Diamond Information Diamond Information

We created these pages to help you understand and learn how to select and purchase your diamond. It contains some of the basic information you should know before buying diamonds. It will not make you an expert, but it will assist you in becoming more familiar with the everyday diamond terminology and in making a more educated decision.

Some History

In 1477 AD, Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy as a sign of their engagement. He put it on the third finger of her left hand, the finger believed by ancient Egyptians to have a vein that led directly to the heart. She accepted his proposal and the diamond engagement ring was born.

What are some tips for choosing the best diamond?

The key to buying diamonds is to buy what you like the best. The best condition for viewing diamonds is with the face up and with varying amounts of light. More light will give you more sparkle (also known as “Fire”), but low indirect light will show you how well the diamond transforms in even the tiniest amount of light. Cup a diamond, either loose or mounted, in your hands. You'll be amazed.

Besides cut, color, clarity and carat weight, there are rarity factors that affect a diamonds value. White is rarer than tinted, clean is rarer than included, and big is rarer than small. Consider your budget when selecting gems with more rare grades. In the end, choose the diamond that pleases you the most.

A gemstone is composed of pure carbon. Diamonds are the hardest of all known substances, but they are not indestructible. Care should be used when storing diamonds because they can scratch other gemstones in a jewelry box and can damage other diamonds by impacting against them.


How to Care for Your Diamond

Hand lotions, hair styling products and everyday grime can leave a mark on your diamond that keeps it from sparkling. Those materials can even accumulate into a thick layer of gunk on the back of the stone if you wait too long between cleanings. Diamonds are the hardest substance known, but coatings and other materials used to enhance them can sometimes be removed by harsh cleansers and vigorous scrubbing, making it even more important to clean the gems with care.

Gentle & Effective Cleaning tips for All Diamonds

1. Soak your diamond jewelry in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water. Ivory dishwashing liquid is a good choice, but any other mild detergent is fine.
2. Use a soft brush if necessary to remove dirt. Soft is the word—don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff enough to scratch your jewelry's metal setting.
3. Swish the jewelry around in the solution, and then rinse it thoroughly in warm water. Close the drain or put the jewelry in a strainer to keep from losing it!
4. Dry the jewelry with a lint-free cloth.

If Your Ring Contains Other Gemstones

The method you use to clean any piece of jewelry must protect its weakest element. If your setting includes other gems, use a cleaning method that is suitable for the less durable stones.

Points to Remember

- Don't let your diamond come into contact with chlorine bleach when you're doing housework. It won't harm the diamond, but it can pit or discolor the mounting.
- Diamonds need care to keep them at their brilliant best.
- Don't wear your diamond when you're doing rough work. Even though a diamond is durable, it can be chipped by a hard blow along its grain.
- Don't jumble your diamond pieces in a drawer or jewelry case. Diamonds can scratch each other and also scratch other jewelry.


We suggest that you store your diamond jewelry in individual jewelry cases, soft cloth pouches or in separate compartments in your jewelry box. Diamonds which are improperly stored can damage and scratch each other.