• Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 10 AM - 7 PM | Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Azzi Jewelers

Diamond FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Diamonds

Diamonds are brilliant gems that come at no small cost. It is crucial, then, when you’re shopping for diamond jewelry, to be as informed as possible to know that you’re making the best decision for your money. We’ve put together a guide to our answers to some of the most common questions we receive about diamonds to make your shopping experience a breeze.

How Are Diamonds Formed?

These highly sought-after gems are incredible feats of nature. They result from carbon particles far beneath the planet’s surface subjected to extreme amounts of pressure and heat over millions of years. Once the raw gems are formed, they are transported to the earth’s surface through volcanic eruption, where they can then be mined.

Should I Choose a Natural or Lab-Grown Diamond?

Because of the incredible journey diamonds go through to be formed and brought to the earth's surface. Because they are the hardest natural substance on the planet, natural diamonds are immensely valuable. There can also occasionally be issues with diamond mining as some mining processes have been deemed unethical (although almost all modern diamonds are sustainably sourced due to the advent of the Kimberly Process).

To avoid these drawbacks, some people opt for lab-grown diamonds. This alternative was developed to make diamonds more sustainable and easily accessible. Scientists have replicated the natural conditions that create diamonds to perfection, resulting in gems that are visually and chemically identical to natural diamonds. Some still prefer the natural stones to lab created ones, however, because of their ability to retain their value and the unique journey they go through to come to the planet’s surface.

What Are The Most Popular Diamond Cuts?

A diamond’s cut determines its silhouette and the way it reflects light. The gem's cut helps to define much of the overall aesthetic of the piece it is set into. The following are some of the most popular diamond cuts you’ll encounter when shopping.

  • Round: The round cut is by far the most common, featuring 58 brilliant facets and a perfectly circular silhouette.
  • Princess: Princess cut diamonds are square for a modern and geometric look.
  • Cushion: Like the princess, cushion cut diamonds are square with softly rounded corners.
  • Emerald: The emerald cut is a rare shape characterized by a rectangular shape and parallel facets that create a hall of mirrors effect.
  • Oval: The oval cut is an elongated round cut with a romantic and feminine aesthetic.
  • Pear Shape: The pear shape cut resembles a teardrop, with one rounded and one pointed end.
  • Radiant: The radiant cut is one of the most brilliant and resembles an elongated cushion cut.

  • What Are The Four C’s?

    The four C’s are the criteria by which diamonds are graded. They stand for cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. These four aspects of a diamond helps to determine its value. Familiarizing yourself with these attributes is essential to be confident in your decision.

    Shop Diamond Jewelry at Azzi Jewelers

    Supplement your personal jewelry collection with incredible diamond pieces from our inventory here at Azzi Jewelers. Our Lansing jewelry store is stocked with a carefully curated inventory of stunning designer pieces sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. Allow our team of experts to assist you in finding the piece that perfectly suits you and your unique needs. Request an appointment today for a personalized consultation with one of our team members, or browse our inventory online at your convenience.

    Track Order

    Returning Customers

    Sign in to your account to track orders and view your order history.

    Quick Track

    Don't have an account? Enter your order number and email address below to track your order.