Steps to Buy a Diamond

The Vintage Contessa & Times Past Process

  • If the desired setting is known, we work with you to design the ring and wedding band or bands that’s perfect for your lifestyle and budget.
  • We present a CAD drawing of your ring.
  • Upon request, a wax replica of the ring can be presented for approval.
  • After approval of the CAD drawing, the ring will be prepared.
  • If surprising your fiance, buying a loose diamond, we recommend proposing with a simple Tiffany setting, allowing the person receiving the ring to design their own custom engagement ring.

Protect your purchase by insuring your diamond with an  appraisal 

  • Appraisers and insurers rely on diamond grading reports to accurately evaluate the value of gems.
  • As an additional measure, consider having your diamond laser-inscribed with its GIA report number, to provide verification if it is ever lost or stolen.

GIA Color Scale

Diamond Education 1

The GIA D-to-Z scale is the industry standard for color-grading diamonds. Each letter represents a range of color based on a diamond’s tone and saturation.

GIA Clarity Scale

Diamond Education 2

The GIA clarity scale includes eleven diamond clarity grades. The scale narrows at the top because there are very few diamonds in the higher clarity grades.

Diamond Cut

Diamond Education 3

To determine the cut grade of the standard round brilliant diamond – the shape that dominates the majority of diamond jewelry – GIA calculates the proportions of those facets that influence the diamond’s face-up appearance.

Carat Weight

Diamond Carat Size

How do diamond sizes compare? This GIA image shows the carat (ct) weight and average diameter for various round brilliant cut diamonds.

Colored Diamonds

Colored Diamonds

We specialize in Natural Fancy Color GIA certified Diamonds. Rob Chramosta has an excellent eye for seeing color and clarity in the stones and our inventory includes a choice of fancy color pink, yellow, green or blue diamonds.

Diamond Shapes

Diamond Shapes

Most popular and valuable diamonds are Round Brilliant in white diamonds. Our inventory also includes Emerald, Asscher, Princess, Cushion, Radiant, Oval, Heart, Pear, and Marquis.