Before You Shop for Diamonds – Educate Yourself!

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Since Padis Jewelry is a family-owned business, our reputation is extremely important to us.  This means we want each and every one of our customers to be satisfied with their jewelry purchase and to only buy something they will love and cherish for many years to come.  To accomplish this goal, we find it is advantageous for our customers to know as much about the quality of the jewelry they are considering buying to make an informed decision.

This is why our website offers a lot of tools to help potential jewelry buyers become educated before they make a purchase from our inventory of more than 10,000 loose diamonds.  On our site under the Diamond tab, you will lots of useful information on the “Find Your Diamond,” “Conflict Free Diamonds” and “Forevermark Diamonds” pages.

On our Find Your Diamond page, you will discover our easy tool that allows you to search for a diamond by a number of criteria including the following shapes: round, princess, emerald, asscher, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, cushion and heart.  Simply click on the shape of the diamond you are interested in and our search will bring up all of the diamonds in that shape.

To further refine the search, you can put in the carat weight.  For example if you would like a diamond somewhere around 1 to 1.5 carat weight, add that, and then further refine your choice by Color, Clarity, Cut, Polish, etc.

Also Padis Jewelry is committed to only selling conflict free diamonds.  You have our word that all of our diamonds are socially and environmentally responsibly sourced throughout their journey starting from the mining, to cutting and polishing, right through to distribution.  We only deal with suppliers who adhere to the strict guidelines set forth to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the marketplace.

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.

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Shop with the Area’s Most Knowledgeable and Trusted Jewelry Experts

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You can feel confident when you shop with Padis Jewelry.  All of our knowledgeable jewelry advisors are diamond experts and very experienced in assisting Padis’ customers with important jewelry purchases including engagement rings and bridal jewelry.

Also we know that many of Padis’ customers return to us each time they want a new piece of jewelry or to use our various services for repairs, cleaning and maintenance.  In addition we know that many of you have an established relationship with your Padis sales consultant, which is why we have now made it easier than ever to contact them.  All you need to do is to visit the Padis Jewelry website.  Right on our home page, you will find a photo of each of our consultants and a link that allows you to directly contact them with any questions, drop them a note or to just say “hi.”

If you have never shopped with Padis, we want you to know that our jewelry consultants are trained diamond specialists, and every time you visit, we have at least two GIA Graduate Gemologists on hand.  Furthermore, by requesting that you set up an appointment to visit our showrooms, it ensures that one of our friendly staff members is ready to devote the time to help you find the perfect piece of jewelry.

Also we want you to know that shopping with Padis Jewelry is an enjoyable, “no pressure” experience as our sale consultants work on a non-commission basis and all of our jewelry has clearly marked prices.  This means you get information regarding the quality of the diamonds and gemstones from an expert, and will know how much a piece costs before you fall in love with it.  Please see our website to talk to your sales consultant, to set up a visit, or to browse through our online collection.

Padis Jewelry is a family-owned business and 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 to offer such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For the opportunity to view our impressive collections, please contact us to schedule a visit.

Our Diamonds are Independently Graded

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When buying diamonds from Padis Jewelry, you can feel confident you are getting what you paid for as every diamond over 0.40 carats comes with an independent grading report that assesses the overall quality and authenticity. Our diamonds are graded at the most trusted and accredited diamond grading laboratories in the industry including the US division of AGS, Forevermark, and GIA.

To give you an idea of what you will see in your diamond’s grading report, you can take a look at a sample GIA grading report on their website.  According to the GIA, their reports represent the “highest standard of reliability, consistency and integrity.”  Your report will include information on the 4Cs (the GIA is the creator of the 4Cs) of your stone and assess the Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. You will also get a plotted diagram charting the clarity characteristics as well as a graphic representation of the stone’s proportions.

If your diamond is in the D-to-Z color range, your report will also have a GIA Cut grade.  The Diamond Cut grade describes the “components of brightness, fire, scintillation, polish, and symmetry, as well as weight and durability concerns, into a single overall grade for cut quality for standard round brilliants.”

Another service offered by the GIA is their “Report Check” that allows you to confirm that the information on your report matches the archived GIA report database.  All you need to do is to enter your report number on their online search tool.  Also if you have a diamond you want to have authenticated and graded by the GIA Lab, you can submit it to them for a fee.

Please visit the Padis Jewelry showrooms to experience firsthand one of the best inventories of certified loose diamonds in California.  All of our jewelry consultants are diamond experts and we look forward to helping you find your perfect “stone.”

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 our showrooms.

Source:gia.edu/analysis-grading-sample-report-diamond?reporttype=diamond-grading-report

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.