Diamond Buying Guide


 Camille is a certified GIA Gemologist and she would love to work one on one with you to help you find the perfect stone and create the engagement ring of your dreams. The following information is a basic diamond buying guide so you have a better idea about the market and what stone is right for you. For a complete complimentary consultation please visit our appointments page


Stones are viewed under magnification in order to properly grade and identify them.

The Four C's

Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat are the grading systems we use in the industry to properly price and value a stone. The more rare the stone is the higher the value.



The diamond below is a salt and pepper diamond which is heavily included. Although this stone is low on clarity grade it is unique and sparkles with the same luster as a top shelf diamond.




Carat is the unit used to measure a diamonds weight. There are 100 points in a Carat. If a diamond weighs 1.75 cts that is read "one carat, seventy five points"


Cut revers to the craftsmanship of the stone, shape, brilliance and the way the light travels through the diamond. The most popular cut is Round but there are also many other fancy cuts and creative cuts. For more questions about buying a diamond please visit the appointments page.
A few topics to keep in mind:
  • The influence of color, clarity, cut and carat on diamond value
  • Proportions 
  • Diamond treatments
  • Fluorescence and its effect on body color
  • The role cut plays in the marketplace, including fancy cuts


When you come to your appointment please be prepared with approximate budget, size of stone, and inspiration photos. We look forward to working with you!