Choosing Your Stone, Setting, and Cut
The cut of your diamond, which brings out the sparkle, makes up more than 25 percent of its value. Every diamond shape is a variation of the modern round brilliant, which can be cut to your standards. Cut involves shape, table, depth, crown angle, pavilion angle, girdle, polish, and symmetry. KT Diamond Jewelers takes pride in dealing with only the top standards in cut. Our diamonds are certified by AGS or GIA. Very seldom will we deal with any other certified diamonds, due to weak grading standards. If the diamond does not sparkle, why buy it?
Diamonds vary in color, from colorless to fancy colors (yellow, blue, red and pink.) Each diamond is also unique in clarity, from nearly flawless to possessing very visible flaws. KT Diamond Jewelers, finds clarity to be overrated. All diamonds have some inclusions or flaws, which were trapped in the diamond when formed 600 million to 3.3 billion years ago. The clarity standard is measured under a ten-power magnification jeweler’s loupe, so, flawless is flawless to a loupe, and included means inclusions can be seen to the naked eye. We are more concerned with how the diamond looks to the eye than when magnified. KT Diamond Jewelers will not sell diamonds below the I1 level (included to the first degree). The I2 and I3 ranges are considered promotional by GIA and AGS standards. At this level, there are many inclusions visible to the naked eye, and the diamond is not attractive. To learn more about diamonds and GIA Diamond Grading Reports please contact us.
Finally, KT Diamond Jewelers believes bigger is bigger, not necessarily better when it comes to carat weight (the weight of the diamond). This measures the weight of a diamond, not the actual size. It may weigh one karat, but not look it. Carat weight is a by-product of the cut of a diamond. Many diamonds are not cut to maximum potential. Often cutters will leave a stone deep, causing it to have more karat weight and a higher price, but it will not sparkle as much as a more proportionately cut diamond due to the depth. At KT Diamond Jewelers, we spend countless hours finding the right diamonds for our clients. The right stone is out there for everyone, and it is our job to find it.
Current Bridal Trends
KT Diamond Jewelers strives to avoid following or falling into the latest passing trends. Much like chasing technology, it is impossible to keep up and it is quickly outdated. Our policy instead is to deal with one-of-a-kind, top quality pieces that will stand the test of time. Each of our customers is as unique and valuable as his or her tastes, and the same goes for our jewelry. We find that our clients want something more than the current fad, which quickly becomes out of date. Our jewelry is classic, bold and attractive, and never goes out of style.
White and or Rose gold is currently popular in bridal, two-tone such as white and yellow gold paired together is also making a come back in fashion jewelry.
KT Diamond Jewelers uses all the common precious stone such as: Blue sapphire, ruby, emerald, garnets, blue topaz, etc. They also pride themselves in the not so common stones as well: Alexandrite, tsavorite, fancy color sapphires, fancy color diamonds, morganite, rubellite, and many more.
KT Diamond Jewelers prefers to use 14 karat bright white gold. In the past, we used 14kx1 but found it too brittle. The bright white allows for the same brightness but gives us more mailability for sizing and repairs. Gold in general such as white, yellow, green and rose, tend to be more forgiving to use than platinum. Lots of people have the idea that platinum is a strong metal as well. In fact, the opposite is true. Platinum is very mailable (soft) and tends to scratch very easily which gives is a dull gray appearance with wear. Using the Mohs hardness test on scratching, (1 being easy to scratch to 10 won’t scratch), platinum is a 4 out of 10. In comparison to a diamond being a 10 out of 10, (hardest substance known to man). This means nothing will scratch a diamond except another diamond. KT Diamond Jewelers specialty white gold is about a 7. When KT Diamond Jewelers is not making jewelry in white gold, they also enjoy working with the other precious metals as well including rose gold, (14K or 18K), yellow gold, (14K,18K, 22K 24K), and silver, and even palladium.