Gemstone 101

Blocks

Graded Diamonds

COLOR

Tiny amounts of Nitrogen that are present when crystals form cause the natural hues in diamonds to range from truly colorless or white, to black, blue, green, and pink. Diamonds are graded using a Color Scale, with letter grades from D-Z that represent a range of color and measures how noticeable that color is.

CLARITY

The transformation from carbon atoms to precious gemstones leaves tiny characteristics called inclusions. These small features, which may not be visible to the naked eye, help gemologists separate natural from synthetic diamonds and identify individual stones. Graded on an 11-point scale, the size and position of these markings are evaluated and determine the Clarity Rating.

CUT

A diamonds’ cut refers to the facets and how light is reflected through them. The magic lies within the complex relationship with light, and its display is made up of three parts: Brightness is all white light reflecting from the surface. Fire describes the ‘flares’ or color emitted, and the Scintillation is the pattern of light and dark areas, as well as the sparkle you see.

CARATS

Diamonds and precious gemstones are sized by their weight in carats. For diamonds under 1 carat, each carat is divided into 100 points - like pennies in a dollar. Carat is a measurement of weight but is often referenced to explain visual size. The same carat weight stone can look different to the eye depending on how the stone is cut.

Montana Sapphires

We hand select our sapphires direct from a mining family in Western Montana. This stunning gem, mined right in America, is a beautiful and strong choice for everyday wear. Sapphires are a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, topped only by the diamond. The hues vary from blue green to pink and yellow, often with a mix of colors present in a single stone.

Galaxy Diamonds

These unique diamonds do not receive grading reports like traditional white diamonds because they are full of characteristics not traditionally valued. The inclusions of carbon, wiSps and feathers all add character and intrigue to these galaxy stones. Each is different and the variations can range in intensity from very peppery and black to slightly opaque but visually bright white.

Recycled Diamonds

Recycled, or post-costumer diamonds are the most eco friendly choice for a diamond because they require absolutely zero new mining or energy unlike a new mined diamond or lab grown diamond. We are proud to feature post consumer diamonds that are third party certified by SCS Global Services, a US environmental standards and auditing firm.

Every certified post­-consumer gemstone we source over .50 ct. carries a unique ID number which corresponds to an entry in our database. On single stones over a half a carat, this number may also be found laser inscribed onto the girdle as permitted by the gemstone.

Our jewelry proudly features recycled metals, conflict free diamonds, & 100% American mined inlay stones from trusted sources.

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