Frequently Asked Questions
We sell high-quality loose diamonds for engagement rings, pendants, earrings, and other custom pieces. We can work with you to choose the best stone to suit the occasion and to meet your budget needs. Diamonds get their name from the Greek word “adamas,” which means, “unconquerable.” A diamond is a testament of endurance and strength – and not surprisingly, the ultimate symbol of love. When buying diamonds, you should pay attention to the 4 C’s: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. It is important to see your diamond in person before purchasing because every diamond is unique!
Color – The GIA color scale extends from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). Truly colorless diamonds are very rare, and most diamonds used in jewelry are nearly colorless with tints of yellow and brown. We recommend using H or better for an engagement ring.
- D E F- Colorless
- G H I J- Near colorless
- K L M- Faint
- Flawless, Internally flawless
- VVS1, VVS2- Very Very Slightly Included
- VS1, VS2- Very Slightly Included
- SI1, SI2- Slightly Included
- I1, I2, I3- Included
Clarity – The GIA clarity scale includes eleven clarity grades ranging from flawless to I3. Clarity refers to how many internal flaws the diamond possesses. We recommend using SI1 or higher.
Diamonds will always be the best option because they are the hardest stones that we know of. Did you know that they are available in a variety of colors? Naturally, diamonds are commonly found in white, yellow, gray, brown and black, and very occasionally in orange, red, green, pink, even purple and blue, although these are the rarest.
Any other gemstones should be treated with care, as they may get scratched over time, and they will break much more easily than diamonds. If you are looking for a colorful alternative to diamonds, we strongly recommend sapphires and rubies. Sapphire is the name for the mineral Corundum, which is classified as Ruby when it is found in red. Blue is the most common color for sapphires, but fancy colors are also available, in green, orange, peach, pink, yellow and purple.
We use 100% recycled metal in our custom pieces. We work with gold, platinum, and palladium.
Gold is highly recommended for any type of jewelry, and it works very well for everyday wear. Because of the softness of pure (24k) gold, it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry. This process alters its hardness, ductility, color, and other properties. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color. Other common base metals include silver, palladium, and nickel. The higher the proportion of gold used in the final metal, the more valuable and expensive the metal will be. At Morgan’s Treasure we typically use 14 karat gold, which contains 58.5% pure gold. These three color options contain the same amount of gold and are all the same price.
- 14Kt yellow gold has a very classic look and is a very popular choice for jewelry. Yellow gold is alloyed with copper and silver to make it more durable than 24 carat gold while keeping the same yellow color.
- 14Kt white gold is often confused with silver, but is in fact yellow gold that has been alloyed with white metals to decrease the amount of yellow. White gold will still have some yellowish tones present, so it is often rhodium plated to make it purely white.
- 14Kt rose gold is becoming an increasingly popular metal used in jewelry today, and has a pinkish hue. What gives it this color is the presence of copper as the main metal alloy.
Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure.) We highly recommend this metal for jewelry because of its durability and hypoallergenic quality. It is extremely long wearing and is a dense metal, so it will feel heavier than gold.
Palladium has a silver-grey color and is in the same group of metals as platinum. It is also hypoallergenic and very durable. This metal is most often used for engagement rings and wedding rings; but it is suitable for any type of jewelry.