Do you have Layaway?
Interesting question. We do have a policy but we rarely have need to use it. If you have questions about putting an item on 'Layaway' the best thing to do is call us in the store to speak with someone directly who can answer all of your questions.
What is the difference between Carat and Karat?
It's easy to start getting confused at the differences in terms like a Carat and a Karat. Both are used for the purpose of measurement.
The term 'Carat' refers diamond weight. It comes from the carob seeds which were used as the consistent means for scale balances in ancient times. This was standardized in 1907 when the Carat became 0.2 grams or 1/142 of an ounce. Each Carat is then divided into 100 points. So a 1/4 carat diamond (25pts or 0.25ct tw) is considered to be 25 points (not the actual sharp pointy things) and a 1/2 carat diamond is 50 points, etc.
The term 'Karat' abbreviated 'kt' is a measurement used to measure how pure gold is with 24 Karat's being the purest. This measurement tells how much actual gold there is. What's the other stuff if it's not pure? Other alloy's used to strengthen it. Remember, 24kt gold is a soft metal. If a jewelry item contains 18 Karat Gold that means it has Eighteen Parts Pure Gold and Six Parts Other Metal Alloys. Remember, gold comes in 24 parts.
What is Diamond Carat Weight?
The term "Carat" refers to the weight of a diamond. Each carat is divided into 100 points (pt).
A 1/4 carat diamond is 25 points, a 1/2 carat diamond is 50 points, you get the idea.
When diamonds are mined, large diamonds are discovered rarely in comparison of small ones, which make large diamonds much more valuable. For that reason, the price of a diamond rises exponentially with its size.
When represented by Carats instead of points, a diamond will have a decimal. So a 1/2 carat diamond is 50 points which will be either 50pts or 0.50ct tw for carats. The ct tw means Carat Total Weight. On this site you may want to take note of that, especially in the engagement rings section.
What is Diamond Clarity?
Clarity is a term used to describe the absence or presence of flaws inside or on the surface of a diamond. The clarity of a diamond refers to a it's clearness. Diamonds refract and reflect light giving them their brilliance and inner fire. The less flaws or inclusions, the better a diamond dazzles the eyes. When these flaws or marks occur naturally inside the diamond, they are called inclusions. When they occur on the surface, they are known as blemishes. These slight flaws make every diamond quite unique but they also do affect the beauty of how the light plays in and around the gemstone.
Diamond Clarity Grading Scale grades a Diamond with any of the following grades:
- F (Flawless)
- IF (Internally Flawless)
- VVS1 - VVS2 (Very, Very Slightly Included - 1 & 2)
- VS1 - VS2 (Very Slightly Included - 1 & 2)
- SI1 - SI2 (Slightly Included - 1 & 2)
- I1 - I2 - I3 (Included - 1, 2 & 3)
What is Diamond Color?
Diamonds are found in all colors, from colorless to ink blacks. Varying degrees of yellow or brown color are common in most of the diamonds with slight differences in hue. This effects how a diamond is graded and it's overall value. A truly colorless diamond is extremely rare and considered the most valuable. It allows most light to pass through the stone and create the most brilliance.
The color scale for graded diamonds goes from D to Z, with D being the most white and Z being the most yellow.
What is Laser Soldering?
It's a process where we use a laser to do the repairs on jewelry. It's quicker, more efficient, takes up less time, and allows us to do repairs on the jewelry without having to remove the gemstones. It also provides us the ability to work with Platinum. Palladium, Titanium, and other hard metals. You can find out more in our services area under Laser Soldering.
What do I need to know when Buying a Diamond?
When you go out to buy a diamond, get yourself educated. Do a little digging on the internet, there's lots of handy information...
But since you were asking us, you need to know the 4C's of diamonds - Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight.
These 4C's will help you to choose the right diamond based on the same criteria which jewelers use.
What is Diamond Cut?
It means a lot of things.
The most important meaning of cut applies to how it handles light. A diamond's cut increases the beauty of the diamond because it allows light to reflect in it, around it, off of every facet, to maximize the stones brilliance giving it it's renowned "inner fire". A diamond with perfect color and clarity could have poor brilliance and look dull if it is not well cut.
A Diamond's Cut by Shape describes the outline of the stone and pattern of the facet arrangement. A stone can be cut in various Shapes like Round, Princess, Heart, Oval, Pear etc.
A Diamond Cut by Depth is the ultimate feature for its brilliance and fire. A stone's cut by depth can be described using Shallow, Deep or Ideal Cut.
How can I create my Personal Account on your Website?
On the right hand side of the menu, after "Contact" is a separate menu where you can access what you need to create a secure online account with dantonioandklein.com
How can I Contact you?
There are quick contact forms on almost every page of this site plus you can always go to the contact page to get more detailed instructions. Or you could call us. Our phone number is at the top of every page. 205-592-8956.
How can I Search a piece of Jewelry?
There are several ways to find what you need on our site. You can use the menu to find the category that matches the item. In the store, on the left hand side there is a search box. Just start typing away. Below that are categories of jewelry and how many pieces are in each.