Princess Cut, Round Cut, or Radiant Cut: What’s the Difference?

image of Ten of the most popular diamond cut styles in line on white background

You’ve got your diamond and you’ve identified what type of metal you want to set it in. That’s great! Now it’s time to think about what kind of shape you want to cut your diamond to get the best out of it: Do you want a princess cut, round cut, or radiant cut? When it … Read more

Cut and Color in Gemstones

Image of the various cuts of a Gemstone.

The world of colored gemstones is enticing and beautiful. Minerals formed deep within the earth are brought to light and then expertly fashioned by lapidarists into coveted and prized treasures. Gem cutting is an art, a collaboration between man and nature. And while no two people perceive color in the exact same way, read on … Read more

From Pebble to Perfection: The transformation of a gemstone

Gemstone Cutting - Image of Zircon gemstone after heat treatment

What would you think if you saw this nondescript lump of brown on the side of the road?  Would you even bother to pick up this unassuming little pebble?  What if I told you that the water-worn stone in that first photo would turn into this fiery yellow zircon? This is the story of how … Read more

Aquamarine – A Gemstone Cut and Colored for the Night

The value of Aquamarine gemstones is very much determined by their aesthetics. As with most gemstones the 4C’s of cut, color, carat, and clarity all come into play when pricing this gemstone. What is the best color for Aquamarine gemstones? Color is probably one of the more important determinants of Aquamarine value. The richer and … Read more

The World of Emeralds Demystified

Green Faceted Emerald

The world of precious emeralds is a captivating one.  Known as the Stone of Venus and discovered in Cleopatra’s Mines in Egypt in 1600 BC they hold a special fascination for most gemstone lovers. Legend has professed that the Roman Emperor Nero wore glasses with the lens made of emeralds to watch the gladiators fight.  … Read more

Understanding the Four C’s

If you have ever shopped for a gemstone, you have no doubt encountered the Four C’s. The Four C’s were developed by the Gemological Institute of America in the 1940’s to 1950’s as a means to communicate to the diamond buying public the four major value determinations that affect a diamond’s price. The efficacy of ... Read more

Making the Cut

Cut Amethyst Gemstone - MIchelle Jo

Gemstones are mined from the earth as rough crystals. Formed deep within the earth, heat and pressure cause minerals to crystallize in symmetrical patterns. Different minerals have different crystal structures depending on the individual arrangement of their atoms or molecules. The gemstones fashioned from these crystallized minerals will likewise have unique optical properties. It is … Read more