Rachel & Victoria is committed to using responsibly sourced materials in our jewelry and providing complete transparency to our customers, and the origin of our diamonds is a very important part of that commitment. We only use Honest Promise® diamonds in all of our jewelry – Honest Promise® diamonds are real diamonds, grown above the earth, and are indistinguishable from mined diamonds as well as identical in chemical composition (the only difference is their point of origin!).
The Carat Weight
Often misunderstood, carat weight refers to a diamond’s weight (not necessarily its size). When shopping for a diamond, take cut into consideration as well: a high-carat size diamond with a poor cut grade can look smaller than a diamond with smaller carat weight but a better cut.
Tip: To maximize value, buy slightly below the whole and half carat marks. For example, instead of a 1 carat diamond, consider buying a 0.90 carat diamond. Or instead of a 2.5 carat diamond, consider buying a 2.40 carat weight. This can save a considerable amount of money, and visually the difference will not be noticed.
The cut of a diamond is arguably the most important element to consider when shopping for a diamond. The cut is responsible for creating sparkle and fire; without a high cut grade, an otherwise high quality diamond can appear dull. When a diamond is cut well with proper proportions, light is returned out of the top of the diamond. If it is not cut well, light reflects out of the bottom or escapes out the side.
Tip: To maximize value, choose the highest cut grade your budget allows. We recommend a cut grade of Very Good or better.
This is the rarest cut grade and reflects the most light.
This cut grade reflects nearly as much light as an Excellent cut grade, but for a lower price.
This cut grade reflects most of the light that enters the diamond, but not as much as a Very Good cut grade.
This cut grade may appear dull or even glassy, and is very inexpensive.
This cut grade is not carried by Rachel & Victoria and is typically not recommended.
The second most important characteristic to consider when shopping for a diamond. The highest quality diamonds are colorless, while those of lower quality have a yellow tinge to them. Diamonds are graded on a scale of D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown).
Tip: We find that G or H color diamonds are an excellent value. They are near colorless, and are priced lower than D,E, or F. Since we only believe using in the highest quality materials in our jewelry, we do not recommend going below an H in color.
The clarity of a diamond is the assessment of imperfections on the inside of the stone. These internal defects are called inclusions. These tiny inclusions are microscopic and do not affect a diamond’s beauty to the naked eye. Diamonds with the least amount of inclusions receive the highest clarity grades.
Tip: Diamond clarity is the least important factor when shopping for a diamond, because most diamonds have small inclusions but they are not visible to the untrained or unaided eye. We suggest a VS1 or a VS2 to maximize value.
No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader.
No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader.
Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see.
Inclusions are clearly visible but can be characterized as minor.
Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader.
Inclusions are obvious and may affect transparency and brilliance.