General Questions

What are the Birthstones for each Month?

January Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Cultured Pearl
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal
November Citrine
December Blue Topaz

 

How is the Term "Coloured Stone" Used?


The term Coloured Stone is used to refer to all gem materials other than diamond. It includes such diverse substances as rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls, coral, garnet and jade.


What is a Carat (ctw) Weight?


A diamond's weight is measured in carats. The weight is often stated in fractions of a carat. For example, 1/5, 1/4, 1/2 carat. A carat is divided into 100 points, so that a diamond of 25 points equals 1/4 carat and 50 points equals 1/2 carat.


What is a Total Weight Diamond


Total weight diamonds (cttw) refers to the total weight of all the diamonds in the jewelry. For example, a cluster ring with a number of small diamonds may have a total weight of 1/2 carat. A ring with 2 or 3 stones and diamonds on the side may have a total weight of 3/4 carats.


What Shapes are Gems Available in?


There are several unique and interesting shapes in the industry. Some of the most popular styles are: Round, Marquise, Pear, Princess, Heart, Oval and Emerald.


Do you sell your diamonds individually?


Unfortunately not. The high costs of insurance combined with the inablitity of the customer to see such a valuable stone mean that we feel it unsuitable to provide this service currently.


What Should I Look For in Purchasing Pearls?


The five factors in determining a pearl's value are luster, surface, shape, color and size. The single most important factor when determining a pearl's value. Generally, the greater the luster the more valuable the pearl. Luster is the true warm inner glow and shimmering iridescence of the pearl emanating from within.