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A radiant cut engagement ring is an irresistible combination: It has the fire of a round brilliant diamond and the aristocratic elegance of an emerald cut. Created in 1977, the radiant cut has been charming brides-to-be for decades. This dramatic 8 carat (ct) radiant cut yellow...
The cushion cut engagement ring is surging in popularity. This distinctive pillow-shaped diamond is the modern heir to the historic old mine cut diamond. Looking for an engagement ring with a vintage look and classic style? Get inspired! The intricate arrangement of small diamonds, called melee...
Princess cut engagement rings are relative newcomers on the diamond engagement ring scene. They’ve gained popularity for their breathtaking brilliance and fire. Discover this distinctive diamond, known for its attention-grabbing sparkle. The princess cut is among the newest diamond cuts—especially when compared to round and cushion...
Are you an incurable romantic searching for an engagement ring with an aristocratic air? Consider the marquise diamond: It’s beautiful. It has a royal pedigree. And it looks fantastic on the finger. But before you shop, learn what to look for. Pronounced “mahr-keez,” this graceful, elongated...
There’s no shortage of Internet advice on how to tell if a diamond is real, yet much of this information is wrong, and some methods can even damage your gem. Read on to learn about the best way to tell if your diamond is real. Let’s...
What is diamond fluorescence? Is it good or bad? Should you buy (or not buy) a diamond because of it? These and other similar questions are often raised as diamond shoppers seek answers in making an informed buying decision. In this post, we answer the most...
Are you ready to get down on one knee and pop the question? Ask for her hand in marriage? Put a ring on her finger? This is a momentous occasion, and one that requires some planning. Once you know you’re ready to propose, where do you...
A diamond’s shape is often the very first consideration when selecting a piece of diamond jewelry. It’s quite clear why: each shape has its own attributes and offers a different aesthetic. Because of the wide variety of diamond shapes available, it’s important to zero in...
The to-do list around the holiday season seems endless! You’re busy attending events, hanging holiday decorations, sending cards…and then, you still have to find time to buy gifts! If your holiday shopping list includes a diamond or piece of diamond jewelry, GIA can help. Here are...
Does GIA provide appraisals? It’s a frequently asked question we often get from consumers trying to determine the value of a gemstone or piece of jewelry. As an education and research institute, GIA does not provide gem or jewelry appraisals. We are not involved in jewelry...