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T h e H y d e Pa r k G u i d e to F i n e D i a m o n d s

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Diamonds will always have an air of magic about them. Enchantment. Romance. Mystique. But at Hyde Park Jewelers, we’re determined to remove the mystery. So whether you’re purchasing your first diamond or you’ve always been enchanted by diamonds, there are some important things we’d like you to know — principles to keep in mind while you’re making up your mind. They’re all here in this guide. Which is why, in addition to the four Cs of diamonds — Cut, Carat, Color, and Clarity — we’ve added a fifth: Confidence. Confidence that you’ve made the right choice — picked the very best, most beautiful diamond for your budget and your style. Confidence like that is almost as rare as the diamond you’re choosing. And because it’s the ideal expression of your most profound emotions, we don’t take our role lightly. We’re committed to helping you discover the very best, most exquisite diamond. And it’s available only one place:


Diamonds will always have an air of magic about them. Enchantment. Romance. Mystique. But at Hyde Park Jewelers, we’re determined to remove the mystery. So whether you’re purchasing your first diamond or you’ve always been enchanted by diamonds, there are some important things we’d like you to know — principles to keep in mind while you’re making up your mind. They’re all here in this guide. Which is why, in addition to the four Cs of diamonds — Cut, Carat, Color, and Clarity — we’ve added a fifth: Confidence. Confidence that you’ve made the right choice — picked the very best, most beautiful diamond for your budget and your style. Confidence like that is almost as rare as the diamond you’re choosing. And because it’s the ideal expression of your most profound emotions, we don’t take our role lightly. We’re committed to helping you discover the very best, most exquisite diamond. And it’s available only one place:


Our P hilosophy & At Hyde Park, we have always sought the most exquisite fine jewelry collections in the world. From luxurious designer jewelry to Swiss timepieces and brilliant gemstones, our philosophy has always been to pursue designs that reflect the styles of our clients – whether modest or extravagant. We have a passion for fine jewelry. This is what enticed us to create an environment where luxury meets design and exceptional quality. As you’ll soon discover, we are also completely enchanted by the beauty and magic of diamonds. That’s why we only buy the most beautiful diamonds.

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When you purchase from Hyde Park, you will be confident in knowing your diamond has been sourced from a conflict-free mine, in accordance with the Kimberley Process. This initiative is used to control and account for clean, conflict-free diamonds throughout the producing, cutting and selling process. Your diamond is also graded by one of the most reputable and respected grading laboratories: The Gemological Institute of America, the American Gem Society, or the Gem Certification and Assurance Laboratory. Every Hyde Park diamond is personally chosen and purchased from skilled master cutters – removing the middleman and markup, as well as ensuring that the diamonds we choose are the highest quality, as well as the most beautiful and brilliant.

diameter table

crown

girdle

pavilion

CRITERIA culet

diameter 100% table 53-57.5%

crown 33.7-35.8% girdle thin to slightly thick

pavilion 42.2-43.8%

Perfection (Ideal) culet medium

diameter 100% table 57.6-62%

crown 32.2-36.8% girdle thin to thick pavilion 41.7-44.8%

Premium

Hyde Park Diamond Proportion standards

culet slightly large

PERFECTION PREMIUM Sarin/Proportions 0 1-2 Polish Excellent V. Good-Good Symmetry Excellent V. Good-Good

A Sarin Brilliant Eye Report accompanies every round diamond purchase.


Our P hilosophy & At Hyde Park, we have always sought the most exquisite fine jewelry collections in the world. From luxurious designer jewelry to Swiss timepieces and brilliant gemstones, our philosophy has always been to pursue designs that reflect the styles of our clients – whether modest or extravagant. We have a passion for fine jewelry. This is what enticed us to create an environment where luxury meets design and exceptional quality. As you’ll soon discover, we are also completely enchanted by the beauty and magic of diamonds. That’s why we only buy the most beautiful diamonds.

tandards

When you purchase from Hyde Park, you will be confident in knowing your diamond has been sourced from a conflict-free mine, in accordance with the Kimberley Process. This initiative is used to control and account for clean, conflict-free diamonds throughout the producing, cutting and selling process. Your diamond is also graded by one of the most reputable and respected grading laboratories: The Gemological Institute of America, the American Gem Society, or the Gem Certification and Assurance Laboratory. Every Hyde Park diamond is personally chosen and purchased from skilled master cutters – removing the middleman and markup, as well as ensuring that the diamonds we choose are the highest quality, as well as the most beautiful and brilliant.

diameter table

crown

girdle

pavilion

CRITERIA culet

diameter 100% table 53-57.5%

crown 33.7-35.8% girdle thin to slightly thick

pavilion 42.2-43.8%

Perfection (Ideal) culet medium

diameter 100% table 57.6-62%

crown 32.2-36.8% girdle thin to thick pavilion 41.7-44.8%

Premium

Hyde Park Diamond Proportion standards

culet slightly large

PERFECTION PREMIUM Sarin/Proportions 0 1-2 Polish Excellent V. Good-Good Symmetry Excellent V. Good-Good

A Sarin Brilliant Eye Report accompanies every round diamond purchase.


Cutting fire and brilliance, dark and light. A beautifully cut diamond sparkles with intensity and fire. Cut refers to the proportions and finish created when transforming a rough diamond into a polished diamond. Of the four Cs, cut has the most influence on a diamond’s brilliance, radiance and beauty. Round is the most brilliant shape, and also has the most demanding cutting standards. To measure the proportions of a Hyde Park diamond, we use the Sarin Brilliant Eye. The Sarin Brilliant Eye is a machine that is able to carefully and consistently measure every facet and angle, as well as provide an accurate and detailed printout of the quality and precision of a round diamond’s cut. Each round diamond receives a Sarin cut grade from 0, being the most brilliant, to 10, the least brilliant. This extra step is just one way Hyde Park takes the mystery out of evaluating and comparing stones, and also assures that you’re getting the most beautiful diamond. When a diamond has been cut to ideal proportions by a master cutter, it will refract light internally from one facet to another, and release the light through the top. This creates the enchanting sparkle and brilliance that make diamonds so desirable. Every Hyde Park diamond is either ideally (0) or premium (1-2) cut. We don’t sell any stones that are cut too shallow or too deep, and we don’t recommend any round brilliantcut diamond with a Sarin grade above 4.

Ideal Cut Light is refracted from one facet to another and is released only through the top of the diamond, creating amazing brilliance and fire.

Too Deep Light is refracted through the opposite side of the pavilion, rather than the top of the diamond, resulting in lost brilliance. The center of the diamond will appear dark.

Too Shallow Light passes through the pavilion without ever being refracted. The diamond appears glassy and dark.


Cutting fire and brilliance, dark and light. A beautifully cut diamond sparkles with intensity and fire. Cut refers to the proportions and finish created when transforming a rough diamond into a polished diamond. Of the four Cs, cut has the most influence on a diamond’s brilliance, radiance and beauty. Round is the most brilliant shape, and also has the most demanding cutting standards. To measure the proportions of a Hyde Park diamond, we use the Sarin Brilliant Eye. The Sarin Brilliant Eye is a machine that is able to carefully and consistently measure every facet and angle, as well as provide an accurate and detailed printout of the quality and precision of a round diamond’s cut. Each round diamond receives a Sarin cut grade from 0, being the most brilliant, to 10, the least brilliant. This extra step is just one way Hyde Park takes the mystery out of evaluating and comparing stones, and also assures that you’re getting the most beautiful diamond. When a diamond has been cut to ideal proportions by a master cutter, it will refract light internally from one facet to another, and release the light through the top. This creates the enchanting sparkle and brilliance that make diamonds so desirable. Every Hyde Park diamond is either ideally (0) or premium (1-2) cut. We don’t sell any stones that are cut too shallow or too deep, and we don’t recommend any round brilliantcut diamond with a Sarin grade above 4.

Ideal Cut Light is refracted from one facet to another and is released only through the top of the diamond, creating amazing brilliance and fire.

Too Deep Light is refracted through the opposite side of the pavilion, rather than the top of the diamond, resulting in lost brilliance. The center of the diamond will appear dark.

Too Shallow Light passes through the pavilion without ever being refracted. The diamond appears glassy and dark.


olor

D E F Colorless

G H I

The true color of brilliance.

Near Colorless

It’s remarkable that a characteristic so subtle can have such a dramatic impact on a diamond’s value. But truly colorless diamonds are the most rare and exquisite of them all. To the untrained eye, most gem-quality diamonds appear colorless. But actually, there are minuscule differences in shade — the result of trace elements combining with carbon over the diamond’s million-year formation. To determine its true color, every Hyde Park diamond is graded in an accredited, internationally recognized gemological laboratory. It is viewed on its side under balanced white light and assigned a color grade according to a “Master Set” of diamonds provided by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

K L M Faint Yellow

N O P Very Light Yellow

Q R

Its beauty is obvious. But thanks to this unique certification, you can also feel confident your Hyde Park diamond is everything we say it is. We hope that colors your thinking.

J

S T Light Yellow

U V W X Y Z

Hyde Park Standards


olor

D E F Colorless

G H I

The true color of brilliance.

Near Colorless

It’s remarkable that a characteristic so subtle can have such a dramatic impact on a diamond’s value. But truly colorless diamonds are the most rare and exquisite of them all. To the untrained eye, most gem-quality diamonds appear colorless. But actually, there are minuscule differences in shade — the result of trace elements combining with carbon over the diamond’s million-year formation. To determine its true color, every Hyde Park diamond is graded in an accredited, internationally recognized gemological laboratory. It is viewed on its side under balanced white light and assigned a color grade according to a “Master Set” of diamonds provided by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

K L M Faint Yellow

N O P Very Light Yellow

Q R

Its beauty is obvious. But thanks to this unique certification, you can also feel confident your Hyde Park diamond is everything we say it is. We hope that colors your thinking.

J

S T Light Yellow

U V W X Y Z

Hyde Park Standards


lari

Clarifying beauty. While many diamonds are incredibly beautiful, no two are alike. Most diamonds have flaws, called inclusions, which are unique to each diamond. Inclusions can be crystals, feathers and lines generally not seen unless magnified. Clarity is determined by the absence of inclusions – the fewer the inclusions, the more rare and more valuable the diamond. Clarity grades are determined by the number, size, color and location of inclusions. The smaller and less visible the inclusions, the higher the diamond’s grade. A gemscope is a type of microscope used for examining diamonds. It allows inclusions to be easily seen and evaluated, so when you choose your diamond, you can do so confidently. We provide a gemscope for you to use, because you can’t choose the right diamond without seeing everything that makes your diamond beautiful and unique.

FL

Flawless

IF

Internally flawless with minor surface blemishes

VVS1

Very difficult to locate inclusions

VVS2

Very, very small inclusions

VS1

Minor inclusions difficult to locate

VS2

Very small inclusions

SI1

Inclusions are noticable under 10x magnification

SI2

Inclusions somewhat easily noticable under 10x magnification

I1

Inclusions obvious under 10x magnification and usually visible to the naked eye; sometimes referred to as SI3 which is not a recognized clarity grade.

I2

Inclusions obvious to the naked eye

I3

Dark inclusions visible to the naked eye and lacks transparency

Hyde Park Standards


lari

Clarifying beauty. While many diamonds are incredibly beautiful, no two are alike. Most diamonds have flaws, called inclusions, which are unique to each diamond. Inclusions can be crystals, feathers and lines generally not seen unless magnified. Clarity is determined by the absence of inclusions – the fewer the inclusions, the more rare and more valuable the diamond. Clarity grades are determined by the number, size, color and location of inclusions. The smaller and less visible the inclusions, the higher the diamond’s grade. A gemscope is a type of microscope used for examining diamonds. It allows inclusions to be easily seen and evaluated, so when you choose your diamond, you can do so confidently. We provide a gemscope for you to use, because you can’t choose the right diamond without seeing everything that makes your diamond beautiful and unique.

FL

Flawless

IF

Internally flawless with minor surface blemishes

VVS1

Very difficult to locate inclusions

VVS2

Very, very small inclusions

VS1

Minor inclusions difficult to locate

VS2

Very small inclusions

SI1

Inclusions are noticable under 10x magnification

SI2

Inclusions somewhat easily noticable under 10x magnification

I1

Inclusions obvious under 10x magnification and usually visible to the naked eye; sometimes referred to as SI3 which is not a recognized clarity grade.

I2

Inclusions obvious to the naked eye

I3

Dark inclusions visible to the naked eye and lacks transparency

Hyde Park Standards


ara

.50 carat

.75 carat

A weighty, but enviable, choice. The most obvious factor of a diamond’s value is its size. However, two diamonds of equal size can have completely different values because of the other Cs: cut, color and clarity. As with all precious gems, the weight or size of a diamond is measured in carats. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. When weighing diamonds, a 1.00 carat is divided into 100 points; therefore, a diamond of 25 points is also described as 0.25 carats or a quarter of a carat. Every Hyde Park diamond is weighed when it is loose, or free from any mounting, so it will be accurately weighed. As a diamond increases in size, its rarity increases, which also increases the price-per-carat exponentially. Therefore, a two-carat diamond is more than twice as valuable than a one-carat diamond of the same quality and characteristics.

1.0 carat

1.5 carat

2.0 carat

3.0 carat

4.0 carat

5.0 carat


ara

.50 carat

.75 carat

A weighty, but enviable, choice. The most obvious factor of a diamond’s value is its size. However, two diamonds of equal size can have completely different values because of the other Cs: cut, color and clarity. As with all precious gems, the weight or size of a diamond is measured in carats. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. When weighing diamonds, a 1.00 carat is divided into 100 points; therefore, a diamond of 25 points is also described as 0.25 carats or a quarter of a carat. Every Hyde Park diamond is weighed when it is loose, or free from any mounting, so it will be accurately weighed. As a diamond increases in size, its rarity increases, which also increases the price-per-carat exponentially. Therefore, a two-carat diamond is more than twice as valuable than a one-carat diamond of the same quality and characteristics.

1.0 carat

1.5 carat

2.0 carat

3.0 carat

4.0 carat

5.0 carat


Shape Find your perfect match.

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Shape is often mistaken with the technical term “cut.” The precision of a diamond’s cut determines its beauty, brilliance and fire. The shape of a diamond is limited only by the skill and imagination of the craftsmen. The beauty and brilliance of any shape is determined by the precision of the cutting and polishing process.

Although the round diamond is the most popular and brilliant diamond shape, there are beautiful shapes for diamonds that give each its own unique characteristics.

Whatever shape you prefer, when you come to Hyde Park, you can be sure that the diamond you choose is the perfect diamond for you.

round

The Hyde Park Diamond Plus Program is our way of giving you the very best when you purchase a beautiful Hyde Park diamond. With your purchase you will receive:

Oval

An independent grading report from an accredited gemological lab: The Gemological Institute of America, the American Gem Society, or the Gem Certification and Assurance Laboratory.

Exclusive offers from the Hyde Park Diamond Partners, Denver’s finest bridal vendors.

20% off wedding bands or engagement settings.

Up to 12 months of 0% deferred interest with approved credit.

Free appraisals and updated insurance valuation.

Complimentary cleaning services.

marquise

pear

emerald

radiant

Q

The Hyde Park Diamond Plus Program

princess

cushion

The benefits of owning a Hyde Park Diamond are endless. asscher


Shape Find your perfect match.

T

Shape is often mistaken with the technical term “cut.” The precision of a diamond’s cut determines its beauty, brilliance and fire. The shape of a diamond is limited only by the skill and imagination of the craftsmen. The beauty and brilliance of any shape is determined by the precision of the cutting and polishing process.

Although the round diamond is the most popular and brilliant diamond shape, there are beautiful shapes for diamonds that give each its own unique characteristics.

Whatever shape you prefer, when you come to Hyde Park, you can be sure that the diamond you choose is the perfect diamond for you.

round

The Hyde Park Diamond Plus Program is our way of giving you the very best when you purchase a beautiful Hyde Park diamond. With your purchase you will receive:

Oval

An independent grading report from an accredited gemological lab: The Gemological Institute of America, the American Gem Society, or the Gem Certification and Assurance Laboratory.

Exclusive offers from the Hyde Park Diamond Partners, Denver’s finest bridal vendors.

20% off wedding bands or engagement settings.

Up to 12 months of 0% deferred interest with approved credit.

Free appraisals and updated insurance valuation.

Complimentary cleaning services.

marquise

pear

emerald

radiant

Q

The Hyde Park Diamond Plus Program

princess

cushion

The benefits of owning a Hyde Park Diamond are endless. asscher


k hpjewels.com Denver Cherry Creek 303.333.4446 PHOENIX Biltmore Fashion Park 602.667.3541 LAS VEGAS Forum Shops 702.794.3541

F HP

T h e H y d e Pa r k G u i d e to F i n e D i a m o n d s

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The Hyde Park Guide to Fine Diamonds