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One of the most defining characteristics of a diamond is its cut. While high grades of color, clarity, and carat weight also contribute to a diamond's appeal, it's the cut that determines the symmetry of the stone's facets, its overall proportions, and its ability to reflect light. An ideal cut diamond will achieve high levels of brilliance, fire, and scintillation.
A carat is a unit of weight used for diamonds and other gemstones.  One carat equals 200 milligrams (0.200 grams). 
There is no physical difference between a diamond that is certified and one that is not.  A certificate does not change the nature of a diamond in any way.  With a certified diamond you have tangible legal assurance as to the particular nature and quality of the diamond you purchase.  A certified diamond comes with a diamond grading report guaranteed by an accredited gem lab such as GIA or EGL.  A non-certified diamond does not.   

Diamond proportion refers to the relationship between the size, shape, and angle of each facet of a diamond. A wide range of combinations are possible, ultimately determining the diamond's interaction with light.

If the diamond cut is too shallow, entering light strikes the pavilion facet at a low angle and passes through the facet (refracts), escaping through the bottom of the diamond.

If the diamond cut is too deep, entering light strikes the first pavilion facet at an angle sharp enough to reflect to the second pavilion. But the light strikes the second pavilion at too low an angle, causing the light to refract (pass through the facet), escaping through the bottom of the diamond.

In a well cut diamond, the light strikes each pavilion facet at an angle which allows most of the light to reflect back to the crown (top). As it passes through the crown facets at a low angle, the light refracts upon exit. In this case, refraction is a good thing, as the bent light travels to the observer's eye and is perceived as a lively fire.

Polish refers to the degree of smoothness of each facet of a diamond

Symmetry refers to how precisely the various facets of a diamond align and intersect.

Emission of visible light by a material when it’s exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

A light wavelength that’s invisible to the human eye.

A treatment that changes the color of a gem by exposing it to radioactive materials.

Clarity enhanced diamonds are 100% genuine natural diamonds mined from the ground.  The principle of the clarity enhancement process is to make tiny internal blemishes inside diamonds invisible to the eye.

Laser drilling is treatment that involves using a concentrated beam of leaser light to reach a diamond’s dark inclusions and to disguise or eliminate them.

Fracture Filling is treatment that involves injection a molten glass substance into a diamonds surface reaching feathers or leaser drill holes. Fracture filling can also affect a diamond’s apparent color. But fracture filling doesn’t change the actual color of the diamond, and the apparent color will change if the filling material is ever removed or damaged.

A treatment is any human controlled process that improves gem appearance. Gem treatments generally improves apparent clarity or enhance or remove color.

Synthetic diamond or lab created diamond is diamond produced in an artificial process, as opposed to natural diamonds, which are created by geological processes. Synthetic diamond is also widely known as HPHT diamond or CVD diamond after the two common production methods.

Anyone can sell certified diamonds, but who is certifying the diamond… Continental Wholesale Diamonds only uses the the top 3 major laboratories in the world ( GIA, AGS, and EGL). It’s our guarantee to you that you are not taking only our word, you are taking an expert’s word, about your diamond.

Even though you may wear your diamond engagement ring 24 hours a day, you should still give thought to its care.

Don't wear it when you're doing rough work. Even though a diamond is durable, it can be chipped by a hard blow.
Don't let your diamond come in contact with harsh chemicals when you're doing household chores. It can damage and discolor the mounting.
Do see your jeweler at least once a year and have him check your ring and other precious pieces for loose prongs and wear of mountings. He'll usually give them a professional "shine-up" too.

Even though the diamond is the hardest substance known to man, it can still be damaged if struck hard and against the grain. Think of the diamond's crystal structure as similar to the grain of wood. There are growth lines as well as a "hard" and a "soft" direction. A blow against the grain of a diamond can cause it to crack, chip, split or even shatter.  In fact, diamond cutters determine how to cut a stone based on their understanding of the rough crystal's structure and growth lines.

Conflict diamonds are diamonds mined in certain African combat zones that have fuelled and funded civil war and gross abuses against the civilian population. Such diamonds are estimated to currently account for less than 1% of the world diamond production.

As this is a purchase that will last forever, the most common question is the curiosity of how much to spend on the ring. While the old "three months’ salary" advice may be a useful starting point, it is important to set a budget based on the characteristics of the ring that are the most important to you. You can spend less and still find a terrific ring, or you can spend more and splurge on size or quality. With our enormous inventory, Continental Wholesale Diamonds can help you find a beautiful ring that is within your budget.

Platinum and white gold are two very different metals. The biggest differences between platinum and white gold are that platinum is a naturally white metal.  White gold is a mix of yellow gold and palladium-silver or nickel alloy that is than rhodium plated. 

Birthstones List (Months January to December)

January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Aquamarine
April - Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Pearl
July - Ruby
August - Peridot
September - Sapphire
October - Opal
November - Topaz
December - Turquoise

First: Paper

Second: Cotton

Third: Leather

Fourth: Fruit or Flowers

Fifth: Wood

Sixth: Candy or Iron

Seventh: Wool or Copper

Eight Bronze or Pottery

Ninth: Pottery

Tenth: Tin

Eleventh: Steel

Twelfth: Silk or Linen

Thirteenth: Lace

Fourteenth: Ivory

Fifteenth: Crystal

Twentieth: China

Twenty-Fifth: Silver

Thirtieth: Pearls

Thirty-Fifth: Coral

Fortieth: Ruby

Forty-Fifth: Sapphire

Fiftieth: Gold

Fifty-Fifth: Emerald

Sixtieth: Diamond