Diamond Guide

Welcome to our diamond guide. Rare, precious, and everlasting, diamonds are fascinating gemological curiosities with a rich history. 

Here, you will find information about the celebrated stone and its four key characteristics, carat weight, color, clarity, and cut, that all signify value. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to select the diamond that suits you best with confidence and ease.

Diamond Characteristics and the 4 Cs

The two most important elements of selecting your diamond are choosing the quality of the stone and the shape it's cut in so that the result truly feels like you. Below, to help guide your process, you can learn about diamond grading and certification, the 4 C's, diamond shapes, and more.

GIA DIAMOND CERTIFICATION

THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in the fields of gemology and jewelry design. Their laboratory carefully examines diamonds 0.15 carats and up, issuing each one a unique number, which is inscribed on the part of a diamond known as the girdle. These identification numbers are listed on diamonds’ certificates as well, including the most important information about the specific stone, such as its characteristics, otherwise known as the 4 C’s, which includes carat weight, color, clarity, and cut. 

Throughout history, diamond merchants considered the 4 C’s, but used broad, inconsistent terms. GIA standardized the grading of diamonds for these factors in the early 1940s. Since then, it has become a well-known system the diamond industry uses on a global scale. Each factor strongly affects a diamond’s price, therefore familiarity with them is beneficial while considering different options.

SHW DIAMONDS ARE RESPONSIBLY SOURCED AND CERTIFIED

All diamonds set in SHW wedding rings are certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Our GIA certified gemologist is available to answer any questions you might have about the certificate accompanying your ring. Every diamond used in our SHW wedding collection is sourced from Ekati and Diavik mines in Canada, which are well respected for their strict environmental and socio-economic policies. They also provide their own certificate known as Canadamark. Additionally, we also offer antique diamonds from the 1870s to 1940s to be considered for our settings.

If you’re interested in customizing a ring from our SHW wedding collection, our GIA certified gemologist will gladly prepare a list of diamonds for you to choose from following your specifications and requests.

HEIRLOOM & PRE-OWNED DIAMONDS

Our settings can be customized for heirloom or pre-owned diamonds. Depending on the cut of your gemstone, some setting styles might work better than others. Please schedule a time to chat with us here or reach out via email at hello@shwjewelry.com with information about your stone and which setting designs you’re considering so our jewelry designer can advise you and answer any questions you might have.

DIAMOND CARAT

DIAMOND COLOR

DIAMOND CLARITY

DIAMOND CUT

DIAMOND SHAPE

DIAMOND SHAPE

Though round diamonds are the most popular shape, accounting for more than half sold today, there are quite a few others to consider. 

Princess Princess
Emerald Emerald
Round Round
Pear Pear
Cushion Cushion
Heart Heart
Square Emerald Square Emerald
Oval Oval
Radiant Radiant
Marquise Marquise
Baguette Baguette
Trillion Trillion
  • Princess Princess
    Emerald Emerald
  • Round Round
    Pear Pear
  • Cushion Cushion
    Heart Heart
  • Square Emerald Square Emerald
    Oval Oval
  • Radiant Radiant
    Marquise Marquise
  • Baguette Baguette
    Trillion Trillion

Have any questions or interested in creating a custom piece with one of our settings? Let's talk.

Jewelry Insurance

Though our SHW wedding jewelry designs are made to enjoy forever, it’s realistic to admit that sometimes unpleasant surprises happen. With this in mind, it’s best to be prepared and insured. We recommend Jeweler’s Mutual for jewelry insurance, as many of our customers in the past have had great experiences working with them.

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Though our SHW wedding jewelry designs are made to enjoy forever, it’s realistic to admit that sometimes unpleasant surprises happen. With this in mind, it’s best to be prepared and insured. We recommend Jeweler’s Mutual for jewelry insurance, as many of our customers in the past have had great experiences working with them.

They will ask you for a receipt and possibly request an appraisal. We will gladly appraise your piece for the parts you purchased through us. Please note that if you provided your own diamond, we will only appraise our setting and you will need a separate appraisal for your stone. In this case, consider bringing your piece to an outside appraiser to get it entirely appraised.

Many companies offer jewelry insurance. You might even be able to add it to your renters or homeowners insurance policy. We recommend collecting a few price quotes and carefully examining the insurance policies offered to make sure you select one that works best for you. If there is any additional information we can provide in completing the insurance application, you can always reach out to us by scheduling a time to chat here or via email at hello@shwjewelry.com. We are happy to assist!

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