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Diamond Basics

Shopping for diamonds and jewelry can be an overwhelming experience if one lacks basic knowledge on the subject. Well it shouldnít be. At Dana Rebecca Designs Bridal we believe in presenting a basic yet comprehensive understanding on diamonds and other jewelry subjects so that our shoppers can shop with confidence. DRD Bridalís education section will teach you everything you need to know so you can find that diamond or other piece of jewelry that is perfect for your loved one.

Anatomy of a Diamond

Anatomy of a DiamondIt is crucial to your understanding of diamonds to become familiar with the various parts of the diamond that are important in the diamondís framework. The modern brilliant cut diamond consists of 58 facets. (57 if you exclude the culet). The top of the diamond, referred to as the crown, (top half of the diamond above the girdle) has 33 facets and the bottom half below the girdle, known as the pavilion, has 25 facets. Diamond reports from nearly all labs will identify numerous measurements and ratioís referencing various parts of the diamond anatomy. Among the most important parts of a diamond to recognize are the total diameter, total depth and table. These three factors are most important because their combination is highly influential in determining a diamondís cut.

The diameter of a diamond is its total width measured from girdle to girdle.

The depth of a diamond is the height of the stone as measured from the culet to the table.

The table of a diamond is the flat facet that faces up on the upper most part of the diamond. Table percentage is the ratio of the table width as compared to the total width of the diamond. For each shape, there is a desirable table percentage that results to the best cut.

Traditional Shapes of Diamonds

Diamond Shapes

Diamond Certification

Diamond CertificatesWhile most diamonds look the same to the naked eye, each and every diamonds is actually different and possesses a unique set of characteristics. That is why a diamond grading report is necessary(usually referred to as a ďcertificateĒ).

A diamond grading report is essentially an evaluation of the stone by an unbiased independent third party laboratory. The lab that grades the diamond has no financial interest in the particular stone. They are an independent third party that is merely grading a given stone according to a set of standards developed at the given laboratory.

The diamond is carefully examined by a trained professional and a report with a description of the diamond along with all its features including dimensions, proportions, color, clarity, polish, symmetry, and fluorescence is created for the individual stone.

All loose diamonds sold by Dana Rebecca Designs Bridal have been graded by the American Gem Society (AGS) or the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). While there are other labs that do diamond grading, GIA and AGS are held in the highest regard because of their unbiased grading and consistency.