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Diamond Education

At Motif Jewels, we offer the highest quality Certified Diamonds to satisfy all personal tastes, no matter what shape or color you like your diamonds to be. Diamonds are one of the most precious gemstones, with unique attributes and properties. Understanding how these characteristics influence the appearance and quality is key in choosing the perfect diamond that's right for you.

Diamond Grading
The 4Cs

The main categories to consider when choosing a diamond are the cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Referred to as 'The 4Cs’—a useful terminology in understanding the properties of evaluating a diamond.

Diamond Cut

There are a number of factors that goes into grading a diamonds overall cut grade. GIA looks at the overall proportions and finish of a polished diamond to determine the assign cut grade, ranging from Excellent to Poor. A diamonds proportions directly affect the face-up appearance of a diamond. All parts of the diamond work together affecting its brightness, fire and scintillation. Learn more.

Diamond Shapes

Every diamond is cut into angles and facets that compose a diamond's shape. At a glance, there are several assorted shapes that are tailored to your preferences. Each cut has its own distinctive unique style that complements and enhances its overall look and feel. Learn more.

Diamond Clarity

When grading a diamond, clarity is one of the most important aspects looked at. If inclusions or blemishes are absent in a diamond, not only is it extremely rare, it is given the highest clarity grade, flawless. The Clarity grade will vary depending on how noticeable blemishes or inclusions are. GIA assigns clarity grades ranging from F for Flawless, to I3, meaning a diamond with obvious inclusions to the trained eye. No two diamonds are ever identical. Each has distinctive characteristics making diamonds truly one of a kind. Learn more.

Diamond Polish

Diamond Polish refers to how smooth and fine the facets (outside surface) of a diamond has been polished. Diamonds in their most raw form goes through a refined process, which ends in the result of a polished diamond. Polishing diamonds reveal their prized optical properties of clarity and overall brilliance. Learn more.

Diamond Color

People most commonly think of diamonds to be colorless. However Diamonds come in just about every color imaginable. In fact most diamonds have a small tint of color, usually yellow or brown. A diamonds color is graded based on one of two categories, normal or fancy-color. If a diamond falls in the normal color range, it is assigned a color grade based on its depth of color on a scale of D-to-Z. Learn more.

Diamond Fluorescence

When a diamond is exposed to an ultraviolet light source, it can sometimes display visible light called fluorescence. This unique natural attribute is found in some diamonds, minerals, and gems, which the effect can be similar to a soft colored aura encompassing the diamond. Some diamonds will have varying degrees of fluorescence, from faint to strong traces of glow illuminated. The strength of the fluorescence light emitted can range from inert, faint, and lastly medium to strong. Learn more.

Fancy Color Diamonds

Diamonds come in white or colorless, as we usually see in jewelry, but they also come in shades of yellows, greens, blues, blacks, browns, purples and even reds. These color options are rarer because they require a small refinement when forging of the diamond occurs in the Earth’s mantle. Learn more.

Diamond Carat Weight

Carat is a unit of measurement used to classify the weight of a diamond. The term carat is derived from a unit of measurement from the wheat grains of carob seeds, hence the term "Carat." Before the twentieth century, carob seeds were the ideal counter unit in evaluating the weight of a diamond. Today, the term carat is still widely used, even with the progression of technological advancements and the units of measurement being constantly redefined. Learn more.

Diamond Care

Over time, diamonds and jewelry can build up residue and grime from everyday normal wear, accumulating a thick layer of film. It can obstruct the diamond’s brilliant appearance by blocking light from entering a diamond, making it appear dull and lifeless. Although diamonds are one of the hardest known substance on earth, they can still be affected by dirt and undesirable substances internally or on the surface, which can hinder their beauty. In between durations of long use and wear, cleaning is essential in maintaining the appearance; however excessive cleaning with chemical solutions can also put wear and tear on jewelry, lessening the longevity of metals. Learn more.

Diamond Certification and Certificates

A diamond certificate is an evaluation of a diamond's properties, via a specification blueprint. The jewelry industry references the term certification to a Diamond Grading Report or a Diamond Dossier, in which it is generally used across wholesalers, retailers and consumers alike. The unique properties and attributes, such as the overall grade, exact measurements, color, clarity, carat, and cut are included in the certificate. Learn more.

Diamond Upgrade Program

At Motif Jewels, we understand that needs may change after the purchase of a diamond. We offer two upgrade services for our customers who seek to replace their diamond(s). Learn more.

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