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How to Take Perfect Engagement Ring Photos

With millions of couples getting engaged, you can expect your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be flooded with proposal pictures and engagement ring selfies. This recent phenomenon of ring photos has become many couples’ preferred method for sharing the news of their engagement with family and friends. A sparkling snap of the engagement ring, paired with a cute caption and posted to social media, seems to have replaced the traditional good news phone call.

Of course, with any fad comes a lot of competition and over-saturation. I’ve seen some entirely un-friendly conversations go on between friends over how big the ring looks in person vs. how it looked in a ring selfie.

Some hand lotion and a manicure can go a long way in making your hands look their best for engagement ring photos. Otherwise, there is no reason to use any photography trickery to make a diamond engagement ring look larger or different than it appears in person. There are plenty of ways to enhance the natural beauty of your diamond to achieve a gorgeous, true-to-life engagement ring selfie.

What will make your ring sparkle the most?

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Two words: natural light. Nothing will show off your engagement ring’s sparkle quite like sunlight. If you live near the ocean, lake, or even a river, a beach scene is ideal for letting your diamond sparkle in natural light. In addition to being a popular proposal spot, the beach presents a unique photo op. This is because both the sun’s light and the reflection of the sun on the water will enhance the center diamond’s brilliance.

On the other hand, stay away from taking engagement ring photos in dim, yellow-toned light. In person, a reading light definitely gives diamonds a soft, romantic look. Unfortunately, this look does not translate well to photos, especially when it comes to yellow gold diamond engagement rings. At best the center stone will look blurry, and at worst it will look like it has a very low color grade.

What will make your diamond look bigger (and smaller)?

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No matter how large or small your ring’s center diamond actually is, certain angles and setups can change the appearance of its size. First and foremost, make sure to take a top-down shot of your ring. This is also called a “table view”, and it will give the most accurate impression of the diamond’s size. Depending on which diamond cuts and ring settings are used, side-view photos of an engagement ring can be totally misleading. For example, a large diamond set in an engagement ring that sits low on the finger will look tiny in a side-view image.

Another way to get an accurate picture of the diamond’s size is to remove all other jewelry and accessories from your hand and wrist before snapping a selfie. The shapes and sizes of your other jewelry can skew how big the center stone appears. This is especially true for watches; large watch faces are still in right now, so by comparison the diamond will seem much smaller than it actually is.

When to Share Ring Details

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There has been debate about this topic since long before the era of the selfie. Nowadays, with social media being such a huge part of our everyday lives, awkward conversations and subjects like this one run the risk of being broadcast to friends, family, coworkers, and even random acquaintances.

My recommendation is to not share the finer details of your ring, especially carat weight and price. It could lead to comparisons, jealousy, criticism, and a whole mess of other bad social situations.

What are the right details to share? Any unique touches that enhance the ring’s meaning. For example, sharing the inscriptions from engraved engagement rings is sweet and definitely not too much information. Calling out your sister-in-law for having a smaller diamond? Not as sweet.

Some Quick Do’s and Don’ts: 

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  • DON’T shy way from using your own hand. First off, it isn’t technically a “selfie” if you don’t have any of yourself in the photo, is it? Second, who cares if your nails or skin are perfect? Your friends and family shouldn’t; they should care about your happy announcement first and foremost. If you have a particularly critical audience, you can always crop the photo so that it includes only your fingers and not the nails.
  • DON’T use flash on a diamond close-up. The stone’s brilliance will reflect back in a very unflattering way.
  • DON’T rely on zoom at all. It is extremely difficult to get a high-quality photo of an engagement ring if you zoom in on the center diamond. A zoomed-in photo will almost always come out blurry.
  • DON’T take a close-up of the table if you have an Asscher or emerald cut diamond. These shapes have sizable, open tables, so inclusions will appear more obvious. I would stay away from top-down close-ups of emerald and Asscher cuts, unless you want to answer a lot of questions about the “scratches” on your stone.

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Pear Shaped Engagement Ring at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring boutique located in the Gold Coast at 112 E Oak Street, features the most unique and romantic engagement rings.

Our 2-carat pear shaped diamond is a distinctive choice for an engagement ring. A striking shape, the pear's brilliant facets are designed for sparkle, while it's silhouette blends curved lines and stylish points.

When paired with our expertly crafted Geneva Seal 18K white gold fashion ring with 1.8 carats of diamonds, you have a strikingly stunning pair.

Two Tone White and Yellow Gold Engagement Rings | Chicago

You've found the perfect mate; now it's time to start your search for engagement rings. Only you will know when you've found the perfect engagement ring - the one that captures your heart, reflects your personality, and symbolizes your growing love. 

When a dynamic couple with a creative vision want a truly original custom designed diamond engagement ring, they come to Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago to turn their diamond engagement ring dream into a reality.

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Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

When deciding on the engagement ring, choosing a metal type could be a little difficult. Geneva Seal in Chicago recommends considering her preferred jewelry style when deciding on the precious metal of her engagement ring. 

Yellow Gold is for the bride who wears a lot of yellow gold jewelry. Choosing this metal for her engagement ring will complement her current style and taste. Yellow gold is a classic choice for engagement rings, complementing those with warmer skin tones.

White Gold is for the bride who wears mostly white gold or sterling silver. White gold offers a smooth contemporary appeal and blends well with other jewelry pieces and clothing colors.

If you're unable to decide on a metal for your engagement ring, go with both. An engagement ring similar to the 2 carat round cut diamond engagement rings below are always a timeless option. 

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You Have to See the First Pictures of Jennifer Aniston's Wedding Ring

Jennifer Aniston showed off her diamond encrusted gold wedding band for the first time at the premiere of She's Funny That Way. She looked as breathtaking as ever as she graced the red carpet, but it was her beautiful wedding ring which was drawing all the attention at the premiere.

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Prepare yourself, because here come the pics.

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On the other side of this clutch... is history.

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Let's ZOOM in.

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How are your corneas? Fine? Good. Let's check it out from a different angle.

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Simply stunning.

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Gotcha. That's her right hand. Let's go back to that legendary left one again.

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The photo is a little overexposed, but that band of gold is the opposite of underwhelming.

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It looks lovely from afar, does it not? Now change positions for me.

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New position. New position.

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OKAY. Let's do one more.

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Are you all doing OKAY? Can we move on? If you need to scroll back up and relive the symbol of Jennifer's love, be my guest. I'll wait.

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Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings | Geneva Seal | Chicago

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring house, has been discussing celebrity engagement rings from Scarlett Johansson's vintage Art Deco style to Girls actress Allison Williams' classy conventional solitaire cut engagement ring.

While many stars choose over-the-top engagement rings, it's nice to see Mila Kunis rock a simple band with a round diamond. No baguettes. No insets. It's not ostentatious and she doesn't need a security team with her to wear it. It's a lot like her and Ashton Kutcher

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara became engaged in December 2014 and her stunning oval-cut engagement ring takes our breath away. George Clooney presented Amal Clooney with a seven-carat-emerald-cut diamond engagement ring formed in a platinum setting.

Olivia Wilde and Halle Berry have two of the most original engagement rings we've seen. Olivia's fiance, Jason Sedukis chose to surround this circle diamond with a halo of emeralds to match Wilde's eyes (swoon). Halle Berry's three-stone ring setting is definitely glamorous and allows her unique personality to shine through with different combinations of diamonds and gemstones. The emerald in an emerald cut engagement ring is absolutely stunning.

Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian with a 15-carat diamond engagement ring at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

Matthew McConaughey picked out a vintage-style engagement ring - and wedding bands for the exceptionally gorgeous Camila Alves.

Just like relationships, each engagement ring has it's own unique identity so when you walk down the aisle, make sure you visit us at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago to pick a ring that mirrors the love you feel for one another.

4 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring house specializes in picking out the perfect engagement ring for your loved one. Cushion cut diamonds in the 4 carat range are a stunning choice for engagement rings. Often, clients who want to maximize sparkle will choose a higher quality cut, to balance the large carat size.

Four carat diamonds also work exceptionally well in custom jewelry, such as stud earrings and solitaire pendants. Geneva Seal diamonds are certified by either the AGS or GIA - the most respected independent grading labs in the world.

The Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring You Have to See to Believe

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to house this magnificent 7 Carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Designed and created by Chicago's favorite jeweler and Geneva Seal's very own, Leonard Goldberg. Geneva Seal Yellow Diamonds possess a sublime color that is rivaled only by the rays of sun. Hand selected by Goldberg, a master gemologist and set to perfection, this rare jewel glows as if lit by an inner flame.

 

The Geneva Seal Yellow Diamond is presented in a phenomenal new setting. Goldberg specifically created and obsessed over every detail of this extraordinary 7 Carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Each facet meticulously measured, the mounting was handcrafted in pursuit of absolute perfection.

Our 6 Carat Princess Cut Engagement Ring Is a Chicago Brides Dream

At Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago, engagement rings are our specialty. Our 6 carat princess cut diamond ring is an incredibly stunning choice for an engagement ring. A popular shape, its facets are cut for sparkle, combined with a modern square silhouette. This popular diamond cut has a presence that is both elegant and dramatic.

The ideal engagement diamond is clear to the point of being colorless. At Geneva Seal, experts determine the color of each diamond by comparing it to authenticated “master” diamonds. Each stone is then color-graded to a precise scale from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (saturated). Only diamonds of “I” level (near colorless) or better are accepted at Geneva Seal.

Near Colorless or Colorless grades are advised if you intend to select a white metal. The faint yellow in K or L graded diamonds is balanced by a yellow gold setting. Setting your 6 carat diamond in a French-set halo will add extra sparkle with a vintage influence. A solitaire setting gives a contemporary effect.

There Is a Magic Number for Marriage, According to Science

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago has experienced some of the most magical moments with our clients; especially when they're shopping for an engagement ring.

We've had clients as young as 18 & as old as 80 shopping for engagement rings. Whether it's their first or tenth marriage, they have a magical glow to them, a sense of contentment, fulfillment and happiness. We've always wondered if there is an ideal age for marriage, so we did some research and found there actually is a magic number -- or so says science.

An article in The New York Times last December boldly declared that the oft-cited statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce is a myth, and in fact, the divorce surge is a thing of the past

"The delay in marriage is part of the story, allowing people more time to understand what they want in a partner and to find one."

According to The Institute of Family Studies, and conventional wisdom, getting married under the age of 20 carries a risk of divorce within the first five years: a whopping 32 percent. And it decreases after then. Between age 20 and 24, the risk is 20%; between 25 and 29, it's 15%; and between 30 and 34, it's 14%. But then, the trend reverses: From age 35 and up, the divorce risk climbs to 19%.

"My data analysis shows that prior to age 32 or so, each additional year of age at marriage reduces the odds of divorce by 11 percent. However, after that the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent per year," writes Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Utah."

Thirty-two, it appears is the magic number.

We're not ones to disagree with science but we are supporters of love and marriage at any age. Maybe it's not the age that matters, maybe it's the time it takes to find your perfect match. When you've found your perfect person, we're here for your engagement ring needs.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces has a fine collection of Simon G. engagement rings: Scroll down to shop our picks or CLICK HERE to view part of our collection.

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Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Divorcing -- Last Look at Her Engagement Ring

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One of country music's cutest couples has called it quits.

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert are divorcing after 4 years of marriage. The singers announced their divorce via a statement to the Associated Press Monday.

"This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple announced in a joint statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago wants to give you one last look at the engagement ring Blake gave Miranda in 2010 when he proposed: he picked a platinum and diamond engagement ring with a round center stone and two baguettes.

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Blake helped design a classic and elegant ring for his bride. Before making the ring, they sketched Miranda’s tattoo and then spent about 60 hours to make and carve out part of the ring. Miranda wanted something beautiful in the engagement ring accordance with the theme of her marriage and also a ring that can create a brilliant sparkle.

So they made a ring named “Eternity”, made of platinum and a round gorgeous diamond set with ornate platinum prongs in the middle. Unfortunately even with a name like "Eternity" some marriages aren't meant to last.

Geneva Seal Jewlers Has the Mila Kunis Engagement Ring

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When it came to choosing an engagement ring for his now wife, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher went with a classic piece.

According to Chicago's favorite jeweler, the bling that now sits on Mila's left hand "looks to be a diamond solitaire style with a center diamond, I estimate to be around 5 carats, set in platinum with a band featuring semi pave inlay. The diamond looks to be emerald cut and probably high quality as this cut tends to expose inclusions more than other cuts."

Worth? The engagement ring could run "upwards of 260,000."

That price places the ring just slightly higher than the one Kutcher gifted to ex-wife Demi Moore, which was worth a reported $250,000. It did not go unnoticed that the Ghost star's sparkler was also a 5 carat emerald cut diamond—but to be fair it is a popular style.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces houses the most exquisite engagement rings in Chicago. Visit our home at 112 E. Oak Street or Call Us: 312-944-3100.

A Closer Look at the Sexiest Woman in the World Michelle Keegan's Sexy Engagement Ring

English actress Michelle Keegan was just named the Sexiest Woman In The World by ‘FHM,’ beating out America's sweetheart, Kendall Jenner. This is the first time we've heard of the bombshell, she's a model and actress. Michelle starred as Tina McIntyre in the British soap opera Coronation Street from 2008-2014 when her character was killed off. In 2015, she played the role of Tracy in BBC’s drama series, Ordinary Lies.

All that aside, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago would like to congratulate Michelle's fiance, Mark Wright, on picking out a beautiful engagement ring.

Michelle's square shaped, 5-carat emerald surrounded by diamonds is definitely a stunner. What makes this shape different is its pavilion, which is cut with rectangular facets to create a unique optical appearance. Due to its larger, open table, this shape highlights the clarity of a diamond. Also, emerald-cut diamonds can vary greatly in how rectangular they are. Michelle's engagement ring looks fabulous on her slim finger and stands out in all of her photos. Now that's the kind of engagement ring we love here at Geneva Seal in Chicago.

It's Not the Size of the Diamond in Nicki Minaj's Engagement Ring We're Not Impressed by, It's the Craftsmanship

Anybody, anybody wanna by a heart? Not only did Meek Mill find the way to Nicki Minaj's heart, he made it officially official with a humongous, heart-shaped engagement ring. After the Queen of rap released The Pinkprint, her heartbroken lyrics left us thinking it would take her quite some time to recover from the 11-year romance to.. what's his name?

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago would like to congratulate Nicki on her & Meek's friendship-turned-romance, but we do have a few things to say about the bling (don't we always?).

Expert jeweler Leonard Goldberg of Geneva Seal in Chicago said, "The unique non-traditional heart-shaped engagement ring makes a different statement and stands out. Based on pictures, it is approximately 10-12 carat Fancy Yellow Heart Shape Diamond." Alex Kats of Geneva Seal in Chicago adds, "If the size matters, the ring looks fantastic, but.." Leonard continues, "the mounting does not complement the heart-shape of the diamond by not accentuating the cleavage between the lobes, so it looks like a strawberry instead of a heart. The double row micro pave diamond halo setting is a sexy trend right now and the contrast between the white and yellow diamonds is the right way to go to bring out the color of the yellow center"

Roy Lichtenstein + 100 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring = Happy Friday

If you're going to propose to me, I will no longer accept anything under a 100 carat diamond engagement ring. A emerald cut 100 carat diamond engagement ring to be exact. This ring has spoken to me. It may be the Roy Lichtenstein artwork in the background, but nonetheless, this incredible engagement ring has taken my breath away.

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Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is known for housing the rarest diamonds in the world. We pride ourselves in the quality of our craftsmanship. Since our family founded a diamond cutting house over 30 years ago, we are privileged enough to know the quality of our diamonds are unlike any others you will find in Chicago. Th­ere are special techniques that are used to cut and shape a diamond before we show them to our clients. At Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago, the only people who handle your diamond, are those of our family. We couldn't be more proud of providing Chicago with the most exquisite diamonds in the world.

Wedding Wednesday: Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings

Once in a blue moon a diamond enters our Geneva Seal home that is so breathtaking, so beautiful, and so sexy that we just. Can't. Take it.

Yellow diamonds do that to me. The symbolic essence of the yellow color is renewal, hope, cheerfulness and sunlight. A yellow diamond ring, whether given to your love as an engagement ring, gifted to yourself or someone in your life is said to bring blessings of joy and prosperity.

Without a doubt, it would be a perfect gesture if you propose to your love with a yellow diamond engagement ring. Diamonds don't have to be white. Rock a yellow center stone and shine on.

There are different shades of yellow diamonds. Natural fancy yellow diamonds (or canary diamonds) come in varying color shades - like faint, very light, light, fancy, fancy intense, fancy vivid, and fancy deep.

The most intriguing part about yellow diamonds is that no two yellow stones are ever alike, fulfilling the engagement ring trend of more unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. The fascinating and distinct hue and brilliance of each yellow diamond is quite different, as opposed to the many similar looking white diamonds.

Choice of metal will depend on your taste. You may choose to set the yellow diamond in either contrasting white gold or platinum. Monochrome hues of white gold and platinum impart a sharpened visual impact to a yellow diamond. Yellow metal can also be a choice, but it doesn’t do justice to the brilliance of a yellow diamond.

Choosing the setting is tough and Geneva Seal in Chicago keeps in mind your loves lifestyle. Each ring is unique and special, deciding on the setting of your loves engagement ring has to do with their taste and way of life. However, open and clear setting do justice to yellow diamond engagement rings.

It’s crucial to let in plenty of light under the diamond for maximum brilliance from all angles. This is best accomplished by prong setting that looks extremely compelling and elegant, while tension setting adds a dramatic touch.

On the contrary, I will not suggest bezel setting and channel setting for yellow stones, as these settings cover a big portion of the stone causing a dull appearance. Go for bezel only if your love has an active lifestyle.

Shine on.

 

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Rings

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces on Oak Street not only houses the rarest diamonds in Chicago, but we pride ourselves in forming relationships with our clients, turning them into family. The most important part of the engagement ring search is trusting your jeweler. Geneva Seal's very own, Leonard Goldberg, has over 20 years of diamond grading experience. LG, as we like to call him, is also GIA certified. So, What is GIA?

 

Internationally, the Institute has distinguished itself as the preeminent source of gemological knowledge and professionalism. The GIA Diamond Grading Report and the GIA Diamond Dossier are considered to be the world's premier credentials of diamond quality. Many retailers provide diamond certification, however no report is as unbiased and complete as a GIA diamond grading report. Diamonds of all shapes and sizes are sent to the Institute from every corner of the globe for diamond grading and analysis.

GIA is the creator of the revolutionary 4Cs of diamond value (cut, color, clarity, cut). It is also the birthplace of the International Diamond Grading System.

CUT:

The cut of a diamond pertains both to the shape (round, marquise, princess, etc.), and to the make (how well it is cut for proportion and finish). The cut gives each diamond it's unique sparkle and brilliance by allowing the maximum amount of light to enter and reflect back out of the diamond. 

While nature determines a diamond's colour, clarity and carat weight, the cut and make are the only factors in diamond grading that are controlled by human hands.

COLOR:

While many diamonds appear colourless, or white, they may actually have subtle yellow or brown tones that can be detected when comparing diamonds side by side. Diamonds were formed under intense heat and pressure, and traces of other elements may have been incorporated into their atomic structure accounting for the variances in colour. 

The scale for grading ranges from D which is totally colourless, to Z which is a pale yellow or brown colour. Diamonds that are ‘colourless’ (graded D, E or F) are very rare and demand premium prices. The untrained eye will find it very difficult to distinguish between D, E or F grades. 

G, H, I and J are ‘near colourless’ and represent excellent value for money. G and H are sometimes called ‘rare white’ and are the most sought after in the ‘near colourless’ group. 

CLARITY:

The diamond's clarity is a description of its internal purity. With fewer imperfections within the stone, the diamond is more rare and has a higher value. The clarity scale was developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to quantify these imperfections. The American Gem Society (AGS) uses the same standards as the GIA; however, the AGS uses a numerical system where "0" is the cleanest (GIA "IF") and "10" is the most imperfect (GIA "I3").

All diamonds are systematically graded and plotted under 10X magnification. If a trained grader cannot see a clarity characteristic at 10X, it does not affect the clarity grade.

Five Factors That Determine Clarity

  • Size
  • Number
  • Position
  • Nature
  • Color

All of the above factors are taken into consideration when a diamond is assigned a clarity grade.

CARAT:

Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats: one carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip.

Just as a dollar is divided into 100 cents, a carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values depending on the other members of the Four C’s: clarity, color and cut. The majority of diamonds used in fine jewelry weigh one carat or less.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces is known for housing the most exquisite and rare engagement rings in Chicago.