Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Monday, November 10, 2014

Today's post is all about the bling

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Shopping for diamonds is more complicated than you might think. There is quite a lot to consider when choosing the perfect stone. 
Cory Schifter, owner of Casale Jewelers in Staten Island, NY, says: 

"The most important thing to know when diamond shopping for an engagement ring is to know and trust your jeweler. We believe buying an engagement ring is the start of relationship not only between you and your fiancé, but also with your jeweler.

My family and I are long time customers of Casale's and have always admired the quality of their stones and helpfulness of their staff. 

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The 4 C's of diamonds have always been a helpful guide for selecting the perfect rock.  They are: cut, color, clarity and carat.

As per Casale's website, a diamond's cut is the most important property to increase its beauty because a well-cut diamond reflects light to maximize the stone's brilliance. Diamonds have a unique ability to manipulate light efficiently. This exceptional ability can be revealed and maximized only by cutting and polishing the diamond to an extremely high level of accuracy.

Diamond Cut by Shape
A diamond cut by shape describes the outline of the stone and pattern of the facet arrangement. A stone can be cut into various shapes, as seen below.

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Diamond Cut by Depth
A diamond cut by depth is the ultimate feature for its brilliance and fire. A shallow cut will let light lost through a diamond's bottom causing it to appear dull. A deep cut will allow light to be lost through a diamond's sides causing it to appear dark. An ideal cut is considered as the best cut and it will reflect most or all of the light that enters in the diamond back to the eyes. 

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Diamonds are found in all colors of the rainbow, from colorless and transparent stones to ink black ones. Varying degrees of yellow or brown color is common in most of the diamonds and slight difference in color can make a substantial difference in value. A truly colorless diamond is extremely rare and considered the most valuable. It allows most light to pass through the stone and create the most brilliance.

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For more information on diamond color and the Diamond Color Grade Table, click here.

Clarity is a term used to describe the absence or presence of flaws inside or on the surface of a diamond. In other words, the clarity of a diamond refers to a diamond's clearness or purity. A diamond's clarity is based on the number, size, nature and location of imperfections on the finished stone. Diamonds with higher clarity are more valuable in comparison to diamond that contains numerous inclusions because it is less brilliant due to inclusions interfering with light passing through it. 

To explore Casale's Diamond Clarity Grading Scale Table, click here.

The term "carat" refers to the weight of a diamond. It is derived from the carob seeds, which are remarkably consistent in weight and shape and so were the favored scale balances in ancient times. Each carat is divided into 100 points. Therefore, ¼ carat diamond is considered as 25 points and ½ carat diamond is considered as 50 points and so on. When we consider all four Cs, that determine value of diamond, we can find carat weight most accurately and easily by using a delicately balanced scale capable of weighing extremely small stones. 

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For more information on all Diamond Education, be sure to check out the Casale Jewelers website!

Another reason we love Casale's is their Race for the Ring contest!!

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What's Race for the Ring?
Young couples who are eager to tie the knot can enter the first ever Casale Jewelers "Race for the Ring" competition for a chance to win a $10,000 engagement ring!

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Here's what Cory Schifter has to say about the event:
"I have two favorite parts about Race for the Ring because it's too tough to have just one! The first is getting to meet the couples and their families at our annual comedy night fundraiser. Each year, we recognize the couples on this night and donate all money raised to local charities. Thus far, we have donated over $50,000 to local charities. The second is the announcement of the winner and the proposal. Always gets me choked up."

Thanks for reading! Happy shopping!