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We want to make understanding diamond grades simple. There are a lot
colors viewed in a diamond is the way that the stone is cut. If a stone has been cut poorly, it will not shine as brighlty as one that has been cut well.
In the particular case of diamonds, it is especially important to have a
good cut so that the light that enters it will reflect off of several facets
within the diamond before returning to your eye to display that special
sparkle. GIA has assigned round diamonds cut grades ranging anywhere from poor to excellent. At Magee Jewelry, we have beautiful and visually stunning diamonds in our custom-made pieces, but not all of them would
earn an "excellent" cut grade from this system of grading, and we are
okay with that. All of the diamonds that we carry have high cut grade
marks, and it is obvious they do by their displayed brilliance. After all,
we hand-picked them ourselves and then make mountings for them to
show their individual personalities and sparkle.
There is a very slight difference in the color grades, and truly, we find that unless a stone has a fairly strong saturation of body color, it is often very difficult to tell if it has any color at all. When a diamond is graded for color,
the use of a master stone set is needed to compare the body colors of each stone, and this is because the human mind cannot memorize color. If you know that color is one of the most important deciding factors for your purchase of a diamond, you should compare, side-by-side, two diamonds with different body color. You will probably find that there is very little discernible difference in the face-up appearance of diamonds that have
color in the range before the "L" color grade. We stick to the idea that
if you can see it, and it bothers you, that is when you need to decide if
paying more for a diamond with an upgrade in color is worth the extra cost.
If you cannot see the difference, maybe it is not worth spending the extra money on a diamond that has a slight difference in color.
We think the same principle goes for the clarity grade of a diamond.
The Four C's of Diamond Grading