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Diamonds FAQs

For centuries, diamonds have been one of the most favored gemstones in the world, used as showstopping focal points and glittering accents in both fashion and bridal jewelry. As the hardest natural substance on the planet, they are phenomenally dependable and resistant to damage and discoloration. Their strength and unparalleled brilliance allow these gems to retain their value wonderfully over time. For this reason, it is essential to make the most informed decision possible when shopping for fine diamond jewelry. Our team of experts here at Exclusively Diamonds has compiled our answers to some of the questions we most frequently receive regarding diamonds to help ensure your shopping experience is a breeze.

How Are Diamonds Formed?

Indeed, a large part of a diamond’s appeal is the incredible and unfathomable process of forming and arriving at the planet's surface. Diamond formation takes place miles beneath the earth’s crust. Here, carbon particles are subjected to extreme heat and pressure over billions of years, causing the particles to bond together, creating the crystals that make diamonds so spectacular. From there, they are transported to the surface via volcanic eruption, where they can be mined and then carefully cut. While it is challenging to determine how long ago a diamond was formed, trained geologists can sometimes give a general timeline based on the inclusions a stone might feature. Their miraculous creation makes their shimmering appearance all the more appealing.

Should I Purchase A Natural or Lab-Grown Diamond?

This is a question we encounter often, and there are many reasons why one might prefer one over the other. When it comes to natural diamonds, there are occurrences when unethical practices are used in diamond mining. It is essential to seek out designers that ensure their gems are 100% conflict-free. This can be difficult to verify, however. With lab-grown diamonds, one can be assured that their diamond was attained without conflict.

Over the years, scientists and gemologists have discovered ways to safely and effectively recreate the conditions by which diamonds are formed in the controlled environment of a laboratory. This brings down the cost of the gems, as they can be mass-produced while still ensuring chemical and visual identicality to mined diamonds. However, as their cost is lower, so is their resale value. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, are rarer and thus better retain their value. They are more desirable for many because of their incredible creation story. For others, a lower cost is more important. Determining your priorities in these areas will help you to determine which type of stone is right for you.

What Are the Most Popular Diamond Cuts?

A diamond’s “cut” refers to the shape into which it is carved and the placement of its facets, which allow the gem to create its unique reflection of light. A diamond’s cut can help to determine the overall aesthetic feel of the piece into which it is set. Diamond cuts are difficult to achieve; thus, some are more expensive than others. The following are some of the most popular diamond cuts you’ll encounter when shopping.

  • Round: The round cut is by far the most popular and one of the most brilliant. This also means it is one of the most expensive. It has 58 individual facets and a perfectly circular silhouette.
  • Princess: This exquisite cut features a square silhouette that is wonderfully modern and eye-catching.
  • Cushion: Cushion cut gems are similarly cut to the princess, with a squared shape and softly rounded corners to create a shape resembling a cushion, hence its name.
  • Emerald: A rectangular cut, the emerald evokes the art deco era, with parallel facets that create a mesmerizing hall of mirrors effect. 
  • Oval: Essentially an elongated round cut, the oval cut has gently sloping sides that create a classic, feminine feel.
  • Pear Shape: This unique cut features one rounded end and one pointed end, creating a stunning teardrop shape.
  • Marquise: The marquise cut is similar to the pear shape but features points at both the top and the bottom, with gently sloping sides.

Can I Choose A Colorful Diamond?

When you think of diamonds, you likely think of the timeless, colorless variation. These are by far the most common. However, diamonds can occur naturally and be chemically altered in the lab to exhibit exquisite color. For those seeking out a gem that is both as strong and brilliant as a diamond and as vibrant as a colorful gemstone, colored diamonds are the best option. They will last a lifetime and bring a pop of color to any look. Though most natural diamonds are clear, inclusions in their formation process can result in various colors and vary in intensity. You can find diamonds in black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, violet, brown, and gray.

What Are the Four C’s?

Diamonds are graded by four main criteria. A diamond’s score in these four areas will help you to determine a gem’s value. They are cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The cut is graded on its precision and ability to allow light to move through the stone. Its color grade is determined by its colorlessness, and typically the less yellow or brown the gem, the more valuable it is. However, blue, pink, and red diamonds are among the most expensive gemstones in the world. A gem’s clarity grade is based on the viewer’s ability to see into the stone, free from cloudiness or inclusions. Finally, its carat weight is determined by its size, with larger diamonds being more expensive.

Shop Diamond Jewelry at Exclusively Diamonds

Find the glimmering diamond jewelry of your dreams from our stunning designer inventory at Exclusively Diamonds. Our Mankato jewelry store houses a carefully curated inventory of exquisite pieces unparalleled in quality and craftsmanship. Allow our team of experts to guide you through our inventory to find the pieces that best suit your unique needs and aesthetic preferences. Contact us today with any questions about our diamonds and other products, as well as the professional services we offer.