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Diamond Guide

The 4 C's: Cut

Antique diamonds

We use certified post-consumer recycled antique diamonds for all our diamond jewelry. These stones are distinctive in their era, cut style, light-performance and rarity. We choose these beauties for ethical reasons, and also because we love their lively pops of light and color.

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Old Mine Cut
1700s-mid 1800's, known for the cushion shape that follows the natural octahedral shape of the raw diamond crystal.

Old European Cut
1800's, known for large flowery facets and open culets.

Transitional Cut
1920s-1950s, the precursor to the modern-cut brilliant blends the best of both antique and modern.

The 4 C's: Color

Diamond grade

We love all natural diamond colors - we don't believe in pressuring clients to only focus on the most 'valuable' stones because we find beauty in all of them. We can advise which color might look best for your setting, but we really encourage you to select based on your intuition and budget. All our stones over 0.5ct are graded by GIA with the same standards as modern-cut brilliant diamonds, and include a certificate.

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Colorless DEF
Near colorless GHIJ
Faint color KLM

The 4 C's: Carat

The right size...

...is whatever size feels right to you. We do not have rules about what size is enough, how many months salary you are suppose to spend, and we certainly do not see our rings as a measure of any person's worthiness to love. We encourage you instead to consider your body shape and size, your activity levels, and your budget.

Carat is a measurement of weight, so these samples are an approximation of size. Antique diamonds and sapphires tend to have a little more variation in the correlation between carat weight and the dimension of the stone, but this image is a great reference.

Starting at the base of the finger: 2ct, 1.5ct, 1.25ct, 1ct, 0.75ct and at the tip of the finger is 0.5ct.

The 4 C's: Clarity

High standards

We always select eye-clean stones, meaning you will need the 10x magnification of a loupe to see any natural imperfections within a stone. Consider that all our photography is shot with a magnified lens. For most stone shapes, we are not big-believers in spending a lot of extra budget on high clarity ratings- to the naked eye, no person can detect the difference. Save those extra dollars for a honeymoon, your wedding, or your home. We think all stones are gorgeous in the natural form.

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Metals

Responsibly sourced

Heart of gold

We believe recycled gold is the most accessible and responsible option for creating new jewelry. We utilize recycled gold for all our castings, fabrication purposes, and select findings. We can sometimes even utilize your own gold in a new design.

We also offer most of our work in Fairmined Gold upon request. Fairmined Gold certifies gold from responsible Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and is backed by a rigorous 3rd party certification and audit system that ensures that small entrepreneurial mining communities meet world leading standards for responsible practices. Fairmined transforms mining into an active force for good, delivering social development and environmental protection, providing everyone with a source of gold they can be proud of. The supply chain is traceable through Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and SCS Global Services.

Textures and finishes

Our signature matte

We love depth, texture, story. Our signature matte finish is a soft brushed look that warms up to a demi-shine with wear. It adds a layer of subtlety that we find beautiful and modest.

Textures
(From top to bottom)

Smooth- slightly hand-hewn but mostly uniformly smooth.

Organic- a mixture of textures, both native and applied, that give a naturally broken in feeling.

Antique hammer- a foiled texture that is applied by hand with one of our antique hammers. Only available on select rings.

Traditional polish

We apply our signature matte to all our stock pieces for the ease of reference, but all our rings look stunning dressed up in a high mirror polish. Select this for a bright and lively feel that will develop a patina over time with wear.

Textures
(From top to bottom)

Smooth- slightly hand-hewn but mostly uniformly smooth.

Organic- a mixture of textures, both native and applied, that give a naturally broken in feeling.

Antique hammer- a foiled texture that is applied by hand with one of our antique hammers. Only available on select rings.

Alive with Color

Montana Sapphires

Mined in the usa

Kaleidoscope of color

We work with gem-cutters who are tracing individual stones to specific mine-sites in Montana that are practicing post-mining regenerative environmental restoration. We work with gem-cutters who are true craftspeople and experts at bringing out the radiance and color depth to each stone. We offer the most popular colors standard on our site but Montana sapphires come in every color of the rainbow- and we can work with you to find the perfect color. Unlike most other gemstones, these colorful beauties are also incredibly hard, which is why we like to utilize them for rings that will be worn daily.

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