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  1. What Is An Asscher Cut Diamond?

    Asscher cut diamonds have been a jewelry staple for years, and they're one of the few diamond cuts that have differentiated themselves from the rest of the dime-a-dozen options. Diamond cuts can easily reveal the stone's blemishes, but hardly can you see imperfections in Asscher cut diamonds; perhaps the reason many ladies and gentlemen consider them for their special occasions: anniversaries, weddings, or engagements.

    Nonetheless, only a handful of people know what Asscher cut diamonds are, let alone their history. Below, we've explained why they're so special and how to choose the right Asscher cut diamonds.

    What Are Asscher Cut Diamonds?

    You can recognize an Asscher cut diamond from a few distinct features. It has an octagonal shape with clip-corners and layered facets. You might think that it's an emerald-cut diamond, which typically has clean, straight step-cut facets. However, Asscher cut diamonds stand alone with their square shape. Their layered facets enhance the diamond's clarity, allowing people to tap into the hidden qualities in these top-tier diamonds.

    Features of An Asscher Cut Diamond

    The high clarity of Asscher cut diamonds is usually so striking that you'd want to purchase it on an impulse. However, you need the knack for identifying where the cut's quality thresholds are to make the proper selection. 

    Clarity

     An Asscher cut diamond has a flat table, enhancing clarity and providing an unobstructed view inside the stone. The layered facets create an optical illusion that there are inclusions in the stone. Granted, it's recommended that you go for a stone with a clarity grading of VS2. While you might consider a lower grade for other cuts, such as VS1, the best step cuts require a higher grading, as in Asscher cuts.

    Color

    With limited facets, color imperfections in Asscher cut diamonds can hardly be veiled. Still, the color you choose depends on your preference. But it would be best to select anything above G in the color scale, especially if you're buying 1.5 or 2.0 carats. Many diamond professionals suggest that you choose an "I color". Not only does the color stand out, but you can also afford it without breaking the bank.

    We all love diamonds, but making informed decisions when purchasing them is not natural to everyone;  Whether you're looking for Asscher cut diamond rings or earrings, contact Gold and Diamond today!

  2. What Size Diamond Studs Are Too Big

    Every woman deserves a magnificent pair of diamond studs! The perfect diamond earrings are a jewelry staple. She'll wear them all the time. And they make a great gift because you don't need to know her ring size or bracelet size to impress her with diamonds.

    But you need to know a little about her to pick the diamond studs that are just right.

    Today, the diamond masters at Gold & Diamond Source are here to help you choose the perfect stud earrings. Size matters, so let's start there.

    Diamond Studs by Size & Quality

    First, know that carat weight is a major consideration when choosing her diamond studs. A "1-carat" pair of earrings will consist of two .50 carat diamonds that match closely in cut, clarity and color. One whole carat of excellent diamonds is a good starting point for most women. They won't be too big to be worn comfortably, and they're generally more affordable than a one-carat solitaire set in a ring.

    Children and young ladies should wear very tiny diamond studs, aim for .20 to .25 total carat weight.

    But everyone has different tastes, so check out the studs she usually wears. If she has multiple ear piercings, she might like smaller stones higher in the ear or tiny round brilliant cut diamonds in her cartilage piercings very high on the ear.

    What Size Diamond is Too Big for Studs?

    It's all about personal opinion. Two-carat studs — that's a whole carat in each ear — might be a little flashy for some. Nice, well-cut, matching stones will also be expensive. So if you're looking for "daily drivers" that she can wear every day, keep it to one carat or less.

    But if she's a diamond aficionado, like this author, she might have quite a collection of studs already. And if that's the case, only a big pair of studs will do! In that case, go for high-end, near-flawless or eye clean Asscher cut stones to make an impression.

    Other Considerations When Choosing Diamond Stud Earrings

    Think about the jewelry metal, too.

    • Does she wear yellow, rose or white gold?
    • If she wears silver, white gold will mix into her jewelry wardrobe easily.

    14k gold, whether white, yellow or rose, is a good choice for just about anyone. If she has allergies, or if "mystery metal" costume jewelry turns her fingers green, stick to 14k or 18k gold. Less-pure gold, like 10k, might irritate her ears. 

    Try our diamond stud builder tool online, or contact us to learn more about the perfect stud earrings for your loved one. We're here to help.

  3. What Is A Baguette Diamond

    Baguette diamonds are rectangular stones that make beautiful accent stones. While they're not a great choice for a solitaire (we'll explain that in a moment), they can be gorgeous in slender, stackable diamond rings and wedding bands. They can be an excellent addition to a diamond pendant, and they're perfect for highlighting colored gemstones, too.

    What Makes Baguette Diamonds Different?

    Baguette diamonds are named after baguette loaves of bread, which originated in France. Their shape is like a long rectangle, and the standard length to width ratio is 5:1. Baguette diamonds have only 14 facets (that's 44 fewer than a round brilliant-cut), so they're not as sparkly as other diamonds. 

    What to Look for in Baguette Diamonds

    You'll usually experience baguettes diamonds as accent stones highlighting an outstanding central diamond or a high-quality colored gem. Like all diamonds, they are subject to the "Four Cs" of diamond grading, set forth by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). 

    The "Four Cs" are:

    • Clarity
    • Carat weight (size)
    • Color
    • And cut

    Since baguettes are usually small and often used to highlight a bigger rock, some people don't pay much attention to their quality. And it can be nearly impossible to differentiate between some subtle color or clarity differences with the naked eye. But these details do matter! 

    Details that Matter When Buying Baguettes

    When considering a setting that includes some baguettes, you should insist on:

    • Well-matched stones that all appear to be the same color and clarity
    • No visible inclusions (imperfections that will look like black or white specks or streaks)
    • Straight, clearly defined facets — this is important because baguettes tend to chip more quickly than other diamond cuts
    • Sturdy settings that will protect the delicate edges of the diamonds

    And as always, pick the jewelry that seems to speak to you. Look at the whole picture! A slightly yellow baguette will look warm in a yellow gold setting and compliment a fancy colored diamond beautifully.

    If you'd like to learn more about diamond rings and diamond settings, contact us today. Our experienced team of jewelers is standing by to help you choose the perfect diamond ring or diamond pendant, with or without accent stones.

  4. What Is A Cushion Cut Diamond?

    A cushion cut diamond is a diamond cut combining a square/rectangular shape and rounded corners. This particular cutting is what gives it a cushion-like appearance, hence its name. 

    Cushion cut diamond combines a modern round brilliant cut and an old mine cut diamond. This vintage diamond cut is popular in engagement rings as it epitomizes charm and romance.

    History of the Cushion Cut Diamond

    Cushion cut diamonds have existed for over 200 years. During the first century of its discovery, the cushion cut diamond was the most popular diamond cut. This diamond cut was inspired by the old mine cut, popular in Brazil in the 1700s. 

    Stonecutters developed cushion-cut diamonds from the old mine cut and inspiration from other diamond cuts like the table, candlelight, and Peruzzi cuts. 

    Even though this famous diamond cut almost became obsolete, it soon reemerged to claim its rightful position. It now ranks third in popularity after the princess and round cut diamonds.

    Pros and Cons of Cushion Cut Diamond

    The following are some of the pros and cons of the cushion cut diamond.

    Pros:

    • It offers a variety of facets and shapes.
    • A high level of fire and brilliance make it reflect both colored and white light well.
    • Rounded corners make it highly durable.
    • It offers a large selection of stones because it is a popular cut.
    • Less expensive than a brilliant round diamond.
    • Enhances the color of the stone, making it ideal for colored gemstones and diamonds.

    Cons:

    • It easily shows flaws because of its broad faceting structure.
    • Since cushion cut diamond is a deep-set cut, it may appear smaller than other cuts of similar weight.
    • It retains color better and thus easily shows a yellow tint at a greater level on the grading scale.

    And there you have what you need to know about the cushion cut diamond. As stated above, the cushion cut diamond is a diamond shape that is not going to get obsolete anytime soon as the cut is now a classic cut and one of the famous diamond cuts.

    You can contact us to have your questions answered and learn more about diamonds.

     

  5. What Is A Fashion Diamond Ring?

    Explaining Fashion Jewelry

    If I asked you to think of a diamond ring, it wouldn't be surprising if you imagined an engagement ring or a wedding band. These types of diamond rings are some of the most popular and well known styles of rings. Wedding and engagement rings serve a purpose, and are considered functional jewelry. But that doesn't mean they cannot be considered fashion diamond rings as well. 

    Fashion jewelry can either be functional, or solely worn for the purpose of fashion. In most cases, wedding rings are created with fashion and style in mind. Timeless shapes and colors of diamond rings are created so that the owner feels confident wearing them every day, no matter what else he/she may be wearing. There are other diamond rings, however, that are mainly used for styling, and do not have a function. 

    Some examples of other fashion jewelry include necklaces, earrings, brooches, watches and gold chains. You can use fashion jewelry to elevate any style you want, and it's a bonus if that jewelry also serves a purpose or has sentimental value. 

    Popular Fashion Diamond Rings

    Whether your diamond rings are solely worn because they make you feel happy and look good, or if they are hand selected by you and your partner to keep forever as a symbol of your relationship, it is likely you will want your rings to represent your style and personality. Fashion diamond rings can add extra sparkle to your daily look. Wedding experts and media brands both have informed conclusions about what is trendy, classic, and timeless in the jewelry world. Here are some of the most popular styles of fashion diamond rings to consider adding to your collection:

    • Simple Solitary Diamonds (a classic beauty, ageless and understated)
    • Stackable Bands (perfect for both fashion rings and wedding rings)
    • Pave Diamonds (smaller diamonds set closely together to create a line/row)
    • Mixing Stones and Diamonds (birthstones, pearls, and gems are a fun way to accent your diamond rings)
    • Twisted Bands and Shapes (set your diamonds inside a heart-shaped band or other fun forms)

    Choosing the Right Ring

    Gold and Diamond Source has a versatile array of elegant jewelry, including fashion diamond rings. Contact us if you would like help finding the perfect statement piece. We are America's leading online jewelry store, and we would love to know what's missing from your jewelry box. 

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