Diamonds have long been regarded a symbol of enduring love and marital harmony. The hardest of all gemstones found in nature, their name derives from the Latin word diamos, meaning unconquerable. Diamonds are mostly known for being colorless, but are also found in various colors including yellow, orange, pink, blue, green, brown and black. The traditional birthstone of April, Diamond is also known as the gem of strong character and spirit.
Susan recommends and sells diamonds that have been graded to the exacting standards of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). A nonprofit educational and research institute, GIA is the world’s leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gemstones and fine jewelry. As a GIA Graduate Gemologist, Susan employs the grading scale standards of clarity, color, and cut which the GIA developed for the jewelry industry back in the 1940’s. The best price point for a diamond is SI1 clarity and G color. That gives the buyer a nice quality diamond without having any inclusions visible to the eye and without any hint of yellow, gray, or brown body color within the stone, yet at an affordable price.
Yellow and pink diamonds are recent popular choices for bridal rings. Among colored diamonds, the most vivid, well saturated hues command the highest prices. Natural colored diamonds are called “fancy”, and are generally more rare than colorless stones. The rarest diamond color of all is red, followed by blue and then green. The value of fancy colored diamonds is based on availability and intensity of color, as well as on clarity, size and cut.
Susan is especially mindful of cut, and only sells well proportioned stones displaying maximum brilliance. After all it’s the eternal sparkle of the diamond that catches our eyes.