Buyers Guides

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

Happy Birthday, September! The September Birthstone is the Blue Sapphire. Named for the Greek word “sapphirus,” meaning the color blue, Sapphires have long been a favorite. Ancient civilizations said that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. Sapphires are also prominent among the British Crown Jewels, and Prince Charles famously chose…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Emerald Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Emerald Cut

Emerald cut diamonds are special in their rectangular facets that are step-cut into the stone’s pavilion, giving emerald cut diamonds a unique optical appearance. This cut highlights the clarity of the diamond beautifully due to the large rectangular “table.” When it comes to the Four C’s of Diamonds, the Emerald Cut will highlight a stone’s clarity and color, so be…

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August Birthstone: Peridot

August Birthstone: Peridot

Happy Birthday, August! The August birthstone is peridot. Peridot get its name from the Arabic word “faridat,” meaning gem. In ancient Egypt, peridot was called “gem of the sun” for their dazzling brilliance. Peridot is a mineral known as olivine, and can be found in various shades of green ranging from a light yellow-green to a deep olive hue. The…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Cushion Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Cushion Cut

A cushion cut diamond, sometimes also referred to as a pillow-cut diamond, has a timeless appeal in its rounded corners and larger facets. Available in square or rectangular shapes, cushion cut diamonds tend to highlight the impeccable brilliance and clarity of the stone. While a diamond’s SHAPE is not part of the Four Cs of Diamonds, it still will have a…

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July Birthstone: Ruby

July Birthstone: Ruby

Happy Birthday, July! The July birthstone is ruby. The ruby gets its name from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. Called the Rajnapura (King of Gems) by ancient Hindus, the ruby is among the most highly prized gems throughout history. The ruby is a variety of the mineral Corundum, which is found as crystals that form within metamorphic rock. Corundum…

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Shape Guide: Marquise Cut Diamond

Shape Guide: Marquise Cut Diamond

The marquise cut diamond shape is like an oval that comes to a point at the top and the bottom of the diamond. This stunning diamond shape helps to elongate hands and fingers, making it a popular option. The marquis cut diamond shape is perfect for maximizing carat weight, as the shape emphasizes the size of the diamond. This can…

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Shape Guide: Princess Cut Diamonds

Shape Guide: Princess Cut Diamonds

Becoming popular in recent years, princess cut diamonds are cut in square or rectangular shapes, and offer a faceted brilliance in how they are cut. Princess cut diamonds are unique in that, unlike other shapes that display the diamond’s color mainly in the center of the stone, the princess cut diamond shows distinct color in each corner, as well. Because…

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June Birthstone: Pearl

June Birthstone: Pearl

Happy Birthday, June! The June birthstone is pearl. One of our most treasured gems, the pearl comes from one of the humblest of all life forms, the mollusk. The scientific formation of natural pearls is almost as mystical as folklore. When an irritant becomes lodged in the flesh of a mollusk (an oyster, mussel, or clam), the mollusk produces a…

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May Birthstone: Emerald

May Birthstone: Emerald

Happy Birthday, May! The May birthstone is the emerald. Spring is traditionally a time of new growth and rebirth, and the stunningly intense green of the emerald evokes thoughts of spring. Emeralds often include tiny fractures, which the French call, jardin (garden), due to their resemblance to foliage. The emerald, like several other prized gemstones, is a member of the…

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Shape Guide: Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Shape Guide: Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Round brilliant cut diamonds are a classic for a reason! This is the most popular diamond shape, and cutters have been working with this over hundreds of years to maximize the brilliance and fire of round brilliant cut diamonds. This cut offers plenty of flexibility within the Four C’s. Because the cut is so faceted, you can compromise on other…

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April Birthstone: Diamond

April Birthstone: Diamond

Happy Birthday, April! The April birthstone is the diamond. In general, diamonds are remarkably simple in their color, they appear to be clear or white, yet they are able to refract light in a way that produces vibrant flashes of brilliant color, making them sparkle and shine like no other. Diamonds are simply carbon that has been crystallized under intense…

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Shopping for a Diamond: The Four C’s

Shopping for a Diamond: The Four C’s

Does shopping for a diamond feel like a daunting task? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! At Diamond Castle Jewelers, we have Metro Detroit’s best selection of GIA loose certified diamonds, along with a staff with the experience and expertise to help you find the perfect diamond to fit your desires and budget. When it comes to shopping for a diamond,…

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