Find Your “Perfect Stone” with our 10,000 Diamonds in Stock

San Francisco Jewelry

At Padis Jewelry we have a huge inventory of at least 10,000 diamonds in stock at all times, which means you are sure to find the perfect stone for your engagement ring.  To help guide this important process, all of our jewelry consultants are very knowledgeable about diamonds.  Also as they do not work on commission, they just want to ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. We additionally have two expert GIA Graduate Gemologists on staff at all times and Padis is proud to be an accredited member of the American Gem Society (AGS).

Our goal is to help you understand exactly what you are buying and to give you the confidence you need to trust us as your professional jewelry consultant.  We are proud to be a family-owned business but that means that our reputation is at stake if we do not serve our customers well.  This is why we are pleased to report that we have been in business since 1974 and continue to grow our presence in the San Francisco area.

A Padis consultant will work closely with you and show you the best pieces that are within your specifications as well as price range.  Furthermore, our jewelry is clearly marked with prices as we respect our customers’ desires to stay within their budget.

We also help customers to understand the 4 C’s used for grading diamonds – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight and to find the highest quality stones that meet their criteria. Padis Jewelry recognizes that buying an engagement ring is an important decision for couples both for what it signifies as well as for the fact that it will be worn for many years.

Jewelry is a significant investment so it is important to buy carefully to ensure the best quality and peace of mind.  Please allow us to assist you with this important purchase.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.

Shop our Selection of Fancy Color Diamonds

2014-12-10-1-01-40_0795-1

Padis Jewelry has something to please everyone.  Along with our huge inventory of certified loose diamonds, at least 10,000 in stock at all times, we also offer customers a select collection of magnificent fancy color diamonds.  These rare and extremely unique diamonds are treasures and will certainly become family heirlooms for many years to come.

The Gemological Institute of America reminds us that rarity equals value, which is why fancy color diamonds are so expensive.  For the majority of diamonds, their value is based on the absence of color, and that the more colorless stones are the most valuable.   In the case of fancy color diamonds (those outside the normal color range), the GIA states “the rarest and most valuable colors are saturated pinks, blues, and greens.”   They add that “even very slight color differences can have a big impact on value.”

The rarest of fancy color diamonds have red, green or blue hues, and stones with medium to dark tones and moderate saturations. Brown diamonds are the most common colored stones and are often called cognac or champagne diamonds.   Yellow diamonds are the second most common and come in a wide range of saturations. They are sometimes referred to as canary diamonds.

Extremely rare blue diamonds have a slight hint of gray, which is caused by the presence of boron impurities, and the more boron, the more saturated the color.  Red or reddish diamonds are extremely rare, and pure pink colored stones are more sought after than hues of purple, orange, browns or gray.

If you are interested in fancy color diamonds, we encourage you visit the Padis Jewelry website to take a look at some of our very rare and exquisite stones.  All of our stones are certified by the top labs in the industry such as AGS, Forevermark, GIA and EGL USA.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.

Source: gia.edu/fancycoloreddiamond-quality-factor

Educate Yourself on Common Jewelry Terms

Picture1

At Padis Jewelry customer satisfaction is important to us, and we want to make sure each piece of jewelry purchased from us not only fulfills your needs but is something you will love and cherish for years.  To help customers become more knowledgeable on what they are buying, our website offers a glossary of commonly used jewelry terms.

If you are shopping for diamond or gemstone jewelry, you may want to start with terms used to describe the anatomy of the stones.  One word you are sure to hear is facet, which describes the flat surface on a diamond or color gemstone.  The arrangement of a gemstone’s facets determines its cut and return of light.  The diamond’s table is the largest polished facet on the surface of the stone.  A diamond’s crown is the top part of the stone, beneath the table and above the girdle.  The girdle describes the middle section of the stone and is typically polished or faceted on a diamond and unpolished on a color gemstone.

A diamond’s pavilion is the term used to describe the bottom part of the stone and extends from the girdle to the culet, which is the small or pointed facet at the very bottom of the diamond.  Not all diamonds have a culet.  The total height of a diamond is called the depth and is measured from the table to the culet.

Fire is the term used to describe the flashes of color that are seen when the diamond or gemstone is moved or rotated.  Flawless is the highest grading on the diamond clarity scale and describes a stone without any visible inclusions or blemishes under 10 x magnifications. Symmetry is the precision of the alignment of the diamond’s facets, and the more symmetrical, the better the return of light.

While Padis Jewelry wants customers to be informed, satisfied buyers, we also want to assure you that all of our non-commissioned jewelry consultants are here to help guide you through the process.  In addition, our staff includes GIA Graduate Gemologists, and any diamond over 0.40 carats comes with a grading report from the most trusted independent laboratories in the U.S.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We have one of the area’s largest inventories as well as an impressive selection of top name luxury brands.  So if you are a lover of beautiful jewelry, we encourage you to schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

Carat Weight of a Diamond

Best Engagement Ring Stores

Buying a diamond, especially a diamond engagement ring or loose stones intended for an engagement ring is a very special moment in your life. However as it is an investment, you want to be sure you know what you are buying. Diamonds are sold by carat weight and the larger the carat weight, the rarer and more valuable the diamond is likely to be.

The word carat is derived from the word carob and was the original unit of measure for diamond traders. The Mediterranean carob seed was an extremely consistent weight of measurement. The abbreviation for carat is “ct.” and a metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams or 1/5 of a gram. The metric carat weight was standardized in the 20th century and the U.S. officially adopted the measurement in 1913.

The GIA explains that “each carat can be subdivided into 100 points,” which means that every stone has a very precise measurement to the hundredth decimal place. From a jeweler’s perspective, this means they may describe the weight of a diamond under one carat by the ‘points’ alone. For example if a diamond weighs 0.25 carats, a jeweler may describe the stone as a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ The GIA notes that “diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. A 1.08 carat stone would be described as ‘one point oh eight carats.”

When shopping for a diamond, please remember that a diamond’s value is not just based on the carat weight. This means that any two diamonds of equal carat weight will not necessarily cost the same.   Diamonds are also valued based on three other factors – Clarity, Color, and Cut.

As highly reputable jewelry experts, Padis Jewelry wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. This is why our jewelry consultants will help you to select the best ring in terms of cut, color, and clarity as well as carat weight that fits your budget. Visit our website to browse our exquisite collection or contact us to arrange a visit to our San Francisco or St. Helena showrooms.

Since 1974, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory. We invite you to visit our showrooms to see our beautiful collection of fine jewelry.

What is a “Certified Diamond”?

Picture1

Buying a certified diamond gives you the confidence to know your diamond has been analyzed and graded by a trusted, independent gem laboratory to ensure its authenticity and quality. Certification is a formal evaluation of a diamond and includes a grading report that details the quality characteristics of the stone. However, keep in mind that certification just reports on the quality of the diamond and is not necessarily saying it is a “quality diamond”. This is why it is important to buy from a reputable jeweler, and why as a consumer you need to educate yourself on how to buy a diamond.

A certified diamond may cost a little bit more, but the protection to your investment is well worth it, especially if you intend to buy a larger carat weight diamond. GIA, AGS, Forevermark, and EGL USA are some of the most respected labs and their grading reports provide scientifically accurate evaluations on a diamond’s shape and the 4Cs – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.

The documentation also gives information on the proportions, which affects how well the diamond refracts the light to create the sparkle, brilliance and scintillation of the stone. In addition, the report states the finish of the diamond and if there is any known treatment on the diamond. Laboratories such as GIA, one of the most respected grading institutions, offer optional laser inscriptions that inscribe the diamond’s report number on the diamond’s girdle or other customized messages for easy identification.

At Padis Jewelry, we have at least 10,000 diamonds in stock at any one time. Our exquisite diamonds come with an independent grading report from US-based labs such as the GIA, AGS, Forevermark and EGL USA. We also have two GIA Graduate Gemologists on staff at all times, and are a proud, accredited member of the American Gem Society (AGS).

Since 1974, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory. If you are a lover of beautiful jewels, please schedule at visit to San Francisco’s finest jewelry showrooms.

Jewelry Appraisals Should be Done by a Certified Appraiser

Jewelry Appraisal San Francisco

There are several reasons why you may need to have a professional jewelry appraisal done.   Appraisals are often required before you can obtain replacement insurance on your jewelry.  They are also used in estate planning and for tax purposes as well as to learn the current value of a family heirloom.  Additionally appraisals can be used to guide the fair distribution of jewelry assets.  When you do decide to have your jewelry appraised, we strongly recommend that you use an American Gem Society (AGS) certified gemologist appraiser (CGA) to ensure you get the most accurate and fair appraisal.

At the family-owned and operated Padis Jewelry showrooms, our staff includes AGS certified jewelry appraisers who have gone through the rigorous training and certification process set forth by the AGS. In addition we are a proud member of the AGS, of which only 5% of the jewelers in the U.S. meet the organization’s exacting standards.  Furthermore, along with our professional jewelry appraisers, our experienced, non-commissioned staff has two GIA Graduate Gemologists in our showrooms at all times.

Keep in mind that even if you had a piece appraised some years ago, it may be time to have it appraised again as the value of jewelry changes over the years.  In fact you may be surprised to discover the value of the piece has increased and that you have it under insured.  It is recommended that jewelry be appraised every three to five years.

If you are in the San Francisco area, we encourage you to contact Padis Jewelry for a fair and accurate jewelry appraisal.  We offer thorough jewelry appraisals along with other services including an in-house bench jeweler for convenient same-day repairs and settings.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.