In today's market, most natural, high quality diamonds are certified by a major gemological lab, such as GIA, EGL or AGSL, and sold with a certification or grading report so you know exactly what you are buying.Read more
Buying a diamond is a major purchase. You need to know before you buy. If this is your first time buying a diamond, Max's Diamond Price Guide's Learn About Diamonds education section can help you understand all about the characteristics of a diamond and how they affect a diamond’s value. We provide you all of the information you need about Carat Weight, Color Grade, Cut Grade, Clarity Grade, Shapes, Certification and more, so that you can make an informed buying decision.
Color in diamonds most often appears as a pale yellow or slightly brown hue. The yellow color is due to the presence of trace amounts of nitrogen in the diamond. Strong yellow or vividly yellow diamonds are regarded as Fancy colored diamonds, which are rare and can be very valuable.
Gem-quality diamonds are evaluated and graded by their clarity, the absence of naturally occurring internal flaws, called Inclusions, and external flaws, called Blemishes. Inclusions and Blemishes, whether visible to the naked eye or only under a 10X microscope, can interfere with...
A diamond can be of the best Clarity and Color grades, but if its Cut Grade is poor, the diamond will not be the beautiful gem you will want to buy. The "cut" of a diamond can refer to its shape (round, oval, emerald, etc.) or to the quality of how well it was cut and polished.Read More