The word 'carat' takes its origins from the word carob,a seed from the Carob tree. This seed has proven to be a consistent and accurate weight for measuring. The value of a diamond is increased with larger carat weight, as the size makes the stone more rare.
Every customer is different, and we apprectiate that fact. Some people want the largest diamond possible, while others want only the highest quality. No matter your desires, the people at Puckett's Jewelry can help you find the proper cut, color and clarity to fit your budget. Many of our engagement rings can fit stones up to 5.00 carats, but each ring has size limitations based on its size and the type of setting.
The cut of a diamond is dicatated by the proportions and symmetry of the stone. Your diamond's proportions determine how brightly your diamond shines and how it reflects light. An ideal cut diamond allows the maximum amount of light to return through the top of the diamond. Depth, table size, crown height/angle, and girdle thickness all play a part in how well your diamond is cut and how much fire you will see in the stone as it is roated under the light. Inferior cuts are often too deep or too shallow, and they sacrifice the potential for fire and brilliance. All of these variables can be a little overwhelming for a customer who might be trying to shop online or find the best bling for the budget. Let us take the stress out of shopping and help you select the best diamond for your needs. We shop diamonds from our resources, and we can bring in several diamonds for you to compare and shop with our guidance.
After mining a rough diamond, it is assessed by a skilled diamond cutter to determine the stone's best possible cut. A cutter wants to preserve as much carat weight as possible without sacrificing beauty. The term cut is often confused with the diamond's shape, such as round brilliant, oval, or emerald cut.
Diamonds range from colorless to yellow or light brown. Diamonds are also found in a wide array of rare and fancy colors, inlcuding yellow, blue and pink. The less color, the rarer the diamond and the more valuable. Fancy colors are graded on a seperate color scale and are often just as expensive (if not more) than a colorless stone .
D - Colorless
E-F - Colorless
G-J - Near Colorless
K-M - Faint Yellow
N-R - Very Light Yellow
S-Z - Light Yellow
After 'Z' on the color scale, diamonds become fancy yellow. The rarity of these colored diamonds increases their value.
Practically all diamonds contain naturally occurring internal characteristics called inclusions. The location, size, and amount of these inclusions determine a diamond's clarity and ultimately the diamond's value.
F-IF - No inclusions or blemishes are visible under 10x magnification (F= Flawless, IF= Internally Flawless).
VVS1-VVS2 - Minute: Inclusions are extremely difficult to find under 10x magnification (VVS= Very, Very Slightly Included).
VS1-VS2 - Minor: Inclusions are difficult to find under 10x magnification (VS= Very Slightly).
SI1-SI2 - Noticeable: Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification (SI = Small Incusions).
I1-I3 - Obvious: Inclusions are obvious under 10x maginication and are visible to the naked eye (I = Imperfect).
So many variables go into finding the perfect diamond for your unique needs. Let us help you find the perfect fit and the perfect price.