Welcome to Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA!
Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA has an excellent selection of fine jewelry, diamonds and watches. Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, diamond jewelry, colored gemstone jewelry or a really nice watch, we are here for all of your jewelry needs. We will help you find that perfect gift!
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Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA can help with your jewelry repair needs, appraisals for insurance purposes and we buy, trade or redesign your old jewelry. Jewelry inspection and cleaning is another service that we offer, and it’s FREE!
DIAMOND COLOR GRADE
The color grade of a diamond is the second major factor in determining its value. This
refers to the body color or interior color, not the surface rainbow of reflected light. Most
diamonds will have a slight tinge of yellow color. A fine cut colorless or near colorless
GIA diamond exhibits a clarity of true white color and a sparkle seldom seen today. If it’s a
Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA diamond, all the colors you’ll see will be those of dazzling light reflected back through the precious gems.
The cut of a diamond is the single most important factor in determining its beauty and
value. Cut does not refer to the shape of the diamond but, rather, how the diamond is
proportioned to maximize its light return. To make a diamond reflect and refract light
properly, an expert cutter will fashion the cuts, or facets, to exacting proportions to returnthe most brilliance, fire and scintillation through the top of the diamond. While the most popular shape is called the round brilliant, there are many others, including marquise, oval, pear, emerald, radiant and princess. Whatever the shape, if it’s a Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA Diamond, you can rest assured that it’s made the most critical cut of all.
This refers to the degree in which the diamond is free of inclusions and impurities. First, it’s important to realize that practically all diamonds contain at least some tiny growth marks known as inclusions – often referred to as feathers, included crystals, clouds or carbon spots. Our diamond experts will explain the differences. It’s just one more reason that a Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA Diamond is clearly better.
DIAMOND CARAT WEIGHT
The carat weight of a diamond is perhaps the most obvious factor in determining its
value. The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams and
there are 100 points to a carat. Thus a 50-point diamond is half a carat (0.50ct) and
weighs 0.1 gram. It’s important to keep in mind that two diamonds of equal carat weight can vary greatly in worth. In fact, a smaller diamond may actually be more valuable than one with a greater carat weight if its cut, color and clarity are superior to that of the larger diamond. That’s where the highly educated experts at Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA can help. If it’s a Stone Jewelers Sioux Center, IA Diamond, you can be certain it measures up.
Try to protect any jewelry from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures and sunlight.
Store jewelry separately so it doesn’t scratch other jewelry.
When doing household tasks such as gardening and cleaning, be certain to remove rings.
Put your jewelry on after washing and applying any makeup/hair spray.
Never wear jewelry while swimming in a swimming pool. The chlorine can cause damage to various gemstones and gold. Gemstones may become loose in their settings and possibly fall out.
Avoid storing your jewelry next to a heating vent, windowsill or on a car dashboard. Store jewelry away from sunlight as the sun may fade the gemstones.
If you have bead necklaces such as lapis or pearls, store them flat as silk stretches over time. Most jewelers will restring necklaces or reset stones. Do NOT store pearls in plastic bags!
Hardness is based on a gem-trade standard called the Mohs scale. The higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone is. The highest Mohs scale rating is 10, diamonds. Anything with a Mohs scale rating of less than 7 is easily scratched such as coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, and turquoise. Gold, silver, and platinum are only Mohs 2-1/2 to 4. Always carefully store any fine jewelry.
Sterling silver will polish up by rubbing or buffing it with a soft cotton cloth or a Sunshine Cloth. If you store silver in plastic bags with an interlocking seal, it will be less prone to tarnish.
Be certain that stones mounted in rings are not loose or rattle. The prongs of a ring can and do wear down. If the prongs wear down too much or break, you’ve lost the stone. Prongs are easily “retipped” by most jewelers to keep the stone secure.