The Seven C's
Carat, Color, Clarity, Cut, Certificate, Cost, Confidence - understanding the total picture can save you costly mistakes and give you all the confidence you need to make the right decision. Stowe Gems is here to help you!
Carat, abbreviated ct., is the unit of measurement for the weight of a diamond. 1.00 ct. represents 100 points, or one full carat. A carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams. 100 Points equals 200 milligrams (.2 g) or 1 carat. Accuracy, in most cases, is precise to less than 1/100,000 ct.
All diamonds contain naturally occurring internal characteristics called inclusions. The size, nature, location and amount of inclusions determine a diamond's clarity grade and affect its cost.
No inclusions visible ( by an expert) under 10x magnification. (FL=Flawless, IF=Internally Flawless.
Minute-extremely difficult to find under 10x. (VVS=Very, very slight inclusions.)
Minor-difficult to find under 10x. (VS=Very slight inclusions.
Noticeable- relatively easy to find under 10x. (SI= slight inclusions).
Obvious under 10x--Just visible to the naked eye.(I=Imperfect).
Most diamonds, although appearing colorless, actually have slight tones of yellow or brown. As these tones become more easily apparent, the rarity and the cost decrease. Fancy Diamonds have Rare or Unusual Colors and are priced by the intensity of color.
A certificate is an in-depth analysis of a loose diamond by an independent laboratory for the protection of the consumer. The Diamond always graded by a minimum of three Graduate Gemologists, it never puts a monetary value on the diamond, but includes all the specifics of carat, color, clarity, and cut. With the help of an educated, highly-trained gemologist, the consumer can, make comparisons necessary to confidently choose the right diamond. The three internationally recognized laboratories are: GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA,(GIA), American Gem Society (AGS), and European Gemological Laboratories(EGL)
A fine make or "IDEAL CUT" diamond is one that has been fashioned to exact mathematical proportions by a master cutter, unlocking the fiery beauty that lies within. Proper cutting and polishing allows light to reflect from one facet to another and then exit back through the crown and table of the diamond. It is the journey of light through the Diamond that spreads out the white light and breaks the light into its component colors. Called Refraction, this is what gives the Diamond its Colorful Sparkles!
The price of each diamond is determined by the previous Five factors above. All these must be taken into consideration when pricing a diamond, since no two are exactly alike. Remember, cut is 40-60% of the price of the diamond, so when comparing Certified Diamonds of the same color and clarity, cut should be the deciding factor.
Why Stowe Gems ?
Stowe Gems offers an excellent selection, great quality, value (our gemologists buy from cutters and importers directly) with exceptional service (no one has a more dedicated, extensively educated staff) and commitment (before and after the sale) to our customers.
Stowe Gems has attempted to provide our clients with 100% conflict - free diamonds,
based on information provided by our suppliers and / or our personal
knowledge of world gem markets.
To the best of our knowledge, our Diamonds have been purchased from
legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in
compliance with United Nations Resolutions.
Due to the fact that it is virtually impossible to trace the origin of a specific
diamond at this time, this is neither a guarantee nor a warranty of
conflict - free origin.STOWE GEMS is your FIRST CHOICE !!!
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Diamonds, Gemstones, and Jewelry
People have worn and loved Jewelry, Gemstones and Diamonds for thousands of years. Some of the oldest human remains ever found, dating back over thirty thousand years were wearing simple Jewelry adornment, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, some bearing Gemstones and even Diamonds!
Our Gemstone and Diamond Jewelry is the best we can make. We cut our own Gemstones and Manufacture the finest quality Gemstone and Diamond Jewelry in Vermont. Our Jewelry starts with original design and timeless style. From there we select the appropriate Gemstone from our vast selection of
natural Gemstones from around the world. In some cases only a custom cut Gemstone from our lapidaries will do.
Gemstones are our first love; to us nothing is as beautiful as a Perfectly Cut Gemstone mounted in a expertly made example of Fine Jewelry accented with natures own crisp White Diamond.
The word Gem is derived from the Greek word GEMMA meaning Flower or Flower Bud, reflecting the ancients appreciation of natures Gemstone perfection. Not all Gemstones are perfect as-is when they come from the ground for jewelry making. The art of fashioning gemstones for jewelry has been perfected over thousands of years. Originally people were trying to improve the level of perfection found in natures Gemstones and to make them more sparkly and attractive. The art of Cutting Gemstones
and Making Jewelry is alive and well at Stowe Gems!
Diamonds, for instance, when found are not always perfect or even sparkly, it is the gem cutters skill that brings out the full beauty of the rough gemstone and allows the jewelry to take full advantage of
natures inner gemstone beauty.
Jewelry Quality Diamonds are very difficult to cut, and that, combined with the intrinsic rarity of Diamond, has made Diamond perhaps the most treasured of Gemstones. Diamond is legendary for its hardness, Ten on the Mohs Scales, a Diamond is actually much harder than any known natural
substance. Diamond is also potentially the most transparent substance known, there factors and Diamonds ability to take a uniquely high polish, make Diamond the most south after Gemstone for Jewelry.
The Diamonds we use in jewelry are produced in a manner sensitive to social and political conflict based on personal knowledge and/or relying on information provided by the seller. Our Diamonds have been produced by legitimate sources of Diamonds not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations Diamond resolutions, to the best of our knowledge.
Our Canadian Diamonds are a perfect example of non - conflict Diamonds they are from Canada’s North West Territory Diamond Mines. These Diamonds have, as a rule, Beautiful White Color and Great Clarity. These Diamonds are graded the same way as other Diamonds from any other Diamond
Producing Region in the World. Mounted in our Jewelry these Diamonds are Spectacular!
We import these great Diamonds directly from the Diamond Miners and Diamond Cutters, there are no middlemen as in the traditional Diamond distribution system. We are very excited about this new source of
Diamond, as these Diamonds are supplies out side of any controlling Carte. This means that Stowe Gems will be able to provide a steady supply of Diamond, as supplies are controlled and restricted even more in
Diamonds, Gemstones and Jewelry, its what Stowe Gems is all about!