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Confidently make the right choice by learning how to select your perfect diamond and jewelry.

Round Diamonds

Round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular, most studies and analyzed diamond shape. It makes up for 75% of all diamond sales globally. This shape is nearly four hundred years old. But in 1919 Marcel Tolkowsky created the original round brilliant diamond. Being an engineer, he applied his mathematical knowledge to craft a shape and cut that maximizes the diamonds brilliance, fire and dispersion of light. Before this rose-cut diamonds and old European cut diamonds were the known round diamond styles. Round cut diamonds offer fire, brilliance, and scintillation that is unobtainable by other diamond shapes.

Princess Diamonds

The princess cut diamond cut is the second most popular shape with the traditional round brilliant cut still leading by a large margin. Princess cut diamond shape outsells all other fancy shape diamonds in popularity today.

Cushion Diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds are unique with soft corners, like a pillow ranging from perfectly square to rectangular. The origins of this beautiful diamond are almost 200 years old. Back then, it was called the mine cut or old mine cut. The old mine cut had 58 total facets, while the modern cushion cut has 64 facets. The large facets display flashes of sparkle, creating a distinctive look that is prized highly among buyers.

Emerald Diamonds

Emerald-Cut Diamonds are sleek, sophisticated and beautifully understated. It has gained popularity in recent years considering its upscale appearance, fancy shape and unique look. Emerald-Cut Diamonds have step-cut facets that showcase a geometric hall of mirrors effect.

Asscher Diamonds

The Asscher cut dates back to the early 20th century and features a square shape with a flat table (top surface) with small step cuts along the top edges and long facets. Like cushion cut diamond it has an open culet that showcases Hall of Mirrors effect like the emerald cut. In simple words, it a square-shaped version of the emerald cut with stepped sides.

Pear Diamonds

A pear shape cut diamond or teardrop shape diamond, is classic as well trendy choice. The elongated shape looks magnificent on particular handshapes than other cuts. It is edgy at one end and rounded on the other. The pointed side gives with an attractive pear shape can have an unparalleled shine. It’s just a matter of picking the perfect size, cut and setting.

Radiant Diamonds

Radiant-cut diamonds is one of most brilliant diamond shapes available today. Just like it’s name, it is radiant with the outline of emerald-cut diamonds but showcases far more brilliance. They are great options for engagement rings with the octagonal shape and cropped corners and faceting similar to the round brilliant cut. It is the perfect reminisce of the best elements of round brilliant cut and emerald cut. This combination is the reason for radiant diamonds producing considerable brilliance, fire and sparkle.

Oval Diamonds

The oval-shaped diamond has been a versatile choice that has been around for centuries. It was noticed until the 1960s when diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan used his skills to cut smaller, beautiful stones by using severely cracked or flawed diamonds. Its incredible brilliance makes it popular amongst people who want all the benefits of a round brilliant engagement ring yet something unique. Oval shapes diamond is sleek and modern with a perfect blend of the round brilliant and pear shape cutting styles. It possesses the power to elongate short fingers, making women feel more elegant.

Heart Diamonds

Heart shaped diamonds carry the legacy of romance and love. The shape is an extremely beautiful one. The cutter requires great efficiency and skill to create perfectly symmetrical heart-shaped diamond. Smaller size of heart-shaped diamonds is not very popular since it lacks the sparkle that a larger carat diamond can display.

Marquise Diamonds

Marquise cut diamonds are ideal of women looking for a unique, catchy cut. It is perfectly chiseled into a curvaceous shape that adds to the feminine beauty of the lady wearing it. They complement slender fingers perfectly. It has an enchanting shape of a football with a flattened. This elongated shape makes it appear larger than any other shape. Some Marquise diamonds might be affected by the bow-tie effect that varies from nearly invisible to severe. It can only be ascertained with a visual inspection.

4C's of Diamond

Every diamond has a story to tell. Before you begin your diamond hunt, it is relevant to have all the necessary information. All diamond are unique but are not the same! Each diamond has a distinctive look, size and shape. But how to judge which ones are better than the rest? To resolve this GIA (Gemological Institute of America) created a universal language for determining the diamond quality in the mid-20th century.

The more you know, the better decision you make regarding your purchase. People today are aware of the different diamond cuts but have no idea about buying a quality diamond. The 4C’s consist of Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight. These 4C's are analyzed to determine the value of a diamond. Using the 4C’s grading system makes each buyer confident in any diamond purchase they make. Each C determines an individual feature of the diamond and helps collectively analyze its value. Every diamond at Taylor Larue Designs is certified and graded by leading diamond institutes.

Diamond Cut

The skill with which a diamond is cut determines how well it reflects and refracts light. Learn how the balance of precision and craftsmanship unlocks a diamond's unique brilliance and luster.

Color

Color is the natural color or lack of color visible within a diamond. Learn how the amount of color present affects beauty and value.

Clarity

With most diamonds, there is more than meets the eye! Learn how the presence of natural inclusions and blemishes on and within a diamond impacts its appearance and value.

Carat

Carat is the most visually apparent factor when comparing diamonds. Learn how this unique weight scale is used to measure gemstones.

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Anatomy

Anatomy in simple language is the study of the structure or internal workings of something. It works similarly for diamonds too. All diamonds follow a method to determine its brilliance, proportions and scintillation based on its structural characteristics. Each part of the diamond has an individual name.

Anatomy

The names are diameter, table, crown, girdle, pavilion, depth, and culet. Here is a brief description of each part for a better understanding of how these parts contribute to the diamond -

  • Diameter: It is the width of a diamond, from one edge to another as measured through the girdle.
  • Table: The largest polished facet which is flat where the most light enters at the very top of the diamond’s anatomy.
  • Crown: The crown extends from the table and ends at top of the girdle. It acts as a passage for distributing light across the diamond.
  • Girdle: It is the widest area of the diamond that divides the crown and pavilion or where the crown and pavilion meet.
  • Pavilion: It is the longest portion situated below the girdle that connects it to the culet. The pavilion is very noticeable with its “V” shape.
  • Depth: The total height of the diamond from the culet to the table.
  • Culet: The smallest part at the very bottom of the diamond that protects the fragile tip from being chipped.

Before buying a diamond, make sure that you have a basic understanding of a diamond’s anatomy. This will permit you to truly appreciate diamonds and all their complexities, communicate with specialists about a particular diamond, and, most decisively, it will assist you in making a well-thought out decision about which diamond is best for you.

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Cut

The cut refers to the actual style used to angle a diamond to reflect light and increase the stone’s brilliance. Diamond cut should not be confused with its shape as a diamond-cut focuses on its proportions, faceting and polishing. Precision is crucial when it comes to cutting a diamond. A poorly cut diamond will be less brilliant in how it reflects light. The most common cuts are round princess, oval, marquise, pear, cushion, emerald, asscher, radiant and heart.

Ideal Cut

A diamond with excellent color and clarity will not display brilliance if badly cut, whereas a less valuable diamond can become more attractive and pricey if well-cut. The brilliance of the diamond depends on the maximum amount of light to be reflected through the diamond. The grading is simple as the best one is excellent, moving down to very good, good, fair and poor. The grading factor for the cut are:

  • Brightness refers to the in and out reflection of light in the diamond.
  • Fire refers to the scattering of light into a spectrum of colored light (colors of the rainbow)
  • Scintillation refers to light and dark facets that intensely shine sparkles when the diamond moves.

Ideal cut diamonds are the most precious and rare ones. These imply a specific set of cutting diamond cutting proportions that produce maximum brilliance. It exhibits ideal parameters and angles and has excellent symmetry and polish ratings. Taylor Larue diamonds are cut in the finest way to enable our diamonds to make the best use of light.

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Color

GIA’s color grading runs on the reference to the lack of color in the diamond. Higher quality and purest diamonds are colorless and transparent. When it comes to choosing the perfect diamond, select the one with the least of amount color. The scale to measure a diamond's color ranges from D to Z. D being colorless and Z representing more color.

Diamond Color

The structure of the diamond can affect its color. Sometimes, the color adds to the value whereas, sometimes it detracts its value. The color grading scale does not apply to the diamonds with fancy and vivid colors (red, blue, yellow, black). Grading color or detecting the body color of the diamond from naked eyes is impossible. Diamonds that fall under the D-F grading range are very precious. They are considered colorless and absorb rays of light.

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Clarity

Clarity refers to the evaluation of inclusions (internal characteristics) and blemishes (external features) in the diamond. Every stone has some imperfections. The ones with fewer imperfections are extraordinary and rare and hold a higher value. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) developed the clarity scale to evaluate internal stone characteristic and surface defects.

Diamond Clarity

Internal characteristics are usually not visible to the naked eye. These can be particles of a foreign material or, or structural imperfections such as cracks. These cracks may appear cloudy or white and reduce the resistance of the diamond. All this affects the ability of the diamond to reflect and scatter light. The size, number, position, nature and color of the diamond is examined before assigning it a clarity grade. Analyzing these factors is essential to determine the clarity of the diamond.

The clarity grading table works as follows-

Flawless (FL) Flawless or no visible inclusions under 10x magnification
Internally Flawless (IF) No inclusions and only blemishes
VVS1 and VVS2 Very, very slightly included
VS1 and VS2 Very slightly included
SI1 and SI2 Slightly included
I1, I2 and I3 Inclusions visible to the eye
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Carat

Carat is the unit of measurement of gemstones. It is subdivided into 100 points. In simpler words, ¼ carat diamond weight is 25 points, ½ carat is 50 points and so on. Since diamonds are cut in different depths and measurements, carat is the only means to determine its size.

Carat Weight

The price of diamond per carat rises is proportional to its size. The price of the diamond rises with an increase in its size. The price per carat gets multiplied by the carat weight, which increases its cost. Be careful when you choose a diamond as many diamond cutters sacrifice brilliance to maximize profit. Diamonds can sometimes be deceiving. For example, a 3-carat diamond might look bigger than a well-cut 3-carat diamond but might reflect light poorly, whereas the smaller one will produce more fire and brilliance as it is superior in cut. There is not correct answer to picking the ‘right’ carat weight. It is subjective to your budget. It is always recommended to purchase a slightly smaller diamond of better quality, than something that lacks brilliance, but is big.

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What is a Diamond Certificate?

Certification of diamond validates every specification like its color grade, carat weight, clarity grade and cut grade. We recommend- never buy a diamond without a diamond certificate. Taylor Larue Diamonds are certified from the most well-known grading laboratories like Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI). Certificates grade and state the 4C's: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat. The relationship between color, clarity, cut and carat determine the actual value of a diamond. Carat is assumed to be the most importance grading element but, color, cut and clarity affect its appearance the value the most.

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Diamond Care

The word diamond originates from ‘adamao’ which is the Greek word for invincible. Diamond is the hardest gemstone on earth, but not the toughest. It is the most beautiful natural resource and an apt symbol of love. Diamonds are popularly termed as women’s best friend since it is a must-have for a lady. People have an emotional connect with their jewelry. Although diamond is hard, they are not indestructible. Diamonds can also get damaged as it can chip from a hard blow, oil from fingers can damage its surface and affect its brilliance and the dirt and grease around it can harm its look. It can be cumbersome to maintain a diamond, considering it costs a hefty amount. Follow the steps mentioned below to keep them safe and clean.

Cleaning your Diamond Jewelry & Keeping it Safe-

  1. 1. Soak the diamond piece in a dishwashing solution for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with water and gently wipe it using a soft cloth.
  2. 2. Use a toothpick to remove dirt stuck between the prongs and diamonds.
  3. 3. When wearing your diamond, avoid coming in contact with harmful solutions like chlorine.
  4. 4. Avoid wearing during any rough work.
  5. 5. It is advisable to avoid wearing diamond jewelry while working out at the gym.
  6. 6. Do not store two-piece of diamonds together as it can scratch each other.
  7. 7. Visit a jeweler once a year to get your diamonds inspected.
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Ring Type

An engagement ring is a powerful symbol of love, commitment for eternity. Every person in love wants the best for their respective partner. There are various options when it comes to the ring type. The most popular ones are Solitaire Engagement Rings, Halo Engagement Rings, Pave Engagement Rings, Sidestone Engagement Rings and Vintage Engagement Rings. Pick the best one that suits your style and personality.

Setting Types

Diamond are forever! To keep them securely with you forever, you need a setting that lasts. Setting is the most important aspect of a diamond jewelry. The setting of the ring helps hold the gem in place and influences its overall look. Setting choices can vary according to your taste and preference. Given below are some popular ring setting that will help you choose better.

Ring Sizing

The engagement ring you choose should be ideal— not very tight, yet not very loose. A perfect ring slides freely onto your finger while being comfortable enough to prevent tumbling off your finger. To find the appropriate size for you, utilize ring sizing guide and follow some tips. This will ensure that the ring you purchase fits perfectly.

Metal

Diamonds come in many different shapes. Each diamond shape possesses its own unique qualities, so exploring and learning about the various shapes is worth your while.

Heart Shapes

Diamonds come in many different shapes. Each diamond shape possesses its own unique qualities, so exploring and learning about the various shapes is worth your while.

Marquise Shapes

Diamonds come in many different shapes. Each diamond shape possesses its own unique qualities, so exploring and learning about the various shapes is worth your while.

Wedding Ring Guide

Wedding rings are an indispensable piece of jewelry that symbolizes commitment and love. Wearing a wedding ring is a customary ritual in all societies. It has been prevailing for generations. Gazing at your ring every day will serve as a reminder of your marriage and can also prove to be a symbol of attachment.

Engraving

A wedding ring or engagement ring is intimate and personal. Engraving adds a special touch to it by turning a simple piece of jewelry into something sentimentally unique. It adds a romantic touch and purpose for couples. Our engraving service is accurate and affordable. Moreover, it’s a gesture close to the heart that lasts. Engraving Ideas

Finding The Perfect Wedding Ring

Wedding bands express mutual love and affection between a couple. It is worn as a symbol and promises to be in harmony with each other forever. Follow our guide to make sure you find the perfect pair for your partner and you-

Necklaces

Necklaces grace the neckline of ladies by beautifully accessorizing it. The precise craftsmanship is enough to draw attention to the collar bone. A necklace is an attractive piece of jewelry that completes the look and upgrades your outfit and personality. You have abundant options available for you to choose. You can choose a long necklace, multi-strand necklace, pendant necklace, statement necklace, charm necklace, collar necklace and more. We have distinctive designs that will leave people gazing. You can choose the metal of your choice and add gemstones and diamonds that suit your style.

Necklace Type

Chains

Choosing a chain can be a daunting task. There is an abundance of styles to choose from, although the decision completely depends on the taste and preference of the buyer. Taylor Larue specializes in paperclip chains. The best part is that it looks great with all kinds of metals, like yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum. The beauty of a chain is that it can add a whole new dimension to your handmade jewellery designs. You can buy them at 14K or 18K.

Pendants

Choose from an everyday look to a contemporary or stylish style. Pendants add extra glamour to any accessory they are worn with. Our range of pendants works well from professional meetings to Ballroom dances. They are available in solitaire, gemstones, cluster designs, halo styles, etc. Our range of pendants is subtle, classy and trendy.

Bracelets

Bracelets are the perfect accessory for all generations of women. Be it a small occasion or something major, bracelets offer class and a certain elegance. It is a great addition to any outfit irrespective of its color. Our bracelets are embellished with petite diamonds, gemstones available in yellow gold, white gold, platinum and rose gold.

Bracelet Types

Bangles

Bangles are subtle, stylish, and elegant wrist accessories. We have traditional as well as vogue bangles. We also have bangles that look ravishing with diamonds run along its length.

Chains

Chains bracelets have never gone out of style. Our handmade pieces are simple and crafted with minimal work details. Chain bracelets can be worn for an everyday look or be combined with some more bangles.

Tennis Bracelets

Tennis bracelets are the most popular choice for women lately. Tennis bracelets have a line of diamonds with a clasp to hold the bracelet in place. These dazzle on your wrist effortlessly because of the diamonds. They look the best in white and platinum but you can also opt for yellow gold, or rose gold, the playful variety.

Earrings

Earrings make the ideal purchase since they are consistently the correct fit. The essential gems jewelry case piece, she may go out without a bracelet; however, she's quite often wearing earrings.

Most earrings styles go with anything, adding style to anything she wears. The wide variety of earring types, sizes, and costs accessible makes it simple to find the ideal pair for a blessing. She'll remember you each time she wears them.

Earrings Types

Studs

Stud earrings are very common. It is made from small components that are attached to the earlobe. It is every women's go-to choice since it is unique and conventional. Our studs complement necklaces, bracelets and the overall attire are available in different shapes and metal.

Hoop

Our range of hoops will surpass your expectations. Hoops is a simple, elegant earring available in a circle or semi-circular shape. Choose from delicate hoops to dramatic hoops. Hoops bring oomph to a basic pant and trouser and adds oodles of grace to a party outfit. It is a hot pick for any occasion.

Drop

Our diamond drop earrings are irresistible! Drop earrings are a beautiful combination of contemporary style and beauty. Celebrate a special moment with our timeless diamond drop earrings designed with perfection.

Jackets

Our diamond jackets are every lady’s favourite pick. You can achieve a sparkly look by adding it around your stud. Adding jackets enhances the beauty and overall appeal of your earring.

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