Valentine’s Day Diamond Jewelry Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And there’s no gift she’ll love more than a piece of luxe, precious fine jewelry. To help you choose the perfect new piece, we’ve put together this Valentine’s Day diamond jewelry gift guide, highlighting some of our most highly desired jewelry.

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Baguette Diamond Huggie Hoops

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Baguette Diamond Huggie Hoops in 10k White Gold – 40% OFF!

These modern, brilliant huggie hoops are perfect for everyday wear. On each sleek hoop lies a row of gorgeous baguette diamonds, channel set in 10k white gold. These contemporary beauties add just the right amount of shimmer to elevate any ensemble.

Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 14k White Gold – 40% OFF!

There’s no accessory more timeless than a diamond tennis bracelet. This chic tennis bracelet features two total carats of stunning white diamonds, which rest in prong settings along a 14k white gold bracelet. The settings used here give this chic piece an enchanting, scalloped silhouette.

Cushion Cut Diamond Studs

Cushion Cut Diamond Stud Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold – 40% OFF!

Create a memory that will last a lifetime by gifting these exquisite cushion cut diamond studs. These studs feature two cushion cut diamonds, which together total 2 carats, set in traditional yellow gold four prong basket settings. These settings allow for excellent light entry, enhancing the shimmering, fiery beauty of the featured cushion cut diamonds.

Round Diamond Studs

Round Diamond Stud Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold – 40% OFF!

If you’re looking for a can’t-go-wrong gift, look no further. There’s no piece of jewelry more elegant, beautiful, and wearable than a pair of round diamond studs. Round diamonds are the most popular diamond shape— and for good reason. They have a classic look, and they also have the highest brilliance of any diamond shape. In this featured design, two mesmerizing round diamonds have been set in four prong basket settings crafted from 14k yellow gold. These stunning studs are sure to dazzle this Valentine’s Day.

Halo Pear Shaped Pink Sapphire Drop Earrings

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Halo Pear Shaped Pink Sapphire and White Diamond Drop Earrings – 20% OFF!

These pink sapphire and white diamond drop earrings are endlessly romantic. In this design, two stunning pear shaped pink sapphires have been enclosed in dazzling white diamond halo settings. The halo set pink gemstones dangle gracefully from hoop enclosures set with gorgeous round diamonds. These luxe, unique earrings make a beautiful and thoughtful gift and the pink sapphires make it a perfect jewelry gift for Valentine’s Day. Browse our collection of  pink sapphire and diamond studs here.

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Diamond Grading: This is How Your Diamond is Analyzed for Quality

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Diamonds come with grading reports, which are an official grading of their qualities. But have you ever wondered how diamonds are graded? Or who grades them? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how diamond experts grade the 4Cs (color, cut, clarity, and carat) to determine a diamond’s quality.

Who Grades Diamonds?

First, let’s quickly talk about who grades diamonds. Diamonds are graded by diamond grading organizations like the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and EGL USA (European Gemological Laboratories). Using specialized equipment, diamonds are analyzed and graded for quality. Three of the 4Cs are somewhat subjective (cut, color, and clarity), while carat is an objective measurement of a diamond’s weight. The people who grade diamonds at these official organizations are certified gemologists who have been trained to use the proper equipment to analyze diamonds, then give them an accurate grading.

Now, let’s move on each of the 4Cs and talk about their scales and how appraisers use equipment to grade them.

Carat

While many people confuse carat with a diamond’s size, carat is a simple measurement of weight (though carat can give you a general idea of a diamond’s size). When analyzing carat, grading organizations use an extremely accurate electronic micro-balance machine to weigh diamonds to their fifth decimal place.

Color

Color is a measurement of how colorless a white diamond is. Diamonds are graded on a scale of D (completely colorless) to Z (lightly colored). To determine a diamond’s color, diamond graders place the diamond in a standardized viewing environment and compare each diamond to “color masters,” records of the color of each diamond color grade.

Because color is a subjective grading that must be done by the human eye, some organizations, including the GIA, have multiple graders evaluate each diamond independently. Then, the diamond is only assigned a grade when these separate graders have come to a consensus.

Clarity

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Clarity is a measurement of how flawless a diamond is, both internally and externally. Internal flaws are called inclusions and external flaws are called blemishes. It’s extremely rare for diamonds to be be completely flawless, though many diamonds have flaws that can only be seen under magnification.

To determine a diamond’s clarity, grading organizations view diamonds under magnification, looking for inclusions and exclusions and any evidence of clarity treatments. Then, they rank them on the following scale:

FL – Flawless
IF – Internally Flawless
VVS1 to VVS2 – Very, Very Slightly Included
VS1 to VS2 – Very Slightly Included
SI1 to SI2 – Slightly Included
I1 to I2 to I3 – Included

Because clarity is a subjective grading like color, some diamond grading organizations such as the GIA also use at least two graders when determining clarity. The graders must come to a consensus about the diamond’s clarity before it is officially graded.

Cut

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Cut is a grading of how well a diamond was cut, which has a major impact on how a diamond captures light. Cut is graded on a scale of excellent to poor. When analyzing cut, diamond graders calculate the proportions of each diamond facet, then determine how these proportions affect a diamond’s ability to capture light.

Cut is one of the trickiest of the 4Cs to evaluate, as it requires meticulous attention to detail and a high level of expertise. The data graders collect must be compared to millions of diamond cut proportions when determining cut grade. Because it is a complex process, diamond grading organizations have rigorous standards and practices in place for evaluating cut grade.

EGL vs. GIA: What’s the Difference?

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When buying a diamond, you want to always make sure it comes with an official grading of its quality. But there’s more than one organization that can grade diamonds. Many people wonder: does who grades a diamond make a difference? In this post, we’ll go in depth on two of the most popular grading organizations: EGL vs. GIA. We’ll talk a bit about the background of each organization, then go in depth on the potential differences in their grading reports.

EGL vs. GIA: The Companies Themselves

We’ll start by covering some basic background about these two organizations, starting with the GIA.

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is one of the most widely known diamond grading organizations in the world. (Fun fact: they created the 4Cs.) The GIA is an independent, non-profit organization that has many different grading laboratories over the world. While they have many laboratories, their grading practices are guided by strict standards, so their labs offer highly consistent results. They also have strict objectivity standards. All GIA diamonds are graded anonymously, so the grader cannot be influenced by the person submitting the diamond for grading.

The EGL (European Gemological Laboratories) is an independent network of gemological laboratories. There are different branches of the EGL in different countries, like EGL India, EGL Platinum (Israel), EGL Canada, and EGL South Africa. The United States branch of the EGL is EGL USA. Because the EGL is not as centralized of an organization as the GIA, reports from different countries can often be quite different. While EGL USA has a better reputation for grading more strictly, other EGL branches (namely, EGL Europe, EGL Canada, and EGL Israel) are known to almost always overestimate quality on their reports.

EGL vs. GIA: Grading Differences

So, let’s get into the potential grading differences in EGL and GIA grading reports. As we stated in the last section, the GIA has rigorous standards and practices in place for their grading, which are streamlined across all their labs. As a result, their reports are considered to be highly accurate and strict. On the other hand, EGL often grades a bit too high. Even EGL USA, which is known to have stricter standards than EGL as a whole, can grade a diamond one to two grades higher than it should be graded.

Keeping this in mind, let’s talk a bit about what this discrepancy means for you, the shopper, when considering EGL versus GIA grades.

Differences in Color Grading

The color of a diamond is a measurement of how white it is, with D being the best and Z being the worst. So, say the GIA grades a diamond as a G. That same diamond may be graded differently by the EGL. The EGL has a reputation for grading up to two grades higher on color. Because of this, the same diamond could be graded an E by the EGL but a G by the GIA.

Differences in Cut and Clarity Grading

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The EGL is known to grade up to one grade higher on both cut and clarity. For example, a diamond graded by the GIA could have a VS1 grading for clarity and a Very Good for cut. That same diamond could be graded by the EGL as having a VVS2 for clarity and an Excellent for cut, one grading up for both.

Differences in Carat

While color, cut, and clarity are subjective gradings, carat is not. Carat is simply a measurement of weight and is the one “4C” that is not known to differ between the EGL and the GIA. 

What This Means When Shopping?

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You should keep the differing grading standards of the EGL and the GIA in mind when shopping for a diamond. You might find that an EGL graded diamond with the exact same qualities as a GIA graded diamond is considerably cheaper. But remember that the EGL can skew high with their gradings. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy an EGL diamond, just that you should take their grading standards into account. If you’re buying an EGL diamond, you may want to consider buying a grade or two higher to get the quality you want.

EGL vs. GIA: Your Choice at Diamond Studs

While Diamond Studs carries both GIA and EGL USA graded diamonds, we understand that some customers may prefer one over the other. That’s why we offer our customers the ability to browse based on grading organization. On our GIA & EGL USA Certified page, you can always select either organization and browse only the diamonds graded by the one you prefer. This tool is available as a part of our diamond sorting feature, alongside the other sorting tools for color, clarity, carat, cut, and price.