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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Gemologist?

A gemologist is one who studies gems and jewelry scientifically, who knows and identifies them, can judge the elements and their beauty and value, and can apply this knowledge. This training and experience combine to make a gemologist. A gemologist like other professionals must keep up with current advancements in the field. The pace of change in the gem industry is staggering.

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is lab-created silicon carbide. It has become an excellent diamond imitation since gives a positive reading on a thermal inertia testers (diamond testers). Some people use this property to fake unsuspecting diamond buyer out of their money.

What's new with diamonds?

Technology is changing the very nature of diamonds. First, new synthetic (man made) diamonds of gem quality are coming into the market now. Next, companies can now change the color of diamonds. They are making the diamonds both more transparent (whiter) and more colorful. Some colors are more vibrant then natural diamonds. Next, some are changing the clarity of diamonds with laser drill and fills. The new fills are getting harder to detect. Key: ask when buying a diamond if it is natural and untreated.

Some people asked what are the 4c's?

The four C's are carat, cut, color and clarity

Carat is the weight of a gem. A carat equals 1/5 of one gram. Cut has two components to it. The shape of the stone and the way facets are positioned on the diamond. Color is actually looking for the absence of color or transparency. Clarity is inclusions and natural birthmarks of a diamond and is useful as identifying characteristics.