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4C’s of Diamonds: Carat weight may seem to be the “no brainer” value factor among the 4C’s. However, by taking a closer look, we learn the weight of each diamond is closely related to the quality of the cut.

4 C’s of diamonds. Why not make it 5 C’s? Cost is a factor, so we bring it into the conversation right away. Not in the usual way of discounts or sales talk, but as part of our presentation of facts.

Gold has stood the test of time as the most popular choice for jewelry, whether bridal or fashion styles.

Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone. Aquamarine stones are the blue members of the mineral beryl, which the green varieties are known as emeralds.

The number one question I get, besides “How much is it?” is which of the Four C’s (cut, color, clarity and carat weight) is the most important when buying a ring. I generally like to talk about all four of the diamond quality factors. It helps facilitate questions from the customers that are focused on the true elements of deciding what diamond to choose.

There are many reasons to have jewelry appraised by a professional gemologist. You might need an appraisal to add that new engagement ring you just purchased to your homeowners insurance policy, or you might need to know the value of an inherited piece of jewelry either for insurance purposes or to sell. Whatever the reason, we at Gem Source are here to help. Jim Salyer, a registered gemologist (GIA), answers some of the most common questions he’s asked about the appraisal process.