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Education

Learn About Diamonds

The Diamond Valet’s diamond education section is meant to answer all of your diamond questions. Learn about diamonds and more in this section of our site. We explain the meaning of a diamond’s characteristics & how these characteristics influence appearance, and can influence the value of your diamond.

Below is a list of the many type of diamonds that we buy. Please note, just because something is not listed here does not mean that we are not interested. If it is a diamond – we will buy it!

Shape

All diamond shapes are different, and have characteristics that are unique which determine quality for each shape. Select the shape below to learn more about each beautiful diamond:

Round Diamonds

Cushion Diamonds

Heart Diamonds

Pear Diamonds

Radiant Diamonds

Oval Diamonds

Marquise Diamonds

Asscher Diamonds

Emerald Diamonds

Princess Diamonds

 Miner / Old Euro Diamonds

Cut

A diamond’s cut grade is a measure of a diamond’s light performance, or, what is often reffered to as brilliance and fire. When a diamond is cut properly, light and fire sparkles out of the top of the diamond. This top of the diamond is also known as the table. If it is cut too shallow, light comes out of the bottom; cut too deep and light comes out of the side. Select the cut below to learn more about each diamond cut:

Ideal Cut

Very Good Cut

Good Cut

Fair Cut

Poor Cut

Color

A color grade of D is the highest possible, while Z is the lowest. Color refers to a diamond’s lack of color, grading the overall whiteness of a diamond. Color in a diamond appears as a pale yellow. For this reason a diamond’s color grade is based on its lack of color. The less color (yellowish) a diamond has, the higher its color grade. Next to cut, color is generally the second most important characteristic when selecting a diamond.

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K-M

N-Z


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