While the diamond’s incomparable strength has made it the symbol of undying love, it is the diamond’s shimmering brilliance that has made it the most prized of all gems. Whether you are purchasing your first diamond or have purchased diamond jewelry before, Spicer Greene Jewelers is here to help you make an informed and confident decision. We are here to explain the importance of the four C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight and to help you find the piece that exemplifies your love.
Our Diamond Collections
To help make your diamond purchase a little easier we have a three tier selection of loose diamond collections Legacy, Harmony and Spark. At Spicer Greene, we realize that grading systems can be very confusing, so we created these collections to make it easier for you. Our collections are based on rarity and beauty. Our diamond buyers reject 9 out of 10 stones. These are the value parameters:
The very finest diamond. These diamonds have very strict cut parameters and are incomparable.
- EXEXEX or AGS 000 Cut
- D-H Color
- IF-SI1 Clarity
The best blend of price, quality, and size.
- VGVGVG – EXEXEX Cut
- D-J Color
- IF-SI2 Clarity
The biggest diamond for your money.
- EXEXEX- GGG Cut
- D-M Color
- IF-I1 Clarity
Cut is considered the most important factor in ensuring the brilliance of a diamond. Cut is often misunderstood as the shape of a diamond, but actually refers to the proportions and finish of the diamond.
Cut is graded on a scale from excellent to poor and considers the diamond’s brightness, fire, scintillation, weight ratio, polish and symmetry.
Generally, a diamond should not be cut too shallow or too deep in order to ensure the maximum light return or sparkle inherent in each stone. Most importantly, the quality of the cut can mask other diamond characteristics. Remember- color, clarity, even carat weight are mostly determined by mother nature, however, cut is determined and engineered by man to maximize brilliance and sparkle.
Color grades describe the amount of color a diamond contains. Grades range from Colorless (D) to Light Color (Z). The evaluation of diamond color is based on the absence of color. Diamonds can be any tint of color; the primary tints are Yellow, Brown and Gray. These different tints can also effect the face up color and value of the diamond.
Diamonds in the colorless to near colorless range are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness the less color, the higher their value. Beginning with D, which represents the colorlessness, to Z, which has a slightly yellow or brown tint.
Clarity grades describe the purity of the diamond. Most all diamonds contain tiny natural marks called inclusions or flaws. The number, placement, type, and color of these inclusions or flaws affect the diamond’s clarity grade.
Diamond clarity refers to the relative absence of inclusions and blemishes. Clarity grades are based on the size, number, relief and positions of the inclusions and blemishes that can be seen under 10x magnification.
Diamond weight is measured in carats. One carat consists of 100 points. A 90 point diamond is 0.90 carats. A diamond’s carat weight is not size. Some diamonds look smaller or larger but measure the same carat weight. This directly correlated to the cut of the diamond.
Fancy Color Diamonds
In addition to near colorless, diamonds also occur in any color you can imagine: blue, brown, pink, yellow, and even green. These diamonds are known as fancy color diamonds and are very rare due to the geological conditions required to create them.
Unlike near colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds are evaluated more for color intensity and less for brilliance. The deeper and more distinct the color, the rarer the diamond.
From this, the GIA grades fancy color diamonds by these nine categories:
- Very Light
- Fancy Light
- Fancy Dark
- Fancy Intense
- Fancy Deep
- Fancy Vivid
Diamond Grading Reports
A diamond grading report is a gemological laboratory’s opinion of a diamond grade. These reports include the diamond’s clarity grade, color grade, cut grade, and specific measurements. Typically, but not always; these reports are done by Gemological Laboratories that have no affiliation with retail outlets to give an unbiased opinion of the diamond.
Many laboratories are known to “push the grade” meaning they will grade the diamond better than most industry professionals would consider it to be. There are very few reputable laboratories.
The 3 Gemological laboratories Spicer Greene uses are:
- American Gem Society (AGS)
- Forevermark Diamond Institute (FDI)
- Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
These Gemological laboratories are the strictest grading in the industry. Any other Gemological laboratories you should be VERY WARY of.
Remember a diamond grading report is just a piece of paper with a laboratory’s opinion on it, the real test for your diamond should be how it looks. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each diamond is different. You should never rely on a report alone to select your diamond.
Rapaport Price List
The Rapaport Diamond Price list is NOT A WHOLESALE PRICE LIST for diamonds. It is an industry tool which is published every month to give a baseline price for dealers to trade well below. 99.9% of the diamonds in the market today trade at a wholesale price far below the Rapaport price. Many retail jewelers falsify this and tell you this is the absolute wholesale price. This is an unethical practice and not what we do at Spicer Greene Jewelers. We price our diamonds very competitively in the industry. We are far from the most expensive, but we are not the least expensive. There are always cheaper options. We provide the best value in terms of Quality, Education, Selection and Service.
Diamond Price Assurance
At Spicer Greene Jewelers, we price our diamonds very competitively. We are far from the most expensive, but we are also not the least expensive. There are always cheaper options. In the diamond industry, as in many others, you get what you pay for. Spicer Greene Jewelers provides the best value in terms of Quality, Education, Selection and Service.
We guarantee that our price will be within 10% of the lowest priced like diamond in the market. If within 30 days of your loose diamond purchase from Spicer Greene Jewelers, you find a diamond with the same specifications at a lower price (in the United States) that has a diamond grading report by the same laboratory, we will match the price, the terms and conditions. You will pay the price of the lower priced diamond plus 10%. This is only on diamonds with the same grading reports; if the report varies, we will bring in another diamond with the same specifications.
Ethical Diamond Practices
At Spicer Greene Jewelers, we can confidently say that our diamonds come from confit free sources because we work directly with the diamond cutters and do not work through middle men. Additionally, of our diamonds have been vetted in an industry wide process known as the Kimberly process.
The Kimberley process is an international system established in 2003 to monitor the trade of rough diamonds. Spearheaded by the UN, this process requires all diamond shipments crossing international boarders be sent in a tamper resistant container with government validated certificate. All certificates are resistant to forgery and uniquely numbered to match each shipment.
Spicer Greene Jewelers’ Guarantees and Warranties
Risk-Free Shopping Environment
We guarantee that our price will be within 10% of the lowest price in the market. If within 30 days of your loose diamond purchase from Spicer Greene Jewelers, you find a diamond with the same specifications at a lower price (in the United States) that has a diamond grading report by the same laboratory, we will match the price, the terms and conditions. (We will price match the difference below our 10% premium. We are confident that our expert diamond buyers, superior service, warranty and hospitality are worth 10% more than the lowest diamond in the market.
Lifetime Diamond Upgrade
You may trade in your diamond at any time for a diamond of double the value. Spicer Greene Jewelers offers a lifetime upgrade for any diamond purchased from us. When you decide to upgrade your diamond, we will give you 110% of your original purchase price of the diamond towards the purchase of a diamond with at least double the value of the original diamond. (The trade-in diamond must be at least 0.50 carats and accompanied by its original diamond grading report.)
Lifetime Preferred Jewelers Warranty
Spicer Greene Jewelers is a proud member of Preferred Jewelers International. As a PJI jeweler, we offer free of charge with any engagement ring purchase the Preferred Jewelers Lifetime Warranty, which covers maintenance including; sizing, melee stone replacement, cleaning, re-tipping and much more.
Spicer Greene Jewelers offers special financing options with approved credit through Synchrony financial and Wells Fargo. Ask your sales associate about the terms conditions and how to apply.
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