GIA Diamond Grading Chart & Information | The Diamond Reserve


Are Channel Set Diamonds Secure?

How gemstones are set in jewelry plays a crucial role in both their beauty and functionality. A channel setting is a style where gems are placed in between two metal strips, forming a “channel” on the band of the ring resulting in a sparkling row of gemstones or diamonds. This is a very secure and […]

June 10, 2024

How to Read a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate

A diamond’s brilliance and beauty may capture your heart, but understanding its quality requires delving into the world of gemology. Thankfully, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) provides a diamond grading certificate, a document that serves as your diamond’s passport, detailing its key characteristics. While these reports contain a lot of detailed information and can […]

June 3, 2024

Where Do Pearls Come From?

While most precious gems are formed in the Earth, pearls are the only “gemstone” created inside of a living creature. Pearls are formed by mollusks, a soft-bodied animal group that includes oysters, mussels, and clams. These mollusks create pearls as a defense mechanism against irritants that enter their shells. Let’s learn more about how they […]

May 20, 2024

What is a Modern Brilliant Cut Diamond?

A brilliant cut diamond isn’t just a popular style, it’s a marvel of engineering, meticulously designed to maximize a diamond’s light performance. Its origins can be traced back to the early 20th century when Marcel Tolkowsky, a mathematician and diamond cutter, published his groundbreaking research on light and its interaction with diamonds. His calculations established […]

May 13, 2024

How to Tell if a Diamond is High Quality

Diamonds have captivated hearts for centuries, but navigating the world of diamond selection can be daunting. How can you tell if a diamond is truly high quality? Don’t worry, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to assess a diamond’s brilliance and make an informed decision with the help of a reputable jeweler.  Decoding […]

May 6, 2024

Where Is the Crown of a Ring? 

If you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring, you’re likely to hear a bunch of terms thrown around, like girdle, table, pavilion, and crown. Unless you know a bit about gemstones and diamonds, these words may be new to you. Let’s break down what the crown — one of the most important aspects of a […]

May 3, 2024

Do Engagement Rings Have to be Diamond?

While a diamond engagement ring is the most traditional and popular choice, more and more couples are looking for unique and even colorful ring options that fit their lifestyle and taste. Both engagement and wedding rings carry significant meaning, so it’s best to choose something that you’ll want to wear for a lifetime. Alternative Gemstone […]

April 22, 2024

Is a Pear Cut the Same as a Teardrop?

While you may know them as a trendy engagement ring cut, pear cut diamonds have a long history since their beginnings in the 1400s. These diamonds are loved for their distinct teardrop shape, which is why they’re also referred to as teardrop diamonds. From what they are to where they came from, here’s everything you […]

April 19, 2024

How to Wear a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

The most common way to wear a pear shaped engagement ring is to have the top of the stone pointing upwards towards your fingertips and the round bottom pointing down towards your hand, creating a teardrop shape. Some choose to wear their ring with the pointed end down, and others may opt to set their […]

April 15, 2024

What Is a Low Setting Engagement Ring?

Whether you’re in the process of designing your own engagement ring or just starting your search, the setting of your ring is one of the most important aspects to consider. While there are a variety of ring settings to choose from, the height of those settings may be what makes the biggest difference in your […]

April 12, 2024

What Diamond Shape Sparkles the Most?

A rough diamond might be a beautiful gemstone, but it lacks the captivating sparkle we associate with these precious stones. A skilled diamond cutter meticulously transforms the rough stone into a masterpiece of light manipulation, maximizing its brilliance and fire. While every stone will shine in certain lighting, specific diamond cuts, or shapes have more […]

April 8, 2024

How Do You Layer Necklaces Without Tangling Them?

Layering multiple necklaces is a great way to express your personal style or showcase a few unique pieces at once. However, it can be hard to get started, whether you’re new to accessorizing in this way or just building up your jewelry collection. Here’s how to create the perfect necklace stack and prevent dreaded tangling […]

April 5, 2024