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Lifetime Craftsmanship Guarantee

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LIFETIME CRAFTSMANSHIP GUARANTEE

You want to be able to reach for your much-loved jewelry ten, twenty, fifty years from now – even longer. And you will. We can guarantee our jewelry is free from defects in materials and craftsmanship for the life of the jewelry. We will replace or repair any purchase found to be defective at no cost to you. This guarantee does not include normal wear and tear.

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100% money back guarantee

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100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

If you’re not happy with the jewelry you’ve selected or received as a gift you can return no questions asked. Merchandise in original condition may be returned for refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase with original receipt, unless marked otherwise. Any merchandise ordered, custom made, or altered at the customer's request is not returnable.

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Lifetime Diamond trade back

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LIFETIME DIAMOND TRADE BACK

Love grows over time and your diamond can too! When you’re ready to upgrade, we’ll give you full retail credit toward another diamond of greater value.

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Price Match Guarantee

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PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

We guarantee that you will never pay more at Corinne Jewelers than you would anywhere else, for the same item. Final like-for-like evaluation is at the discretion of Corinne personnel and will take into consideration quality and grading evaluations that represent the highest gemological standards. Corinne Jewelers offers a matched price or full refund based on those standards. See store for additional details.

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4 C's of Diamonds

4 C’s of Diamonds by Corinne Jewelers

Color

When searching for white diamonds, people prefer them to be as clear as possible. When diamonds are composed purely of carbon, they are completely clear, but very few of them fall into that category. Since diamonds are formed by random natural processes in the Earth instead of in a sterile setting, most diamonds end up with foreign materials trapped in their structure during their creation. The most common of these materials is nitrogen, which introduces shades of brown or yellow. Because nitrogen is one of the most prevalent elements on the planet, it’s very rare to find a completely colorless diamond, and the price of them reflects that fact.

GIA categorizes the color of diamonds with a D-Z scale, with “D” representing a colorless diamond and “Z” representing very yellow stones. Keep in mind, though, that when the saturation of yellow passes the Z mark, or the diamond has other colors like green or red, GIA labels these stones as “fancy” and has a different rating scale for them.

Cut

Everyday language tends to conflate the words “shape” and “cut” when it comes to diamonds, but those two terms mean different things here. The cut of a diamond refers to the quality that goes into planning and cutting the crown, girdle, and pavilion of a diamond to maximize its inner reflectivity. Diamantaires have used geometry and an understanding of physics to determine the proper dimensions and proportions for maximizing reflectivity in different shapes of diamonds, and a well-cut diamond has a remarkable fire and sparkle. The quality of cut can’t be understated, since small imperfections can cause light to be lost and diamonds appear dark inside.

GIA grades cut from “excellent” to “poor,” which uses a seven-point scale: brightness, fire (the rainbow effect of a diamond), scintillation (flashes of white light), weight ratio, polish, symmetry, and durability.

Carat Weight

“Carat” refers to the weight of a diamond, rather than the colloquial understanding of the word as the size of the stone. One carat weighs exactly 0.2 grams, and each carat is divided into 100 points (0.002 grams each). So, for example, a 235-point diamond would be 2.35 carats, or 0.47 grams. Remember that while carat refers to weight, the shape of the diamond can change the way the carats look. Longer shapes, like emerald-cut and marquise-cut diamonds, will look significantly bigger than compact shapes of the same weight, like round-cut and princess-cut stones.

Clarity

When talking about the clarity, it should be noted that the same origin which alters the color of diamonds can alter the clarity of the same stones. Since diamonds are created in natural, uncontrolled processes, their inner structures can be disrupted during formation. These disruptions are called “inclusions.” Cracks, bubbles, voids, and other irregularities can be present, as well as foreign material inside the diamond, such as black carbon, iron, small garnet crystals, and sand. Most diamonds have some inclusions, but the amount, type, and visibility of inclusions can dramatically alter a diamond's clarity and cost.

GIA grades clarity on an 11-rank scale. At the top of the list is an F-category (flawless) diamond, which means that a certified grader can’t find any internal flaws under 10x magnification. On the opposite end of the spectrum is an I3-category (extremely included) diamond, which has many inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.

Find Certified Loose Diamonds at Corinne Jewelers Today

Since 1964, Corinne Jewelers has set itself apart thanks to its commitment to selling only the highest-quality loose diamonds and diamond jewelry. Due to our experience with and passion for diamonds, you can trust that we’re the place to go for information about everyone’s favorite gem. If you’d like to learn more about diamonds or diamond jewelry, contact us at (732) 244-4664 or visit our Toms River, New Jersey showroom today!

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