ENGAGEMENT RING 101

Why Shop With David Gardner's Jewelers?

At David Gardner's, we pride ourselves on expert service, integrity, knowledge, quality and an unbeatable selection. We are so blessed to have four Graduate Gemologists on staff right here at David Gardner's Jewelers. The achievement of Graduate Gemologist is the most prestigious credential in the jewelry industry. Encompassing a long list of topics including diamond grading, colored stone identification and grading and treatment identification, our gemologists have the expert understanding you have come to expect from David Gardner's. As a member of the American Gem Society, we adhere to standards that not only comply with governing laws, but that go beyond, to ensure that you are buying from jewelers who have the knowledge and skill to help you make the most informed buying decision. When shopping for something as rare and precious as jewelry, you want to feel confident about your purchase.

Diamond

How much does an engagement ring really cost?

Unless you are a skilled AGS gemologist, how can you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the diamond you are considering is truly a quality one? Don't worry, we are certified to help new buyers and teach you all you need to know. Let's start with the 4 Cs:

CUT · COLOR · CLARITY · CARAT

How are diamonds graded?

CUT

The cut of a diamond refers to how well the diamond's facets interact with light, the proportions of the diamond, and the overall finish of the diamond. It is not to be confused with the shape (like emerald or round), or facet arrangement (like brilliant or step cut), but is instead a reference to the craftmanship of the diamond and how it factors into the diamond's brilliance.

Keep in mind that a well-cut diamond will have more life and sparkle than one with a lesser quality cut. And, if you compare a well-cut small diamond side by side with a slightly larger diamond, the smaller diamond may look larger to the naked eye.

Cut Scale

American Gem Society Cut Scale Gemological Institute of America Cut Scale Diamond Cut Diagram

Cutting Styles

Princess Cut

PRINCESS

Radiant Cut

RADIANT

Emerald Cut

EMERALD

Cushion Cut

CUSHION

Round Cut

ROUND

Oval Cut

OVAL

Pear Cut

PEAR

Heart Cut

HEART

Marquise Cut

MARQUISE

COLOR

The Color of a diamond actually refers to the lack of color in a diamond, with perfectly colorless diamonds considered the highest quality with the highest value, and brown or yellow diamonds being the lowest quality. However, many people like the warmth of a faint to light yellow or brown diamond. If that describes you, then you can find great value in that type of diamond.

Overall, it's important to have your diamonds graded by a credential expert or a reputable diamond grading laboratory that understands ideal diamond color.

Color Scale

Diamond Color Scale

CLARITY

Clarity is the state of being clear or transparent. Diamond clarity is the presence or absence of characteristics called inclusions in the diamond. When grading the clarityof a diamond, the lab determines the relative visibility of the inclusions in a diamond and their impact on the overall visual appearance. So, what are these inclusions that affect clarity? In short, inclusions are the internal or external flaws of the diamond. The size and severity of these flaws determines the grade.

CARAT

Carat is the unit of measurement for the physical weight of diamonds. One carat equals 0.200 grams or 1/5 gram and is subdivided into 100 points. Carat weight is the most objective of the diamond's 4Cs. All that is required is a precisely balanced scale capable of measuring extremely small weights.

BUDGET

Buying a diamond can be intimidating. Finding a beautiful diamond is easy; finding the right one for your taste and budget is more of a challenge. After all, diamonds are expensive. You want assurance that the quality you've paid for is the quality you are getting.

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Let's talk about your engagement ring.

As an AGS-certified jewelry store, David Gardner's can answer your questions and give you advice. In addition, we can show you all the latest trends and options for setting your diamond in the perfect ring.

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