radiant cut and princess cut diamonds can both look absolutely stunning, whether set in an engagement ring or in a pair of earrings, a pendant or other diamond jewelry. Highly brilliant, both the radiant and princess cuts are popular alternativesNov 06, 2019
  • Diamond ShapesRadiant Cut vs. Cushion Cut DiamondsCan't decide between a radiant cut and cushion cut diamond? At first glance, these two diamond shapes can look quite similar. However, there are several key differences between them that can often make one shape a better choice than theNov 06, 2019
  • Diamond ShapesTrillion Cut Diamond Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation:  Trillion cut diamonds are uncommon as the center stone in an engagement ring but can look stunning as diamond accents in a three-stone diamond ring. Because trillion cut diamonds are typically accent diamonds, there’s less of aJun 13, 2020
  • Diamond CertificatesWhy GIA Certification is the Best in Evaluating DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: We recommend every buyer purchase a diamond with a GIA or AGS Certificate only. The GIA is the most respected and most consistent of all of the grading entities. In addition to a GIA or AGS certificate,Jun 22, 2009
  • Diamond CertificatesAGS Certification: Everything to Know Before Buying a DiamondBottom Line Recommendation: The AGS has established itself as a top-tier diamond grading organization. As one of the most reliable and reputable lab grading entities, we recommend buyers seek an AGS certified diamond (or a GIA certified diamond). When choosingJun 22, 2009
  • Diamond CertificatesIGI vs GIA Diamond CertificationBottom Line Recommendation *Important note: This article is focused on IGI certification for natural diamonds. We will delineate our issues with IGI's certification but this is not how we feel about IGI certification for Lab Grown Diamonds. For more information,Jun 22, 2009
  • Diamond CertificatesHRD Certification: What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a DiamondBottom Line Recommendation: If you’re located in Europe and are considering buying a diamond that is certified by HRD, we suggest reconsidering. In almost every case, you’ll receive better value by purchasing a diamond certified by GIA or AGS fromJun 22, 2009
  • Diamond CertificatesA Review of EGL Diamond CertificationBottom Line Recommendation We never recommend buying a diamond with an EGL certificate. The reason you buy a diamond with an independent certificate is that you have peace of mind you are getting the quality you are paying for. EGLJun 22, 2009
  • Diamond CertificatesGSI Certification: What You Should Know Before Purchasing a DiamondBottom Line Recommendation: We do not recommend buying a diamond with a GSI certificate. We’ve found that GSI grading is not only looser than the gold standards (GIA and AGS labs), but weaker than the next level down (IGI andAug 10, 2016
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsFancy Color Diamonds: Guide to 4 C's, Quality, Grade and PriceTable of Contents Introduction Natural vs. Treated Color The Four Cs of Fancy Color Fancy Color Grading How to Buy Fancy Color Diamonds Or read more on a specific color diamond: Pink Canary Yellow Argyle Red Chameleon Purple Orange GreenApr 08, 2010
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsPink Diamond Engagement Ring Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation: It’s essential that you buy a pink diamond from a vendor with high-quality photos like James Allen. Color can vary greatly even within a specific GIA color grade. In our experience, Leibish & Co. has the bestApr 12, 2010
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsFancy Yellow Diamond GuideFancy yellow diamonds (or canary yellow diamonds) have established a strong niche market for people looking for a unique twist to the classic engagement ring. The flash of a golden hue adds a depth to your engagement ring that catchesApr 19, 2010
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsArgyle Diamonds: Where They're From and What You Should KnowBottom Line Recommendation: It’s essential to buy an argyle diamond from a vendor with high-quality photos. Color, and therefore value, can vary greatly even within a specific color grade. In our experience, Leibish & Co. offers the best prices andDec 22, 2016
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsFancy Red Color DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: A red diamond should be purchased from a vendor with high-quality photos like James Allen. You want to ensure you’re getting the most beautiful red stone for your budget. In our years of experience, Leibish & Co.May 28, 2015
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsPurple Diamond Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation Look for purple diamonds from a vendor with high-quality photos, like James Allen or Leibish & Co. Color can vary significantly even within a specific color grade, and you want to make sure you’re getting top qualityJan 22, 2017
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsAn Expert Guide to Natural Blue DiamondsLooking for Information on Blue Nile, the online retailer?This article is about Blue Fancy Color diamonds. If you are looking for information about buying diamonds online at Blue Nile please read our full review here. Bottom Line Recommendation We stronglyJan 04, 2017
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsOrange Color Diamond: Everything You NeedBottom Line Recommendation: We recommend only buying an orange diamond from a vendor with high-quality photos, like James Allen or Leibish & Co. Color varies even within a specific color grade, and you want to make sure you’re getting whatJan 19, 2017
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsGreen Diamonds: Pricing Guide for Shapes, Shades and RarityBottom Line Recommendation: We strongly recommend buying a green diamond from a vendor who offers high-quality photos, like James Allen or Leibish & Co. Color varies significantly within a specific color grade, and you want to ensure you’re getting whatJan 04, 2017
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsChameleon Diamonds: Color Changes You Need to Look ForBottom Line Recommendation: Unlike any other diamond that exists, the Chameleon variety changes color temporarily, hence the name. While the base color is an olive tone like this 1.07 Carat cushion cut from Leibish & Co., there are multiple hues.Dec 21, 2016
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsA Guide to Black Color DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: We highly recommend buying a black diamond, or any Fancy Color Diamond, from a vendor who provides high-quality photos, like Leibish & Co. or James Allen. You want to make sure you’re getting the best-looking black diamondJan 18, 2017
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsChampagne Diamond GuideBottom Line Recommendation: Champagne diamonds are a stunning choice if you desire a unique, beautifully colored stone. The brown and yellow tint offers an engagement ring a distinct and appealing look. While some prefer a darker stone like this fancyOct 10, 2018
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsBest Places to Buy Diamond Engagement RingsWe’ve visited and reviewed many diamond retailers, online and offline. In the process, we’ve come across several diamond vendors that consistently outperform the competition. James Allen - Along with Blue Nile, they are the best.Blue Nile - Along with JamesDec 18, 2016
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsA Guide to Ethical Diamond BuyingBottom Line Recommendation We will get into the specifics about whether you need to truly be concerned about ethical practices in diamonds or whether Leo's movie blew it out of proportion. There definitely are concerns, but there are also majorApr 21, 2017
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsA Complete Guide to Diamond PricesBuying a diamond is confusing. On the surface, it seems like nothing makes sense. Take a look at this 2 carat diamond from James Allen and compare it to this 2ct diamond also from James Allen.  They’re both two carat diamonds.Nov 14, 2016
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsRecycled Diamonds: Nearly Zero Impact Environmentally and SociallyBottom Line Recommendation: If you're looking for an environmentally-friendly and socially conscious choice, we recommend a recycled diamond. Because they're repurposed instead of newly mined, there's nearly zero impact on the environment and surrounding communities. In other words, recycled diamondsSep 24, 2018
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsDiamond Accents: What You Need to KnowBottom Line Recommendation: Choose your Diamond Accent shape based on personal preference, your center stone shape and the type of setting desired. For Color, consider accent diamonds that are 1-3 Color grades lower than the main stone, as long asMay 15, 2017
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsDiamond vs. MoissaniteConsider the lasting value and beauty of a gemstone before purchase. diamonds and moissanites are distinctly different in brilliance, hardness, composition and color. In this article we will go over everything you need to know about moissanites and whether youFeb 17, 2017
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsEnhanced Diamonds: Types, Pros, Cons and moreBottom Line Recommendation: Because your engagement ring is something you or your partner will wear for many years, it’s important to make a smart decision. While diamonds shouldn't be considered a financial investment, you still want to spend wisely. RatherJan 26, 2021
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsClarity Enhancement - Treated DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation:  If you are able to fully adsorb the fact that a diamond is not an investment, but a retail product that you buy to look nice when placed on your loved one's body, then clarity enhanced diamondsJun 22, 2009
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsConflict-Free Diamonds: What Are They And Where to Get ThemBottom Line Recommendation: Choosing a conflict-free diamond certified by the Kimberley Process ensures that the stone isn’t connected with rebel groups. We recommend going a step further, though, to ensure your diamond is mined and shipped in the most ethicalJan 31, 2019
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsWhat is CTTW Diamonds?If you’ve spent time looking at engagement rings and other diamond jewelry online, you may have noticed the acronym “CTTW” alongside other important details such as cut, clarity, color and carat weight.  For example, these are That means they areAug 06, 2019
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsCubic Zarconia Engagement Rings Vs. DiamondHere’s what we’ll cover in this article: What is Cubic Zirconia?How is Cubic Zirconia Made?Cubic Zirconia vs. Diamond: Price and ValueIs Cubic Zirconia Real?How to Tell the Difference Between Diamonds and Cubic Zirconia?How long does cubic zirconia last?Are lab-created diamondsFeb 02, 2019
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsEthical Engagement RingsWhat is an Ethical Engagement Ring? An ethical engagement ring features an ethical diamond and a setting made of recycled metal. Ethical engagement rings are manufactured with a low impact on the environment and don't violate any human rights. ThereJan 28, 2020
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsMelee Diamonds: Everything You Need To KnowBottom Line Recommendation: Melee diamonds make a beautiful compliment to a larger center diamond and can take a plain, simple ring and make it dazzle. Melee diamonds are what make halo and pavé settings so alluring. When buying melee diamondsMay 07, 2020
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsDiamond Color vs Clarity: Which Is More Important?Bottom Line Recommendation: When buying a diamond, it’s important to consider both color and clarity. Both have an impact on a diamond’s appearance, although they’re not the only features you should look for. But you need to make sure you findSep 03, 2020
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsEverything You Need to Know About GIA DiamondsWhen you’re shopping for a diamond, it’s vital to check the certification before buying. If you’re not an expert at examining and grading diamonds, the certificate is the only way to be sure you’re paying the right price for theAug 30, 2021
  • Lab-Created DiamondsA Complete Guide to Lab-Grown DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation The lab-created diamond market seems to be having the rug pulled out from under them. If you purchased a lab-created diamond just one year ago, you would see the same diamond on sale for a fraction ofJan 18, 2017
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Grown Diamond CertificationBottom Line Recommendation Our preferred vendor for lab-created diamonds is James Allen. Their entire selection is IGI certified. By having a certificate, you can compare diamonds more easily to determine which stone gives you the most beauty for your budget.Sep 19, 2019
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Diamond Clarity: What to Look ForBOTTOM LINE RECOMMENDATION We recommend looking for a diamond that's eye-clean, meaning no blemishes or inclusions are visible when you look at it without magnification. In general, a low-graded eye-clean diamond looks identical to a flawless-graded diamond (assuming all elseSep 19, 2019
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Diamond Color: How to EvaluateBOTTOM LINE RECOMMENDATION As with natural diamond Color, we suggest finding a lab-created diamond that appears white in relation to its setting. You can usually find a diamond in the G to I range that looks white but costs muchSep 19, 2019
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Diamond Vs. Natural DiamondThe topic of lab-grown diamonds is a bit of a contentious one. Lab diamonds have drawn a lot of hype, positive and negative, in recent years. Whether to buy lab-created or natural is a question you should, at the verySep 09, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Grown Diamond Prices & Value AnalysisSo you are thinking of purchasing a lab-created diamond and you are wondering how the prices stack up vs. natural diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds' popularity has exploded in popularity the last couple of years. With an increase of demand and advancesSep 19, 2019
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Diamond Studs: Buying GuideWhat are lab-created stud earrings? Lab-created stud earrings are simple earrings set with lab-grown diamonds instead of natural diamonds. They range in size, style, and precious metal. These wire basket earrings from James Allen are an example of diamond studJan 14, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Diamond Pendant: Buying GuideThe perfect gift for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays etc, diamond pendants are one of the most sought after gifts for our readers. Many of our readers have asked how they can get a larger diamond within their budget. The obvious answerJan 15, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Yellow Fancy Diamonds1.02ct Lab-Created Yellow Emerald Diamond Fancy colored diamonds offer a unique, high-fashion look to your engagement ring. Fancy yellow diamonds, sometimes referred to as canary yellow diamonds, can be particularly stunning, especially with the perfect hue and setting. While, withSep 29, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsBest Places to Buy Lab-Grown DiamondsHere are the best places to buy lab-created diamond engagegement rings in 2022 Wondering where to buy lab-created diamond rings? Our vetted list of lab-created diamond vendors is below.  1. James Allen - The best place for lab-created diamond engagementFeb 23, 2021
  • Lab-Created DiamondsHow Are Lab Diamonds Formed?Bottom Line Recommendation: Lab-grown diamonds can be a less expensive alternative to natural diamonds, but don’t retain any resale value and often cannot be resold. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, retain some resale value and prestige and can be resoldNov 16, 2020

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