The beauty of a polished diamond is a factor of its ability to absorb, refract, reflect and to transmit natural light, causing it to shine and sparkle with intensity. The success of a specific cut is an accumulation of various visual effects: brightness, which is the amount of light that is reflected from the stone; fire, which is the effect caused of the white light being split into the colors of the rainbow; and scintillation, which is the degree of sparkle that is so typical of the diamond, and is caused by light being reflected off facets from within the stone.
A diamond’s color grade actually refers to the absence of color. In other words, diamonds that are white, containing little or no color, receive higher quality grades than those with noticeable color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, and consequently, a higher value.
Fancy colored diamonds are extremely rare stones. Approximately one out of every 10,000 naturally produced diamonds are considered “fancy colored.” The term “fancy” was coined by the GIA to distinguish between natural-color polished diamonds which display color and white diamonds.
Clarity refers to the presence (or absence) of impurities, blemishes or other identifying characteristics within a diamond. Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes’.
MID House of Diamonds guarantees every diamond sold is certified conflict–free, assuring you that our inventory was procured through legal sources. In compliance with the Patriot Act, the Kimberly Process and various United Nations resolutions, the diamonds we sell have been obtained using legitimate means.