About Our Diamonds
DJO carries a wide variety of high quality diamonds and gemstones from the best suppliers in the world. We carry:
- Loose diamonds in all shapes, color and clarity
- Certified diamonds
- Only gems cut to the most brilliant proportions; no “off cut” gems
- No cubic zirconium or synthetic and lab created gems.
Click on the links below to see a sample listing of the diamonds we have in stock.
Grading a Diamond
There are four factors that determine a diamond’s rarity, and therefore it’s price. The priority of these four things (commonly known as the four C’s) is Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight. To learn more about these factors and how they affect the quality and price of diamonds.
Cut is of utmost importance in a diamond because if a diamond is cut improperly, even if it is Mother Nature’s most perfect stones, it’s beauty will be lost because of poor light refraction.
Color comes in second because no matter how well cut or clean a diamond is, undesirable color can noticed from a considerable distance.
|GIA Color Scale|
|N-Z||Very Light Yellow to Light Yellow|
Third on the list is clarity, a descriptive term for the microscopic particles and tiny internal markings in a diamond that make each stone unique. As a matter of fact, it is incorrect to think of these as “flaws” since almost all stones contain them. In fact, you can think of a stone’s inclusions as it’s “fingerprint”, making it unique and identifiable from similar stones.
|GIA Clarity Scale|
|Flawless (no inclusions)
Internally Flawless (no inclusions – some surface blemishes)
(contain minute inclusions difficult to see by skilled graders under 10x magnification
(Minor or small inclusions clearly visible under 10x magnification)
(Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification)
(Diamonds with inclusions which are obvious under 10x magnification or can be seen with the naked eye)
Carat weight rounds out the list, and obviously, everything else being equal, the larger the stone, the higher the cost. Incidentally, the larger the stone, the higher the cost per carat.
The usual cost guideline for purchasing a diamond is two months salary. To many people this seems to be quite a lot of money until they realize this is a once in a lifetime purchase for the woman they love. As time goes on, the initial cost of the purchase of a fine diamond is forgotten due to the lifelong happiness that your loved one will enjoy from wearing such a beautiful ring.
There are many fascinating aspects pertaining to diamonds, many more that we can list here, but if we can be of any help in educating you about these beautiful gems, please don’t hesitate to call us. Our number is (703) 5-DIAMOND.