~ Diamond Terminology from A to Z ~
There are thousands of terms being used in today's jewelry industry. Some common knowledge, others are obscure and baffling. We've created a database of terminology from A to Z to make it easy, and of course if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email or give us a call.
When any object has swirled colors of two or more.
A fancy cut name for a diamond or gem that is basically an oval tapered at both ends. Read more on Marquise Diamonds.
A chemical process that scratches the top surface of a diamond or gem to remove it's reflective properties.
A diamond that weighs about or is smaller than .2ct. Usually found in ring bands or watches. In most cases these diamonds describe the type of diamond used in micro-pave settings.
A solid inorganic substance of natural occurrence usually obtained through mining. Inorganic, on the other hand, means something is chemically combined to produce something else. It doesn't occur naturally in nature.
Moh's scale is a measure of hardness and resistance to scratching. The hardest substance being Diamonds. Nothing can cut a diamond but a diamond. The softest being Talc which is rated a 1, and Diamonds being the hardest are ranked at 10. There are many gems or stones that fall in-between 1 and 10, however no other gem or stone is equal to 10. It is only occupied by diamonds.
Moissanite is a very rare crystal found in nature, and is NOT man made. We say this because moissanite is so close to the properties of Diamond that only a machine could tell the difference, in most cases.
The Problem with moissanite is that it's being replicated in labs with virtually the same properties as in nature, and it's being passed off as diamonds by non scrupulous scam artists.
The Great thing about moissanite is it's just about as resistant as a diamond. Only a sharp eye can actually see that moissanite has a double back refraction, and their ability to transfer and sustain heat is pretty much the same as well. This is one crystal, either man made or nature made that can have devastating effects on the diamond community as it looks the same as a diamond and cost much, much less.
The action of actually putting a gem or diamond into a ring or piece of jewelry.
The metal that resembles stems that hold the diamond or gem in place.