The less color, the higher the grade. Even the slightest hint can make a dramatic difference in value.
Clarity grades appraises the number, size, relief, and position of inclusions and blemishes.
Cut (proportions, symmetry, and polish) is a measure of how a diamond’s facets interact with light.
Rarity means larger diamonds of the same quality are worth more per carat.
Baguette - A rectangular-shaped small diamond often used to enhance the setting of a larger stone.
Channel Setting - Type of setting often used in mounting a number of smaller stones of uniform size in a row. Stones are not held by individual prongs but rather continuous strips of metal forming a channel into which are fitted the outer edges of the row of stones.
Fancy Cut - A diamond cut other than round - such as baguette, emerald, triangle, pear, star.
Pave - A type of setting in which a number of small stones are set as closely together as possible to appear a an all-diamond surface without any metal showing.
Solitaire - The mounting of a single gemstone.
Tiffany Setting - A four or six-prong setting generally round in shape and flaring out from the base to the top, having long slender prongs that hold the stone.