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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'sDiamond Color Chart & Buying Guide: Understand Grade ScaleBottom Line Recommendation: As long as you follow our guidelines below, there is no reason to overpay for color. Take a look at this I color diamond from Blue Nile compared to this G color. Once mounted, these diamonds willNov 05, 2019
  • The Four C'sD Color Diamonds: Are They Worth the Premium Price?Thinking of buying a D color diamond? I think it would cross anybody's mind. After all, looking at a diamond like this that is incredibly clear is enticing. While D color diamonds look absolutely stunning in any cut and setting,Nov 08, 2019
  • The Four C'sE Color Diamonds: Beautiful, But Are They a Good Buy?Are 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 ? As the second-highest gradeNov 01, 2019
  • The Four C'sF Color Diamonds: Are They Worth It?If 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.  All diamonds are graded for color on a scale that ranges from D (colorless) all theNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sG Color Diamonds: Are They a Good Choice?If 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'sH Color Diamonds: Near Colorless and Great Value for MoneyIf 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?  Can you really tell the difference between that diamond andNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sI Color Diamonds: When Are They a Good Choice?Thinking 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'sJ Color Diamonds: When Are They Worth Buying?Considering a J color diamond? J color diamonds can be a great choice in certain situations For example a diamond like this is absolutely stunning and will look perfect in certain engagement rings. Many people may gravitate towards a diamondNov 07, 2019
  • The Four C'sK Color Diamonds: A Surprise Beauty for Certain Shapes & SettingsA 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 QualityBottom Line Recommendation: Each of the 4 C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat) play a role in a diamond’s beauty, though it is difficult to decipher one component by itself. As a comprehensive whole, the 4 C’s interact with oneJun 15, 2017
  • The Four C'sA Shocking Fact about Diamond Clarity They Don't Want You to KnowBottom Line Recommendation: A low clarity eye-clean diamond will look identical to a flawless diamond assuming all else is equal (yet will cost far far less). At present the only vendors offering sufficiently high quality images of their diamonds forNov 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 & FL Diamonds: Not Smart InvestmentsFlawless 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'sVVS Diamond 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'sVS1 Clarity: Everything You Need to KnowBottom Line Recommendation: Generally, we recommend seeking a diamond with a Clarity grade of VS1 to SI2. With a beautiful 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'sVS2 Clarity: Our Expert GuideBottom Line Recommendation: We recommend searching 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 else is equal (yet will cost significantly less).  AsMar 20, 2018
  • The Four C'sSI1 Clarity: The Best Value - Only SometimesWhen buying a diamond, you'll need to consider its Clarity—one of the 4 C's of diamonds. Clarity refers to the blemishes and inclusions a diamond has. Most diamonds on the market are included, meaning there are small blemishes or imperfectionsSep 30, 2019
  • The Four C'sSI2 Diamonds: Proceed with CautionBuying an SI2 clarity diamond is an opportunity to find some incredible value. As we will discuss below as long as a diamond is eye clean, there is no need to spend more on a diamond's clarity. Here is aOct 01, 2019
  • The Four C'sSI3 Clarity: The Reasons You Should Avoid It CompletelyBottom 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'sI1 Clarity Diamonds: Don't Be FooledI1 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 Diamonds: Not a Smart BuyDue 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: What to Watch ForAs 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'sVS Clarity Diamonds: Our Complete 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'sVVS1 Diamonds: What Is There to Know1.02ct G VVS1 Princess Cut Diamond from James Allen 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 theMar 18, 2020
  • The Four C'sDiamond Cuts Guide: Overview, Grades, Quality and PriceBottom Line Recommendation Cut is possibly the most important of the 4Cs. If you ignore it, you can make an enormous mistake. For example, this diamond seems like a great find, as it is 5% cheaper than this diamond. InJun 22, 2009
  • The Four C'sHearts & Arrows Diamonds - Are they worth it?Bottom Line For the majority of our readers, following our basic cut guidelines will help you find a diamond that has fire and brilliance while maximizing size for ultimate value. There are some readers who really want to focus onDec 15, 2016
  • The Four C'sHow to Choose the Right Diamond Depth and Table for Your CutBottom Line Recommendation: The depth and table of a diamond have a huge impact on its appearance and value. There’s no “best” depth and table for every diamond -- instead, the ideal depth and table depend on the cut you’reFeb 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'sDiamond Fluorescence: Good or Bad? [Buying Tips Included]Bottom Line Recommendation When purchasing a diamond, its important to take fluorescence into account. When flourescence is utilized correctly, you can find a superb diamond like this one.  If you ignore flourescence, you can make a huge mistake like thisJun 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'sDiamond ProportionA 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'sOld European Cut Diamonds: Buying GuideBottom 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 Diamonds: Buying GuideBottom 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'sDiamond Size Chart: Carat Weight Buying Guide (MM to Carat)Bottom Line Recommendation: Choose the lowest color and clarity that still look great to the naked eye, and then choose the largest diamond carat weight that still fits within your budget. Some salespeople might try to push "only the best"Jun 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 ShapesDiamond Shapes vs Cut Guide: Popular Diamond ShapesFrom 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. Diamonds come inNov 05, 2019
  • Diamond ShapesRound Cut Diamond Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation For an exquisite Round Cut Diamond, pay close attention to the diamond’s Cut quality. Review the GIA report and ask an expert for assistance. When it comes to Clarity, we recommend looking for a diamond that isMay 15, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesPrincess Cut Diamond: Cut Quality & Engagement Ring SettingsWhat is a Princess Cut Diamond? A Princess Cut diamond is traditionally a square diamond that offers excellent fire and brilliance. This fancy shape diamond is designed from the inverted pyramid of the rough diamond stone. Princess Cuts are amongAug 17, 2009
  • Diamond ShapesCushion Cut Diamond: Tips for Brilliant Engagement Ring BuyBottom Line Recommendation: A 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 orthis one from James Allen. Color, Clarity and Cut:May 15, 2011
  • Diamond ShapesOval Cut Diamond GuideBottom Line Recommendation An Oval Cut Diamond provides excellent brilliance, durability and style. We recommend an H Color or better and an SI1 or SI2 for Clarity for this diamond shape. Unlike a round diamond, a certificate for an OvalMar 21, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesPear Shaped Diamonds: What's the Best Engagement Ring Ratio?Gorgeous Pear Shape Diamond in a Rose Gold Halo Setting Buying a Pear Shape Diamond Ring? Bottom Line Recommendation: The best settings for pear shaped diamonds (sometimes referred to as tear-drop diamonds) are tapered solitaire setting like this or anNov 03, 2011
  • Diamond ShapesAsscher Cut Diamond GuideWhat is an Asscher Cut Diamond? 1.51ct I color Asscher Cut Diamond from Blue Nile An Asscher Cut diamond is an octagonal diamond with a square shape and layered facets. The Asscher Cut features a deep pavilion and high crown—offering brillianceSep 07, 2009
  • Diamond ShapesEmerald Cut Diamond: Shape, Quality, Color, and Clarity1..00ct H/VS1 Emerald Cut Diamond from Blue Nile Bottom Line Recommendation It’s often tricky to decipher the Cut quality of an Emerald Diamond—and preference of a more square vs. elongated shape is largely based on personal style. Because of theseMar 21, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesMarquise Diamond Buying GuideBottom Line Recommendation A marquise diamond is a unique direction to go when selecting a shape for your engagement ring. A will add an element of angles and asymmetry that you wouldn't have with a standard round diamond. Due toApr 15, 2017
  • Diamond ShapesHeart Shaped Diamond Guide: Quality, Clarity, Color and CostBottom Line Recommendation: Unique and instantly recognizable, a well-cut heart shaped diamond can look fantastic in a ring, pendant or other piece of jewelry, all while offering better value for money than a similarly sized round diamond.  Like with otherAug 22, 2019
  • Diamond ShapesRadiant Cut Diamond Guide: Quality, Clarity, Color and CostBottom Line Recommendation A Radiant Cut Diamond offers outstanding brilliance and durability. For Color, we recommend an H or better, like this stunning H graded Radiant Cut in a 14K white gold setting. For Clarity, we suggest an SI1 orApr 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: Key Differences To Be Aware OfCan'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 Certification Process Guide with TipsBottom Line Recommendation The best diamond certifications are GIA and AGS. We recommend sticking with these two types of certified diamonds at Blue Nile or James Allen. IGI bills itself as a top-of-the-line laboratory, but in our opinion sadly that isJun 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 more value by purchasing a diamond certified by GIA or AGS fromJun 22, 2009
  • Diamond CertificatesEGL: What You Should Know Before Purchasing a DiamondBottom 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 Buying Guide: Shapes, Shades, Rarity and PriceBottom 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 (Canary) DiamondsBottom Line Recommendation: It’s critical that you buy a yellow 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 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 Diamond Shapes, Shades, Rarity and PricesBottom 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 DiamondsNatural Blue Diamonds: Price, Rarity and Everything you need to know before BuyingBottom Line Recommendation We strongly recommend buying a blue diamond from a vendor who provides high-quality photos, like Leibish & Co. or James Allen. Color can vary significantly even within a specific color grade, and we want to make sureJan 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, there are multiple hues. Needless to say, it’sDec 21, 2016
  • Fancy Colored DiamondsWhat are Black Diamonds? Detailed GuideBottom 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 Diamonds: What You Actually Need to KnowBottom 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 DiamondsWhere is the Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring in 2021?Bottom Line Recommendation Let's get the obvious out of the way. We think you are far better served shopping online than buying in a store. We explain the fundamental advantages of buying online in this article. Here we will break downDec 18, 2016
  • Miscellaneous DiamondsEthical diamonds: What Conscientious Consumers Need to KnowBottom 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 DiamondsLearn How to Calculate Diamond Prices So You Don't Get Ripped Off & OverpayBuying a diamond is confusing. On the surface, it seems like nothing makes sense. Take a look at this diamond from Amazon and then take a look this diamond from Blue Nile. They’re both one carat diamonds. Does it makeNov 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. Moissanite: Why Diamonds Are Worth the MoneyBottom Line Recommendation: Consider the lasting value and beauty of a gemstone before purchase. diamonds and moissanites are distinctly different in brilliance, hardness, composition and color. For a high-quality, excellently priced diamond, contact us today for a complementary search andFeb 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 for 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 Zirconia vs Diamond: The Differences in Quality, Appearance and ValueBottom Line Recommendation: Cubic zirconia and diamonds may look similar at a distance, but differ drastically in beauty, quality and value. For a stunning engagement ring that will last a lifetime, we recommend choosing a real diamond over cubic zirconia.Feb 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
  • Lab-Created DiamondsAre Lab-Created Diamonds a Good Deal or a Poor Value Purchase?Bottom 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-Created Diamond Certification: Why Choose IGIBottom 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-Created Diamonds: Prices & ValueBOTTOM LINE RECOMMENDATION The price of lab-created diamonds have dropped in recent years, and we predict that trend will continue. With lab-created diamonds, the resale value is minimal. Jewelers don't want to buy back lab-grown diamonds and if you trySep 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 are an example of a diamond stud earrings. TheyJan 14, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Diamond Pendant: Buying GuideWhat is a lab-created pendant? A lab-created pendant is a necklace with a lab-grown diamond attached to a jewelry chain. The chains are usually made of gold or platinum. Styles range from simple and classic to ornate vintage designs. WithJan 15, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsLab-Created Yellow Fancy Diamonds1.02ct Lab-Created Yellow Emerald Diamond from James Allen 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 andSep 29, 2020
  • Lab-Created DiamondsBest Places to Buy Lab-Created DiamondsLab-created diamonds have the same chemical and optical qualities of natural diamonds. Lab diamonds, also known as synthetic diamonds or artificial diamonds, are less expensive than natural diamonds, but have a lower resale value. Still, lab-created diamonds can be aFeb 23, 2021

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