Diamonds & Mountings
Here you’ll find answers to common questions about buying diamonds and jewelry, bringing you the clarity you need to feel confident in your purchase. We believe in giving our customers the power to make an informed buying decision, so that you can find the right diamond at the right price. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we get.
The idea of shopping for a diamond can be intimidating. Most people are not diamond experts; yet they feel that their selection must be perfect. They want assistance, but do not want to be pressured. They are overwhelmed often by a large selection. They want to make sure they can afford the diamond they want, and they want to get a fair price. After seeing multiple stones, they might be unclear about exactly what kind of diamond is really right for them.
Every diamond is different, and not all stones with the same color, clarity, cut, and carat weight will look the same in person. Clarity is a perfect example of how important it is to inspect a diamond with your naked eye. Because clarity is a range, two diamonds, both with the same grade may look different when compared side by side. This is an important distinction and a great value consideration for the customer. In addition to selection and guidance, a relationship is priceless and QCB Jewelers knows you want to work with a trusted, knowledgeable and passionate diamond expert.
Our diamond experts will be with you every step of the way – providing guidance and assistance during the purchase of your diamond, engagement and wedding ring and future purchases such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and anniversary gifts.
QCB jewelers has been establish for over 30 years and we are always striving to improve ourselves for you.
GUIDE TO YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING & DIAMOND
What you want to know to make the perfect decision
An engagement ring is a major purchase filled with overwhelming joy and excitement. By understanding your options and making step-by-step decisions, you’ll be on your way to selecting the perfect ring, one that perfectly matches your style and your budget.
Basic terms, so you can describe what you want at QCB Jewelers
Style Options: The Setting
The setting is comprised of the band itself, plus the side and accent stones. It does not usually include the center stone. The setting is also called the mounting or semi-mount.
You have several options for the style of the band. Changing the band can add a traditional or modern feel to the ring, and make it more unique.
You can also select the precious metal for your band. Your options are platinum, yellow, rose or white gold (plated with rhodium & does wear off over time)
You have several options for setting your center stone. When shopping, it’s a good idea to look at examples of each one from the top and the sides so that you understand the differences.
You don’t have to have accent stones in your ring. But if you do, there are many ways to set them.
Selecting your Diamond
The appearance and cost of your diamond is mainly determined by the four C’s: cut, clarity, color and carat. Depending on your budget, you will probably have to prioritize the one or two factors that are most important to you. Read on to learn the basics and select the perfect diamond.
You have many shapes to choose from. Round is classic, while Emerald can be classic. The shape you choose will be the ring’s central focus. The quality of the cut will affect your ring’s price: the angle and finish determines how light passes through the stone, giving the diamond its brilliance.
Terminology that describe a diamond’s clarity. Based on the inclusions provided by Mother Nature is one the determining factors of the diamonds value.
Diamonds that are clearer (more colorless) tend to be more expensive.
Most people think that carat refers to size, but it actually refers to the weight of a stone. Two 1-carat diamonds with different cuts can look like different sizes. Here is a general guide to carats, and how big they appear.