Same Carat Weight – Visible Size Differences

Different 1.00 carat diamonds can look different sizes. This is because we typically view diamonds from a single direction: Above. Imagine cooking a 1 pound meatball and a 1 pound pancake. On your scale they weigh the same. But the meatball's weight is distributed in a deeper geometry.

0 Comments
4+

Some Clarity on Diamond Clarity

Nature's birthmarks? Or unsightly specks? What do you think? There are many different philosophies regarding natural diamond and gemstone clarity. What do you think? Should a diamond be allowed to have few blemishes, or should it be as clean as the pure driven snow?

0 Comments
7+
Here’s why pandemic-engagements are soaring
Photo credit: Nathan Mullet on Unsplash

Here’s why pandemic-engagements are soaring

A Brides.com wedding survey reports that 82% of couples say living through the pandemic has made them want to marry their significant other more. For many, it seems “for better or for worse” and “in sickness and in health” have taken on a whole new meaning.

2 Comments
7+
Keeping diamond color in context
Photo credit: 204park.com

Keeping diamond color in context

Where do you start seeing color in diamonds? Can you see the difference between F and H color? Can you see the difference between D and E color? In full context those answers will become diamond-specific.

0 Comments
2+
Americans are buying diamonds instead of vacations
Photo credit: Element5 Digital

Americans are buying diamonds instead of vacations

USA jewelry sales are climbing. Signet Jewelers, the parent of Kay and Jared, saw sales rise at the end of the last quarter and continue to climb in August. Tiffany & company reported the same trend. And diamond jewelry was one of the top product categories at both Macy's and Bloomingdale's during the quarter ending August 1.

2 Comments
9+

IGI welcomes GIA and AGS to lab-grown diamond grading

Earlier this month GIA and AGS announced policy changes regarding lab-grown diamonds. IGI is proud to see other organizations adopt our long-held philosophy regarding the dual-channel legitimacy of natural and lab-grown diamonds, and believe professionals and consumers alike will benefit from the increased transparency in our industry.

0 Comments
14+
IGI gives advice in World Bride Magazine
Photo credit: World Bride Magazine

IGI gives advice in World Bride Magazine

Stacey Marcus recently offered a number of Trends and Tips on the Modern Way to find your Dream Diamond for World Bride Magazine. One of the experts approached for advice was Scott Friedman, Master Gemologist Appraiser with IGI North America.

0 Comments
37+

How the gemstone ‘Color Universe’ works

Gemstones and fancy-colored-diamonds appear in all the colors of the rainbow, at different shades, with different intensities. Since the human eye can distinguish around 13 million shades and nuances of color, gemologists have developed a consistent method of mapping a gemstone's proper position in the broad 'Color Universe.'

1 Comment
40+
Natural diamond? Lab-grown diamond? How to choose?
Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Natural diamond? Lab-grown diamond? How to choose?

“A diamond is forever,” but the makers of that slogan considered it a two-way street, connecting a diamond’s billion-year past with an infinite-future. They never imagined someone proposing with a “forever” diamond that’s younger than the bride.

1 Comment
7+
Dispersion & fire are not the same thing
Image credit: Harry Quan

Dispersion & fire are not the same thing

Dispersion is a physical constant. Fire is a variable aesthetic. Fortunately, the fact that these terms have been co-mingled and transposed over time creates an opportunity to revisit them and sharpen our skills as communicators.

8 Comments
4+
Close Menu