Category Archives: Diamond Tidbits

232 Carat Diamond Unearthed at the Cullinan Diamond Mine

Another amazing diamond was discovered at the Premier Mine, renamed the Cullinan Diamond Mine, in South Africa. The mine is known for the famous Cullinan diamond discovered in 1902. When found, that diamond rough crystal weighed a whopping 3,106.75 carats … Continue reading

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Differences in Diamond Labs

I have discussed the issue of different diamond grading labs in the past and whether it is important to get a lab certificate for your diamond. There is an interesting article out today regarding two law suits against a jeweler … Continue reading

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Diamond simulants vs. synthetics: What’s real, what’s not?

My previous posts comparing Forever Brilliant Moissanite and Chatham white sapphires made me want to revisit the topic of other diamond alternatives that can create some confusion. If you’re in the market for a real lab-grown diamond or high quality … Continue reading

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White Sapphire vs. Moissanite Price Comparison

In my previous post I compared the visual differences between two diamond alternatives: Forever Brilliant moissanite and Chatham white sapphire. Now that you know the visual differences, let’s compare prices. Chatham white sapphires are only available as small as 1.5mm … Continue reading

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Eco-friendly, conflict-free diamond alternatives

Lately I’ve been receiving quite a few questions about diamond alternatives for our selection of diamond and gemstone engagement rings. My customers tend to prefer real stones that are lab-grown rather than simulants such as CZ. They want something that … Continue reading

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How A Diamond’s Pavilion Affects Its Beauty

Previously I discussed the role and effects of the girdle on a stone. Now I’d like to touch on the pavilion. The pavilion is the bottom of the stone under the girdle. The size and shape of the pavilion can … Continue reading

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Inconsistent Diamond Grading Among Labs

As the president of the Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association, I tend to sell only GIA-graded diamonds in my business. It’s a documented fact that other labs are known for their generosity in diamond grading. And I … Continue reading

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