Whether you're looking for an extraordinary piece or a timeless classic, at J.R. Dunn Jewelers you'll find a stylish and special diamond for your bride-to-be or for any occasion you want to commemorate.
J.R. Dunn Fine Jewelers offers a great selection of classic diamond bridal jewelry in many price ranges. J.R. Dunn Jewelers features the newest, handcrafted designs of diamond jewelry from Martin Flyer. The wide selection, with the FlyerFit™ Program, enables you to customize any ring or mounting to accommodate any diamond, so you're able to get the ring you have always wanted. Plus, FlyerFit™ offers a variety of styles, which means there is a ring for every budget and every preference. J.R. Dunn Fine Jewelers also represents Frederick Goldman, Stuller, ArtCarved, and Overnight Mountings.
We are proud to carry the largest and finest collection of diamond solitaire (stud) earrings on the Crystal Coast. Besides her diamond engagement ring and diamond anniversary ring, the pair of diamond stud earrings are the next most important item in her diamond jewelry wardrobe. The following buying tips will help guide you in finding the best value in diamond stud earrings - the brightest diamond for the lowest cost. We recommend an excellent cut diamond of G-H color and "eye-clean" clarity. This is a moderately priced diamond, but earrings of this quality will produce the same dazzling shower of light as those costing thousands of dollars more.
1. It is the excellent cut that breathes life and sparkle into a diamond.
2. Most experts agree that a G-H color appears colorless when mounted, so spending more for D-E-F color diamonds isn't necessary.
3. A diamond of SI1 clarity is "eye-clean", meaning it has no flaws visible to the unaided eye, but costs a lot less than the higher clarity grades.
For those who might be on a budget, don't feel embarrassed about purchasing diamonds of a lower quality. Excellent bargains with only a slight compromise in beauty can be found in the I1 Clarity range as well, as long as the cut and color are good.
All diamond earrings sparkle when they are worn on a woman's ear, and let's face it - for the same price, many women would rather wear 1 carat studs of a lower quality than 1/2 carat studs of a higher quality.
FlyerFit Forever by Martin Flyer. Style #5137ESOL. Classic brilliant round diamond solitaire ring in a high polish 18k yellow gold ring with four platinum prong mounting. Shown with matching high polish 18k gold comfort fit wedding band. Visit J.R. Dunn Fine Jewelers in Morehead City today and try on this beautiful ring set!
The Four C's
Cut fuels the diamond's fire, sparkle, and brilliance.
It seems miraculous that the traditional 58 tiny facets in a diamond, each precisely cut and sharply defined, may be only two millimeters in diameter. But without this precision, a diamond wouldn't be near as beautiful as it is. Without a doubt, the allure of a particular diamond depends more on cut than anything else. Though extremely difficult to analyze, the cut of a diamond has three attributes: brightness (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (the light flashes or sparkle when a diamond moves). An understanding of diamond cut begins with the shape of a diamond, with the standard round brilliant dominating the majority of diamond jewelry. All other diamond shapes are known as fancy shapes or fancy cuts and include the marquise, pear, oval, and emerald cuts. Hearts, cushions, triangles, and a variety of other new shapes are also gaining popularity in many forms of diamond jewelry.
As a value factor, though, cut refers to a diamond's proportions, symmetry, and polish. For example, look at a side view of the standard round brilliant. The major components, from top to bottom, are the crown, the girdle, and the pavilion. A round brilliant cut diamond can have either 57 or 58 facets, the 58th being a tiny flat facet at the bottom of the pavilion, known as the culet. The large, flat facet on the top is the table. The proportions of a diamond refer to the relationships between table size, crown angle, and pavilion depth. A wide range of proportion combinations are possible, and these ultimately affect the stone's synchronicity with light.
In early 2005, GIA unveiled a diamond cut grading system for standard round brilliants in the D-to-Z color range. This system, the product of more than 15 years of intensive research and testing, assigns an overall diamond cut grade ranging from Excellent to Poor.
The Color of the diamond is all about what you can't see.
Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness â€“ the less color, the higher the value. Most diamonds found in jewelry stores run from colorless to near-colorless with slight hints of yellow or brown. The only exceptions are the fancy-color diamonds that lie outside of this range.
The Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) diamond color-grading scale is the industryâ€™s most widely accepted grading system. The scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues, with increasing presence of color, to the letter Z. Diamonds are color-graded by comparing them to stones of known color under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions.
Many of these color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye. But these slight color differences make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.
Diamond Clarity refers to the absence of internal inclusions or external blemishes.
Because they are created deep within the earth, most diamonds contain unique birthmarks called inclusions (internal) and blemishes (external). Diamonds with very few birthmarks are rare and, of course, rarity affects a diamondâ€™s value. Using the International Diamond Grading Systemâ„¢, created by GIA, diamonds are given a clarity grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamonds with more prominent inclusions (I3).
Every diamond is unique. But none are absolutely perfect even though some come close, even under 10x magnification. Known as flawless diamonds, they are exceptionally rare. Most jewelers have never even see one.
The GIA Clarity Scale contains 11 grades, with most readily available diamonds falling into the VS or SI categories. In determining a clarity grade, GIA considers the size, nature, position, color or relief, and quantity of clarity characteristics visible under 10x magnification.
Carat - Weight
Carat weight is the most intuitive of the 4Cs. You expect a larger diamond to be worth more when assigning diamond values.
Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed using metric carats with one carat weighing about the same as a small paper clip, or 0.2 grams. Just as a dollar is divided into 100 pennies, a carat is divided into 100 points which means that a diamond of 50 points weighs 0.50 carats. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values depending on the other three characteristics of a diamondâ€™s 4Cs: cut, color, and clarity. The majority of diamonds used in fine jewelry weigh one carat or less.
Because even a fraction of a carat can represent a considerable difference in cost when purchasing diamonds, exact precision is crucial. In the diamond industry, weight is measured to a thousandth of a carat and rounded to the nearest hundredth. Each hundredth is called a point (a 0.25 ct. diamond would be called a "twenty-five pointer"). Diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. (For instance, a 1.08 ct. stone would be described as one point oh eight carats or one oh eight.)