STEP ONE: Educate Yourself and Understand the Industry Grading Standards For Diamonds and Coloured Gemstones, and Determine Your 4 Cs

Whether you are seeking the brilliance of a diamond or the colourful beauty of a precious or semi-precious stone, industry standard grading plays a huge role in determining the quality and value.

These standards, developed by expert gemologists and industry organizations, provide a standardized framework for evaluating important aspects such as Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat weight. Being familiar with these 4 Cs will guide you in understanding and comparing the unique characteristics of stones.

Similarly, coloured gemstones have their own set of criteria, ensuring a comprehensive assessment that will enhance your appreciation and knowledge of these coloured treasures. These grading systems serve as indispensable tools, empowering you to make informed decisions and appreciate the inherent beauty and rarity of each gemstone.

Our focus, here, will be on the 4 Cs which are the key characteristics commonly graded for diamonds:  


1.    Cut

While many people think that Diamond Cut refers to the shape of a stone (i.e. round, princess, pear, etc.), it is not the case. Diamond Cut grading refers to how well a diamond's facets interact with light, and this involves angles, brilliance, finishing and proportion.

The grading scale for genuine diamonds is from Excellent to Poor, while the grading scale for lab grown diamonds is Ideal to Poor.

For more information on grading a genuine diamond, click here.


2.    Colour

Diamond colour is grading based on the lack of colour or colourlessness in a gemstone. Its grading scale ranges from D to Z, where D is colourless and Z is light yellow. However, the colours that GnG seeks and works with the most are  D | E | F | G.  For more information on grading diamond colour, click here.  


3.    Clarity
Diamond clarity grading refers to the absence of internal characteristics called inclusions and external characteristics called blemishes. The grading scale for clarity under 10X magnification is:


4.    Carat  

Diamond carat grading measures a diamond's weight in points or carats.


STEP TWO:  Consider Whether You Prefer a Genuine Stone or a Lab Grown

Now that you have a better understanding of industry grading standards for Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat of a gemstone, it is time to decide whether you prefer a genuine stone(s) or a lab grown option(s). 

In the ever-evolving landscape of gemstones, the option of lab-grown stones has emerged as a compelling alternative to their naturally occurring counterparts. There is a range of advantages, the top being ethical and environmental considerations. Unlike mined gems, lab-grown stones are produced in controlled environments, eliminating concerns related to exploitative mining practices and the associated environmental impacts they may have. Additionally, the absence of a complex supply chain often translates to a more transparent and traceable sourcing process, appealing to consumers who prioritize ethical and sustainable choices.

In addition, lab-grown stones offer a cost effective option without compromising on quality at all. These gems exhibit the same physical and chemical properties as their natural counterparts, ensuring brilliance and durability while often being available at a more accessible price point. This affordability enables a broader audience to enjoy the beauty of gemstones without compromising on their values or budget.

In essence, opting for lab-grown gemstones represents a conscientious choice that aligns with ethical and environmental values, without sacrificing the exquisite beauty and allure that gemstones bring. As technology continues to advance, the appeal and accessibility of lab-grown gems make them an increasingly attractive and responsible option for those seeking both aesthetic perfection and a mindful approach to their jewellery choices.


STEP THREE:  Determine Your Budget

At the heart of our commitment is delivering exquisite jewellery within your financial comfort zone. You will not break the bank when purchasing from us. We understand that your choices extend beyond aesthetics to considerations of value and personal values. To provide you with a comprehensive and tailored experience, we encourage you to consider a range of options that align with your preferences and budget.

When requesting a quote for your dream gemstone(s), we invite you to request a quote for 2 options:

  1. Genuine Option: This encompasses traditional, naturally mined gemstones, renowned for their timeless allure and unique characteristics. A genuine option offers a connection to the Earth's natural beauty and the historical significance of precious stones.

  2. Lab-Grown Option: Embrace the future of fine jewellery with our exquisite lab-grown gemstones. These stones mirror the brilliance and durability of their natural counterparts, offering an ethical and sustainable choice without compromising on quality. Lab grown options also present a more budget friendly alternative.

  3. Combination Option: For those seeking a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, consider a combination of both genuine and lab-grown stones. This approach allows you to strike a balance between the authenticity of natural gemstones and the ethical considerations of lab grown alternatives. For example, if you would like a Fancy Halo Ring, you might consider a lab-grown option for the main stone and genuine option for all other stones on the band and/or around the main stone. Alternatively, the main stone could be genuine while the others are all lab grown.

By exploring these options, you can make an informed decision that resonates with your values and meets your budget. We are dedicated to assisting you every step of the way ensuring that your choice reflects your style, excellent quality, and responsible sourcing.


STEP FOUR:  Request A Quote

Having finalized your preferences for the setting and gemstone(s), it's now time to take the next step and request your personalized quote. Simply complete and submit our Request a Quote form. You can expect a detailed quote from us within 2 to 3 business days.


STEP FIVE:  Review Our Quote 

Upon receiving your personalized quote from us, we encourage you to thoroughly reviiew the quote details and get back to us promptly with any questions you may have. All quotes are valid for three days due to potential fluctuation in the gold and gemstone markets.


STEP SIX:  Accept Our Quote

Once you decide to proceed with our quote, we kindly ask for your prompt confirmation. Acceptance of our quote will initiate the next phase and we will be thrilled to bring your desired piece to fruition.

To start this phase, we will require a 50% deposit of the quoted amount. This payment is to secure your commitment and allow us to begin the meticulous work of bringing your custom piece to life. The remaining balance will be required upon completion of your ring or other jewellery, ensuring a seamless and transparent transaction.


STEP SEVEN:  Item Is Completed, Appraisal Completed and Final Payment Required

Before you pick up your custom made piece and/or before shipping, we will complete the appraisal process. All gemstone set jewellery will be accompanied by a complimentary appraisal - our heartfelt gift to you. 

You will be contacted for the 2nd half of the payment. Once received, your jewellery item(s) will be deemed ready for pickup or shipping.


STEP EIGHT:  Maintenance Of Your Ring or Other Jewellery 

At Gold'n Glitter, we genuinely appreciate your trust in our craftsmanship. It's important to note that, in the spirit of maintaining the integrity of our work, our warranty becomes null and void if any of our jewellery is serviced by another jeweller - for whatever reason.

We understand that circumstances may arise, and we encourage open communication. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, our commitment to quality and service remains steadfast. We're here to address your concerns and ensure the longevity of your treasured pieces through our trusted expertise. Contact us if you would like to address any issues that arise with a product purchased from us.