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The cut or make of a diamond is very important to the overall appearance of the diamond. As the chart above indicates, a diamond relies on light refracting and reflecting into and out of the top to make it sparkle and shine. A "D" color flawless diamond could be destroyed by having a poor cut. Similiarly, a diamond with lower clarity and color could look better than the mentioned "D Flawless" stone due to a more brilliant appearance (hiding the imperfections and yellow body color).

Clarity is the presence or lack of inclusions (small crystalline fractures or irregular crystal growth) inside the diamond. Clarity grading is done using a binocular microscope under 10x magnification.

The rarest diamonds are white, or colorless. Poor quality diamond tend to be more yellowish or brownish in color. Diamond color is graded on a scale from "D" the highest quality or most white, to "Z", the most yellowish or brownish. Even though the most valuable diamond is D color, a diamond which grades G through J will appear nearly colorless. Sometimes a jeweler will speak of how diamonds "face up" to the eye, referring to the fact that diamonds are graded for color from bottom of the stone and therefore give the illusion of less body color from the top because facets on the diamond disperse spectral colors to the eye.

Carat weight is referred to in fractions or decimal points. A 1/2 Carat stone can be called .50 Carat or 50 "points". You may encounter the abbreviation "ct. tw." within our merchandise descriptions, indicating "carat total weight". This is the combined weight of all the diamonds in the item, as opposed to the weight of a single diamond in a solitaire ring, for instance.

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A Little History of the Diamond Ring as a Wedding Symbol

The most legendary symbol of matrimony. When a woman and a man become husband and wife, they exchange wedding rings.

The ancestral origins of the wedding ring transport us to the banks of the Nile, where the ancient civilization of the Egyptians in the North of Africa started with the use of wedding rings made of twisted and braided grasses and sedges.

For the ancient Egyptians the circle was symbol of eternal life, the circle had no beginning nor end, like time. The circle also was worshiped as the symbol of the Sun and the Moon. The center hole of the ring was the symbol of the eternal door, leading to the unknown.

Based on those belief, the ring began to be associated with love, and used as a present symbolizing ?eternity? in love and relationship.

The ring was used just as we do today, on the third finger of the left hand. The belief was that the vein of the third finger of the left hand traveled directly to the heart. This same legend was then taken by the invading army of Alexander the Great and passed on to the Romans. The Romans called this vein the vena amoris, meaning the vein of love.

These early rings made of twisted grass usually lasted no more than one year. As people wanted a longer lasting construction, they opted for leather, ivory and other materials.

Then came the era of the metals, and gradually the wedding rings started to be made in the more durable metal. In the early day of Rome, iron was the material of preference for wedding rings, as iron represented strength (being copper and bronze weaker materials).

The act of giving and accepting a ring became a legally binding ceremony, and thus enforceable in the courts of law. The ring made the woman property of the man, but also protected her from being abused or usurped by rival men (those were though times).

On occasions the groom will give the bride a gold or silver ring, was a way of showing that he trusted his beloved with his valuable property.

Pretty soon gold became the norm and in the Medieval times the gemstones became a popular addition, rubies, sapphires and of course diamonds.

In the Renaissance silver made a come back in Italy and spread all through Europe. Silver also became prominent in England and France around the 1700s

and widely used for wedding rings. But later gold came back again as the metal of choice.

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