Settings: There is a large variety of settings to choose from when setting diamonds. These are some of the most common.
Know the Difference:
any stone that occurs naturally that has not been altered or enhanced.
these stones have the same appearance and physical characteristics of their natural counterpart, but have been man-made and created in a lab.
also sometimes referred to as "Chatham".
these stones have been man-made to look the same as their natural counterpart, but do not have the same physical characteristics.
4. Carat Weight: Carat weight (ct) describes the size of the diamond. The more carats, the larger the stone.
3. Clarity: Clarity describes the flaws in a diamond. The scale ranges from F (flawless) to I3 (included #3). Stones above I1 have inclusions that can only be seen through magnification. Stones I1 and below have inclusions that can be seen with the naked eye. All diamonds; including colored diamonds, follow these guidelines for clarity.
Take the confusion out of buying diamonds.
There are many terms used to describe the quality of a stone. These charts and explanations should help take away some of the confusion. There are 4 very important things to consider when buying diamonds and each one plays a major role in value and cost. These 4 C's are explained here as well as other information about diamonds and the different types of settings.
These are some of the more popular shapes. The image on the right shows what the diamonds would look like in those shapes.
2. Color: Diamonds come in a variety of colors. The closer to white, the higher quality the diamond is. Diamonds also come in colors such as black, chocolate, champagne, or blue. In the case of a colored diamond, this color scale does not apply.