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About Diamonds

Diamond Characteristics

The Characteristics

The four factors that describe a diamond are called the 4C's: Carat Weight, Color, Clarity, and Cut (proportions & finish).


Every diamond is a unique – just like every person. An unlimited combination of factors determines a diamond's beauty, but fundamentally, its appearance results from how light reflects and refracts inside the diamond and exits out of the top. It’s why some diamonds sparkle and shine while others that appear almost identical on paper look dull and gray in person. So, while understanding the 4C’s will help you guess what a diamond might look like, there's no substitute for seeing a diamond in person.

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Carat Weight

Carat weight refers to the size of the diamond. Based on a standard unit of measure, one carat is divided into 100 points. The term originated from carob seeds used to balance scales in ancient times. Carat weight can be deceiving since it is only indirectly associated with how large the diamond looks.


When the weight of a diamond is not distributed properly, it affects the beauty of the stone. This is why 2 one carat stones that look about the same on paper can look dramatically different in person.


The most desirable diamonds are colorless because the absence of color enhances the diamond's ability to reflect a rainbow of colors. Diamonds are graded on a scale of D (almost clear white) to N-Z. The most common diamond colors range from F to I color. In general, the closer the color grade is to D, the more expensive the diamond will be.

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Princess Cut Diamond

Except for flawless diamonds (rare), all diamonds contain slight imperfections. Often invisible to the naked eye, these natural birthmarks fall into two categories-inclusions (internal) and blemishes (external). In general, fewer inclusions increase the value of the stone.


Cut gives the diamond its sparkle and brilliance. Of the four C's, it's the only one dependent on a human touch. Using precise mathematical formulas, the diamond cutter transforms a rough diamond into a beautiful jewel that reflects and refracts light.

Raw Diamond

Lab-Grown Diamonds

Physically, visibly, and chemically the same as earth-mined diamonds.

Conflict free and cost 30% - 50% less.

The Facts

The #1 question we get is, “Are lab-grown diamonds real diamonds?”


The simple answer is yes.


Lab-created diamonds are pure crystallized carbon

diamonds grown in a controlled laboratory environment. They have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as an earth-mined diamond.


Also known as Pure Grown, Cultured, Lab-created,

Man-made, Above-ground, or Synthetic Diamonds.

Lab-grown diamonds are 100% real and chemically

identical to mined diamonds. These man-made

diamonds consist of carbon atoms arranged in the

same characteristic diamond crystal structure as

natural, mined diamonds.


They are grown in highly controlled laboratory

environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle beneath the earth’s crust.

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The Benefits

At K. Hollis Jewelers, we believe that lab-grown diamonds can be a great alternative to natural diamonds for some people since they are typically less expensive and possess all

the same physical characteristics as natural diamonds.


That being said, the rarity of natural diamonds cannot be replaced. We’re here to help you make the right choice for you.


Stop in, and we’ll answer all your questions honestly and professionally, as you’ve expected from K. Hollis Jewelers.

Our Quality Guarantee

Is it from the earth or a machine? 


At K. Hollis Jewelers, we want you to be 100% certain that you know what you’re buying. Standard diamond testers can’t distinguish a lab-grown diamond from a mined diamond… but we can!

We’ve invested in a high-end diamond tester that can distinguish between lab-grown and mined diamonds so that you are always 100% sure.

No Mining. No Carbon Footprint.

No Conflicts Funded. No Land Displacement.  No Wildlife Displacement.

No Animals were Harmed. No Ground Water Polluted. No Local Communities were Displaced. No Cartel Pricing.

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Diamonds at K. Hollis Jewelers

As with everything at K. Hollis Jewelers - no games or gimmicks. Just great service and value.

We carry a great selection of loose diamonds, but we know we cannot carry the perfect diamond for every customer. So if we don't have the perfect diamond in stock, we'll have it in the store in 48 hours or less for you to see and experience in person - no down payment or obligation to buy. 

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