SELECTING DIAMONDS

STONES

    The whiter the diamond, the rarer it is. Atelier Molayem exclusively selects stones of the highest color grades: D (colorless +), E (colorless) and F (extra white +), on a scale from D to Z. For its center stones, the Maison only uses category D and E stones.

      Clarity refers to the number, size, nature and position of inclusions (internal and external imperfections) in the stone. A diamond is considered clear if no flaw can be seen under 10x magnification. Atelier Molayem's expert gemologists only select the purest diamonds, those in categories ranging from FL (Flawless) to VVS2 (Very Very Slightly included).

    The weight of a diamond is expressed using a worldwide standard unit of measure: the carat. One carat is equal to 0.20 grams. For its central stones, the Maison selects diamonds of at least 0.30 carats.

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      A diamond’s cut refers to its shape, proportions and facets. Of the numerous existing diamond shapes, the best known are the brilliant, oval, marquise, pear-shaped, heart-shaped, emerald, princess and cushion cuts. All cuts are carefully studied to enhance the brilliance of the stone and accentuate the way light plays off the facets. Only “excellent” and “very good” cuts are selected. The Maison’s experts strive to reveal the full sparkle and fire of the gem by focusing on symmetry, the quality of the polish and the finishes of the cut.

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     In addition to these criteria, Atelier Molayem practices a tradition standard to the Maison: Pierres de Caractère. Thanks to more than a century of experience in the field of High Jewelry, the Maison seeks out the most beautiful diamonds, while also searching for a spiritual quality in the stones, the distinctive dimension that makes the heart beat faster. Expert gemologists thus consider the elegance of the shape, the stone's inner fire and the quality of crystallization that lends it a particular brilliance. Studying the stone repeatedly and from every angle, they understand the unique emotion it can instill.

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