Choosing a Diamond

At Sausalito Jewelers, we proudly stand behind each one of our exquisite diamonds. With our impeccable selection and trusted expertise, we are confident we can help you find the perfect diamond or gemstone for you and your loved one. After considering your preffered setting, we would be happy to assist you in discovering what shape best complements the style of your ring. 

Popular diamond shapes include:

  • Round 
  • Princess
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Marquise 
  • Radiant
  • Pear Shaped
  • Oval
  • Asscher
  • Heart Shaped
  • Trillion

Globally, diamonds are analyzed according to a standart grading system, known as "The 4 C's", which evaluates cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Finding the right balance between these four items will help guide you to the perfect diamond for your engagement ring. 

  • CUT: Often considered the most important diamond characteristic. Cut refers to the angles, symmetry, proportions, and polish of a diamond. These factors directly impact a diamond's beauty in its ability to reflect and refract light. A high quality cut enhances how light moves through the diamond crystals, augmenting a diamond's brilliance, fire, fire, and scintillation. When it comes to cut, human workmanship is paramount.
  • COLOR: With diamonds, color quality refers to the ideal absence of color. A perfect diamond lacks hue entirely, allowing more light to pass through it. This enables a diamond to exhibit greater brilliance and fire which, in turn, makes it more rare. Color is analysed under a variety of light sources and given a grade from D (being the most colorless) to Z (noticeable color). 
  • CLARITY: Clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes which lie within a diamond or on its surface. Depending on the size, color, quantity, and location of these imperfections, blemishes and inclusions can dull a diamond by impeding with how light moves within it. 
  • CARAT: Although often confused with the size of a diamond, carat (ct.) actually refers to the unique weight measurments of a diamond or gemstone. One carat is 200 milligrams and each carat is subdivided into 100 points, allowing for very precise measurment. Depending on the type, shape, and cut of the gemstone being measured, carat weight can appear quite different in size. 

Although the 4C grading system is certainly a helpful way to determine the quality of a diamond, there are other factors to consider including a diamond's source. At Sausalito Jewelers, we are committed to diamonds that are conflict-free and align ourselves with trusted, reputable sources such as Forevermark Diamonds. At Forevermark, each diamond is certifiably sourced from an approved mine that demonstrates compliance with the Kimberly Process, the Forevermark Integrity Requirements, and Third Party Auditing for complete transparency. We are proud to offer our clients Forevermark diamonds which undergo a rigorous 17-step evaluation for the most comprehensive standards of rarity, quality, and beauty. 


Additionally, at Sausalito Jewelers, we celebrate the personal history and value that family heirlooms can offer. Our clients are more than welcome to bring in their own diamonds and/or gemstones to be built into a beautiful, expertly crafted piece. If getting engaged is in your future, we invite you to come in for a no-obligation consultation to answer any questions you might have.